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

Sozzani, R, Busch, W, Spalding, EP, and Benfey, PN. "Advanced imaging techniques for the study of plant growth and development." Trends in plant science 19, no. 5 (May 2014): 304-310. (Review) Full Text

Van Norman, JM, Zhang, J, Cazzonelli, CI, Pogson, BJ, Harrison, PJ, Bugg, TDH, Chan, KX, Thompson, AJ, and Benfey, PN. "Periodic root branching in Arabidopsis requires synthesis of an uncharacterized carotenoid derivative." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 111, no. 13 (April 2014): E1300-E1309. Full Text

Sparks, EE, and Benfey, PN. "HEC of a job regulating stem cells." Developmental cell 28, no. 4 (February 2014): 349-350. Full Text

Vilarrasa-Blasi, J, González-García, M-P, Frigola, D, Fàbregas, N, Alexiou, KG, López-Bigas, N, Rivas, S, Jauneau, A, Lohmann, JU, Benfey, PN, Ibañes, M, and Caño-Delgado, AI. "Regulation of plant stem cell quiescence by a brassinosteroid signaling module." Developmental Cell 30, no. 1 (2014): 36-47. Full Text

Sozzani, R, Busch, W, Spalding, EP, and Benfey, PN. "Advanced imaging techniques for the study of plant growth and development." Trends in Plant Science 19, no. 5 (January 1, 2014): 304-310. (Review) Full Text

Iyer-Pascuzzi, AS, Zurek, PR, and Benfey, PN. "High-throughput, noninvasive imaging of root systems." Methods in Molecular Biology 959 (December 1, 2013): 177-187. Full Text

Van Norman, JM, Xuan, W, Beeckman, T, and Benfey, PN. "To branch or not to branch: the role of pre-patterning in lateral root formation." Development 140, no. 21 (November 2013): 4301-4310. (Review) Full Text

Li, S, Liberman, LM, Mukherjee, N, Benfey, PN, and Ohler, U. "Integrated detection of natural antisense transcripts using strand-specific RNA sequencing data." Genome Res 23, no. 10 (October 2013): 1730-1739. Full Text

Sparks, E, Wachsman, G, and Benfey, PN. "Spatiotemporal signalling in plant development." Nat Rev Genet 14, no. 9 (September 2013): 631-644. (Review) Full Text

Moubayidin, L, Di Mambro, R, Sozzani, R, Pacifici, E, Salvi, E, Terpstra, I, Bao, D, van Dijken, A, Dello Ioio, R, Perilli, S, Ljung, K, Benfey, PN, Heidstra, R, Costantino, P, and Sabatini, S. "Spatial coordination between stem cell activity and cell differentiation in the root meristem." Dev Cell 26, no. 4 (August 26, 2013): 405-415. Full Text


Selected Grants

SHR Motifs required for movement and activation awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2002 to 2004

Regulation of the Orientation of Cell Expansion awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2002 to 2003