Jessica N. Snowden, M.D.

snowdenDr. Jessica Snowden is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology/Microbiology at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine, and the Program Director for the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. She also serves as a faculty member in the University of Nebraska Graduate College and as such, has mentored several Masters and PhD candidates. 

Dr. Snowden received her MD at the Texas A&M College of Medicine. She completed her Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellowship at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in June 2009.  Dr. Snowden is a board certified Pediatric Infectious Diseases Specialist.  She is a volunteer physician at the Pediatric Tuberculosis Clinic at OneWorld Community Health Centers in Omaha, Nebraska.

Dr. Snowden’s research focuses on the immune response within the central nervous system to a biofilm-mediated foreign body infection, similar to the ventricular shunt infections that complicate the management of children with hydrocephalus. The goal of her research is to define the age-dependent factors that shape that inflammatory response and subsequent neurologic pathology, as infants are at greatest risk of these infections. Understanding the interactions between the neuroimmune system and the biofilms that form on infected catheters will lead to exploration of novel management strategies for these infections. She has additionally participated in many clinical and educational research projects within the Department of Pediatrics.

Dr. Snowden is on the Editorial Board of Medicine Open Access Journal, and an external reviewer for several grant programs.  She is an ad hoc reviewer for several scientific journals including the Journal of Neuroinflammation, Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, Journal of Neurochemistry, Journal of Infectious Disease, and Infection and Immunity, and many others.  

Dr. Snowden is a frequent presenter at regional, national, and international conferences, and invited lectures. She has published several articles in scholarly journals, and has had one book published.  She has also written chapters for several other books.  Her honors and awards include membership in the Society for Pediatric Research and the Hobart E. Wiltse Excellence in Medical Education Award from the UNMC Department of Pediatrics.