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Marcia Firmani, PhD, MSPH, Chairs Department of BLS

Marcia Firmani, PhD, MSPH, was tapped in February to chair the Department of Biomedical Laboratory Sciences at the George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS).

Marcia Firmani

Firmani, who also serves as an assistant professor of biomedical laboratory sciences and of microbiology, immunology, and tropical medicine at SMHS, has nearly two decades of experience in teaching and research.

In addition to serving as interim chair since 2016, she oversees the Medical Laboratory Sciences Program. She has greatly expanded the program since assuming this role in 2013, and continues to teach classes, advise students, guide curriculum development, and ensure compliance with accreditation standards.

Firmani has been an integral part of the growth of GW’s Virginia Science and Technology Campus. She helped design student classrooms and laboratories in Discovery Hall, and also managed a team of faculty and staff involved in the Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medicine Program, undergraduate and graduate Medical Laboratory Science Programs, and educational contracts with the U.S. military.