By Wendy Sarubbi | May 13, 2011 1:46 pm

Congratulations to approximately 190 students who received their undergraduate and graduate degrees from the College of Medicine’s Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences last week. The graduates included students who received BS degrees in Molecular Biology and Microbiology, Biotechnology and Medical Laboratory Sciences, as well as those who received Master’s degrees and Ph.D.s.

After receiving their diplomas at the UCF Arena, graduates, their families and faculty members attended a celebration on the UCF campus. Top Burnett school graduates, including Jacqueline Boehme, “Miss UCF,” were honored.

Dr. Pappachan Kolattukudy, director of the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences, and Dr. Deborah German, vice president for medical affairs and dean of the College of Medicine, congratulated the young scientists on their accomplishments and wished them well in their future endeavors. Some graduates will be pursuing medical and graduate school, others will begin careers in scientific research and others will work at hospital laboratories in our community.

The featured speaker at the graduation ceremony was Dr. Gideon Lewis, a 2000 graduate of the Burnett school who is board certified in Reconstructive Rear Foot/Ankle Surgery and Foot Surgery. He practices at Drs. Lewis and Lewis, P.A. in Winter Park.

After earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Biology and Microbiology at the Burnett school, Dr. Lewis received his M.D. from the University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine. He received the Rising Star Award during the UCF Alumni Association’s annual Black & Gold Gala in November.

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