Kevin Bennett

Associate Professor

Associate Chair

I have a broad interest in structural and functional microscopy and diagnostic imaging, wth a focus on molecular imaging . My lab develops new contrast agents and imaging strategies to sensitively detect physiological and cellular function with magnetic resonance imaging. Our current projects range from discovery science to translational medicine.



EDM 309


(808) 956-8241


(808) 956-4745

Academic Degrees

PhD, Biophysics

Research Interests

Molecular imaging, magnetic resonance, biophysics, magnetic nanomaterials, self assembly, physiology, kidney disease

Selected Publications

JR Charlton, V Pearl, AR Denotti, JB Lee, S. Swaminathan,  YM Scindia, NP Charlton, EJ Baldelomar, SC Beeman, and KM Bennett. Biocompatibility of ferritin-based nanoparticles as targeted MRI contrast agents. Nanomedicine: NBM (Elsevier, In press).

B.D. Hann, E.J. Baldelomar, J.R. Charlton, K.M. Bennett. Measurig the intra-renal distribution of glomerular volumes from histologic sections. Am J Physiol Renal Physiol (In Press).

M. Zhang, T. Wu, S.C. Beeman, L. Cullen-McEwen, J.F. Bertram, J.R. Charlton, E.J. Baldelomar, K.M. Bennett. Efficient small blob detection based on local convexity, intensity, and shape information. IEEE Trans Med Imaging (In Press).

K.M. Bennett. MRI shines (radiofrequency) light on kidney physiology.  Am J Physiol Renal Physiol. 2015 (In Press).

E. J. Baldelomar, J.R. Charlton, S.C. Beeman, L. Cullen-Mcewen, V.M. Pearl, J.F. Bertram, T. Wu, M. Zhang, K.M. Bennett. MRI phenotyping to nondestructively measure glomerular number and volume distribution in mice with and without nephron reduction. Kidney International. 2015(In Press).

I. Aoki*, J-I Jo, H. Cabral, R. Bakalova, K.M. Bennett.  ナノDDS がもたらす新しいMRイメージングとナノ・セラノスティクス. Drug Deliv System (Japanese). 2015 30(1),47.

K.M. Bennett, S.C. Beeman, E.J. Baldelomar, M. Zhang, T. Wu, B.D. Hann, J.F. Bertram, and J.R. Charlton. Use of cationized ferritin nanoparticles to measure renal glomerular microstructure with MRI. In: Kidney Research: Experimental Protocols, eds hewitson TD, Smith ER, Holt SG. 2nd Edition, Humana Press. Springer, NY, USA, 2015 (In Press)

M. Zhang, T. Wu, and K.M. Bennett. Small blob identification in medical images using regional features from optimum scale. IEEE Trans Biomed Eng. 2015. 62(4): 1051-62.

C. Qian, X. Yu, N. Pothayee, S. Dodd, N. Bouraoud, Y. Chen,  J. Murphy-Boesch, R.A. Star, K.M. Bennett, and A.P. Koretsky. Live nephron imaging by MRI.  AJP Renal Physiol. 2014. 307:F1162-F1168.

S.C. Beeman, L. Cullen-McEwen, M. Zhang, T. Wu, E.J. Baldelomar, J. Dowling, J.R. Charlton, M.S. Forbes, A. Ng, Q-Z Wu, J.A. Armitage, V.G. Puelles, G.F. Egan, J.F. Bertram, K.M. Bennett. MRI-based glomerular morphology and pathology in whole human kidneys. Am J Physiol Renal Physiol. , 2014. 306: F1381-F1390.

K.M. Bennett, J-I Jo, H. Cabral, B. Rumaiana, and I. Aoki. MR imaging techniques for nano-pathophysiology. Adv Drug Deliv Rev. 2014. 74C:75-94.

V. Clavijo Jordan ¸, E. Baldelomar, S.C. Beeman, and K.M. Bennett. Disruptive chemical doping in a ferritin-based iron oxide nanoparticle to decrease r2 and enhance detection with T1-weighted MRI. Contrast Media and Molecular Imaging. 2014.  9(4): 323-332. 

J.F. Bertram, L.A. Cullen-McEwen, G. Egan, N. Gretz, E. Baldelomar, S.C. Beeman, and K.M. Bennett. How and why we measure nephron number. Pediatric Nephrology. 2014. 29(4); 575-580.