Michael Flynn

Michael Flynn

Pharmacology Ph.D. Student (1st Year)


Michael Flynn


Michael Flynn has a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Michigan State University. He is currently a Research Assistant in Dr. Karin List’s Lab in the Pharmacology Department at Wayne State University School of Medicine. The List lab studies serine proteases and their role in tissue development and homeostasis, and how dysregulation of these proteases can contribute to cancer progression/development. Understanding the roles of how extracellular proteases are involved in/dysregulated in these developmental pathways is one of the labs main focuses.

Michael’s research focuses on matriptase, a type II transmembrane serine protease, and other extracellular/membrane-bound proteases and their role in corneal epithelial homeostasis and repair. His goal is to provide new insight into matriptase’s role in corneal repair post-injury, possibly through matriptase’s involvement in barrier formation, tight junction maintenance, and/or activation of cytokines, growth factors, and other proteases. The List lab utilizes many in vitro models and in vivo models to study serine proteases and their roles in tissue development and cancer progression.


B.S., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

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