Lynne studied chemical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and later, joined Pfizer's Specialty Chemicals Division.
Handanyan joined Pfizer’s Central Research division in 1992 as a development scientist responsible for active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) process development for a variety of projects. She assumed roles of increasing responsibility within Pharm Sci’s Chemical Research and Development department and has held her current role at Pfizer since 2008.
In 2014, Handanyan was selected as a Women of Innovation by the Connecticut Technology Council. She is also a member of the WPI Women’s Impact Network.