Evan Snyder

Professor | Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute


Evan Snyder earned his M.D. and Ph.D. jointly at the University of Pennsylvania (as an grantee of NIH’s Medical Scientist Training Program) and studied psychology, philosophy, and linguistics at the University of Oxford. He completed residencies in pediatrics and neurology and a clinical fellowship in Neonatology at Children’s Hospital-Boston, Harvard Medical School, where he also served as Chief Resident in Medicine and then in Neurology. Concurrently, he was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Genetics. In addition to going onto the clinical faculty there in both Neonatology and Neurology, he also started his independent lab where he helped define the basic and translational properties of stem cells (particularly neural). He was recruited to the Sanford Burnham Prebys (SBP) Institute in La Jolla to found a Center for Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine. Dr. Snyder is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP). He’s been elected to the Association of American Physicians and to the American Institute of Medical & Biological Engineering. He served two terms as Chairman of the FDA’s Cell, Tissue, & Gene Therapy Advisory Committee and presently chairs the SAB of NIH’s Genetic Disease Biobank. He’s a Diplomate of the Health Leadership Academy. He previously served a president of the American Society for Neural Therapy & Repair &  was a recipient of its Sanberg Award for lifetime achievement. His biography was chosen for inclusion in Ashwal’s textbook Child Neurology: Its Origins, Founders, Growth & Evolution.