Shawn Flynn



Shawn Flynn

Graduate Student

IBMS Physiology and Pharmacology Discipline

Lab Association:
Charles France, Ph.D


B.S., Health and Exercise Science, Wake Forest University, 2018
M.S., Neuroscience, Wake Forest University, 2019


Shawn’s research focuses on drug interactions related to substance misuse and drug overdose, particularly those involving opioids. His current projects focus on determining interactions between opioids and gabapentinoids, and evaluating novel pharmacological strategies for reversing opioid overdose.

Awards & Accomplishments

Jess Hay Chancellor’s Graduate Student Research Fellowship, 2023

Texas Research Society on Alcoholism John P. McGovern Fellowship, 2022

Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics Highlighted Trainee Author, March 2022


The American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, member

International Study Group Investigating Drugs as Reinforcers, member

The College on Problems of Drug Dependence, member in training


Flynn, S.M., & France, C.P. (2023). Effects of gabapentinoids on heroin-induced ventilatory depression and reversal by naloxone. ACS Pharmacology and Translational Science, 6(4), 519-525.


Stinson, B.T., Galbo, L.K., Flynn, S.M., Gouin, A., Epperly, P.M., Davenport, A.T., Czoty, P.W. (2022). Punishment of ethanol choice in rhesus monkeys. Behavioural Pharmacology, 33(6), 395-401. PMID: 35942846


Flynn, S.M., & France, C.P. (2022). Characterization of the discriminative stimulus effects of binary mixtures of mu opioid receptor agonists in rats discriminating fentanyl. The Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, 380(3), 171-179. PMID: 34903563


Flynn, S. M., & France, C. P. (2021). Discriminative stimulus effects of carfentanil in rats discriminating fentanyl: Differential antagonism by naltrexone. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 221, 108599. PMID: 33631547


Flynn, S. M., Epperly, P. M., Davenport, A. T., Cami-Kobeci, G., Husbands, S. M., Ko, M. C., & Czoty, P. W. (2019). Effects of stimulation of mu opioid and nociceptin/orphanin FQ peptide (NOP) receptors on alcohol drinking in rhesus monkeys. Neuropsychopharmacology, 44(8), 1476-1484. PMID: 30970376