Mary Schaeffer, PhD

Professor Emerita

Plant Science & Technology

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BA, Chemistry, Swarthmore College
PhD, Biochemistry, Duke University


Mary Schaeffer (Polacco) was a geneticist with the USDA-ARS and curator of the Maize Genome Database, a web resource served from a campus site. Her research focused on bioinformatics strategies to manipulate and ‘mine’ information on plant genomes and their functionality, from gene product to whole plant and interspecific.