Philip N. Benfey

Paul Kramer Professor of Biology in Trinity College of Arts and Sciences

130 Science Drive, Room 137, Duke Box 90338, Durham, NC 27708
Campus Box: 
Duke Box 90338, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 660-7338


  • Ph.D., Harvard University 1986

  • B.S., University of Paris (France) 1981

To, JPC, Benfey, PN, and Elich, TD. "Root-associated stress response networks." In Plant Abiotic Stress, Second Edition, 69-107. January 28, 2014. Full Text

Dinneny, JR, and Benfey, PN. "Studying Root Development Using a Genomic Approach." In Root Development, 325-351. October 7, 2009. Full Text

Nevarez, PA, Qiu, Y, Inoue, H, Yoo, CY, Benfey, PN, Schnell, DJ, and Chen, M. "Mechanism of Dual Targeting of the Phytochrome Signaling Component HEMERA/pTAC12 to Plastids and the Nucleus." Plant physiology 173, no. 4 (April 2017): 1953-1966. Full Text

Li, C, Sako, Y, Imai, A, Nishiyama, T, Thompson, K, Kubo, M, Hiwatashi, Y, Kabeya, Y, Karlson, D, Wu, S-H, Ishikawa, M, Murata, T, Benfey, PN, Sato, Y, Tamada, Y, and Hasebe, M. "A Lin28 homologue reprograms differentiated cells to stem cells in the moss Physcomitrella patens." Nature communications 8 (January 27, 2017): 14242-. Full Text

Fernández-Marcos, M, Desvoyes, B, Manzano, C, Liberman, LM, Benfey, PN, Del Pozo, JC, and Gutierrez, C. "Control of Arabidopsis lateral root primordium boundaries by MYB36." The New phytologist 213, no. 1 (January 2017): 105-112. Full Text

Sparks, EE, and Benfey, PN. "Tissue-Specific Transcriptome Profiling in Arabidopsis Roots." Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.) 1610 (January 2017): 107-122. Full Text

Sparks, EE, Drapek, C, Gaudinier, A, Li, S, Ansariola, M, Shen, N, Hennacy, JH, Zhang, J, Turco, G, Petricka, JJ, Foret, J, Hartemink, AJ, Gordân, R, Megraw, M, Brady, SM, and Benfey, PN. "Establishment of Expression in the SHORTROOT-SCARECROW Transcriptional Cascade through Opposing Activities of Both Activators and Repressors." Developmental cell 39, no. 5 (December 2016): 585-596. Full Text

Li, S, Yamada, M, Hang, X, Ohler, U, and Benfey, PN. "High-Resolution Expression Map of the Arabidopsis Root Reveals Alternative Splicing and lincRNA Regulation." DEVELOPMENTAL CELL 39, no. 4 (November 21, 2016): 508-522. Full Text

Li, S, Yamada, M, Han, X, Ohler, U, and Benfey, PN. "High-Resolution Expression Map of the Arabidopsis Root Reveals Alternative Splicing and lincRNA Regulation." Developmental cell 39, no. 4 (November 9, 2016): 508-522. Full Text

Hsu, PY, Calviello, L, Wu, H-YL, Li, F-W, Rothfels, CJ, Ohler, U, and Benfey, PN. "Super-resolution ribosome profiling reveals unannotated translation events in Arabidopsis." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (October 21, 2016).

Rogers, ED, Monaenkova, D, Mijar, M, Nori, A, Goldman, DI, and Benfey, PN. "X-Ray Computed Tomography Reveals the Response of Root System Architecture to Soil Texture." Plant physiology 171, no. 3 (July 2016): 2028-2040. Full Text

Clark, NM, Hinde, E, Winter, CM, Fisher, AP, Crosti, G, Blilou, I, Gratton, E, Benfey, PN, and Sozzani, R. "Tracking transcription factor mobility and interaction in Arabidopsis roots with fluorescence correlation spectroscopy." eLife 5 (June 11, 2016). Full Text


Tsukagoshi, H, Mabuchi, K, Suzuki, T, Nomoto, M, Busch, W, Tada, Y, Higashiyama, T, and Benfey, PN. "The regulation mechanism of root development by ROS." December 2014.

Benfey, PN, Lee, J-Y, Colinas, J, Cui, H, Twigg, R, Long, T, and Dinneny, . "A systems biology approach to root development." July 1, 2006. Full Text

Ogawa, M, Kuwahara, A, Paquette, AJ, Benfey, PN, Kamiya, Y, and Yamaguchi, S. "Roles of the gibberellin-responsive SCL3 gene in Arabidopsis." 2004.

Benfey, PN, Birnbaum, K, and Shasha, D. "Transcriptional networks in root development." 2004.

Benfey, PN, Gallagher, K, Paquette, A, Nakajima, K, and Sena, G. "Radial patterning in arabidopsis: A moving target." July 15, 2003.

Benfey, PN, Nakajima, K, Sena, G, and Paquette, A. "Radial patterning in Arabidopsis: Signaling inside out." July 1, 2001.

Helariutta, Y, Wysocka-Diller, J, Lim, J, Malamy, JE, Fukaki, H, and Benfey, PN. "Radial pattern formation in plants." June 1, 1999.


Genetics Training Grant awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 1979 to 2020

Organization and Function of Cellular Structure awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 1975 to 2020

Molecular Genetic Analysis of Root Morphogenesis awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2002 to 2018

Identifying Novel Peptide Hormones In Tomato Root Development awarded by Department of Agriculture (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2017

Training Program in Developmental and Stem Cell Biology awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 2001 to 2017

Monsanto's Beachell-Borlaug International Scholars Program awarded by Texas A&M AgriLife Research (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2017

Characterizing gene regulatory network dynamics controlling asymmetric cell division awarded by Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2017

Determining Interaction Parameters of Roots in Soil awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2017

Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Training Program awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 2005 to 2016

Dynamics of the SHR-SCR Network Controlling Asymmetric Cell Division awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2013 to 2015