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

Liberman, Louisa M., Erin E. Sparks, Miguel A. Moreno-Risueno, Jalean J. Petricka, and Philip N. Benfey. “MYB36 regulates the transition from proliferation to differentiation in the Arabidopsis root..” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 112, no. 39 (September 14, 2015): 12099–104. Full Text

Jackson, Terry L., Ginger W. Baker, Floyd R. Wilks, Vladimir A. Popov, Jaideep Mathur, and Philip N. Benfey. “Large Cellular Inclusions Accumulate in Arabidopsis Roots Exposed to Low-Sulfur Conditions..” Plant Physiology 168, no. 4 (August 2015): 1573–89. Full Text

Rogers, Eric D., and Philip N. Benfey. “Regulation of plant root system architecture: implications for crop advancement..” Current Opinion in Biotechnology 32 (April 2015): 93–98. Full Text

Zurek, Paul R., Christopher N. Topp, and Philip N. Benfey. “Quantitative trait locus mapping reveals regions of the maize genome controlling root system architecture..” Plant Physiology 167, no. 4 (April 2015): 1487–96. Full Text

Vilarrasa-Blasi, J., M. P. González-García, D. Frigola, N. Fàbregas-Vallvé, K. G. Alexiou, N. López-Bigas, S. Rivas, et al. “Erratum to Regulation of Plant Stem Cell Quiescence by a Brassinosteroid Signaling Module [Developmental Cell 30 (2014) 36-47] DOI: 10.1016/j.devcel.2015.01.021.” Developmental Cell 33, no. 2 (January 1, 2015). Full Text

Morton, Taj, Jalean Petricka, David L. Corcoran, Song Li, Cara M. Winter, Alexa Carda, Philip N. Benfey, Uwe Ohler, and Molly Megraw. “Paired-end analysis of transcription start sites in Arabidopsis reveals plant-specific promoter signatures..” Plant Cell 26, no. 7 (July 2014): 2746–60. Full Text

Vilarrasa-Blasi, Josep, Mary-Paz González-García, David Frigola, Norma Fàbregas, Konstantinos G. Alexiou, Nuria López-Bigas, Susana Rivas, et al. “Regulation of plant stem cell quiescence by a brassinosteroid signaling module..” Developmental Cell 30, no. 1 (July 2014): 36–47. Full Text

Sozzani, Rosangela, Wolfgang Busch, Edgar P. Spalding, and Philip N. Benfey. “Advanced imaging techniques for the study of plant growth and development..” Trends in Plant Science 19, no. 5 (May 2014): 304–10. Full Text

Van Norman, Jaimie M., Jingyuan Zhang, Christopher I. Cazzonelli, Barry J. Pogson, Peter J. Harrison, Timothy D. H. Bugg, Kai Xun Chan, Andrew J. Thompson, and Philip N. Benfey. “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): E1300–1309. Full Text


Selected Grants

SHR Motifs Required for Movement and Activation awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2002 to 2006

16th International Conference on Arabidopsis Research awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2005 to 2006

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