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Pathology became its own laboratory, elevated from a section within the Laboratory of Viral Immunology, around 1964in 1964, bringing the total number of laboratories in the Division of Biologics Standards (DBS) to seven. In 1965, Dr. Kirschstein became Chief of the Laboratory of Pathology.

In 1968, Dr. John C. Petricciani joined the Public Health Service and was assigned to the Division of Biologics Standards ( DBS ) at the NIH, where he was a medical officer in the Laboratory of Pathology. When the DBS was administratively transferred from the NIH to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Dr. Petricciani stayed on in Pathology, rising to the rank of Deputy Director of the Division of Pathology by 1976.