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

Sparks, EE, and Benfey, PN. "The contribution of root systems to plant nutrient acquisition." In Plant Macronutrient Use Efficiency: Molecular and Genomic Perspectives in Crop Plants, 83-92. January 1, 2017. Full Text

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

Wendrich, JR, Möller, BK, Li, S, Saiga, S, Sozzani, R, Benfey, PN, De Rybel, B, and Weijers, D. "Framework for gradual progression of cell ontogeny in the Arabidopsis root meristem." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 114, no. 42 (October 2, 2017): E8922-E8929. Full Text

Di Mambro, R, De Ruvo, M, Pacifici, E, Salvi, E, Sozzani, R, Benfey, PN, Busch, W, Novak, O, Ljung, K, Di Paola, L, Marée, AFM, Costantino, P, Grieneisen, VA, and Sabatini, S. "Auxin minimum triggers the developmental switch from cell division to cell differentiation in the Arabidopsis root." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 114, no. 36 (September 2017): E7641-E7649. Full Text

Drapek, C, Sparks, EE, and Benfey, PN. "Uncovering Gene Regulatory Networks Controlling Plant Cell Differentiation." Trends in genetics : TIG 33, no. 8 (August 2017): 529-539. (Review) Full Text

Hsu, PY, and Benfey, PN. "Small but Mighty: Functional Peptides Encoded by Small ORFs in Plants." Proteomics (July 31, 2017). (Review) Full Text

Wachsman, G, Modliszewski, JL, Valdes, M, and Benfey, PN. "A SIMPLE Pipeline for Mapping Point Mutations." Plant physiology 174, no. 3 (July 2017): 1307-1313. 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

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

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, 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


Benfey, PN. "Underground Signaling Networks." June 2017.

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.


Selected Grants

Training Program in Developmental and Stem Cell Biology awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 2001 to 2022

Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Training Program awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 2005 to 2021

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

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

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