Assistant Professor-Clinical


Dr. Melissa Quinn joined the Division of Anatomy in 2011 as a graduate student and earned her doctorate in 2015. Dr. Quinn is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and did all of her Undergraduate and Master’s work there. After graduating with her Master’s, Dr. Quinn taught Anatomy & Physiology courses at universities in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. While at OSU, Dr. Quinn has taught Anatomy, Embryology, Histology, Neuroscience, and Physiology at the collegiate, graduate, and post-graduate levels.

Dr. Quinn’s research focuses on anatomy education as well as understanding learning styles and lecture delivery methods of anatomy students and the impact of these learning styles on course achievement. She is currently involved with anatomy education with the graduate and professional populations. Dr. Quinn is also the outreach coordinator for the Division in which she organizes and teaches high school students who want to visit the cadaver labs and learn about anatomy. She is also involved in teaching anatomy to fire fighters, paramedics, etc. through continuing education programs. Dr. Quinn also serves as the Director of the College of Medicine's Honor's Program.

Research Interest

Anatomy Education & Curricular Development; learning styles & lecture delivery methods.

Education and Training

PhD, Anatomy - The Ohio State University, 2015

MS, Biology - Chatham University, 2009

BA, Biology - Washington & Jefferson College, 2007


Quinn, M.M., Smith, T., Kalmar, E.L., & Burgoon, J.M.  (2017).  What type of learner are your students?  Preferred learning styles of undergraduate gross anatomy students according to the index of learning styles questionnaires.  Anatomical Sciences Education.  Advanced online publication.  doi:10.1002/ase.1748.

Quinn, M.M., & Burgoon, J.M. (2015). Understanding our students and how they learn: preferred learning styles of undergraduate gross anatomy students. Clinical Anatomy, 29(1), 95.

Quinn, M.M., & Burgoon, J.M. (2015). What type of learner are you? Learning Styles of undergraduate gross anatomy students. HAPS Educator, 19(2), 80-81. 

Quinn, M.M., & Burgoon, J.M. (2014). Best practices in multiple choice question writing and item analysis for undergraduate instructors. HAPS Educator, 18(3), 32.

Quinn, M.M., & Burgoon, J.M. (2013). Development of a summer dissection course for graduate and undergraduate student advancement. Clinical Anatomy, 26(8), 1054.