Dr Lori Snyder

About

As an Associate Professor in the School of Life Sciences, Pharmacy, and Chemistry at Kingston University, I am involved in educating students from the foundation year, to MSc programmes, to PhDs. In addition, I am active in outreach activities, including Lab in a Lorry visits, offering work experience to sixth form students, and participating in public engagement events. My research focuses on two main areas: combating antibiotic resistant infections and bacterial genetics and genomics. I have developed, with my research team, novel antimicrobials to stop infant blindness from multi-drug resistant bacterial infections. This work was featured in Wired (www.wired.co.uk/article/fight-against-super-gonorrhoea) and discussed on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQUl5-kC1OQ). I also use bacterial genome sequence data to uncover information about pathogens, informing our laboratory investigations. This work was featured in a YouTube interview (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_ttuJ6l1hI).

In April 2020, my textbook Bacterial Genetics and Genomics was published (https://www.crcpress.com/Bacterial-Genetics-and-Genomics/Snyder/p/book/9780815345695?utm_source=individuals&utm_medium=shared_link&utm_campaign=B000928_ke1_1au_1aj_d001).

I began doing genomic analyses and investigating mechanisms of antibiotic resistance during my PhD at Emory University, USA, with Prof. Bill Shafer, where I investigated Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Neisseria meningitidis. Work on these species continued during my post-doctoral research at the University of Oxford. As a post-doc at the University of Birmingham, I worked as a bioinformatician with Prof. Mark Pallen and Prof. Nick Loman.

In 2013, I was awarded the W H Pierce Prize from the Society for Applied Microbiology in recognition of my substantial contributions to the science of applied microbiology. I have been twice elected to the Prokaryotic Division committee of the Microbiology Society, serve on the Editorial Boards of the journals Microorganisms (MDPI) and Microbial Genomics (Microbiology Society). Funding for my research has been awarded by Sparks, the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, the Society for Applied Microbiology, and the Microbiology Society, as well as an NIH award on which I am a collaborator.

Academic responsibilities

Associate professor

Qualifications

  • PhD. in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Emory University, 2001
  • MA in Biology, The College of William and Mary, 1995
  • BS in Biology, The College of William and Mary, 1993
  • Senior Fellow HEA, 2015

Teaching and learning

My teaching is inspired by my passion for bacterial genetics and genomics, which is the focus of my textbook, specifically written to motivate students to explore this exciting field (https://www.crcpress.com/Bacterial-Genetics-and-Genomics/Snyder/p/book/9780815345695?utm_source=individuals&utm_medium=shared_link&utm_campaign=B000928_ke1_1au_1aj_d001). Throughout the book, I have drawn on my decades of experience as an educator to ensure that my writing is clear and supported by illustrations that don't just make the subject easy to understand, but also relatable and interesting. The topic is built from the basics through to current advances and applications. Early chapters are more than simple revision, containing information and insights important for a deep understanding of the field.

My classroom teaching has taken on several innovative approaches to engage students, including group discussions and on-line research in-class to innovate and brainstorm about new antimicrobial drugs. Together we have explored the properties of existing drugs and then discussed what we would want in a new drug and how we would design it, using our smartphones and laptops in class to research what is happening now. Similarly, we have researched and shared in class exciting genome sequencing projects happening to discuss the types of sequence technologies being used, the methods of nucleic acid extractions involved, and the findings of these studies. These have developed students independent research skills, literature reading and search skills, presentation skills, critical analysis skills, and knowledge of the subjects covered in classes.

I am the module leader of our LS7020 Professional Experience module, which gives students the opportunity to gain workplace experiences relevant to their MSc degree during their studies. This was developed by me several years ago, has been praised by the IBMS during accreditation revalidation in 2018, and has also been highly praised by the students who have benefited from it. Through gaining experience in the workplace, students have told me they have found it easier to find placements and felt more confident and able to get the jobs they wanted after their graduation from Kingston University.

In 2015, I became a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK) based on my experience and innovations in teaching undergraduate, postgraduate, and research students, as well as mentoring and peer-supporting other academic staff. Since that time, I have engaged in Aurora training and served as an Aurora Role Model and Aurora mentor, participated in Advance HE consultancy, and assisted Advance HE in the pilot development of the external examiner training programme. I have also been part of the Kingston University Beyond Barriers staff mentoring scheme as both a mentor and mentee. Beyond Kingston, I have served as an external examiner to five institutions, four in the UK and one international, as well as examining research degrees here at Kingston University and elsewhere.

My teaching includes research-based teaching. I include students in ongoing research projects as part of their BSc and MSc projects, which has resulted in students being co-authors on peer-reviewed publications and conference abstracts.

I serve on Equality Challenge Unit panels, Kingston University institutional, and Kingston University departmental Athena Swan teams.

Qualifications and expertise

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2015)
  • Teaching at the University level in both the classroom and the laboratory (1993 - present)
  • Leadership roles in higher education and beyond (2001 - present)
  • External examiner, including training by the Higher Education Academy (2013 - present)
  • Bacterial Genetics and Genomics blog: https://bacterialgeneticsbiology.science.blog/

Undergraduate courses taught

Postgraduate courses taught

Research

My research largely focuses on the pathogenic Neisseria species of bacteria: Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Neisseria meningitidisN. gonorrhoeae causes the sexually transmitted infection gonorrhoea, as well as ophthalmia neonatorum, an infection of the eyes of newborns that can lead to blindness. N. meningitidis causes meningitis and septicaemia, life threatening conditions.

Research in my lab has been addressing the problem of antibiotic resistance in gonorrhoea infections. With the support of the Sparks charity (https://www.sparks.org.uk/), we have developed a promising new alternative to antibiotics that can be used to treat ophthalmia neonatorum, featured in Wired (https://www.wired.co.uk/article/fight-against-super-gonorrhoea).

Genomics research in my lab has provided novel insights into the genetic make-up of these bacterial pathogens. We are also investigating related non-pathogenic species, which provide alternative treatment options not yet explored. My genomics research led to my W H Pierce Prize from the Society for Applied Microbiology (https://sfam.org.uk/knowledge/awards-and-prizes/wh-pierce-prize.html).

