Dr. Alex Quinn - PrincipAL Investigator

Alex is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physiology & Biophysics and the School of Biomedical Engineering at Dalhousie University. He received his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Columbia University and did his postdoctoral training at the University of Oxford and Imperial College London. His research program builds on experience in basic, translational, and clinical research, with a focus on the intrinsic regulation of cardiac function and the effects of mechano-electric interactions on heart rhythm, to better understand and treat cardiovascular disease. When not considering matters of the heart, he enjoys time with his family, or staring off into space considering nothing at all.


Dr. matthew stoyek - Postdoctoral Fellow

Matt received his PhD in Medical Neuroscience from Dalhousie University. His research uses a multi-modal approach (immunohistochemistry, electrophysiology, fluorescence functional imaging, and pharmacology) integrating structure and function to define autonomic nervous system control of the heart in physiology and pathophysiology. As a Postdoc he has vague memories of times when he was not considering matters of the heart at all hours, and fondly recalls hobbies.


DR. HiRAD Feridooni - Postdoctoral Fellow

Hirad has recently received his PhD in Pharmacology from Dalhousie University.  His current research involves investigations of the pathophysiological and therapeutic implications of mechanically-induced excitation in the whole heart. Outside of the lab, Hirad's favourite pastime is playing basketball with his friends.  He also loves learning new skills like playing the piano and baking cookies.  According to him, he has on a couple of occasions brought in to the lab some of the most delicious cookies you could ever imagine.


Eilidh macdonald - phd student

Eilidh recieved her BSc in Biology from Dalhousie University. Her PhD research in the Quinn Lab is focused on understanding mechanisms governing the effects of stretch on sinoatrial node function, using zebrafish, rabbits, and mice. When she's not in the lab, she loves practising yoga, playing bagpipes, and eating curry with her family.


jonathan Baillie - phd student

Jon recieved his BSc Honours in Kinesiology from Dalhousie University and his MSc in Exercise Physiology at the University of New Brunswick, where he worked with a clinical cardiovascular disease population. He is currently pursuing his PhD in the Quinn Lab, using the zebrafish as an experimental model to investigate autoregulation of the sinoatrial node. An avid exercise enthusiast, Jon enjoys being outside and is happiest when he’s in the water.


breanne cameron - MSC student

Breanne received her BSc in Biology from Dalhousie University and is currently an MSc student in the Quinn Lab. Her research is focused on investigating the mechanisms of mechanically-induced arrhythmias during ischemia using isolated rabbit ventricular myocytes. In her free time, Breanne enjoys hiking, boxing, and volunteering at animal shelters. Breanne has a designated “lab blanket” that she frequently wears and insists that any thermostat setting below 25 degrees is inhumane


bailey selig - undergraduate student

Bailey is a fourth year student in the Medical Sciences program at Dalhousie University. Her project is focused on defining sub-cellular mechanisms of pacemaker function in zebrafish. She is currently Vice-President of Amnesty International Dalhousie, helping organise events to campaign for human rights, an executive member of the Let’s Play society, organising intramural sports for children with congenital heart diseases, and volunteers at the Veteran’s Wing of the QEII Health Sciences Centre as part of their recreation team. On the off chance she isn’t studying, she enjoys writing music, practicing yoga, and grabbing one of numerous craft beers available around Halifax. She hopes to be Dr. Selig one day, but whether she pursues Medical School, Law School, or a PhD is not yet decided.

Jessica Ramia.jpg

Jessica RAMIA - undergraduate student

Jessica is a third year BSc Medical Sciences student at Dalhousie University. Her current project aims to measure the in vivo incidence of stress-induced arrhythmias with popdc mutation in zebrafish. She is a dancer and she volunteers at the IWK Health Centre and the Discovery Centre. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys spending time with her friends and large family. In the future, Jessica would like to pursue a career in a healthcare field.


NGA YI (KELLY) SIT - undergraduate student

Kelly is a second year BSc Medical Sciences student at Dalhousie University. She has a strong interest in cardiac arrhythmias and sinoatrial node dysfunction and hopes to one day contribute to the development of new therapies. In the future, Kelly would like to follow her passion for medicine. She is currently the treasurer of the Art for Everyone Society in Dalhousie and is involved in the Volunteer Patient’s Program and the Discovery Center. In her free time, she loves swimming, painting, watching films with friends, and occasionally fiddling with her ukulele.


Christian Gamblin - undergraduate student

Christian is a second year BSc Medical Sciences student at Dalhousie University. He currently volunteers with the recreation team at Victoria General Hospital and as an Assistant coach with Lancaster Minor Hockey. In his spare time he enjoys playing hockey, golfing, or watching almost any televised sport. In the future he hopes to attend Medical School.


Graduate Students
- Behzad Taeb
- Peter Baumeister
- Tarek Lawen

Technical Staff
- Sara Rafferty
- Rick Livingston

Undergraduate Students
- Melissa Mantifel
- Sawini Fernando
- Sierra Sparks
- Spencer MacDonald