Ryan Flynn, MD, PhD

Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard University


Dr. Flynn is a Principal Investigator at Boston Children’s Hospital and an Assistant Professor in the Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology Department at Harvard University. Prior to his appointments at Boston Children’s and Harvard, Dr. Flynn was a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of 2022 Nobel Laureate, Dr. Carolyn Bertozzi, where he discovered cell-surface glycoRNAs, establishing a direct link between RNA biology and the cell’s secretory pathway.

He completed his MD and Ph. D. in Cancer Biology in the Medical Science Training Program at Stanford University, where he was mentored by Dr. Howard Chang. He obtained his B.S. in Biology from MIT where he worked with and was mentored by Dr. Phil Sharp.

Dr. Flynn’s research interests lie in understanding the biogenesis of glycoRNA on the cell surface and its functions in the extracellular environment, including cell-cell communication in health and disease.