My genomics and antimicrobial research has resulted in numerous peer-reviewed research publications and conference presentations (listed below) selected for REF2014 and REF2021, as well as application for UK (GB1701450.7) and EU (18154222.6-1112) patents. I am the third generation in my family to hold a patent. My father is named on a patent from his work at Yale University Hospital in respiratory therapy and his father holds a patent designed from his experiences with delivering milk for a dairy in New Haven, Connecticut.

I serve on the Editorial Boards for Microorganisms and Microbial Genomics. I have reviewed many manuscripts for over 25 quality journals in my field and been reviewer for several UKRI bodies and other national and international agencies.

I have successfully supervised 7 PhD students who have completed their studies, 2 as primary supervisor, as well as having supervised 2 MSc by Research students, one as primary supervisor.

Conference listings limited to those from Kingston University.

Qualifications and expertise

  • PhD in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics (2001)
  • Scientific research in the fields of microbiology and genetics (1993 - present)
  • https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Lori_Snyder

Areas of specialism

  • Microbiology
  • Genomics
  • Bacteriology
  • Genetics
  • Antimicrobials

Scholarly affiliations

  • https://publons.com/researcher/1180732/lori-snyder/
  • https://growkudos.com/profile/lori_snyder
  • Microbiology Society
  • Society for Applied Microbiology
  • British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
  • European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
  • Biochemical Society

Research student supervision

Publications

Number of items: 105.

Article

Calder, Alan, Menkiti, Chukwuma Jude, Cagdas, Aylin, Santos, Jefferson Lisboa, Streich, Ricarda, Wong, Alice, Avini, Amir H, Bojang, Ebrima, Yogamanaharan, Karththeepan, Sivanesan, Nivetha, Ali, Besma, Ashrafi, Mariam, Issa, Abdirizak, Kaur, Tajinder, Latif, Aisha, Mohamed, Hani A Sheik, Maqsood, Atifa, Tamang, Laxmi, Swager, Emily, Stringer, Alex J. and Snyder, Lori AS (2020) Virulence genes and previously unexplored gene clusters in four commensal 'Neisseria' spp. isolated from the human throat expands the neisserial gene repertoire. Microbial Genomics, ISSN (online) 2057-5858 (Epub Ahead of Print)

Churchward, Colin P., Al-Kinani, Ali A., Abdelkader, Hamdy, Swinden, Julian, Siwoku, Opeoluwa, Alany, Raid G. and Snyder, Lori (2020) Monocaprin eye drop formulation to combat antibiotic resistant gonococcal blindness. Scientific Reports, 10, p. 12010. ISSN (online) 2045-2322

Dolange, Victoria, Churchward, Colin P., Christodoulides, Myron and Snyder, Lori A. S. (2018) The growing threat of gonococcal blindness. Antibiotics, 7(3), p. 59. ISSN (online) 2079-6382

Esmaeilishirazifard, E., Usher, L., Trim, C., Denise, H., Sangal, V., Tyson, G.H., Barlow, A., Redway, K.F., Taylor, J.D., Kremyda-Vlachou, M., Loftus, T.D., Lock, M.M.G., Wright, K., Dalby, A., Snyder, L.A.S., Wuster, W., Trim, S. and Moschos, S.A. (2018) Microbial adaptation to venom is common in snakes and spiders. bioRxiv, (Unpublished)

Churchward, Colin P., Calder, Alan and Snyder, Lori A. S. (2018) Mutations in 'Neisseria gonorrhoeae' grown in sub-lethal concentrations of monocaprin do not confer resistance. PLoS One, 13(4), e0195453. ISSN (online) 1932-6203

Spencer-Smith, Russell, Gould, Simon W., Pulijala, Madhuri and Snyder, Lori A. S. (2018) Investigating potential chromosomal rearrangements during laboratory culture of 'Neisseria gonorrhoeae'. Microorganisms, 6(1), p. 10. ISSN (print) 2076-2607

Butt, Ummara, ElShaer, Amr, Snyder, Lori A. S., Al-Kinani, Ali A., Le Gresley, Adam and Alany, Raid G. (2018) Fatty acid based microemulsions to combat ophthalmia neonatorum caused by 'Neisseria gonorrhoeae' and 'Staphylococcus aureus'. Nanomaterials, 8(1), p. 51. ISSN (online) 2079-4991

Churchward, Colin P., Alany, Raid G. and Snyder, Lori A. S. (2018) Alternative antimicrobials : the properties of fatty acids and monoglycerides. Critical Reviews in Microbiology, 44(5), pp. 561-570. ISSN (print) 1040-841X

Churchward, Colin P., Alany, Raid G., Kirk, Ruth S., Walker, Anthony J. and Snyder, Lori A. S. (2017) Prevention of ophthalmia neonatorum caused by 'Neisseria gonorrhoea' using a fatty acid-based formulation. mBio, 8(4), e00534-17. ISSN (print) 2161-2129

Elbeyioglu, Firat, Roberts, Sabrina B., Spencer-Smith, Russell, Pulijala, Madhuri, Zelewska, Marta, Nebel, Jean-Christophe and Snyder, Lori AS (2017) Inversion of correia repeat enclosed elements in ' Neisseria gonorrhoeae '. Microbiology, 163(1), pp. 31-36. ISSN (print) 1350-0872

Butt, Ummara, ElShaer, Amr, Snyder, Lori A. S., Chaidemenou, Athina and Alany, Raid G. (2016) Fatty acid microemulsion for the treatment of neonatal conjunctivitis : quantification, characterisation and evaluation of antimicrobial activity. Drug Delivery and Translational Research, 6(6), pp. 722-734. ISSN (print) 2190-393X

Roberts, Sabrina, Spencer-Smith, Russell, Shah, Mahwish, Nebel, Jean-Christophe, Cook, Richard T. and Snyder, Lori A. S. (2016) Correia repeat enclosed elements and non-coding RNAs in the Neisseria species. Microorganisms, 4(3), p. 31. ISSN (online) 2076-2607

