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Susan Lynch, PhD


University College Dublin, Ireland B.S. Microbiology (1995)

University College Dublin, Ireland Ph.D. Molecular Microbiology (2000)

University College Dublin, Ireland Postdoctoral Fellow, Biochemistry (2001)

Stanford University Deans Fellow Microbiology and Immunology (2002-05)


Human Microbiome
Microbial Pathogenesis
Microbial Diagnostic Development


Dr. Lynch is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco where she also directs the Colitis and Crohn’s Disease Microbiome Research Core.

Dr. Lynch’s research program focuses primarily on understanding the contribution of the human microbiota to chronic gastrointestinal and airway inflammatory disease pathogenesis. Specifically she focuses on the relationship between the gastrointestinal microbiome and host immune status and disease development. Her lab is also particularly interested in the role of specific bacterial species in both microbiota manipulation and local and systemic immunomodulation, particularly in the context of childhood asthma development and more recently, on the role of the GI microbiota in immune priming at sites remote from the GI tract.  Dr. Lynch is also engaged in research on aspects of bacterial pathogen physiology, and development of novel high-resolution microbial diagnostic tools to examine the diversity of organisms present in clinical samples, aid diagnosis and provide surveillance for patients with chronic disease.

Clinical areas of interest:
Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Asthma, cystic fibrosis, Infectious Diseases

Lynch Lab Website

Lynch Lab
513 Parnassus Ave, S357D
San Francisco, CA 94143

Phone: 415-476-6784

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