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Thermo Fisher Scientific to host Women in Forensic Science event at George Mason University

Thermo Fisher Scientific will host a special Women in Forensic Science event at George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus on Thursday, January 25 at 1:30 p.m. in the Johnson Center Bistro. The register-in- advance, in person event will feature a panel of distinguished women leaders from various branches of forensic science, including crime laboratories, government, law enforcement, biotechnology, and academia. These experts will provide insights into their own career trajectories, discussing the barriers they encountered and the strategies they employed to overcome them. The session will begin with remarks from Mary Ellen O’Toole, Director of Mason’s Forensic Science Program.

This taped event will also be featured at Thermo Fisher’s Human Identification Solutions conference, two-days filled with thought-provoking sessions, meaningful connections, and inspiring moments of learning and success shared by visionary leaders from around the world dedicated to the noble pursuit of revealing the truth.. Taking place May 14 and 15, 2024. Visit to learn more.

The Women Breaking Barriers in Forensic Science panel includes Kelli Tippett, Laboratory Director, U.S. Secret Service; Lauren Carroll, Assistant Division Commander, New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office; Argi Magers, Forensic Scientist Manager, Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Division Biology Section; and Shamika Kelley, New Orleans Police Department Crime Laboratory Director.

“Thermo Fisher Scientific is honored to partner with George Mason University, uniting a distinguished group of trailblazing women transforming the field of forensic science,” said Shereen Darwish, market development manager, HID for Thermo Fisher Scientific. “Together, we aspire to empower and inspire the next generation of forensic scientists with the knowledge, and resilience needed to make a lasting impact on the world.”

The discussion will delve into the challenges women face in assuming leadership positions within forensic science organizations, including negotiating equal opportunities and developing effective leadership skills. The panelists will share their experiences of breaking through glass ceilings, fostering inclusive environments, and advocating for gender equality in the workplace.

“ThermoFisher has assembled a powerhouse of women leaders who have broken barriers and made tremendous contributions to the field,” said Mason Forensic Science Program professor, Kelly Knight. “Hearing their stories and their advice will empower our students as they navigate their own journeys to becoming professionals in forensic science themselves.  We are so honored and excited to have this group of leaders join us on our campus to engage and inspire our students.”