Michael Quinn, MD, PhD
Medical School: Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
Residency: St. Louis Children’s Hospital
Scholarly project: Local T cell responses to COVID-19 immunization and infection (Ali Ellebedy, PhD)
Favorite microbe: The virus from “12 Monkeys,” because sometimes the only way to fight a virus is to live underground and travel back in time.
Why I chose Infectious Diseases: I enjoy studying the delicate relationship between humans and microbes because any imbalance carries the potential for clinical consequences. Additionally, ID is a specialty that consults on some of the most interesting cases in the hospital and requires broad differentials that necessitate attention to detail when performing histories and exams.
What I love about Washington University: Wash U is among the top ID programs and bolsters its fellowship training with great faculty mentors performing innovative research, as well as a breadth of interesting clinical ID cases. What made the Wash U ID program personally special is that I learned during my residency at SLCH that I wanted to work with the people in this program every day.