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Pat Schnable

Patrick S Schnable

  • Distinguished Professor
  • Iowa Corn Endowed Chair of Genetics
  • Agronomy
  • Genetics, Development and Cell Biology
Pat Schnable is a distinguished professor at Iowa State University where he holds an endowed chair and directs the Plant Sciences Institute. He is also a ChangJiang Scholar Professor at China Agriculture University. Schnable received his BS from Cornell University and his PhD from Iowa State University; he conducted post-doctoral research at the Max Planck Institute in Köln, Germany.

Schnable’s wide-ranging investigations of the maize genome have resulted in >120 peer-reviewed publications and an h-index of 58.  Schnable is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, serves as a consulting 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 and current member of the Maize Genetics Executive Committee.

Schnable is also the managing partner for Data2Bio LLC, which designs, conducts, analyzes and interprets Next Generation Sequencing projects. 

Contact Info

2035B Roy J Carver Co-lab
1111 WOI Rd
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  • Ph.D., Iowa State, 1986
  • B.S, Cornell University, 1981

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Selected Recent Publications

  • Leiboff S, X Li, HC Hu, N Todt, J Yang, x Li, X Yu, GJ Muehlbauer, MCP Timmermans, J Yu, PS Schnable, MJ Scanlon (2015) Genetic control of morphometric diversity in the maize shoot apical meristem. Nat. Commun., 6. (Epub 2015 Nov 20)

    [ Abstract | Full Text PDF | Supplemental Materials | doi:10.1038/ncomms9974 ]

  • Yang J, H Jiang, CT Yeh, J Yu, JA Jeddeloh, DS Nettleton, PS Schnable (2015) Extreme Phenotype-Genome-Wide Association Study (XP-GWAS): a method for identifying trait-associated variants by sequencing pools of individuals selected from a diversity panel. Plant J, 84: 587-596.

    [ Abstract | Full Text PDF | Supplemental Materials | doi:10.1111/tpj.13029 ]

  • Mester DI, YI Ronin, PS Schnable, S Aluru, AB Korol (2015) Fast and accurate construction of ultra-dense consensus genetic maps using evolution strategy optimization. PLoS ONE, 10(4): e0122485.

    [ Abstract | Full Text PDF | Supplemental Materials | doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0122485 ]

  • Thompson AM, J Yu, MCP Timmermans, PS Schnable, JC Crants, MJ Scanlon, GJ Muehlbauer (2015) Diversity of maize shoot apical meristem architecture and its relationship to plant morphology. G3, 5(5): 819-827. (Early Online March 5, 2015)

    [ Abstract | Full Text PDF | Supplemental Materials | doi:10.1534/g3.115.017541 ]

  • Tang H, X Zhang, C Miao, J Zhang, R Ming, JC Schnable, PS Schnable, E Lyons, J Lu (2015) ALLMAPS: robust scaffold ordering based on multiple maps. Genome Biol, 16(3).

    [ Abstract | Full Text PDF | doi:10.1186/s13059-014-0573-1 ]

  • Li L*, S Hill-Skinner*, S Liu, D Beuchle, HM Tang, CT Yeh, DS Nettleton, PS Schnable (2015) The maize brown midrib4 (bm4) gene encodes a functional folylpolyglutamate synthase. Plant J, 81: 493-504.

    [ Abstract | Full Text PDF | Supplemental Materials | doi:10.1111/tpj.12745 ]