Boise State University awarded its first doctoral degree from its biomolecular sciences program on Saturday during the university’s spring commencement.
Cheri Lamb focused her research on the effects of TCDD, which is described as an environmental toxicant. Her research with assistant professor of biology Kristen Mitchell was associated with how this can affect liver fibrosis.
“Cheri is a talented researcher and is able to graduate about a year and a half earlier than the national average,” Denise Wingett, director of the doctoral program, said. “Her research has resulted in numerous peer-reviewed publications as well as manuscripts under peer review.”
The biomolecular doctoral program was implemented in 2012 and consists of interdisciplinary coursework involving chemistry, biology, physics and computer science. Mitchell said the interdisciplinary nature of the program has allowed researchers to gain a broadened perspective in the laboratory.
“I am confident that the interdisciplinary training and skills that Cheri has amassed will benefit her as she pursues the next step of her career,” Mitchell said.
The program, the only one of its kind in Idaho, serves the biotechnology and medical industries as it aims to address changing trends in these fields.