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Assistant Professor

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HPB 523

Schedule a UAB Eye Care Appointment: 205-975-2020

Teaching/research interests: Eye movements, Binocular vision

Office Hours: By appointment


  • BS, Claude Bernard Lyon I University, France, Physiology
  • MS, Claude Bernard Lyon I University, France, Neurosciences
  • PhD, Claude Bernard Lyon I University, France, Neurosciences

I grew up in France and received my Ph.D. in Neurosciences from the Claude Bernard Lyon I University. I studied the role of the medio-posterior cerebellum in gaze orientation (eye and head coordination) in  monkeys. After, several postdoctoral positions at the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY; at the UMMC, Jackson, MS and at the Institut de Neurosciences de la Timone, Marseille, France where I continued to study the oculomotor system in non-human primate, I came to UAB in the laboratory of Dr. Paul Gamlin in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences to focus my research on vision and how the brain computes eye movements to orient gaze in 3D-space.

To orient our gaze in space and consequently, the foveae of our eyes, we perform a variety of eye movements as a function of where the object of interest is located in the visual field. Thus, my research is motivated by the understanding of the neural circuitries involved in the control of gaze movements in the 3D-space both to increase our understanding of the oculomotor system, and to work towards treatments for ocular disorders.

Teaching/research interests:

Dr. Quinet current research focus is the study of the oculomotor system and more specifically, the neuronal network involved in coordinated eye movements in three-dimensional space. For this purpose, by using different neurophysiological techniques such as single unit recording, electrical micro stimulation, and pharmacological injection, she will study brain areas which are interconnected while the awake non-human primate is orienting its gaze in space. The clinical relevance of Quinet’s research is to understand the physiological basis of disorders like strabismus, which can lead to amblyopia and a substantial vision loss in one eye.

Select publications:

  • Bourrelly C, Quinet J, Goffart L. (2021) Bilateral control of interceptive saccades: evidence from the ipsipulsion of vertical saccades after caudal fastigial inactivation. Journal of Neurophysiology, 125 (6): 2068-2083.
  • Quinet J, Schultz K, May PJ, Gamlin PD. (2020) Neural control of rapid binocular eye movements: Saccade-Vergence burst neurons. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, 117 (46): 29123-29132.
  • May PJ, Billig I, Gamlin PD, Quinet J. (2019) Central mesencephalic reticular formation control of the near response: lens accommodation circuits. Journal of Neurophysiology, 121 (5): 1692-1703.
  • Bourrelly C, Quinet J, Goffart L. (2018) Pursuit disorder and saccade dysmetria after caudal fastigial inactivation in the monkey. Journal of Neurophysiology, 120 (4): 1640-1654.
  • Bourrelly C, Quinet J, Goffart L (2018) The caudal fastigial nucleus and the steering of saccades toward a moving target. Journal of Neurophysiology,120 (2): 421-438.
  • Goffart L, Bourrelly C, Quinet J (2017) Synchronizing the tracking eye movements with the motion of a visual target: Basic neural processes. Prog Brain Res 236: 243-268.
  • Bourrelly C, Quinet J, Cavanagh P, Goffart L (2016) Learning the trajectory of a moving visual target and evolution of its tracking in the monkey. Journal of Neurophysiology, 116: 2739-2751.
  • Quinet J, Goffart L (2015) Does the brain extrapolate the position of a transient moving target? Journal of Neuroscience, 35 (34): 11780-11790.
  • Quinet J, Goffart L (2015) Cerebellar control of saccades dynamics: Contribution of the Fastigial Oculomotor Region. Journal of Neurophysiology, 113: 3323-3336.
  • Chen LL, Hung LY, Quinet J, Kosek K (2013) Cognitive regulation of saccadic velocity by reward prospect. European Journal of Neuroscience, 38(3): 2434-2444.
  • Quessy S, Quinet J, Freedman EG (2010) The locus of motor activity in the superior colliculus of the rhesus monkey is unaltered during saccadic adaptation. Journal of Neuroscience, 30 (42): 14235-14244.
  • Guerrasio L, Quinet J, Büttner U, Goffart L (2010) The fastigial oculomotor region and the control of foveation during fixation. Journal of Neurophysiology, 103 (4): 1988-2001.
  • Quinet J, Goffart L (2009) Electrical microstimulation of the fastigial oculomotor region in the head-unrestrained monkey. Journal of Neurophysiology, 102 (1): 320-336.
  • Quinet J, Goffart L (2007) Head-unrestrained gaze shifts after muscimol injection in the caudal fastigial nucleus of the monkey. Journal of Neurophysiology, 98: 3269-3283.
  • Goffart L, Quinet J, Chavane F, Masson G (2006) Influence of background illumination on the generation of visually guided saccades in the rhesus monkey. Vision Research, 46: 149-162.
  • Quinet J, Goffart L (2005) Saccade dysmetria in head unrestrained gaze shifts after muscimol inactivation of the caudal fastigial nucleus in the monkey. Journal of Neurophysiology, 93: 2343-2349.
  • Quinet J, Goffart L (2003) Influence of head restraint on visually triggered saccades in the Rhesus Monkey. Ann. N.Y. Acad. Sc., 1004: 404-408.
  • Pélisson D, Goffart L, Guillaume A, Quinet J (2003) Visuo-motor deficits induced by fastigial nucleus inactivation. The Cerebellum, 2: 71-76.