Dr. Lyn-Cook is a senior research scientist in the Division of Biochemical Toxicology. Currently, she serves as the coordinator of the Women’s Health Research Program at the National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR), a national laboratory of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) located in Jefferson, Arkansas. Prior to her arrival at the FDA in 1988, Dr. Lyn-Cook was a research associate professor at the Lineberger Cancer Research Center, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, North Carolina (1984-1988).
Prior to her work at the cancer center, she was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Biochemistry (Neurochemistry) at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill from 1981 to 1984. She received her bachelor of science degree from Fort Valley State College in 1977. Dr. Lyn-Cook received her master’s degree in 1979 and doctoral degrees in biology from Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia in 1981. Her research interests include cancer research, with a focus on pancreatic and breast cancer, sex differences in drug response, lupus and regulatory science. Dr. Lyn-Cook has been a member of the American Association for Cancer Research for over 20 years, where she has served on numerous committees of the MICR Council. Currently, she serves as the first vice president of the Bluff Chapter of the Federally Employed Women (FEW) organization. She has served in the past as region VI (Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Louisiana) president of Blacks in Government (BIG) and on its National Board of Directors. She was instrumental in establishing the Arkansas School for Math and Science in Hot Springs, AR where she was first appointed by Governor Clinton on its Advisory Board and later appointed by Governor Tucker to serve on its first Board of Trustees. She was appointed by Governor Beebe to the Arkansas Science and Technology Board for two terms, which she chaired in 2012 and was recently appointed by Governor Beebe to the Bioscience Institute Board. She currently serves as NCTR’s liaison to the FDA, Office of Women Health. She is a member of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) STEM External Advisory Board and an adjunct faculty member in the Toxicology Department at the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences campus and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She has presented at numerous national and international meetings and published in numerous scientific journals.
Dr. Lyn-Cook is very active in the community and other outreach activities. At her church, Hunter United Methodist, she serves as the president of the United Methodist Women, chairperson of the Education Committee and as a member of the Finance Committee.