Dan Flynn Named Deputy Director of Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Dan Flynn, Ph.D., has been named deputy director of the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, effective immediately. The appointment was made by John E. Prescott, M.D., dean of the West Virginia University School of Medicine and interim director of the MBRCC.

Flynn will work closely with MBRCC leadership to maintain daily operations of the MBRCC, as well as plan for the future.

The MBRCC is West Virginia’s most comprehensive cancer treatment, research and education facility. The Center offers a multidisciplinary team approach and state-of-the-art technologies and treaments, as well as the latest clinical trials, and a variety of education and prevention outreach programs. 

It houses the Sara Crile Allen and James Frederick Allen Comprehensive Lung Cancer Program, the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center and the Blood and Marrow Transplant/Hematologic Malignancy program - the only program of its kind offered in West Virginia.

A search process for a permanent director of the MBRCC is ongoing.

“Dr. Flynn is well qualified to help lead the Cancer Center as it continues to be one of the premier cancer facilities in the region,” Dr. Prescott said. “His experience speaks for itself.”

Prior to joining the WVU faculty in 1992, Flynn did postdoctoral work at the University of Virginia Cancer Center for four years. He obtained his doctorate in virology from North Carolina State University in 1988 and a bachelor’s degree in microbiology and biochemistry from the University of Maryland in 1981.

His expertise is in the area of signal transduction, where his work focuses on how tumor cells propagate cellular signals that promote cancer cells to become invasive.

"Our main goal is to focus our research efforts on those cancers that disproportionately affect the citizens of West Virginia and the greater Appalachian region," Flynn said.

Continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health from 1993-2011, Flynn also serves as director of the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (CoBRE) for Signal Transduction and Cancer.

On a national level, Flynn serves as a regular member of the NIH study section and serves on the membership committee for the American Society for Cell Biology.

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