Dr. Andrew Quinn
Department of Fundamental microbiology
University of Lausanne
+41 (0)21 692 56 32
Andrew is a chemical engineer, who joined the world of cellular biology after discovering that the mega-factories filled with towers of steel and piping are dwarfed by the complexity and capabilities of the simplest microbes. As we learn more about the amazing capabilities of biology it has become apparent that microbes can work with one another, and with their hosts to perform complex tasks such as harnessing energy from food, recognizing and adapting to environmental changes, and defending against pathogenic invaders. We can now utilize a broad range of “omics” technologies to map and alter cellular metabolic pathways in order to answer fundamental questions about cell biology, as well as harness the capabilities for our own purposes. Andrew received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Tufts University (USA) before joining Ganesh Sriram’s group at the University of Maryland (USA) for his doctoral studies. There he utilized isotopic tracers to uncover unique aspects of cellular metabolism in the photosynthetic algal diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum, as well as in the saprophytic marine bacterium Saccharophagus degradans. Andrew recently joined the Engel lab in the fall of 2018, where he is investigating the metabolic crosstalk within and between honey bees and their gut microbiota.