BSc (U Westminster, London), PhD (Edin)
Associate Professor Quinn is co-founder of a multidisciplinary research team investigating the effects and mode of actions of chemicals, both naturally-occurring products and synthetic compounds, causing toxicity to domestic species, plants and the environment. She has worked in large animal research since coming to CSU in 2008, particularly investigating the effects of toxic plants on livestock health. She has an extensive background in basic and applied research including the use of in-vivo and in-vitro model systems to answer complex biological questions such as how naturally occurring compounds cause cell death or dysfunction in animal or human systems. She has a particular interest in naturally-occurring compounds that cause photosensitisation or neurotoxic effects in animals.
Professor Quinn has undertaken commercially sensitive research for animal health companies and is involved in discovery of novel pharmaceuticals for the animal health industries and projects that aim to improve productivity in Australian sheep and beef systems. She is the CSU representative member of the National Strategic Partnership for Animal Welfare and the MLA Strategic Partnership for Animal Welfare, both of which drive change in animal welfare practices in the production industries at a national level in Australia.
Professor Quinn has also been a key driver in the area of veteran’s advocacy around use and effects of the anti-malarial drug mefloquin (Lariam™)for the decade, work which spans a number of continents including Australia, Europe and the US. She works extensively with military veterans, government agencies and Ex-Service Organisations to better understand and treat the exposed to the neuropsychiatric health conditions that can be caused by this exposure.
Professor Quinn teaches into the Veterinary Biology / Veterinary Science, Animal Science and Equine Science degrees at CSU. She is she Discipline Head of the Anatomy and Physiology teaching team which delivers subject content in anatomy and physiology across all the degree courses in the School of Animal and Veterinary Science. She supervises honours, Masters and PhD students in the areas of veterinary science and neurotoxicology and technologies for novel diagnostics.