Ronald Lynch, PhD

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(520) 626-2472
(520) 626-5051

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Dr. Lynch received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Miami, and a PhD in Physiology and Biophysics from the University of Cincinnati. He began training in optical imaging and MR spectroscopy of cardiovascular and renal--from the region of the kidneys--metabolism in 1984 while at the NIH under the direction of Dr. Robert S. Balaban. In 1987 Dr. Lynch moved to a staff position in the Biomedical Imaging Group and Physiology Department at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and in 1990 was recruited to the University of Arizona to develop a research program centered on the use and development of microscopic imaging and spectroscopy to study physiological problems. In 2000, Dr. Lynch was a visiting scientist at the NIH Laboratory of Functional and Molecular Imaging and the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Center with Dr. Alan Koretsky. 

Dr. Lynch is a member of the Arizona Cancer Center, Sarver Heart Center and the Graduate Program in Biomedical Engineering, and is co-PI on the NIH supported Biomedical Imaging and Spectroscopy training grant. As part of his duties in the Cancer Center, Dr. Lynch is director of a Cancer Core Imaging Facility. Dr Lynch also is the director of the Advanced Research Institute for Biomedical Imaging (ARIBI) at the University of Arizona.

Dr. Lynch's research is focused on the coupling of metabolism and second messenger signaling in nutrient sensing and cancer cells. Analyses of subcellular protein distributions, second messenger signaling, and ligand binding is performed using state of the art microscopy and analysis approaches which is their second area of expertise; for the past 30 years, they have developed unique microscopic imaging and spectroscopy approaches to study cell and tissue function, as well as screening assays for cell signaling and ligand binding.  For the past decade, they have worked to develop agents for cell specific targeting of contrast and therapeutics for the diagnosis and treatment of cancers and metabolic disorders.

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Disease or Clinical Specialty: 
Pancreatic Cancer

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Research Program: 
Cancer Imaging
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Research Member
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University of Arizona
College of Medicine
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Academic Information

Physiology and Biophysics, University of Cincinnati
Undergraduate School: 
BS Chemistry, University of Miami