Bard Faculty

Heather Bennett

Assistant Professor of Biology

Primary Academic Program: Biology


BS, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey; PhD, Brown University; Penn-PORT Fellow, neurology, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Professor Bennett earned her doctorate from Brown’s Graduate Program in Molecular Biology, Cellular Biology, and Biochemistry. Her thesis, “Loss of Notch or JNK Signaling Results in FOXO Dependent Compensatory Sleep in C. elegans” received a Ford Foundation Graduate Dissertation Fellowship honorable mention. She has taught courses in molecular and behavior genetics of neurological disease and the genetics and biochemistry of development. Her work has been published in PLOS One and Journal of Immunology; and she has given talks at various universities on such subjects as “Using C. Elegans to investigate how animals survive in low oxygen conditions”; “How do worms sleep?”; and “C. Elegans to study sleep, stress, and neuronal circuitry in response to anoxic insult.” Bennett is a member of the Sleep Research Society, Genetics Society of America, and American Association for the Advancement of Science. At Bard since 2018.