Professor brings industry-leading research to hands of Quinnipiac students

Students work on a microscope as Professor Mirrione looks on.

Making a tangible difference

School of Health Sciences Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences Martine Mirrione guides biomedical science students, from left, Alison Sawyer ’21 and Hedib Alrawili ’19 through a laboratory procedure in a Buckman Center biology lab on our Mount Carmel Campus.

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rofessor Martine Mirrione brings the experience of a research institution to Quinnipiac — with her focus on neuroscience, pharmacology, neuroimaging and behavior. She is currently examining the link between neuronal circuits and depression symptoms, and the effectiveness of deep brain stimulation therapy for treating depression in individuals.

Mirrione’s research has been published in national journals, including “Nature,” “The Journal of Neuroscience” and “Synapse.” She regularly speaks at conferences and has received many scholarships and awards for her work, including one from The National Science Foundation.

For Mirrione, an assistant professor of biomedical sciences, however, the lab is not a solitary place for individual pursuits, but one where she expands her role as an educator. She is most inspired — personally and professionally — when mentoring undergraduates on their own research projects, or guiding graduate students through their thesis projects.

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“I am delighted to help students realize the joy of scientific exploration and practice,” she said. “In both the classroom and laboratory, my goal is to engage student interest by creating a lively interactive atmosphere, maximizing the learning potential of each individual student.”

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Mirrione frequently uses visuals to aid in the learning of important principles and concepts. She also believes in connecting ideas through hands-on experiments, which in turn exposes her students to emerging technology and techniques in the process.

“Technology and research methods are constantly changing,” she said. “It is important that our students are not intimidated by that change.”

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Mirrione speaks in front of a class.

Leading a conversation

Professor Martine Mirrione speaks to a class.

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Mirrione’s students are anything but intimidated. Some of their projects, which began when Mirrione first arrived at Quinnipiac, are quickly approaching completion – and publication. She knows what a milestone this is for her students, and feels a great sense of pride and accomplishment for them.

“It is exciting to see how much they enjoy what they are doing,” she said. “It is also rewarding to see the progression of the various projects I have assisted them with.”