Dr. Lynn is Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Chemistry and Biology at Emory University and is the Chair of the Department of Chemistry at Emory University.
Interest in the chemical and molecular foundations and the origins and evolution of the processes of symbiosis and parasiticism has now grown to include fundamental systems chemistry and chemical evolution. We have compared the evolved strategies for eucaryotic and eubacterial pathogens, defined new strategies for pathogenesis, developed novel methods of reading the information encoded in DNA into different polymers, initiated the field of dynamic combinatorial network chemistry, developed methods for structural analyses of supra-molecular assemblies and used them for the amyloid phases associated with Alzheimer’s disease, and developed the basic elements for chemical evolution and the origins of self-organizing chemical systems.
Completing an AB degree at the University of North Carolina, a PhD at Duke University, and a National Institutes of Health Fellowship at Columbia University, Lynn began his faculty appointments at the University of Virginia, Cornell University, and the University of Chicago. After almost 20 years in Chicago, he moved to Emory University to initiate the emerging interdisciplinary area of biomolecular and systems chemistry. He has served as Chair of the Department of Chemistry since 2006, facilitated the construction of a new Science Commons for instructional and research space that has allowed for a significant expansion of the natural science faculty.