Melissa R. Snyder, Ph.D. completed her doctoral degree in Biochemistry through the Mayo Graduate School in 1997. She followed that with a post-doctoral fellowship in clinical/basic immunology, during which time she studied T-cell function in autoimmune disease, specifically rheumatoid arthritis. She then completed a clinical chemistry fellowship at the Mayo Clinic, where she focused on laboratory diagnostics and autoimmune disease. After completing her clinical fellowship, she was board-certified in Clinical Chemistry by the American Board of Clinical Chemistry. Dr. Snyder is currently Co-Director of the Antibody Immunology Laboratory at the Mayo Clinic, with an academic appointment as Associate Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology. The Antibody Immunology Lab performs clinical testing that aids in the diagnosis of a variety of autoimmune diseases, which allows Dr. Snyder to continue to pursue her long-standing interest in autoimmunity.
Throughout her career, Dr. Snyder has been active in a number of scientific societies, primarily the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) and the Association of Medical Laboratory Immunologists (AMLI). From 2009 to 2013, she served as a liaison from AACC to the College of American Pathologist’s Diagnostic Immunology Resource Committee. Also through AACC, Dr. Snyder has been an active member of the Clinical and Diagnostic Immunology Division, having served as the Education Officer (2013-2016) and as Chair-Elect (2016-present). Dr. Snyder has been a member of AMLI since 2006. From 2014-2015, she served as Councilor on the AMLI Executive Committee. Dr. Snyder enjoys working with AACC and AMLI in their efforts to promote the field of clinical laboratory immunology. She has served on organizing committees, moderated symposia, and spoken at numerous meetings, all on topics related to diagnostic immunology testing within the clinical laboratory. Her goal is to provide educational opportunities, to raise awareness among laboratorians and clinicians about the challenges and opportunities that exist within the diagnostic immunology laboratory, and to attract new scientists and investigators to the area of clinical immunology.