Ferrum College alum Dr. Quincy Quick will be on campus Friday, March 9, to speak as part of the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Friday Seminar Series. A 1994 graduate of Ferrum College, Quick earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, with a minor in Chemistry, in just three years. Quick went on to earn his Master of Science degree in Biology from Virginia State University and his Ph.D. in Cell/Molecular Biology and Neuroscience from New Mexico State University. Quick currently serves as associate professor of biological sciences at Tennessee State University in Nashville, where he has a research program investigating the role of the spectraplakin protein, MACF1 in glioblastomas that is supported by a SCORE grant from the National Institutes of Health(NIH). His presentation during the Friday seminar will focus on this research.
Quick has served as co-program director of the TSU-NERVE program, a NINDS BP-ENDURE (NIH) funded initiative that seeks to increase the number of students that earn PhDs in neuroscience. Prior to his appointment at Tennessee State University, Quick was the E.E. Just Endowed Professor of Biology at Grambling State University and served as a faculty member in the Department of Natural Sciences at Southern University at New Orleans. His academic appointments were preceded by postdoctoral studies at UMass Medical School, where he studied the role of p53 family members, p63 and p73, in brain tumor development. Additionally, he conducted postdoctoral studies as a Massey Cancer Center postdoctoral fellow at the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, where he investigated radiation induced-senescence arrest and radiation-sensitization of brain tumors, as well as at the University of Toronto (Sunnybrooke Hospital), where he studied the effects of radiation on the central nervous system. Quick has mentored more than 90 students through his participation as a faculty member and/or coordinator for NIH and NSF developmental training grant programs (RISE, MARC, NIMH-COR, HBCU-UP, the Meharry Vanderbilt TSU Cancer Partnership Alliance U54 program).
While at Ferrum College, Quick was a three-year member of the men’s basketball team, starting at point guard all three seasons. Ferrum won Dixie Conference regular season titles in 1992 and 1993. The Panthers also won the 1992 Dixie Conference Tournament and made Ferrum’s first, and still only, appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament, where they advanced to the second round.
The Ferrum College Natural Sciences and Mathematics Seminar Series takes place on Fridays at 1:25 p.m. through the semester. Held in Garber Hall, room 106, the seminar series features alums, outside speakers from a variety of professions, representatives from graduate programs and current Ferrum faculty and students. For more information, contact Professor of Biology and Horticulture Bob Pohlad at firstname.lastname@example.org or (540) 365-4367.