The rapid coronavirus testing available at Plumas District Hospital is due to the efforts of its clinical laboratory director Hannah Mirrashed, Ph.D., CLS (ASCP).
Her work has been appreciated locally and is now being recognized regionally. She has been selected by the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (Region VIII) to be a featured speaker at this year’s Inter Mountain States Seminar on Oct. 18. In its 57th year, the IMSS works to bring clinical laboratory personnel together to better their profession. This is considered a prestigious honor.
Accolades have poured in for Mirrashed from her coworker and community members such as the president of Feather River College Dr. Kevin Trutna. “Feather River College recognizes the contributions of Dr. Hannah Mirrashed and the entire clinical laboratory staff from Plumas District Hospital (PDH) toward detecting and fighting the spread of the COVID-19 in Plumas County,” he said. “The support from PDH laboratory in returning FRC students to campus was extraordinary.”
Dr. Mirrashed joined the Plumas District Hospital team in 2018, bringing with her an extensive background in laboratory sciences and research. Mirrashed’s work in molecular biology and genetics are well recognized in the field. Dr. Mirrashed received two fellowships from Canadian Government and Ministry Research Innovation for NanoBio technology and later Canadian National Science Engineering Research Council supported her research in nutrigenomic study on medicinal compounds. In 2012, she moved to southern California to begin work as a research manager and lead scientist at Western University where she dedicated her time to clinical research and testing of biomedical devices and rare disease indications. In addition, Mirrashed has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, received awards for clinical research and molecular science, and for scientific innovation in the field of health care.
Mirrashed’s experience assisted her to set up three laboratories in Canada and USA, in addition to Plumas District Hospital’s COVID lab.