Human Genetics and Genomics
Emily Quinn is a licensed board-certified genetic counselor who joined the KGI faculty in August 2018 to help build the Master of Science in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling (MSGC) program. Born and raised in California, she received her bachelor’s degrees in biology and psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz before moving to New York City to complete her master’s degree in genetic counseling at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
Given her particular interest in cancer genetics and a strong desire to work with children, Quinn moved to Memphis, TN in 2014 to join the newly-created Division of Cancer Predisposition at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. In her primary role as a clinical genetic counselor, Quinn provided genetic counseling services to St. Jude patients and their families and collaborated with colleagues to develop educational materials and tumor surveillance protocols. She also served as a study investigator for multiple genomics-based research protocols aimed to identify novel genes and better characterize the tumor spectrum of well-understood oncologic and hematologic syndromes.
Quinn’s primary academic passion is anchored in education and increasing the accessibility of genetics knowledge to patients and established healthcare providers and new trainees. In addition to her clinical and research responsibilities at St. Jude, Quinn pioneered several educational endeavors centered around genetic counseling. She established St. Jude as a formal clinical rotation site for multiple genetic counseling programs and served as the rotation site coordinator and primary supervisor for rotating genetic counseling students. In 2017, she also co-created and implemented a genetics rotation for the St. Jude hematology/oncology clinical MD fellows.
On a national level, Quinn is an active member of the National Society of Genetic Counseling (NSGC) and serves on the Li-Fraumeni Syndrome Association (LFSA) Genetic Counseling Advisory Board.
Specific research interests include: