Quinn was promoted to NIH Distinguished Researcher in the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, an honor that recognizes long-term commitment to research and outstanding scientific contributions to the field. He was also awarded the 2016 Consortium of Universities for Global Health Distinguished Leadership Award in Global Health for his contributions to the advancement of global health.
Quinn has had a long and rich career in epidemiological and laboratory investigation of the treatment and prevention of infectious diseases. With a background in sexually transmitted diseases, he is recognized as having helped launch HIV/AIDS epidemic response efforts.
His work aims to establish sustainable, local clinical research through extensive, long-term partnerships and technical trainings. He says that in order to promote world health, "a true collaborative nature and ability to work with cross-functional teams towards a common goal is essential."