Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society

Dr. Brian Quinn

Department / group: Centre for Environmental Research, Institute of Biomedical and Environmental Health Research

Research interests:

Ecotoxicology & Environmental Toxicology

Municipal effluent toxicity

Biomarker expression and development


Environmental Chemistry

Aquatic Invertebrate Tissue Culture

Career history:

Present: Lecturer in Ecotoxicology

I am ecotoxicologist / environmental toxicologist investigating the effects of novel pollutants on both invertebrates and fish exposed in the aquatic environment. My PhD focused on investigating the endocrine disrupting potential of both municipal effluent and Nonylphenol on the freshwater zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha). I received a visiting fellowship from the Canadian government to undertake a post-doc with Environment Canada in the St Lawrence Centre, Montreal, where I helped develop bioassays to investigate the effects of pharmaceuticals in the aquatic environment.

In 2008 I received a Developing Environmental Research Potential (DERP) award from the Irish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This project focused on pharmaceuticals in the Irish aquatic environment, their chemical analysis and biological effects and was biomarker focused, both the development of new biomarkers and investigating how their expression can indicate effects at a population level. I am currently investigating the potential for human diagnostic technologies to be used in environmental monitoring. I have developed and teach various modules in environmental science at both under and postgraduate levels.

Active research projects:

Not available

Recent publications:

McEneff, G., Barron, L., Kelleher, B., Paull, B. and Quinn, B. 2013. A year-long study of the spatial occurrence and relative distribution of pharmaceutical residues in sewage effluent, receiving waters and marine bivalves. Accepted for publication in Science of the Total Environment.

McEneff, G., Barron, L., Kelleher, B., Paull, B. and Quinn, B. 2013. The determination of pharmaceutical residues in cooked and uncooked marine bivalves using pressurised liquid extraction, solid-phase extraction and liquid chromatography–tandem mass spectrometry. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, 405 (29): 9509-9521.

Schmidt, W., Rainville, L-C., McEneff, G., Sheehan, D., Quinn, B. 2013. Evaluation of chronic sub-lethal effects of the pharmaceuticals diclofenac and gemfibrozil on marine mussels (Mytilus spp.) using a proteomic approach. Drug Testing & Analysis, In Press. (DOI 10.1002/dta.1463).

Quinn, B., Gagne, F., Blaise, C., 2012. Hydra, A model system for environmental studies. Invited review. International Journal of Developmental Biology, 56: 613-625.

Quinn, B., Schmidt, W., McEneff, G., Curran, L., O’Rourke, K., Foley V. 2012. Chronic effects of diclofenac on fish and mussels measured using human diagnostic techniques. Extended abstract, SETAC, Berlin, 2012.

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