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Daniel Flynn, PhD named Associate Dean of Research, Tech Transfer, Economic Development & Graduate Studies

Tuesday, September 23, 2020

The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC) has announced that Daniel Flynn, PhD has been appointed Associate Dean of Research, Tech Transfer, Economic Development & Graduate Studies. In this role, Dr. Flynn is responsible for the development of a comprehensive research plan, including developing visionary strategic partnerships and collaborations with industry and regional colleges and universities to enhance biomedical research at The Commonwealth Medical College.

“Dr. Flynn’s extensive leadership experience will ensure the successful development of biomedical research at TCMC and his exemplary qualifications will enable him to be a very positive mentor to our current faculty and continue to attract nationally noted researchers to our college. Additionally, the College will benefit from his expertise in the areas of tech transfer which will strengthen the economic development of the region.” stated President and Dean, Robert D’Alessandri, MD.

Dr. Flynn whose work has focused on cancer cell research serves on the membership committee for the American Society of Cell Biology (ASCB) and is a member of the NIH ONC-IRG study section on Molecular Oncology (MONC). Additionally, Dr. Flynn is the scientific founder and Advisor for Protea Biosciences in Morgantown, WV and has maintained major research funding from the National Institutes of health for over 16 years.

Dr. Flynn earned his BS from the University of Maryland, College Park in Microbiology and his PhD in Virology from North Carolina State University and completed a post doctoral fellowship at the University of Virginia. Dr. Flynn most recently served as Director of the Cancer Cell Biology Program at West Virginia University Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center and Director, Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (CoBRE) for Signal Transduction and Cancer and Deputy Director of the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center at West Virginia University.

The Commonwealth Medical College is a new medical school that will serve all of northeastern Pennsylvania and expects to accept sixty medical students and thirty Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBS) students in 2009. The College will have campuses in Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and Williamsport. The Commonwealth Medical College is dedicated to training the next generation of physicians in a community-based model. Focusing on selecting students with a propensity for community service, the school’s unique structure is designed to provide these students with diverse clinical experiences from the very first day of their education. The Commonwealth Medical College has received degree-granting authority from the Pennsylvania Department of Education and completed its applications for accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. For more information, go to