Michael D. Lynch

Michael D Lynch

Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry
  • Faculty Fellow in The Energy Initiative
  • Associate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society

Contact Information


  • M.D. University of Colorado School of Medicine, 2007
  • Ph.D. University of Colorado at Boulder, 2005

Research Interests

Dr. Lynch's research focuses on genetically engineering microbes to shut off their growth circuits and turn on new pathways to produce different compounds. By focusing their energy, he seeks to improve production of biofuels, pharmacological molecules and industrial chemicals.

Courses Taught

  • BME 490L: Special Topics in Biomedical Engineering Design (DR)
  • BME 493: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)
  • BME 494: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)
  • BME 590: Special Topics in Biomedical Engineering
  • BME 790L: Advanced Topics with the Lab for Graduate Students in Biomedical Engineering
  • BME 791: Graduate Independent Study
  • EGR 393: Research Projects in Engineering
  • ISS 391: Bass Connections in Information Science and Culture: Independent Study Project
  • ISS 795: Connections in Information, Society and Culture: Project
  • PHYSICS 493: Research Independent Study

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Taylor, S; Lynch, M; Terkildsen, M; Stevenson, G; Yates, A; Piro, N; de Araujo, J; Gray, R, Utility of fur as a biomarker for persistent organic pollutants in Australian fur seals ( Arctocephalus pusillus doriferus ), Science of the Total Environment, vol 610-611 (2018), pp. 1310-1320 [10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.08.204] [abs].
  • Moreb, EA; Hoover, B; Yaseen, A; Valyasevi, N; Roecker, Z; Menacho-Melgar, R; Lynch, MD, Managing the SOS Response for Enhanced CRISPR-Cas-Based Recombineering in E.┬ácoli through Transient Inhibition of Host RecA Activity., ACS Synthetic Biology, vol 6 no. 12 (2017), pp. 2209-2218 [10.1021/acssynbio.7b00174] [abs].
  • Lynch, M; McGrath, K; Raj, K; McLaren, P; Payne, K; McCoy, R; Giger, U, HEREDITARY FACTOR VII DEFICIENCY IN THE ASIAN ELEPHANT ( ELEPHAS MAXIMUS ) CAUSED BY A F7 MISSENSE MUTATION, Journal of wildlife diseases, vol 53 no. 2 (2017), pp. 248-257 [10.7589/2016-05-113] [abs].
  • Legione, AR; Patterson, JLS; Whiteley, P; Firestone, SM; Curnick, M; Bodley, K; Lynch, M; Gilkerson, JR; Sansom, FM; Devlin, JM, Koala retrovirus genotyping analyses reveal a low prevalence of KoRV-A in Victorian koalas and an association with clinical disease., Journal of medical microbiology, vol 66 no. 2 (2017), pp. 236-244 [10.1099/jmm.0.000416] [abs].
  • Burg, JM; Cooper, CB; Ye, Z; Reed, BR; Moreb, EA; Lynch, MD, Large-scale bioprocess competitiveness: the potential of dynamic metabolic control in two-stage fermentations, Current Opinion in Chemical Engineering, vol 14 (2016), pp. 121-136 [10.1016/j.coche.2016.09.008] [abs].