Spencer-Smith, Russell, Roberts, Sabrina, Gurung, Neesha and Snyder, Lori AS (2016) DNA uptake sequences in Neisseria gonorrhoeae as intrinsic transcriptional terminators and markers of horizontal gene transfer. Microbial Genomics, 2(8), ISSN (online) 2057-5858

Zelewska, Marta A., Pulijala, Madhuri, Spencer-Smith, Russell, Mahmood, Hiba-Tun-Noor A., Norman, Billie, Churchward, Colin P., Calder, Alan and Snyder, Lori AS (2016) Phase variable DNA repeats in 'Neisseria gonorrhoeae' influence transcription, translation, and protein sequence variation. Microbial Genomics, 2016(2), ISSN (online) 2057-5858

Snyder, Lori AS (2016) Next-generation sequencing techniques. Hospital Healthcare Europe, 2016,

Snyder, Lori A.S. (2015) Finding sunken treasure in the genome sequencing data flood. Microbiologist, 16(2), pp. 10-13. ISSN (print) 1479-2699

Karlyshev, Andrey V, Snyder, Lori A S, McFadden, Johnjoe and Griffin, Ruth (2015) Insight into proteomic investigations of Neisseria meningitidis serogroup C strain L91543 from analysis of its genome sequence. FEMS Microbiology Letters, 362(9), ISSN (print) 0378-1097

Bingle, Lewis E. H., Constantinidou, Chrystala, Shaw, Robert K., Islam, Md. Shahidul, Patel, Mala, Snyder, Lori A. S., Lee, David J., Penn, Charles W., Busby, Stephen J. W. and Pallen, Mark J. (2014) Microarray analysis of the Ler regulon in enteropathogenic and enterohaemorrhagic ' Escherichia coli ' strains. PLoS ONE, 9(1), e80160-e80160. ISSN (online) 1932-6203

Snyder, L.A., Loman, N.J., Faraj, L.J., Levi, K., Weinstock, J., Boswell, T.C., Pallen, M.J. and Ala’Aldeen, D.A. (2013) Epidemiological investigation of ' Pseudomonas aeruginosa ' isolates from a six-year-long hospital outbreak using high-throughput whole genome sequencing. Eurosurveillance, 18(42), ISSN (print) 1025-496X

Spencer-Smith, Russell, Varkey, Eldho, Fielder, Mark and Snyder, Lori (2012) Sequence features contributing to chromosomal rearrangements in 'Neisseria gonorrhoeae'. PLOS One, 7(9), e46023. ISSN (online) 1932-6203

Snyder, Lori (2011) Careers : a career in microbial genomics - home and away. Microbiologist, 12(1), pp. 44-45. ISSN (print) 1479-2699

Snyder, LAS, Loman, NJ, Linton, JD, Langdon, RR, Weinstock, GM, Wren, BW and Pallen, MJ (2010) Simple sequence repeats in Helicobacter canadensis and their role in phase variable expression and C-terminal sequence switching. BMC Genomics, 11(67), ISSN (print) 1471-2164

Loman, N. J., Snyder, L.A.S., Linton, J. D., Langdon, R., Lawson, A. J., Weinstock, G. M., Wren, B. W. and Pallen, M. J. (2009) Genome sequence of the emerging pathogen Helicobacter canadensis. Journal of Bacteriology, 191(17), pp. 5566-5567. ISSN (print) 0021-9193

Woo, Patrick C. Y., Lau, Susanna K. P., Tse, Herman, Teng, Jade L. L., Curreem, Shirly O. T., Tsang, Alan K. L., Fan, Rachel Y. Y., Wong, Gilman K. M., Huang, Yi, Loman, Nicholas J., Snyder, Lori A. S., Cai, James J., Huang, Jian-Dong, Mak, William, Pallen, Mark J., Lok, Si and Yuen, Kwok-Yung (2009) The complete genome and proteome of Laribacter hongkongensis reveal potential mechanisms for adaptations to different temperatures and habitats. PLoS Genetics, 5(3), e1000416. ISSN (print) 1553-7390

Snyder, Lori A.S., Cole, Jeff A. and Pallen, Mark J. (2009) Comparative analysis of two 'Neisseria gonorrhoeae' genome sequences reveals evidence of mobilization of Correia Repeat Enclosed Elements and their role in regulation. BMC Genomics, 10(70), ISSN (online) 1471-2164

Snyder, Lori A. S., Loman, Nicholas J., Futterer, Klaus and Pallen, Mark J. (2009) Bacterial flagellar diversity and evolution: seek simplicity and distrust it? Trends in Microbiology, 17(1), pp. 1-5. ISSN (print) 0966-842X

Snyder, Lori A. S., Loman, Nick, Pallen, Mark J. and Penn, Charles W (2009) Next-generation sequencing : the promise and perils of charting the great microbial unknown. Microbial Ecology, 57(1), pp. 1-3. ISSN (print) 0095-3628

Chaudhuri, Roy R., Loman, Nicholas J., Snyder, Lori A. S., Bailey, Christopher M., Stekel, Dov J. and Pallen, Mark J. (2008) xBASE2: a comprehensive resource for comparative bacterial genomics. Nucleic Acids Research, 36, D543-D546. ISSN (print) 0305-1048

Snyder, Lori A. S., McGowan, Simon, Rogers, Matthew, Duro, Eris, O'Farrell, Ewan and Saunders, Nigel J. (2007) The repertoire of minimal mobile elements in the Neisseria species and evidence that these are involved in horizontal gene transfer in other bacteria. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 24(12), pp. 2802-2815. ISSN (print) 0737-4038

Tett, Adrian, Spiers, Andrew J., Crossman, Lisa C., Ager, Duane, Ciric, Lena, Dow, J. Maxwell, Fry, John C., Harris, David, Lilley, Andrew, Oliver, Anna, Parkhill, Julian, Quail, Michael A., Rainey, Paul B., Saunders, Nigel J., Seeger, Kathy, Snyder, Lori A. S., Squares, Rob, Thomas, Christopher M., Turner, Sarah L., Zhang, Xue-Xian, Field, Dawn and Bailey, Mark J. (2007) Sequence-based analysis of pQBR103; a representative of a unique, transfer-proficient mega plasmid resident in the microbial community of sugar beet. The ISME Journal, 1(4), pp. 331-340. ISSN (print) 1751-7362

