Volker P. Brendel


American Association for the Advancement of Science (2016)
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Indiana University Bloomington
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Biology


A scientist whose work bridges the fields of biology, statistics and computer science, Brendel has shed new light on molecular and genetics mechanisms in plants, with a particular focus on the organization of plant RNA, the expression of genes in plants and the genetic relationship between different plant species.

He has also advanced the development of new computational tools to manage and understand the massive amount of genetic data produced by modern genomic sequencing methods, an effort that employs IU's high-performance computing resources. His recent research has included analysis of social insect genomes.

Brendel is also director of bioinformatics at the IU School of Informatics and Computing. He holds a Ph.D. in life sciences from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel and a Master of Science in applied statistics from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. He joined IU from Iowa State University in 2012.