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

Sparks, EE, Imai, A, Hasebe, M, and Benfey, PN. "Developmental regulation and de novo formation of stem cells in plants." In Stem Cells: From Basic Research to Therapy, Volume 1: Basic Stem Cell Biology, Tissue Formation during Development, and Model Organisms, 403-432. January 1, 2014. Full Text

Benfey, PN. "Plant Development, Genetics of." In Brenner's Encyclopedia of Genetics: Second Edition, 340-342. February 27, 2013. Full Text

Van Norman, JM, Liberman, LM, and Benfey, PN. "Arabidopsis root: A model organ in plant genomics." In Plant Roots: The Hidden Half, Fourth Edition, 17-34. January 1, 2013.

Tromas, A, Braun, N, Muller, P, Khodus, T, Paponov, IA, Palme, K, Ljung, K, Lee, JY, Benfey, P, Murray, JAH, Scheres, B, and Perrot-Rechenmann, C. "Auxin binding protein 1 for root growth." In Plant Physiology, 214-229. January 1, 2011.

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

Pierre-Jerome, E, Drapek, C, and Benfey, PN. "Regulation of Division and Differentiation of Plant Stem Cells." Annual Review of Cell and Developmental Biology 34 (October 2018): 289-310. Full Text

Drapek, C, Sparks, EE, Marhavy, P, Taylor, I, Andersen, TG, Hennacy, JH, Geldner, N, and Benfey, PN. "Minimum requirements for changing and maintaining endodermis cell identity in the Arabidopsis root." Nature Plants 4, no. 8 (August 2018): 586-595. Full Text

Grondin, A, Dixit, S, Torres, R, Venkateshwarlu, C, Rogers, E, Mitchell-Olds, T, Benfey, PN, Kumar, A, and Henry, A. "Physiological mechanisms contributing to the QTL qDTY3.2 effects on improved performance of rice Moroberekan x Swarna BC2F3:4 lines under drought." Rice (New York, N.Y.) 11, no. 1 (July 31, 2018): 43-null. Full Text

Shibata, M, Breuer, C, Kawamura, A, Clark, NM, Rymen, B, Braidwood, L, Morohashi, K, Busch, W, Benfey, PN, Sozzani, R, and Sugimoto, K. "GTL1 and DF1 regulate root hair growth through transcriptional repression of ROOT HAIR DEFECTIVE 6-LIKE 4 in Arabidopsis." Development (Cambridge, England) 145, no. 3 (February 8, 2018). 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


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, I. "A systems biology approach to root development.": Elsevier BV, July 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

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

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

Arabidopsis 2010: Regulatory Networks Controlling Root Growth and Differentiation awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2010 to 2015

Elucidating the Gene Regulatory Networks that Specify Invasive Behavior awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co-Mentor). 2011 to 2014

A Multidimensional Imaging Platform to Analyze Crop Root System Dynamics in Response to Changing Environments awarded by Department of Agriculture (Principal Investigator). 2011 to 2013