Richard D. Bennett, PhD, MMSc, PA-C

Research Interests

  • Rural Health Care
  • Social Accountability of the Physician Assistant
  • Molecular Genetics


  • English

Academic Information

  • Departments: Family & Preventive Medicine - Associate Professor (Lecturer)
  • Divisions: Physician Assistant Program

Board Certification

  • National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants

Academic Office Information

  • 435-879-4677
  • Russel C. Taylor Health Sciences Building
    Physician Assistant Program
    1526 Medical Center Drive, Room: 252
    St. George, UT 84790

Academic Bio

Practice interests include hospital medicine, orthopedics, and sports medicine. Practiced in hospital based medicine in Charleston, WV. Practiced in Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Cody, WY.

Research Statement

I have broad research interests including the molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration, medical education, and gene based medicine.

Education History

Type School Degree
Graduate Training Yale School of Medicine
Physician Associate Program
Postdoctoral Fellowship Laboratory of Dr. George A. Carlson, McLaughlin Research Institute
Neurodegenerative diseases
Postdoctoral Fellow
Doctoral Training Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Science
Biomedical Sciences – Molecular Biology
Undergraduate University of Idaho

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  1. Bennett RD, Pittelkow MR, Strehler EE (2013). Immunolocalization of the tumor-sensitive calmodulin-like protein CALML3 in normal human skin and hyperproliferative skin disorders. PLoS ONE, 8(4), e62347.
  2. Brooks MD, Bennett RD, Weaver AL, Sebo TJ, Eckert SE, Strehler EE, Carr AB (2013). Human Calmodulin-Like Protein CALML3: A Novel Marker for Normal Oral Squamous Mucosa That Is Downregulated in Malignant Transformation. Int J Dent, 2013, 592843.
  3. Caride AJ, Bennett RD, Strehler EE (2010). Kinetic analysis reveals differences in the binding mechanism of calmodulin and calmodulin-like protein to the IQ motifs of myosin-10. Biochemistry, 49(37), 8105-16.
  4. Bennett RD, Mauer AS, Pittelkow MR, Strehler EE (2009). Calmodulin-like protein upregulates myosin-10 in human keratinocytes and is regulated during epidermal wound healing in vivo. J Invest Dermatol, 129(3), 765-9.
  5. Brooks MD, Bennett RD, Strehler EE, Sebo TJ, Eckert SE, Carr AB (2009). Human calmodulin-like protein (CLP) expression in oral squamous mucosa and in malignant transformation. J Prosthodont, 18(1), 11-6.
  6. Bennett RD, Caride AJ, Mauer AS, Strehler EE (2008). Interaction with the IQ3 motif of myosin-10 is required for calmodulin-like protein-dependent filopodial extension. FEBS Lett, 582(16), 2377-81.
  7. Bennett RD, Strehler EE (2008). Calmodulin-like protein enhances myosin-10 translation. Biochem Biophys Res Commun, 369(2), 654-9.
  8. Bennett RD, Mauer AS, Strehler EE (2007). Calmodulin-like protein increases filopodia-dependent cell motility via up-regulation of myosin-10. J Biol Chem, 282(5), 3205-12.