• Title Associate Professor of Biology and Computer Science; Program in Bioinformatics
  • Education PhD, University of Maryland
  • Web Address http://tandem.bu.edu/benson.html
  • Phone 617-358-2965
  • Area of Interest algorithm development for DNA sequence analysis
  • CV

Current Research

Our research focuses on development of algorithms and software tools for the detection and analysis of novel patterns and repeats in DNA and RNA sequences. Our goal is to deliver tools that are effective, efficient, and easy to use. We have a number of ongoing collaborations. Please visit our research page for details on our most recent projects.

Selected Publications

  • Rasekh, M., Y. Hernandez, S. Drinan, J. Fuxman Bass, and G. Benson (2021). Genome-wide characterization of human minisatellite VNTRs: population-specific alleles and gene expression differences. Nucleic Acids Research 49:4308–4324.
  • Gelfand, Y., Y. Hernandez, J. Loving, and G. Benson (2014). VNTRseek – A Computational Tool to Detect Tandem Repeat Variants in High-Throughput Sequencing Data. Nucleic Acids Research 42:8884-8894.
  • Warburton, P., J. Giordano, F. Cheung, Y. Gelfand, and G. Benson (2004). Inverted Repeat Structure of the Human Genome: The X-Chromosome Contains a Preponderance of Large, Highly Homologous Inverted Repeats That Contain Testes Genes. Genome Research 14:1861-1869.
  • Le Fleche, P., Y. Hauck, L. Onteniente, A. Prieur, F. Denoeud, V. Ramisse, P. Sylvestre, G. Benson, F. Ramisse, and G. Vergnaud (2001). A Tandem Repeats Database for Bacterial Genomes: Application to the Genotyping of Yersinia pestis and Bacillus anthracis. BioMed Central Microbiology 1:2-15.
  • Benson, G. (1999). Tandem repeats finder: a program to analyze DNA sequences. Nucleic Acids Research 27:573-580.
  • Gelfand Y., A. Rodriguez, and G. Benson (2007). TRDB – The Tandem Repeats Database. Nucleic Acids Research 35:D80-D87.
  • Giordano J., Y.C. Ge, Y. Gelfand, G. Abrusan, G. Benson, and P.E. Warburton (2007). Evolutionary history of mammalian transposons determined by genome-wide defragmentation. PLoS Computational Biology 3:1321-1334.

Courses Taught:

  • BF768 Biological Database Systems
  • BF690 Bioinformatics Challenge Project

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