Dr. Flynn received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 2013. His research included bacterial physiology, genetics, and biochemistry and helped to elucidate the cellular function of the RidA family of proteins. Upon completion of his graduate thesis, Dr. Flynn transitioned his postdoctoral studies to focus on bacterial pathogenesis in the newly established Hunter Laboratory at the University of Minnesota. There he studies the ecology of cystic fibrosis airways. Specifically, his research has sought to understand nutrient acquisition strategies that sustain high densities of microorganisms in CF airways. These studies have led to insights on the role mucin fermenting bacteria may play in CF-associated airway disease. Dr. Flynn is the author/coauthor of 9 scientific articles and he was awarded a Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2016.