Bentley, Stephen D., Vernikos, George S., Snyder, Lori A.S., Churcher, Carol, Arrowsmith, Claire, Chillingworth, Tracey, Cronin, Ann, Davis, Paul H., Holroyd, Nancy E., Jagels, Kay, Maddison, Mark, Moule, Sharon, Rabbinowitsch, Ester, Sharp, Sarah, Unwin, Louise, Whitehead, Sally, Quail, Michael A., Achtman, Mark, Barrell, Bart, Saunders, Nigel J. and Parkhill, Julian (2007) Meningococcal genetic variation mechanisms viewed through comparative analysis of Serogroup C Strain FAM18. PLoS Genetics, 3(2), e23. ISSN (print) 1553-7390

Whitehead, Rebekah N., Overton, Tim W., Snyder, Lori A.S., McGowan, Simon J., Smith, Harry, Cole, Jeff A. and Saunders, Nigel J. (2007) The small FNR regulon of Neisseria gonorrhoeae: comparison with the larger Escherichia coli FNR regulon and interaction with the NarQ-NarP regulon. BMC Genomics, 8(35), ISSN (online) 1471-2164

Overton, Tim W., Whitehead, Rebekah, Li, Ying, Snyder, Lori A. S., Saunders, Nigel J., Smith, Harry and Cole, Jeff A. (2006) Coordinated regulation of the Neisseria gonorrhoeae-truncated denitrification pathway by the nitric oxide-sensitive repressor, NsrR, and nitrite-insensitive NarQ-NarP. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 281(44), pp. 33115-33126. ISSN (print) 0021-9258

Gunsekere, Ishara C., Kahler, Charlene M., Powell, David R., Snyder, Lori A. S., Saunders, Nigel J., Rood, Julian I. and Davies, John K. (2006) Comparison of the RpoH-dependent regulon and general stress response in Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Journal of Bacteriology, 188(13), pp. 4769-4776. ISSN (print) 0021-9193

Snyder, Lori AS and Saunders, Nigel J. (2006) The majority of genes in the pathogenic Neisseria species are present in non-pathogenic Neisseria lactamica, including those designated as 'virulence genes'. BMC Genomics, 7(128), ISSN (online) 1471-2164

Gunesekere, Ishara C., Kahler, Charlene M., Ryan, Catherine S., Snyder, Lori A. S., Saunders, Nigel J., Rood, Julian I. and Davies, John K. (2006) Ecf, an alternative sigma factor from Neisseria gonorrhoeae, controls expression of msrAB, which encodes methionine sulfoxide reductase. Journal of Bacteriology, 188(10), pp. 3463-3469. ISSN (print) 0021-9193

Snyder, Lori A. S., Jarvis, Stephen A. and Saunders, Nigel J. (2005) Complete and variant forms of the 'gonococcal genetic island' in Neisseria meningitidis. Microbiology, 151(12), pp. 4005-4013. ISSN (print) 1350-0872

Snyder, Lori A.S., Davies, John K., Ryan, Catherine S. and Saunders, Nigel J. (2005) Comparative overview of the genomic and genetic differences between the pathogenic Neisseria strains and species. Plasmid, 54(3), pp. 191-218. ISSN (print) 0147-619X

Herbert, Mark A, Beveridge, Catriona J E, McCormick, David, Aten, Emmelien, Jones, Nicola, Snyder, Lori A S and Saunders, Nigel J (2005) Genetic islands of Streptococcus agalactiae strains NEM316 and 2603VR and their presence in other Group B Streptococcal strains. BMC Microbiology, 5(31), pp. 1-11. ISSN (online) 1471-2180

Jordan, Philip W, Snyder, Lori A S and Saunders, Nigel J (2005) Strain-specific differences in Neisseria gonorrhoeae associated with the phase variable gene repertoire. BMC Microbiology, 5(21), pp. 1-12. ISSN (online) 1471-2180

Snyder, Lori A S, Davies, John K and Saunders, Nigel J (2004) Microarray genomotyping of key experimental strains of Neisseria gonorrhoeae reveals gene complement diversity and five new neisserial genes associated with Minimal Mobile Elements. BMC Genomics, 5(23), pp. 1-12. ISSN (online) 1471-2164

Jordan, Philip, Snyder, Lori A S and Saunders, Nigel J (2003) Diversity in coding tandem repeats in related Neisseria spp. BMC Microbiology, 3(23), pp. 1-15. ISSN (online) 1471-2180

Jerse, Ann E., Sharma, Nirmala D., Simms, Amy N., Crow, Emily T., Snyder, Lori A. and Shafer, William M. (2003) A gonococcal efflux pump system enhances bacterial survival in a female mouse model of genital tract infection. Infection and Immunity, 71(10), pp. 5576-5582. ISSN (print) 0019-9567

Snyder, Lori A. S., Shafer, William M. and Saunders, Nigel J. (2003) Divergence and transcriptional analysis of the division cell wall (dcw) gene cluster in Neisseria spp. Molecular Microbiology, 47(2), pp. 431-442. ISSN (print) 0950-382X

Salaun, Laurence, Snyder, Lori A.S. and Saunders, Nigel J. (2003) Adaptation by phase variation in pathogenic bacteria. Advances in Applied Microbiology, 52, pp. 263-301. ISSN (print) 0065-2164

Saunders, Nigel J. and Snyder, Lori A. S. (2002) The minimal mobile element. Microbiology, 148(12), pp. 3756-3760. ISSN (print) 1350-0872

Snyder, Lori A. S., Butcher, Sarah A. and Saunders, Nigel J. (2001) Comparative whole-genome analyses reveal over 100 putative phase-variable genes in the pathogenic Neisseria spp. Microbiology, 147(8), pp. 2321-2332. ISSN (print) 1350-0872

