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Marian M. Furimsky

Marian M. Furimsky

Associate Professor/Chair

Biology Faculty

(724) 946-7207

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Campus Location:
   Hoyt Science Resources Center
Mailbox: 196

About Me

I joined the Westminster College Department of Biology in the fall of 2006.  I teach Physiology and Neurobiology as well as a number of introductory courses for the major and the Westminster liberal arts curriculum. I have also offered travel courses to Chile and Ecuador, including excursions to the Andes Mountains, Atacama Desert, Amazon Rain Forest and Galapagos Islands and look forward to sharing more of these experiences with students in the future!

I earned my doctorate at the University of Ottawa (2000) with a thesis exploring the mechanism of intracellular pH regulation in liver cells. My first post-doctoral position at Queens’s University in Kingston, Canada investigated the effect of fishing tournament procedures on respiratory and circulatory responses in largemouth and smallmouth bass. My second post-doctoral position at the Ottawa Health Research Institute was in the field of developmental neurobiology where I examined the role of the Sonic hedgehog signaling pathway in visual system development in mice.     

My biological research interests at Westminster focus on the effects of environmental stressors on fish. Current studies involve the use of zebrafish as a model organism for examining the effects of anthropogenic factors on nervous system and cardiovascular system development. 

I also serve as the Health Professions Advisor on campus. I meet regularly with students interested in pursuing careers as health professionals (e.g. physicians, dentists, veterinarians, etc.) to advise and guide them through the exploration and application phases of the process.

When I am not on campus, I enjoy time with my family, either traveling or binge-watching at home, and following my hometown Ottawa Senators!