Washington University, St. Louis, MO
Dr. Barbara A. Schaal is the Spencer T. Olin professor of biology and professor of genetics in the Washington University Medical School. She currently also holds the position of Vice President of the US National Academy of Sciences. She received her undergraduate degree at University of Illinois at Chicago with honors in 1969. She received a M.Phil in 1972 and a Ph.D. from Yale University in 1974. She held assistant professorships at the University of Houston and Ohio State University before moving to Washington University.
Dr. Schaal has served as chairman of the Biology Department at Washington University from 1993 to 1997. She has been President of the Botanical Society of America and the Society for the Study of Evolution. She has served on numerous journal editorial boards and has been an associate editor of Molecular Biology and Evolution, Conservation Genetics, and the American Journal of Botany. She has been a Guggenheim fellow and is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. She currently chairs the National Research Council Standing Committee on Biotechnology, Agriculture and the Environment. She is past chair of the section on Biological Sciences, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and is on the board of directors, American Institute of Biological Sciences. She serves on the board of trustees, The Academy of Sciences, St. Louis.
Dr. Schaal's work is in the area of plant evolutionary genetics. Current projects include studies of plant domestication, the genetics of invasive plants, and the genetic architecture of disease resistance in plants. She has published over 150 scientific papers and her work is currently supported by the National Science Foundation, US Agency for International Development, Monsanto, and the McKnight Foundation.
She is married to Dr. Wesley J. Leverich, Professor of Biology at St. Louis University. They have two children, Leah Leverich, a graduate student at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, and Joseph Leverich, a German and International Studies major at Washington University.