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Dr. Quinn Vega is a professor in the department of Biology at Montclair State University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan.

While at Montclair State University, Dr. Vega helped develop numerous academic programs including the M.S. in molecular biology. Dr. Vega has served as chair of Biology, acting chair of Mathematics, chair of graduate council and numerous other committees within the institution. Outside of Montclair State University, Dr. Vega has been chair of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) student chapters and is currently on the ASBMB membership committee. Dr. Vega's goal is to provide a strong student-centered research experience.

Research interests

Dr. Quinn Vega's research focus has been on cellular signal transduction and the mechanisms by which cells respond to external environmental and biochemical clues by activating specific molecular signals and activate transcription of specific genes. While his work has traditionally been in the field of mammalian cell signaling, including the study of cellular receptors and co-receptors, Dr. Vega has expanded his research to look at the bacteriophage life cycle and how these signals work at the microbial level.

Scholarly Interests

Signal Transduction, Molecular Biology, Cell Signaling, Receptor Tyrosine Kinases


Dr. Quinn Vega teaches courses in cell and molecular biology and works with numerous undergraduate and graduate students in the laboratory studying signal transduction and gene expression. Dr. Vega has helped support these activities with outside funding from the NIH and NSF and has directed the MSU the NIH Bridges to the Doctorate Program and the NSF Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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