Lynne Elmore, PhD

Senior Scientific Director, Cell Biology and Preclinical Cancer Research

Why I Work at the ACS

“For about 18 years, I directed a cancer research program at a university. I wanted to leverage my scientific expertise to do even more to help end cancer - without ignoring my passion for education, mentoring, and community outreach. I closed my lab door when the American Cancer Society gave me that opportunity, and I’m grateful to be part of the ACS family.”

At ACS since 2017

As Scientific Director of the Cell Biology and Preclinical Cancer Research program in the Extramural Discovery Sciences department, Lynne Elmore, PhD, oversees peer review and grants management in the areas of cancer cell biology, metastasis and microenvironment, experimental therapeutics, and cancer detection and progression.

She serves as the scientific liaison to the North Central and West Regions of the American Cancer Society, providing expert information, education and communication about cancer and ACS programs to a variety of constituents, including donors, researchers, ACS staff and volunteers.

Elmore is committed to leveraging internal and external partnerships to promote scientific advancement for the benefit of cancer patients and to enhance training opportunities for cancer leaders of the future. Collaborative examples include:

  • Tackling workforce inequities in academia and biomedical research with Health Research Alliance (HRA) and other member organizations
  • Serving as the ACS liaison to Blood Profiling Atlas in Cancer (BloodPAC)
  • Spearheading a partnership with the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance to support interdisciplinary team science to improve outcomes for women with ovarian cancer

Research focus and accomplishments

In academia, her scholarly activities focused on cancer biology and preparing the next generation of cancer researchers.

As a faculty member, her greatest satisfaction was using the laboratory to excite students of all ages about scientific discovery – from elementary-aged Girl Scouts to postdoctoral fellows and residents. Some mentoring highlights include being recognized by the VCU Goldwater Scholarship Committee for excellence in mentoring and participating in the NIH-sponsored research programs to promote diversity in STEM.


Elmore has led or coauthored more than 85 peer-reviewed publications and 13 book chapters. For a complete list of her publications Google Scholar page.  


Work before ACS

  • Virginia Commonwealth University, Department of Pathology
    • Associate Professor, 2012-2017
    • Assistant Professor, 2005-2012
    • Research Associate, 1998-2005
  • Scientific Member, Massey Cancer Center, Richmond, VA, 2006-2017

Professional organizations

  • American Association for Cancer Research
  • Georgia Bio, Mentor
  • Women in Cancer Research


  • Postdoctoral Training: Laboratory of Human Carcinogenesis, National Cancer Institute, 1994-1998
  • PhD: Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University, 1988-1993
  • BA: Vanderbilt University, 1981-1984 

Personal life 

I enjoy yoga, hiking, and traveling - especially when it includes adventures with my husband and our 3 adult sons, who live in Boston, Denver, and Atlanta.