James Schnable is the Gardner Professor of Maize Quantitative Genetics at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. With over a decade of experience in plant genetics, he maintains a diverse relationship between multiple sciences within his lab and research. Schnable leads and mentors a team of postdoc, graduate students, and technicians in his position in the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture and the Center for Plant Science Innovation at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. His research is currently supported by the US Department of Agriculture, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and the Nebraska Corn Growers. He is especially interested in harnessing new technologies from engineering and computer sciences and integrated them into maize and sorghum genetic and genomic research. As a founding partner in three successful startups in his field, Schnable understands the importance of innovative pathways combined with academic research. Data2Bio, Dryland Genetics, and EnGeniousAg continue to break new ground in the agriculture and genomic sectors.
He holds a BA in Biology from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in Plant Biology from UC-Berkeley. He was NSF Plant Genome Fellowship supported postdoctoral scholar at the Danforth Center in St. Louis and the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences in Beijing, China. He received the Marcus Rhoades early career award for maize genetics in 2018, the North American Plant Phenotyping Network Early Career award, and the American Society of Plant Biologists Early Career Award in 2019.
Graduate student mentorship through the following programs:Research Keywords
Genomics, Maize, Plant Phenotyping, Quantitative Genetics, Genome Evolution