Philip N. Benfey

Philip N. Benfey
Paul Kramer Professor of Biology
Campus mail: 130 Science Drive, Room 137, Duke Box 90338, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (919) 660-7338

Education and Training

  • University of Paris (France), B.S. 1981
  • Harvard University , Ph.D. 1986

Selected Grants and Awards

Publications

Conditional root expansion mutants of Arabidopsis.

Regulation of cell expansion is essential to the formation of plant organs. We have characterized 21 mutations, representing six loci, that cause abnormal cell expansion in the root of Arabidopsis thaliana.

Conservation and diversification of SCARECROW in maize.

The SCARECROW (SCR) gene in Arabidopsis is required for asymmetric cell divisions responsible for ground tissue formation in the root and shoot. Previously, we reported that Zea mays SCARECROW (ZmSCR) is the likely maize ortholog of SCR.

Control of Arabidopsis root development.

The Arabidopsis root has been the subject of intense research over the past decades. This research has led to significantly improved understanding of the molecular mechanisms underlying root development.

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