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Melissa Meaney Phillips

Melissa’s employment at NIST began with the measurement of organic acids, anthocyanidins, and flavonols in a suite of Vaccinium berry SRMs (cranberry, blueberry, and bilberry). She is also interested in the broader field of dietary supplements and their analysis. Melissa has also been involved in various aspects of the Dietary Supplement Quality Assurance Program. 


  • Outstanding Graduate Student Woman, Faculty-Professional Women’s Association, Michigan State University – 2006           
  • Excellence-in-Teaching Citation, College of Natural Science, Michigan State University – 2006           
  • Tracy A. Hammer Outstanding Graduate Student Award, College of Natural Science, Michigan State University – 2005 

Membership and Professional Activities:

  • American Chemical Society – 2004 to present
  • AOAC International – 2008 to present
  • Washington Chromatography Discussion Group 
    - Secretary - 2010 to present  
    - Board Member - 2009 to 2010
  •   United States Pharmacopeia General Chapters - Chemical Analysis Expert Committee - 2008 to 2010
Photograph of Melissa Phillips


Research Chemist
Chemical Sciences Division
Organic Chemical Metrology Group

Employment History:

  • Teaching Assistant, Michigan State University, 2001-2007
  • Research Chemist, NIST, 2008-present


  • Lyman Briggs School - Chemistry, B.S., Michigan State University, 2002
  • Forensic Chemistry, M.S., Michigan State University, 2008
  • Chemistry (Analytical), Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2008

Phone: 301-975-4134
Fax: 301-977-0685