Marcia A. Firmani, PhD, MSPH

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Marcia A. Firmani, PhD, MSPH

Assistant Professor, Interim Chair, Integrated Health Sciences Department; Director, MLS blended and graduate programs, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, The George Washington University


Office Phone: (202) 994-8338
4983 Knoll Square Ashburn VA 20147

Current HIV/AIDS Research Activities:

  • Identify and compare Mycobacterium tuberculosis strain types that are more commonly found in HIV-infected individuals.
  • Compare fitness among clinical Mycobacterium tuberculosis isolates.
  • Identify and characterize Mycobacterium tuberculosis virulence factors.

Current HIV/AIDS Educational Activities:

  • Collaborative research with graduate students and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in Baltimore, MD on HIV/TB co-infection.
  • Teach a Clinical Microbiology I course to MLS students.  The course includes pathogenesis, epidemiology, diagnosis and treatment of bacteria and viruses, including HIV.
  • Teach a Molecular Diagnostics course in the CLS program that includes applications of molecular technology to diagnose various diseases, including HIV.