Snyder, Lori A. S., Saunders, Nigel J. and Shafer, William M. (2001) A putatively phase variable gene (dca) required for natural competence in Neisseria gonorrhoeae but not Neisseria meningitidis is located within the division cell wall (dcw) gene cluster. Journal of Bacteriology, 183(4), pp. 1233-1241. ISSN (print) 0021-9193

Hagman, Kayla E., Lucas, Claressa E., Balthazar, Jacqueline T., Snyder, Lori, Nilles, Matthew, Judd, Ralph C. and Shafer, William M. (1997) The MtrD protein of Neisseria gonorrhoeae is a member of the resistance/nodulation/division protein family constituting part of an efflux system. Microbiology, 143(7), pp. 2117-2125. ISSN (print) 1350-0872

Book

Snyder, Lori A. S. (2020) Bacterial genetics and genomics. Boca Raton, U.S. : CRC Press. 413p. ISBN 9780367263768

Book Section

Churchward, Colin P. and Snyder, Lori A. S. (2019) In vitro models of eye infection with Neisseria gonorrhoeae. In: Christodoulides, Myron, (ed.) Neisseria gonorrhoeae : methods and protocols. New York, NY : Springer Science+Business Media. pp. 363-376. (Methods in molecular biology, 1997) ISSN (print) 1064-3745 ISBN 9781493994953

Snyder, Lori A S, Snudden, Graham, Haan, Nick and Saunders, Nigel J. (2007) Comparative genomics: the nature of CGH analysis and data interpretation. In: Falciani, Francesco, (ed.) Microarray technology through applications. Abingdon, U.K. : Taylor & Francis. pp. 269-284. ISBN 9780415378536

Snyder, Lori A.S., Jordan, Philip W. and Saunders, Nigel J. (2007) Neisseria: a postgenomic view. In: Pullen, Mark J. , Nelson, Karen E. and Preston, Gail M., (eds.) Bacterial pathogenomics. Washington, U.S.A. : ASM Press. pp. 90-119. ISBN 9781555814519

Saunders, Nigel J. and Snyder, Lori A. S. (2005) The neisserial genomes: what they reveal about the diversity and behavior of these species. In: Little, Peter F. R., (ed.) Encyclopedia of genetics, genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics. Wiley InterScience. 2

Conference or Workshop Item

Ukachukwu, Faith, Snyder, Lori and Alany, Raid (2020) Fatty acids as novel treatment options for 'Pseudomonad' and 'Staphylococcal' infection. In: Microbiology Society Annual Conference 2020; , cancelled due to COVID-19. (Unpublished)

Calder, Alan and Snyder, Lori (2020) The type VI secretion system in commensal 'Neisseria' spp. In: Microbiology Society Annual Conference 2020; , cancelled due to COVID-19. (Unpublished)

Anonye, Blessing, Nweke, Valentine, Gabrilska, Rebecca, Rumbaugh, Kendra P, Snyder, Lori and Harrison, Freya (2020) The safety of a medieval remedy for the treatment of diabetic foot infections. In: Microbiology Society Annual Conference 2020; , cancelled due to COVID-19. (Unpublished)

Snyder, Lori [Speaker] (2019) Translational and clinical considerations. In: Antimicrobial Drug Discovery from Traditional and Historical Medicine; 29 Oct 2019, Oxford, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Snyder, Lori, Cagdas, Aylin, Lisboa Santos, J, Streich, Ricarda, Williams, D, Wong, Alice, Khakbazan, AH, Bojang, E, Yogamanoharan, K, Sivanesan, N, Ali, Besma, Ashrafi, M, Issa, A, Kaur, T, Latif, A, Mohamed, HAS, Maqsood, A, Tamang, L, Swager, E and Stringer, Alex (2018) Gene clusters unique to human commensal Neisseria spp. and shared with the pathogens. In: International Pathogenic Neisseria Conference 2018; 23-28 September, 2018, Asilomar, California, USA. (Unpublished)

Snyder, Lori [Speaker], Churchward, Colin, Al-Kinani, Ali, Kirk, Ruth, Walker, Anthony J., Abdelkader, Hamdy, Swindon, J, Calder, Alan, Varnakulasingam, Thinuba and Alany, Raid (2018) A prophylaxis and treatment for gonococcal ophthalmia neonatorum. In: International Pathogenic Neisseria Conference 2018; 23-28 September, 2018, Asilomar, California, USA. (Unpublished)

Churchward, Colin, Aruda, Polliane, Sears, Andrew, Galanaki, Venetia, Arutsothy, Archana, Naidu, Puspalatha Raja, Perera, Damithi, Al-Kinani, Ali, Snyder, Lori, , and (2018) Activity of natural products against Neisseria gonorrhoeae. In: Microbiology Society Annual Conference, Birmingham, April 2018; 10-13 April 2018, Birmingham, UK. (Unpublished)

Snyder, Lori (2017) Sequence variations in the human pathogen 'Neisseria gonorrhoeae' and related species. In: Bioinformatics : Applications in Human Genomics & Precision Medicine Congress; 09 - 10 Oct 2017, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Churchward, Colin, Alany, Raid, Kirk, Ruth, Walker, Tony and Snyder, Lori (2017) A promising treatment for eye infections caused by antibiotic resistant 'Neisseria gonorrhoeae'. In: 5th Mol Micro and 4th M4 Meeting; 13-14 Sep 2017, Birmingham, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Snyder, Lori, Cagdas, Aylin, Lisboa Santos, J, Streich, Ricarda, Wong, Alice, Khakbazan, AH, Bojang, E, Yogamanoharan, K, Sivanesan, N, Ali, Besma, Ashrafi, M, Issa, A, Kaur, T, Latif, A, Mohamed, HAS, Maqsood, A, Tamang, L and Swager, E (2017) Genome sequence analysis of four non-pathogenic Neisseria isolates reveals virulence genes. In: Microbiology Society Annual Conference 2017; 3-6 April 2017, Edinburgh, UK. (Unpublished)

