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Marcia Firmani Marcia Firmani
Director of the Program in Medical Laboratory Sciences
Chair, Department of Biomedical Laboratory Sciences
Associate Professor of Biomedical Laboratory Sciences
Associate Professor of Microbiology, Immunology, and Tropical Medicine (Secondary)

Office Phone: 202-994-8338
Email: Email
Department: Biomedical Laboratory Sciences


  • B.S., Marist College, 1991
  • MSPH, Tulane University, 1994
  • PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 2002


Dr. Firmani is the current Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) Program Director and has over 10 years of experience in teaching and research. In addition to her program director duties, Dr. Firmani teaches several courses within the MLS program, such as Clinical Microbiology I and Molecular Diagnostics. Prior to her arrival at George Washington University (GWU), Dr. Firmani was a Principal Investigator at the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center (NBACC) where she conducted and managed several research projects involving biothreat agent characterization. Dr. Firmani also held two previous faculty appointments. From 2002 – 2007 she was an Assistant Professor in the CLS department at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) in New Orleans, LA where she taught lecture and laboratory courses in Clinical Microbiology and Molecular Diagnostics and Genetics. While at LSU, Dr. Firmani also directed a research lab where she performed basic and applied research on Mycobacterium tuberculosis and MRSA and mentored Master’s student thesis projects. From 2007 – 2010, Dr. Firmani was an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (UWM) where she taught various undergraduate CLS courses and graduate-level Biomedical Sciences courses, such as Medical Microbiology, Applied Microbiology, Molecular Diagnostics, and Molecular Pathology. At UWM, Dr. Firmani also directed a research laboratory where she conducted NIH-funded research on Mycobacterium tuberculosis and mentored both undergraduate and graduate student research projects. Dr. Firmani has taught numerous continuing education courses in CLS, including a DVD for the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) on Emerging Infections. Dr. Firmani has authored several chapters focusing on infectious diseases in textbooks and has also published her research in peer-reviewed journals, such as Infection and Immunity and the Journal of Clinical Microbiology.


  • Health Intervention and Disaster Response
  • Medical Laboratory Sciences
  • Military Affiliated Programs
  • Translational Health Sciences


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Industry Relationships and Collaborations

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