The Group

What's New

Brendel group in the Indiana Daily Student news (Dec. 12, 2016)

Volker Brendel elected AAAS Fellow (Oct. 2016); IU News Release (Nov. 21, 2016)

Check out our github site!

Raborn, R.T., Spitze, K., Brendel, V.P. & Lynch, M. (2016) Promoter architecture and sex-specific gene expression in Daphnia pulex. Genetics 204, 593-612. [online article]

Duvick, J., Standage, D.S., Merchant, N. & Brendel, V.P. (2016) xGDBvm: A Web GUI-driven workflow for annotating eukaryotic genomes in the cloud. The Plant Cell 28, 840-854. [online article]

Standage, D.S., Berens, A.J., Glastad, K.M., Severin, A.J., Brendel, V.P. & Toth, A.L. (2016) Genome, transcriptom and methylome sequencing of a primitively eusocial wasp reveal a greatly reduced DNA methylation system in a social insect. Molecular Ecology 25, 1769-1784. [online article]


The Brendel Group provides domain expertise to advise the Jetstream national science and engineering cloud project.

V. Brendel serves on the CyVerse External Advisory Board.

V. Brendel serves as Consulting Editor of The Plant Cell.

PlantGDB News:

xGDBvm on YouTube

Bibliographical Information (printable version)

Volker Brendel

Volker Brendel
Indiana University
Department of Biology
    and School of Informatics and Computing
Simon Hall 205C
212 South Hawthorne Drive
Bloomington, IN 47405-7003, U.S.A.

Tel.: (812) 855-7074


Volker Brendel became member of the IU faculty in January 2012, with a joint appointment as Professor in the Department of Biology and the School of Informatics and Computing. His research interests bridge molecular biology, statistical modeling, and bioinformatics algorithm development. Several software applications from his group are in wide use, including programs for gene structure prediction and sequence comparisons ( His group has also been involved in the development and implementation of databases and web resources for genetic and genomic data, in particular for maize ( and other plants ( Recent efforts of the group have been devoted to exploring cyberinfrastructure solutions to mining massive amounts of new genomic sequence data. Prior to joining Indiana University, Dr. Brendel was the Bergdahl Professor of Bioinformatics at Iowa State University. He received his M.Sc. degree in Applied Statistics from the University of Oxford, UK, in 1981 and his Ph.D. in Life Sciences from the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, in 1986. From 1987 to 1998, Dr. Brendel was at Stanford University, CA, as postdoctoral associate, research associate, and lecturer.

Degrees and Appointments
Professor, 2012-present, Department of Biology and School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University Bloomington.

Bergdahl Professor of Bioinformatics, 2002-2011, Department of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology (formerly Department of Zoology & Genetics), Department of Statistics (courtesy appointment), Iowa State University, Iowa, U.S.A.

Chair, Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, Aug. 2009 - Aug. 2011

Professor, 2001-2011, Department of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology (formerly Department of Zoology & Genetics), Department of Statistics (courtesy appointment), Iowa State University, Iowa, U.S.A.

Associate Professor, 1998-2000, Department of Zoology & Genetics, Iowa State University, Iowa, U.S.A.

Research Associate (and [part-time] Lecturer in Mathematics), 1989-1998, Department of Mathematics, Stanford University, California, U.S.A.

Postdoctoral Associate in bioinformatics, 1987-1988, Advisor: Samuel Karlin, Stanford University, California, U.S.A.

Ph.D. Life Sciences, 1986, Advisor: Edward Trifonov, The Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

M.Sc. Applied Statistics, 1981, University of Oxford, UK

(undergraduate) Mathematics and Biology, 1976-1979, Christian Albrechts Universität Kiel, Germany