Patrick S. Schnable is a distinguished professor in the department of agronomy and Iowa Corn Endowed chair in genetics. Schnable directs Iowa State University's Plant Sciences Institute and serves as the founding director of ISU's Center for Plant Genomics. He is a co-principal investigator and is a member of the NSF NRT Predictive Plant Phenomics Program's leadership team. Schnable is also a Chang Jiang Scholar Professor at China Agriculture University in Beijing. Schnable received his B.S. from Cornell University and was awarded a Ph.D. in Plant Breeding and Genetics from Iowa State University. Prior to his faculty appointment Schnable conducted post-doctoral research at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding in Köln, Germany.
Schnable is a professor in the departments of agronomy and genetics, development and cell biology. He manages a research program that emphasizes interdisciplinary approaches to understanding plant biology. His own expertise is in the areas of genetics, molecular biology, genomics, bioinformatics, and high-throughput phenotyping but he collaborates with researchers in diverse fields, including agricultural and computer engineering, plant breeding, statistics and soil science.
He serves as PI or co-PI on several multi-million dollar research grants. Although the bulk of this funding is from federal sources (e.g., NSF and USDA), Schnable has also secured research funding from industrial sources and international agencies.
Schnable's scientific investigations of the maize genome have been wide-ranging and he has developed and/or deployed a number of important genomic tools and resources. He is frequently invited to present his research at national and international venues (~60 since 2010) and has served on scientific advisory boards of several large plant genome projects and has been invited to testify at National Academy of Sciences committees. He is the author of ~120 peer-reviewed publications, served as the co-lead author of the maize genome sequencing paper (2009, Science) and has an h-index of 52 (Google Scholar). Reflecting his interest in computational approaches to data analysis, he has an Erdös number of 3.
Schnable is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, serves as an associate editor for PLoS Genetics (Impact Factor 8.7), and is the chair of the American Society of Plant Biology's Science Policy Committee. He is a past chair of the Maize Genetics Executive Committee.