Vivian Smith specializes in biosafety level 3 and 4 laboratories — the ones found scattered throughout Fort Detrick.
Smith won a National Institutes of Health fellowship at age 21 to study and implement biosafety level 3 and 4 laboratory protocols. She earned a master’s degree in biodefense from Johns Hopkins University.
And she worked with BSL-3 and BSL-4 laboratories with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases’ Integrated Research Facility, operated by Battelle. As an employee, she helped the IRF bring on a new BSL-4 lab.
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