Dr. Schaff received a B.S. in Chemistry in 1991 from Yale University and a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry in 1997 from the University of Minnesota. After completing his doctorate, he spent two years on a fellowship at the Indiana University Medical Center. There he conducted fundamental studies on the mass spectrometry of anabolic steroids and developed analytical methods for a drug testing laboratory accredited by the International Olympic Committee. While at the IU Medical Center, he served as a member of the testing laboratory staff for the 1998 Goodwill Games.
For the last 18 years, Dr. Schaff has been employed as a forensic toxicologist with the Chemistry Unit of the FBI Laboratory. He has served on committees established by the Society of Forensic Toxicologists and the National Committee for Clinical Laboratory Standards which were charged with developing standards for the use of mass spectrometry in drug identification. Dr. Schaff is also a long-term member of the Board and current President of the Chemical Society of Washington.