Snyder, Lori [Speaker] (2016) Identification of sequence changes in 'Neisseria gonorrhoeae' using sequencing techniques. In: 5th Annual Next Generation Sequencing Congress Asia and 3rd Annual Single Cell Analysis Asia Congress; 13 -14 Oct 2016, Singapore. (Unpublished)

Spencer-Smith, Russell, Roberts, Sabrina, Gurung, N and Snyder, Lori (2016) DNA uptake sequences in 'Neisseria gonorrhoeae' as intrinsic transcriptional terminators and markers of horizontal gene transfer. In: International Pathogenic Neisseria Conference 2016; 4-9 September 2016, Manchester, UK. (Unpublished)

Mos, Ellis, Ryan, Ali, Griffin, Ruth, Snyder, Lori and (2016) Exploring the function of the factor H binding protein homologue in Neisseria gonorrhoeae. In: International Pathogenic Neisseria Conference 2016; 4-9 September 2016, Manchester, UK. (Unpublished)

Zelewska, Marta, Pulijala, M, Churchward, Colin, Mahmood, Hiba-Tun-Noor A and Snyder, Lori (2016) Identification of phase variable repeat changes in Neisseria gonorrhoeae using sequencing technologies. In: International Pathogenic Neisseria Conference 2016; 4-9 September 2016, Manchester, UK. (Unpublished)

Churchward, Colin, Calder, Alan and Snyder, Lori (2016) Induced mutations in Neisseria gonorrhoeae upon repeated passage on media containing a fatty acid and a monoglyceride. In: International Pathogenic Neisseria Conference 2016; 4-9 September 2016, Manchester, UK. (Unpublished)

Spencer-Smith, Russell, Roberts, Sabrina, Gurung, Neesha and Snyder, Lori A. S. (2016) DNA uptake sequences in 'Neisseria gonorrhoeae' as intrinsic transcriptional terminators and markers of horizontal gene transfer. In: Society for Applied Microbiology Spring Meeting; 19 Ap 2016, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Zelewska, Marta, Pulijala, M, Churchward, Colin, Mahmood, Hiba-Tun-Noor A and Snyder, Lori (2016) Identification of phase variable repeat changes in 'Neisseria gonorrhoeae' using sequencing technologies. In: Festival of Genomics; 20-21 Jan 2016, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Snyder, Lori [Speaker] (2015) The diagnostic utility of circulating DNA and RNA. In: The Institute of Biomedical Science Congress 2015; 28-30 Sep 2015, Birmingham, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Snyder, Lori (2015) Bioinformatics predictions and Ion Torrent PGM RNA-seq evidence of intrinsic transcriptional terminators in 'Neisseria gonorrhoeae'. In: Advances in Next Generation Sequencing; 05 - 06 May 2015, held online. (Unpublished)

Spencer-Smith, Russell, Roberts, Sabrina [Speaker], Gurung, Neesha and Snyder, Lori (2015) Identification of DNA uptake sequences in 'Neisseria gonorrhoeae' that are intrinsic transcriptional terminators using bioinformatics supported by RNA-seq. In: Microbiology Society Annual Conference 2015; 30 March - 2 April 2015, Birmingham, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Churchward, Colin, Arruda, Polliane, Sears, Andrew and Snyder, Lori (2015) Treatments of natural oils to produce bactericidal products against 'Neisseria gonorrhoeae'. In: Microbiology Society Annual Conference 2015; 30 March - 2 April 2015, Birmingham, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Snyder, Lori (2014) Unexpected discoveries using the Ion Torrent. In: 6th Annual Next Generation Sequencing Congress & 2nd Annual Single Cell Analysis Congress; 20-21 Nov 2014, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Butt, U., Elshaer, A., Alany, R. and Snyder, L. (2014) Using fatty acids to combat blindness in newborns caused by gonorrhoea infection: analytical method development and validation. In: American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) Annual Meeting and Exposition; 02-06 Nov 2014, San Diego, U.S.. (Unpublished)

Roberts, Sabrina [Speaker] and Snyder, Lori (2014) The Correia Enclosed Repeat Element : How it is affected by temperature, pH, CO2, and non- coding RNAs in the 'Neisseria spp.'. In: XIXth International Pathogenic Neisseria Conference; 12 - 17 October 2014, Asheville, North Carolina, USA. (Unpublished)

Spencer-Smith, R, Roberts, S, Gurung, N and Snyder, L (2014) DNA uptake sequences in 'Neisseria gonorrhoeae' as intrinsic transcriptional terminators and markers of horizontal gene transfer. In: XIXth International Pathogenic Neisseria Conference; 12 - 17 October 2014, Asheville, North Carolina, USA. (Unpublished)

Bojang, E, Churchward, Colin, Griffin, Ruth, Roberts, Sabrina, Da Silva, RAG, Yogamanoharan, K, Sivanesan, N, Ali, B, Ashrafi, M, Issa, A, Kaur, T, Latif, A, Mohamed, HAS, Maqsood, A and Snyder, Lori (2014) Genome sequence assembly, annotation, and comparative analysis of a potential novel serogroup of 'Neisseria meningitidis'. In: XIXth International Pathogenic Neisseria Conference; 12 - 17 Oct 2014, Asheville, North Carolina, U.S.. (Unpublished)

Churchward, Colin, Sears, Andrew, Arruda, Polliane and Snyder, Lori (2014) Novel antimicrobial agents against 'Neisseria gonorrhoeae' from extracts of natural products. In: XIXth International Pathogenic Neisseria Conference; 12 - 17 October 2014, Asheville, North Carolina, USA. (Unpublished)

Snyder, Lori [Speaker] (2014) Meeting the challenge of "Sequencing for all". In: Bioinformatics & Pharmacogenomics: Managing and Analyzing Big Data (part of the Nucleic Acids Summit); 19 - 20 Jun 2014, San Diego, California, U.S.. (Unpublished)

