Joint & Bone Initiative

Dr. Lauren Flynn

Associate Professor
Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
Anatomy and Cell Biology

MSK Research Areas of Interest

Bioengineering, Biomaterials & Scaffolds, Implantable & Wearable Devices, Knowledge Translation & Mobilization, Molecular & Cell Biology, Personalized Medicine, Regenerative Medicine, Wound Healing
Dr. Lauren Flynn joined the faculty at The University of Western Ontario in January 2014 and holds a joint appointment as an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical & Biochemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and the Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. After completing her B.A.Sc. in the biomedical option of the Engineering Science program at the University of Toronto, she conducted her Ph.D. studies in the collaborative program through the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry and the Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering (IBBME) at the University of Toronto. Subsequently, Dr. Flynn served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Queen's University from 2007 - 2013, where she was also cross-appointed to the Department of Biomedical & Molecular Sciences.

Dr. Flynn’s research interests focus on the development of cell-based regenerative approaches with adipose-derived stem cells (ASCs) and naturally-derived bioscaffolds for applications in musculoskeletal regeneration (adipose tissue, cartilage, ligament and intervertebral disc). She has recently filed patents pertaining to novel biomaterials fabricated from decellularized adipose tissue (DAT) and is working towards the commercialization of the DAT technology for use soft tissue reconstruction and augmentation. With a focus on translational research, Dr. Flynn's team works closely with an interdisciplinary network of collaborators including scientists, engineers and clinicians. In 2012, Dr. Flynn was the recipient of an Early Researcher Award from the province of Ontario, and her research has been supported through operating grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario (HSFO) and the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE).