William Lynch, Ph.D.

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Phone: 330.325.6137

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Academic Title(s)

  • Graduate Faculty Advsg Status College of Graduate Studies
  • Associate Professor of Molecular Virology and Neuroscience


My laboratory is interested in understanding how viral and abnormal host proteins induce progressive non-inflammatory neurodegenerative diseases, particularly those characterized by motor neuron degeneration and spongiosis.

Educational Background

  • Chemical Engineering, University of Akron, 1976
  • B.S., Physical Sciences and Biological Sciences (double major), Colorado State University, 1982
  • Ph.D., Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology (Neurobiology-Minor), Cornell University, 1988
  • Postdoctoral Training, Rocky Mountain Laboratories, NIAID, NIH, 1988-94


  • Graduate Cellular and Molecular Neurosciences
  • Infection and Immunity-1
  • Cellular Signaling: Immune system signaling
  • Molecules to Cells
  • Graduate Systems Neuroscience

Academic & Professional Activities

  • United States Army Medical Research and Materiel Command Grant Review Committees.
  • ZRG1 F01 (20) Brain Disorders and Clinical Neuorsciences Fellowship Study Section.
  • Co-Chair, ZRG1 F01 (20) Brain Disorders and Related Neurosciences Fellowship Study Section.
  • Chair, ZRG1 F01-F (20) L, Brain Disorders, Language, Communication and Related Neurosciences and Fellowship Study Section.
  • Neuroscience and Ophthalmic Imaging Technologies Study Section (NOIT).


  • National Research Service Award
  • Cornell University Graduate Training Fellowship Awards
  • Intramural Research Training Award
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Assocation Young Investigator Award
  • Outstanding Faculty Research Award


  • American Society for Microbiology
  • International Society for NeuroVirology
  • American Society of Virology
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science


  • Heal Ohio 2009 Conference on Wound Healing. Rootstown, Ohio. October 21, 2009. “Neurogenesis in CNS Injury”.
  • Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy. Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology. October 29, 2009. “Listening for holes in the brain: neurophysiological correlates of retrovirus-induced spongiform neurodegeneration.”
  • Cleveland Clinic- Lerner Research Institute.  Department of Neuroscience.  Cleveland, OH.  January 20, 2010.  Retrovirus-induced neurodegeneration: listening for holes in the brain.
  • Cleveland Neurodegenerative Disease Group “Data on the Table”. Cleveland, OH.  May 8, 2011.  “Is oligodendroglial death in retrovirus-induced spongiform neurodegeneration murder or simply collateral damage?”
  • Degenerative Disease Program Seminar Series. Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute.  La Jolla, CA. February 2014. Cellular mechanisms of neurodegeneration in retrovirus-induced motor neuron disease.