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About Kristen A. Mitchell

Dr. Kristen Mitchell joined the faculty of Boise State University in January 2008. She earned her B.S. in Microbiology from Idaho State University in 1995, and her Ph.D. in Pharmacology/Toxicology from the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington in 2003. From 2003-2007, Dr. Mitchell conducted postdoctoral training in molecular toxicology at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. Dr. Mitchell's research interests focus on pharmacology and toxicology of the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR). Specific research areas include immunotoxicity and inflammation associated with AhR ligands, and the role of the AhR in cell cycle regulation. Her research is currently supported by the NIH through grants from the Idaho Idea Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE), the Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS), and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).


Present Affiliate Member, Mountain States Tumor and Medical Research Institute
Present Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Boise State University Department of Biological Sciences

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • 2011 Outstanding New Investigator Award - Idaho Academy of Science
  • 2010 NIH Academic Research Enhancement Awards - $404,386 Grant
  • 2009 Top Ten Scholars Honored Professor, Boise State University
  • 2007 Best Postdoctoral Publication Award, Society of Toxicology


  • Introductory Microbiology, BIOL 205
  • Human Physiology, ZOOL 401/501
  • Toxicology, BIOL 497/597

Contact Information

Dept. of Biological Sciences
Boise State University
1910 University Drive
Boise, ID 83725-1515
(208) 426-4620 (ph)


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