Snyder, Lori [Speaker] (2014) Bacterial genomic changes revealed through next-generation sequencing data analysis. In: Advances in NGS & Big Data; 14 - 15 May 2014, Barcelona, Spain. (Unpublished)

Snyder, L.A.S., Mustafa, Y., Cranenburgh, T., Smith, L. and Jansen, V. (2014) Metagenomic analysis of throat swab isolates from a cohort of six Royal Holloway students. In: 24th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases; 10-13 May 2014, Barcelona, Spain. (Unpublished)

Snyder, L, Yogamanoharan, K, Sivanesan, N, Ali, B, Ashrafi, M, Issa, A, Kaur, T, Latif, A, Mohamed, HAS, Maqsood, A and Bojang, E (2014) Genome sequence assembly, annotation, and comparative analysis of a Kingston University isolate of 'Neisseria meningitidis'. In: Advances in NGS & Big Data; 14 - 15 May 2014, Barcelona, Spain. (Unpublished)

Snyder, Lori [Speaker] (2013) Genomic changes in 'Neisseria gonorrhoeae' revealed through Ion Torrent sequencing. In: 3rd Annual Next Generation Sequencing Congress Asia; 08 - 09 Oct 2013, Singapore. (Unpublished)

Snyder, Lori (2013) Finding sunken treasure in the genome sequence data flood. In: Society for Applied Microbiology Summer Conference; 01 - 04 Jul 2013, Cardiff, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Snyder, Lori (2012) Discoveries in 'Neisseria gonorrhoeae' using the Ion Torrent. In: 4th Annual Next Generation Sequencing Congress; 15-16 Nov 2012, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Snyder, Lori (2012) Next-generation sequencing of mixed bacterial populations. In: Society for Applied Microbiology PECS Conference; 25 Oct 2012, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Snyder, Lori (2012) Ion PGM sequencing of mixed bacterial populations. In: Ion Torrent User Group Meeting; 09 - 11 Oct 2012, Faro, Portugal. (Unpublished)

Roberts, S. and Snyder, L. (2012) Comparison of RNA extraction methods for effective isolation of bacterial RNA from neisserial cultures. In: XVIIIth International Pathogenic Neisseria Conference (IPNC); 09 - 14 Sep 2012, Würzburg, Germany. (Unpublished)

Roberts, S. and Snyder, L. (2012) Comparison of the locations of Correia Repeat Enclosed Elements and potential small noncoding RNAs in the 'Neisseria' spp. In: XVIIIth International Pathogenic Neisseria Conference (IPNC); 09 - 14 Sep 2012, Würzburg, Germany. (Unpublished)

Elbeyioglu, F., Roberts, S., Zelewska, M., Pulijala, M., Spencer-Smith, R. and Snyder, L. (2012) Movement of Correia Repeat Enclosed Elements during laboratory culture. In: XVIIIth International Pathogenic Neisseria Conference (IPNC); 09 - 14 Sep 2012, Würzburg, Germany. (Unpublished)

Spencer-Smith, R., Nebel, J.-C., Norman, B., Zelewska, M., Bharaj, D., Fielder, M. and Snyder, L. (2012) Roles for DNA repeats in 'Neisseria gonorrhoeae', including protein sequence variation. In: XVIIIth International Pathogenic Neisseria Conference (IPNC); 09 - 14 Sep 2012, Würzburg, Germany. (Unpublished)

Spencer-Smith, R., Varkey, E., Fielder, M. and Snyder, L. (2012) Sequence features contributing to chromosomal rearrangements in 'Neisseria gonorrhoeae'. In: XVIIIth International Pathogenic Neisseria Conference (IPNC); 09 - 14 Sep 2012, Würzburg, Germany. (Unpublished)

Snyder, Lori (2012) Next-generation sequencing of mixed bacterial populations. In: SMi Next-Generation Sequencing Conference; 17 - 18 Sep 2012, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Snyder, Lori [Speaker] (2012) Applications of Ion Torrent sequencing at Kingston University. In: Next Generation Sequencing 2012; 12 - 13 Jun 2012, Prague, Czech Republic. (Unpublished)

Snyder, Lori [Speaker] (2012) The Ion Torrent Personal Genome Machine in Kingston University, London. In: European Lab Automation; 30 - 31 May 2012, Hamburg, Germany. (Unpublished)

Snyder, Lori [Speaker] (2011) Challenges and opportunities for smaller universities. In: 3rd Annual Next Generation Sequencing Congress; 14 - 15 Nov 2011, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Snyder, Lori [Speaker] (2011) Use of next-generation sequencing in epidemiology. In: 21st European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases & 27th International Congress of Chemotherapy; 07 - 10 May 2011, Milan, Italy. (Unpublished)

Karlyshev, A.V., Ikeda, N. and Snyder, L. (2010) Bacterial cell shape determining factors of Campylobacter as potential drug targets. In: International Conference on Antimicrobial Research (ICAR2010); 03 - 05 Nov 2010, Valladolid, Spain. (Unpublished)

Snyder, Lori [Speaker] (2010) Genome sequences and efflux systems in the pathogenic 'Neisseria'. In: Antibiotic Resistance Mechanisms; 25 - 26 Nov 2010, Birmingham, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Snyder, Lori, Smith, Russell, Aamin, Hafsa, Azam, Jibran, Bharaj, Devashish, Mtangadura, Yvonne, Shen, Rebecca and Varkey, Eldho M (2010) The changing genome of 'Neisseria gonorrhoeae'. In: IPNC 2010 : 17th International Pathogenic Neisseria Conference; 11 - 16 Sep 2010, Banff, Canada. (Unpublished)

Snyder, Lori, Marri, Pradeep Reddy, Weyand, Nathan and So, Magdalene (2010) The division and cell wall synthesis clusters of the commensal 'Neisseria' spp. In: IPNC 2010 : 17th International Pathogenic Neisseria Conference; 11 - 16 Sep 2010, Banff, Canada. (Unpublished)

Snyder, Lori [Speaker] (2009) Next-generation sequencing of bacteria-bugs to data to discoveries. In: Next Generation Sequencing Congress; 16 - 17 Nov 2009, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

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Professional practice, knowledge exchange and impact

I am an active member of the Microbiology Society, currently serving as an elected member of the Prokaryotic Division, a committee responsible for the planning and delivery of the Microbiology Society Annual Conference. I am also on the Editorial Board of the Microbiology Society journal Microbial Genomics, having previously served on the Advisory Board. Within the Society, I have also been part of the team that organised the Antimicrobial Drug Discovery from Traditional and Historical Medicine Focused Meeting in 2019 (https://microbiologysociety.org/event/society-events-and-meetings/antimicrobial-drug-discovery-from-traditional-and-historical-medicine-1.html) and I am leading the team organising a Focused Meeting on metagenomics in 2022. Each year, I apply to the Society to recognise one of our students for their achievements with the Undergraduate Microbiology Prize.

