Nutrition Business Journal

Figuring It Out

  Michael Snyder is the chair of genetics and the director of the Center of Genomics and Personalized Medicine at Stanford University. He is widely regarded as a leading mind in functional genomics and proteomics, and his lab works on the forefront of detailed, longitudinal, integrative personal “omics” profiles to assess risk and monitor disease states in pursuit of a more personalized medicine. NBJ spoke with Snyder from his offices in Stanford.  

nbj: Tell us about your work at Stanford.

Michael Snyder: My research focuses on trying to understand health states from a very detailed genomic and biochemical perspective. That means we actually sequence people’s DNA to try and predict disease risk. We also do incredibly detailed profiles—we call them ‘omics profiles’—where we sample blood and look in detail at all the molecules. We look at all the RNA they make, all of

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