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Director of the Program in Medical Laboratory Sciences
Chair, Department of Biomedical Laboratory Sciences
Director, Clinical Microbiology and Molecular Diagnostic Sciences Graduate Programs
Director, Clinical Embryology and Assisted Reproductive Technology Undergraduate Program
Associate Professor of Biomedical Laboratory Sciences
Associate Professor of Microbiology, Immunology, and Tropical Medicine (Secondary)
Office Phone: 202-994-8338
Department: Biomedical Laboratory Sciences
- B.S., Marist College, 1991
- MSPH, Tulane University, 1994
- PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 2002
Dr. Firmani is the Chair of the Biomedical Laboratory Sciences department and the director of the MSHS in Clinical Microbiology program. Dr. Firmani has over 20 years of experience in teaching and research. In addition to her administrative duties, Dr. Firmani directs and teaches several courses within the BLS department, such as Clinical Bacteriology I and II, Molecular Diagnostics, Molecular Epidemiology, and Plagues, Pandemics & Epidemics. Prior to her arrival at George Washington University (GW), 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 Clinical Laboratory Sciences 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 in the department of biomedical sciences at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (UWM) where she taught various undergraduate laboratory science 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 molecular microbiology 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, authored several book chapters and published her research in peer-reviewed journals, such as Infection and Immunity and the Journal of Clinical Microbiology.
- Medical Laboratory Sciences
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Industry Relationships and Collaborations
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