I am also actively involved with the Advance HE Equality Challenge Unit Athena SWAN initiative, working to address inequalities in academia. In addition to my roles within Kingston University, I regularly assess applications from other institutions as part of Athena SWAN Award assessment panels and have served as chair of such panels.

Also within AdvanceHE, I participated in the pilot programme to train external examiners and followed-up this training by participating in a trial of an on-line training programme for external examiners. Since that time I have regularly provided feedback to AdvanceHE on how this training has benefited me and those I have mentored. To-date, I have been external examiner for 6 institutions, including one university overseas. I have also been an external research degree examiner for three research degrees at three separate institutions.

As Module Leader for LS7020 Professional Experience, I have worked with outside institutions to provide opportunities for our students to develop their professional practice and knowledge. As an Aurora and Beyond Barriers mentor, I have explored with my mentees the development of their professional practice and networks. 

Qualifications and expertise

  • Editorial Board member of Microbial Genomics (Microbiology Society)
  • Editorial Board member of Microorganisms (MDPI)
  • Prokaryotic Division committee member (Microbiology Society)
  • Focused Meeting organiser (Microbiology Society, 2019 & 2022)

Professional and scholarly affiliations

  • Microbiology Society
  • Society for Applied Microbiology
  • British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
  • European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
  • Biochemical Society

Leadership and management

I am the Admissions, Recruitment, and Outreach Tutor for the Department of Biomolecular Sciences and the Department of Applied and Human Sciences and a portion of the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry. This role is part of the AMF (Academic Management Framework) at Kingston University and involves coordination of responsibilities and scheduling for over 50 members of academic staff participating in Open Days, Experience Days, Clearing, and Outreach activities. I work together with a team of other Admissions, Recruitment, and Outreach Tutors, members of the admissions and marketing team, and admissions tutors to assess our recruitment strategies and improve applicant experiences. In this role I have sought to improve staff work/life balance, whilst satisfying our commitment to delivering quality experiences. I have worked to enhance our Open Days, including the Department of Biomolecular Sciences and the Department of Applied and Human Sciences making use of the Outreach Centre as hub for attendees to meet staff and get answers to questions

My colleagues and I have also been successful in obtaining external funding for new outreach activities to support our public engagement programmes, both at our Outreach Centre at Kingston University and in our Lab in a Lorry (https://www.kingston.ac.uk/schools-and-colleges/book-activities/lab-in-a-lorry/). My Microbiology Society Education and Outreach funding has developed our ‘Identify. Treat.' outreach programme, centred on learning about microbes and how they are identified and treated. Working with staff and students across disciplines, I have also led in the development of a crime scene investigation outreach activity for school-age students involving forensics, geography, biology, pharmacy, and computer science.

I have been an Athena Swan Institutional Self-Assessment Team working group leader and an Athena Swan Departmental Self-Assessment Team working group leader, both with ongoing roles, duties, and responsibilities post-award. Outside of Kingston University, I have been a panel chair at the Equality Challenge Unit for the assessment of Athena Swan applications, as well as having sat on several decision panels.

I am also an assessor for applications to the Higher Education Academy AFHEA, FHEA, and SFHEA through the KAPS programme (https://www.kingston.ac.uk/learning-and-teaching-enhancement-centre/kingston-academic-practice-standards-framework/).

External to Kingston University, I have served on the Microbiology Society Prokaryotic Division since 2015, where my leadership roles involve aspects of organization of the Microbiology Society Annual Conference, an international conference of excellence. I was co-organizer of the Microbiology Society Focused Meeting, Antimicrobial Drug Discovery in Traditional and Historical Medicine in 2019 and am the lead organizer of an upcoming Microbiology Society Focused Meeting on metagenomics (2022).

In 2017, I was fortunate to be supported in my leadership training by Kingston University, through the opportunity to attend the Aurora programme (https://www.advance-he.ac.uk/programmes-events/aurora). I was honoured to be asked to then become an Aurora Role Model and have been pleased to have given back to this experience ever since, sharing my insight with other women across the UK and at Kingston University as an Aurora mentor.

I have also mentored women in the Beyond Barriers programme and am a mentor to an external examiner in another School within the University.

Qualifications and expertise

  • Aurora, Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, 2017
  • Broadcast Media Training: Control your message, ACM Training, 2019
  • GDPR Essentials training, Kingston University, 2018
  • Windows 10, Office 2016, Office 365 Digital Culture Training, Kingston University, 2018
  • Unconscious Bias Workshop, Kingston University, 2017
  • Equality Essentials, Kingston University 2017
  • Athena SWAN assessment panel training, Equality Challenge Unit 2016, 2017 & 2018
  • KAPS Higher Education Academy assessment panel training, Kingston University 2016, 2018
  • Mentor training, Kingston University 2013, 2016, 2017 & 2018

University responsibilities

  • Admissions, Recruitment, and Outreach Tutor
  • Athena Swan Institutional Self-Assessment Team
  • Athena Swan Departmental Self-Assessment Team
  • KAPS panel assessor
  • Aurora mentor

Public and CIVIC roles

  • Equality Challenge Unit panel member (and sometimes chair)
  • Microbiology Society Prokaryotic Division member
  • Microbiology Society Focused Meeting organizer and co-organizer
  • Aurora Role Model

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