Dr. Quincy A. Quick

Associate Professor

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Department of Biological Sciences

College of Life & Physical Sciences


Contact Information

Office: 118 Harned Hall

Phone: 615-963-5768

Email: qquick@tnstate.edu


Research Interests

Investigation of novel experimental therapeutics and targets for the treatment of brain tumors.


Most Significant Publications:

Afghani, N, Mehta, T, Wang, J, Tang, N, Skali, O, Quick, QA.  Microtubule Actin Crosslinking Factor 1, a novel target in glioblastoma.  2016. Submitted under review. 


Quick, Q.   Cytoskeletal signaling in brain tumors.  Journal of Molecular Signaling Updates. 2016; 1, 1-10.


Mehta, T, Vercruysse, K, Johnson, T, Ejiofor, AO, Myles, E, Quick QA.  Violacein induces p44/42 mitogen-activated protein

kinase-mediated solid tumor cell death and inhibits tumor cell migration.  Mol Med Rep. 2015 Jul; 12(1): 1443-8.  Epub 2015

Mar 20.


Quick Q, Paul M, Skalli O.   Roles and Potential Clinical Applications of Intermediate Filament Proteins in Brain

Tumors.  Seminars in Pediatric Neurology. In Press. Published on line.Dec. 11, 2014.

doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.spen.2014.12.005


Mahdavian, E, Palyok, P, Adelmund, S, Williams-Hart, T, Furmanski, BD, Kim, YJ, Gu, Y, Barzegar, M, Wu, Y, Bhinge, 

KN, Kolluru, GK, Quick, Q, Liu, YY, Kevil, CG, Salvatore, BA, Huang, S, Clifford, JL.  Biological activities of fusarochromanone:

a potent anti-cancer agent.  BMC Res. Notes.  2014 Sep 3(7): 601.


Mahdavian E, Marshall M, Martin PM, Cagle P, Salvatore BA, Quick QA  Caspase-dependent signaling underlies

glioblastoma cell death in response to fungal metabolite, fusarochromanone.  Int. J. Mol. Med. 2014  Sept; 34(3): 880-5. doi:

10.3892/ijmm.2014.1842. Epub 2014 Jul 9


Williams M., Tietzel I, Quick Q.  1'-Acetoxychavicol acetate promotes caspase 3-activated glioblastoma cell death

by overcoming enhanced cytokine expression.  Oncol. Lett. Oncol Lett. 2013 Jun; 5(6): 1968–1972.


Quick, Q. , Faison MO.  CHOP and caspase 3 induction underlie glioblastoma cell death in response to

endoplasmic reticulum stress. Journal of Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine. March 2012; 3(3):



Henry W*, Dubois J*, Quick Q. The microtubule inhibiting agent, Epothilone B, antagonizes glioma

cell motility associated with reorganization of the actin-binding protein, α-actinin 4. Oncol Rep. 2011

Mar; 25 (3):887-93. Epub 2011 Jan 13. (student co-authors *)


Quick Q, Skalli O.  Alpha-actinin 1 and alpha-actinin 4: contrasting roles in the survival, motility, and

RhoA signaling of astrocytoma cells. Exp Cell Res. 2010 Apr 15;316(7):1137-47.


Quick, QA.  Epothilone B induces cell death in glioblastoma cells via down-regulation of survivin.

Experimental Oncology. Journal of Experimental Oncology. 2008 Sep;30(3):195-201.


Quick, QA and Serrano, EE.   Cell proliferation during the early compartmentalization of the Xenopus

laevis inner ear. Int J Dev Biol. 2007;51(3):201-9.


Quick, QA and Gewirtz, DA An accelerated senescence response to radiation in wild-type p53

glioblastoma multiforme cells. J Neurosurg. 2006 Jul;105(1):111-8.


Quick, QA and Gewirtz, DA.   Enhancement of radiation sensitivity, delay of proliferative recovery after

radiation and abrogation of MAPK (p44/42) signaling by imatinib in glioblastoma cells.

Int J Oncol. 2006 Aug;29(2):407-12.


Quick, Q.A. and Serrano, EE.  Inner ear formation during the early larval development of Xenopus

laevis. Dev Dyn. 2005 Nov;234(3):791-801.


Serrano EE, Trujillo-Provencio C, Sultemeier DR, Bullock WM, Quick QA. Identification of genes

expressed in the Xenopus inner ear. Cell Mol Biol (Noisy-le-grand). 2001 Nov;47(7):1229-39. 


Book Chapter(s)

Quick, Q., Pan, Y., Skalli.   O Role of Synemin in Astrocytoma Cell Migration.Tumors of the Central

Nervous System, Volume 5: Astrocytomas, Hemangioblastomas, and Gangliogliomas. Springer. Nov 28

2011. pages 81-88.


Research Abstracts:

Quick, Q.A. (2012) The anti-tumorigenic effects of acetoxychavichol on brain tumors

American Society for Cell Biology


Quick, Q. A. (2008) Epothilone B induces glioblastoma cell death via survivin down regulation and tubulin

Redistribution; American Association for Cancer Research


Quick Q, O. Skalli (2008) Alpha-actinin Promotes PI3 Kinase Associated Growth Arrest in Astrocytoma

Cells. American Society for Cell Biology


Quick, Q.A. and Gewirt, D.A. (2004) Senescence arrest and lack of apoptosis as elements contributing to

radioresistance in glioblastoma cells. American Association for Cancer Research



Biology 1010 Introductory Biology I

Biology1020 Introductory Biology II

Cellular and Molecular Biology

Pharmacology and Toxicology


Cancer Biology

Biological Research


Online Courses Developed

Cellular and Molecular Biology (undergraduate upper division)



Course Enhancements

Developed and published Cellular and Molecular Biology laboratory manuals: Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory Manual- (2009), Quincy Quick, QuincyQuick Publishing

Cellular and Molecular Biology Laboratory Manual for Undergraduates, (2010), Quincy Quick, Quincy Quick Publishing.



2009-10 Ernest E. Just Endowed Professor of Biology (Grambling State University)

2009 American Association for Cancer Research (MICR) Minority Serving Institution Faculty Scholar in

Cancer Research Award Recipient

American Association for Cancer Research

2009 American Society for Cell Biology Visiting Professor Award

American Society for Cell Biology

2008 American Association for Cancer Research (MICR) Minority Serving Institution Faculty Scholar in

Cancer Research Award Recipient

American Association for Cancer Research


Professional Affiliations/Activities

American Society for Cell Biology

American Association for Cancer Research

Society for Neuroscience

Journal of Cancer Therapy Reviewer


Employment and Positions

8/2011-8/2013 Assistant Professor of Biology, Southern University at New Orleans; Department of Biology, New Orleans, LA


1/2011-5/2011 Visiting Research Professor, Virginia State University; Department of Biology, Colonial Heights, VA

6/2008-6/2010 Visiting Professor, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center; Department of Anatomy and Cellular Biology, Shreveport, LA

1/2008-1/2010 Adjunct Graduate Assistant Professor of Biology, Louisiana Tech University; Department of Biological Sciences, Ruston, LA

8/2006-9/2010 Assistant Professor of Cell and Molecular Biology, Grambling State University Ernest E. Just Endowed Professor of Biology; Department of Biological Sciences Grambling, LA



BS (Biology) Ferrum College - Virginia

MS (Biology) Virginia State University

Ph.D. (Cell/Molecular Biology and Neuroscience) New Mexico State University

Post-Doc (Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Neuroscience) University of Massachusetts School of Medicine

Post-Doc (Pharmacology and Toxicology) Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine


Date joined staff: 2013


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