Michael W. Quick
Michael W. Quick, Ph.D., is a Professor of Biological Sciences and Executive Vice Provost. He received his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Emory University in 1992. After a postdoctoral position at California Institute of Technology, he took a faculty position in the Department of Neurobiology at the University of Alabama School of Medicine. He joined USC in 2002. His research uses the tools of modern molecular neurobiology to examine the cellular and subcellular processes that underlie neural communication, but which also specifically contribute to diseases such as epilepsy, cocaine and amphetamine abuse, and nicotine addiction.
Michael's commitment to academic excellence includes efforts at the undergraduate and graduate levels both at USC and nationally. His recent undergraduate courses include "From ecstasy to epilepsy: the biological basis of nervous system disorders," and "Sex, drugs, and rock & roll: the neurobiology of addiction." He also provides opportunities for over a dozen undergraduates to participate in research projects in his lab. He recently created and runs a seminar in scientific integrity for incoming graduate students. He serves on the National Board of Medical Examiners, reviews student research fellowships through the auspices of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and serves on a national committee that is establishing guidelines for medical school neuroscience curricula.
Michael has been the recipient of a number of awards for his teaching endeavors including the Presidential Teaching Award at the University of Alabama School of Medicine, their highest teaching honor. Since coming to USC he has been recognized by the Mortar Board Society and received a "Teaching Has No Boundaries" award. His efforts as a Faculty Fellow will include using technological approaches to promote "students as teachers" both inside and outside the traditional classroom setting, and using student-driven, problem-based approaches to facilitate educational experiences.
In the News:
- USC News: Conversation with Michael Quick