Bennett Penn, MD, PhD

Bennett Penn is an MD/PhD trained physician scientist. He is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine at UC Davis. He sees patients at UC Davis Medical Center, and has a laboratory at UC Davis where he uses genetics and biochemistry to study the pathogenesis of M. tuberculosis.  He started his lab in 2017, and is actively looking for motivated graduate students and post-doctoral scholars to join the lab.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Penn is an infectious diseases specialist caring for adult patients with a wide range of complex infections including HIV and TB.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Penn’s research focuses on understanding the immune response to Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacteria that causes the human disease tuberculosis, using cutting-edge genetic and proteomic tools.


M.D., University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle WA 2006

Ph.D., Molecular Biology, University of Washington/ Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, Seattle WA 2004

B.A., Northwestern University, Evanston IL 1997


Internal Medicine, Stanford University Hospital, Stanford CA 2007-2009


Infectious Diseases, UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco CA 2009-2011

Board Certifications

American Board of Internal Medicine, 2009

American Board of Internal Medicine, Infectious Disease, 2011

Honors and Awards

Chief Fellow, Infectious Diseases Fellowship, UCSF, 2010

Clinical Excellence Award as top internal medicine resident – Stanford Hospital, 2009