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Melissa Meaney Phillips

Research Chemist

Melissa's interests are in the development of new analytical methods for the determination of marker compounds, vitamins, and contaminants in dietary supplements and foods, as well as improving the measurement capabilities of the dietary supplement and food communities. Melissa's employment at NIST began as a postdoctoral associate with the measurement of organic acids, anthocyanidins, and flavonols in a suite of Vaccinium berry SRMs (cranberry, blueberry, and bilberry). Melissa has also been heavily involved in the development of methods and measurement of water-soluble vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, choline, and carnitine) in numerous food SRMs.  Melissa was a co-coordinator for the former Dietary Supplement Laboratory Quality Assurance Program (DSQAP) from 2009 to 2017.  She is currently a co-coordinator of the Health Assessment Measurements Quality Assurance Program (HAMQAP) and also the food and nutrition SRM program.  From November 2016 through June 2017, Melissa was detailed to the Office of Reference Materials.  In 2018, Melissa began formulation of evolving efforts into a grassroots Food Safety Program within the Chemical Sciences Division, and chaired the NIST Food Safety Workshop in October 2019.

Professional Memberships

  • American Chemical Society (ACS), 2004 - present
    - ACS Analytical Chemistry Division, 2009 - present
    - ACS Agricultural & Food Chemistry Division, 2017 - present
  • AOAC International, 2008 - present
    - AOAC International Technical Division on Reference Materials, 2011 - present
    AOAC International Technical Division on Laboratory Management, 2011 - present
  • ASTM International, 2019 - present
  • Washington Chromatography Discussion Group, 2008 - present

Professional Activities

  • Chair, NIST Food Safety Workshop, 2019
  • AOAC International Official Methods Board, 2016 - present
  • AOAC Technical Programming Council, 2016 - present
    Vice-Chair, 2019 - present
  • AOAC International Editorial Board, 2014 - present
  • AOAC International Stakeholder Panel on Infant Formula and Adult Nutritionals, 2010 - present
  • AOAC International Stakeholder Panel on Strategic Food Analytical Methods, 2014 - 2018
    - Chair, Expert Review Panel for Bisphenol A (BPA) Methods, 2017 - present
    Chair, Expert Review Panel for Cannabinoids in Cannabis Methods, 2017 - present
  • US Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to ISO TC 34 Food Products, 2019 - present
  • US Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to ISO TC 34 / SC 5 Milk and Milk Products
  • Washington Chromatography Discussion Group Secretary, 2009 - 2015
  • General Chapters Chemical Analysis Expert Committee, United States Pharmacopeia, 2010 - 2015
    Subcommittee on Dietary Supplements, 2010 - 2015
    Expert Panel on Elemental Impurities, 2010 - 2015

Awards

  • Fellow of AOAC International, 2016
  • AOAC International Technical Service Award, 2019
  • NIST William Slichter Award, 2015

Publications

Dietary Supplement Laboratory Quality Assurance Program: Exercise O Final Report

Author(s)
Charles A. Barber, Melissa M. Phillips, Catherine A. Rimmer, Laura J. Wood, Maria R. Ale, Stephen E. Long, Elizabeth Mudge, Shannon L. Whitehead
The NIST Dietary Supplement Laboratory Quality Assurance Program (DSQAP) was established in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of
Created October 9, 2019, Updated April 22, 2020