Charmaine DM Royal
Associate Professor in the Department of African and African American Studies

Charmaine Royal is Associate Professor of African & African American Studies, Biology, and Family Medicine & Community Health at Duke University. She is also core faculty in Duke Initiative for Science & Society, governing board member of the Social Science Research Institute, faculty affiliate in Duke Global Health Institute, and senior fellow in Kenan Institute for Ethics. She directs the Center on Genomics, Race, Identity, Difference (GRID) and the Center for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) at Duke University.

Dr. Royal’s research, scholarship, and teaching are transdisciplinary and global, focusing on ethical, legal, and social issues in genetics and genomics, particularly the intersection of race and genetics and its policy implications and practical interventions. She serves on several domestic and international professional committees and boards related to these topics.

Dr. Royal received a master’s in genetic counseling and a doctorate in human genetics from Howard University. She completed postgraduate training in bioethics and ELSI (ethical, legal, and social implications) research at the National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health, and in epidemiology and behavioral medicine at Howard University Cancer Center.

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  • 234 Friedl Bldg, Box 90252, Durham, NC 27708-0141
  • Duke Box 90252, Durham, NC 27708

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