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.


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.


breanne cameron - PhD student

Breanne received her BSc in Biology from Dalhousie University and is currently a PhD student in the Quinn Lab. Her research is focused on investigating the cell-level 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.


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.

Wujood Khayat - PHD student

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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.


Postdoctoral Fellows
- Hirad Feridooni

Graduate Students
- Behzad Taeb
- Peter Baumeister
- Tarek Lawen

Technical Staff
- Sara Rafferty
- Rick Livingston

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