Jeff Bennetzen
Norman Giles Eminent Scholar Chair in Molecular Biology and Functional Genomics
Fred C. Davison Life Sciences Building, Rm C426a

Ph.D. Biochemistry , University of Washington 1980

Research Projects: 

Plant genome structure and evolution, especially the nature of rearrangements and the contributions of transposable elements. The relationship between genome structure/evolution and gene function. Genetic diversity and its use in under-utilized crops of the developing world. The rapid evolution of complex disease resistance loci in plants. Models, mechanisms and metagenomics for lignocellulosic ethanol production.

Of Note: 
  • Guggenheim Fellowship, 2008
  • Elected Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2005
  • Elected member, US National Academy of Sciences, 2004
Recent Publications: 


  • Chaluvadi, S. R., S. Khanam, M. Aly and J. L. Bennetzen (2014) Diversity and population structure of native and introduced date palm (Phoenix dactylifera) germplasm in the United Arab Emirates, Trop. Plant Biol. 7:30-41.
  • Vaughn, J. N. and J. L. Bennetzen (2014) Natural insertions in rice commonly form tandem duplications indicative of patch-mediated double-strand break induction and repair. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 111:6684-6689.
  • Hawkins, J. S., V. Delgado, L. Feng, M. Carlisle, H. K. Dooner and J. L. Bennetzen (2014) Variation in allelic expression associated with a recombination hotspot in Zea mays. Plant J. 79:375-384.
  • Vaughn, J. N., S. R. Chaluvadi, Tushar, L. Rangan and J. L. Bennetzen (2014) Whole plastome sequences from five ginger species facilitate marker development and define limits to barcode methodology. PLoS ONE 9: e108581 (doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0108581).
  • Zhang, Q.-J, T. Zhu, E.-H. Xia, C. Shi, Y.-L. Liu, Y. Zhang, Y. Liu, W.-K. Jiang, Y.-J Zhao, S.-Y. Mao, L.-P. Zhang, H. Huang, J.-Y. Jiao, P.-Z. Xu, Q.-Y. Yao, F.-C. Zeng, L.-L. Yang, J. Gao, D.-Y. Tao, Y.-J. Wang, J. L. Bennetzen and L.-Z. Gao (2014) Rapid diversification of five Oryza AA genomes associated with rice adaptation. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA doi:10.1073/pnas.1418307111.
  • Wang, H., K. M. Devos and J. L. Bennetzen (2014) Recurrent loss of specific introns during angiosperm evolution. PLoS Genetics (doi:10.1371/journalpgen. 1004843).
  • Bennetzen, J. L. and H. Wang (2014) The contributions of transposable elements to the structure, function and evolution of plant genomes. Ann. Rev. Plant Biol. 65:505-530.
  • Diao, X., J. Schnable, J. L. Bennetzen and J. Li (2014) Initiation of Setaria as a model plant. Front. Agr. Sci. Eng. 1:16-20.
  • Wang, C., X. Shi, L. Liu, H. Li, J. S. S. Ammiraju, D. A. Kudrna, W. Xiong, H. Wang, Z. Dai, Y. Zheng, J. Lai, W. Jin, J. Messing, J. L. Bennetzen, R. A. Wing and M. Luo (2013) Genomic resources for gene discovery, functional genome association and evolutionary studies of maize and its close relatives. Genetics 195:723-727.
  • Vitte, C., M. Estep, J. Leebens-Mack and J.L. Bennetzen (2013) Young, intact and nested retrotransposons are abundant in the onion and asparagus genomes. Annals Bot. 112:881-889.
  • Chao, M., H. Wang, D. Chung, J. L. Bennetzen and J. Westpheling (2013) Isolation and bioinformatics analysis of a novel transposable element, ISCbe4, from the hyperthermophilic bacterium, Caldicellulosiruptor bescii. J. Industrial Micro. Biotech. 40:1443-1448.
  • Wang, C., X. Shi, L. Liu, H. Li, J.S.S. Ammiraju, D.A. Kudrna, W. Xiong, H. Wang, Z. Dai, Y. Zheng, J. Lai, W. Jin, J. Messing, J.L. Bennetzen, R.A. Wing and M. Luo (2013) Genetics 195:723-727.
  • Zhu, Q., J. L. Bennetzen and S.M. Smith (2013) Isolation and diversity analysis of resistance gene homologues from switchgrass. G3: Genes, Genomes and Genetics 3: 1031-1042.
  • Estep, M.C., J. D. DeBarry and J. L. Bennetzen (2013) The dnyamics of LTR retrotransposon accumulation across 35 million years of panicoid grass evolution. Heredity 110: 194-204.
  • Parvathaneni, R. K., V. Jakkula, F. K. Padi, S. Faure, N. Nethra, A. C. Pontaroli, X. Wu, J. L. Bennetzen and K. M. Devos (2013) Fine mapping and identification of a candidate gene underlying the d2 dwarfing phenotype in pearl millet, Cenchrus americanus (L.) Morrone. G3: Genes, Genomes and Genetics 3: 567-572.Federoff, N. V. and J. L. Bennetzen (2013) Transposons, genomic shock and genome evolution. In: N.V.