Dr. Cherina Fleming receives her PhD from the panel of nine professors. Photo contributed
St. Maarten News – By Michael R. Granger – In the presence of her family, daughter of the soil Cherina Fleming obtained her PhD in molecular medicine from the Erasmus University in the Netherlands last week Wednesday.
The daughter of St. Maarteners Douglas “Dougie” Fleming and Dr. Alma Fleming-Rogers of Middle Region, Dr. Fleming defended her PhD doctoral thesis in front of a panel of nine professors from different medical disciplines.
Prior to that however, she had to first give a 15 minute presentation to explain to family, friends and colleagues who were in attendance, the work she was doing throughout her studies. Next Dr. Fleming had 45 minutes to defend her PhD manuscript entitled “From manual microscopy to automated cell counters for first line screening of body fluids.”
Dr. Fleming started the training to become a clinical chemist in the Erasmus and Groene Hart Hospital in December 2014 and is scheduled to complete the program in December 2018 after which, her family hopes, the doors should be wide open for her here on St. Maarten.
“After completion of the program in 2018, I would love to come back St. Maarten to work in the lab. I would love to practice the knowledge obtained in the Netherlands to help push our lab forward,” she said, adding that she is extremely proud of the accomplishment and excited about what she can offer her island.
Dr. Fleming was born on August 13, 1983 in Marigot. After receiving her high school diploma in 2002 from the Milton Peters College, she relocated to the Netherlands for further education. From 2002 to 2006, she attended the Hogeschool Rotterdam where she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Sciences.
Source: Today SXM Dr. Cherina Fleming obtains PhD at Erasmus University