Max Rothschild

Rothschild had a strong interest in genetics even as a child, but he didn’t become truly hooked until he worked with legendary UW professor A.B. “Chappie” Chapman. “My work at UW was pivotal to how I approach science and, to a great extent, life,” he says. Now a distinguished professor of agricultural and life sciences at Iowa State University, Rothschild directs the Center for Integrated Animal Genomics, where he is seeking to understand the genetic control of traits in dogs, sheep, shrimp and pigs. Considered a world leader in pig genetics, he serves as the USDA Pig Genome Coordinator.