Chester native LaChelle Waller, a graduate student at Virginia Tech, successfully defended her dissertation on April 8 and has earned a doctorate in genetics bioinformatics and computational biology.
Waller, the Virginia Tech Graduate Woman of the Year in 2008, was selected as the Virginia Tech Graduate Commencement speaker. The commencement ceremony will take place Friday, May 14. Waller also received the 2010 Woman and Leadership Award presented by the Woman and Leadership and Philanthropy Council Membership Committee.
Waller will celebrate her accomplishments with family and friends at the Beacon Theatre in Hopewell later this month.