Omar A. Quintero, Ph.D.
University of Richmond
Omar A. Quintero is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Richmond. He joined the faculty at Richmond in 2012. He completed his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at The Pennsylvania State University, his PhD in Cell Biology at Duke University with Jo Rae Wright, and his postdoctoral work as a SPIRE Fellow at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill with Richard Cheney. Prior to his position at University of Richmond, he was faculty at Franklin and Marshall College, Mount Holyoke College, and the College of Medicine at Penn State. His research focuses on the mechanisms of mitochondrial transport and organization inside cells, and utilizes modern quantitative microscopy approaches. His lab is made up almost exclusively of undergraduate scientists, and he often incorporates components of his research into his classroom teaching. He recently received the “Distinguished Educator Award” at the University of Richmond, and has served in leadership roles for the American Society for Cell Biology, on both the Education Committee and as a member of Council.