Charmaine DM Royal
Professor of African and African American Studies

Charmaine Royal is Professor of African & African American Studies, Biology, Global Health, and Family Medicine & Community Health at Duke University. She is also affiliated with the Duke Initiative for Science & Society and the Kenan Institute for Ethics. She directs the Duke Center on Genomics, Race, Identity, Difference and the Duke Center for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation.

Dr. Royal’s research, scholarship, and teaching are transdisciplinary and global, focusing on ethical, social, scientific, and clinical implications of genetics and genomics, particularly for African and African Diaspora populations. She has a major interest in issues at the intersection of genetics and ‘race’, with the goal of dismantling ideologies and systems of racial hierarchies in research, healthcare, and society. She serves as an advisor on numerous professional committees and boards including the Board of Directors of the American Society of Human Genetics and the External Scientific Advisory Board of the Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa) Consortium.

Dr. Royal obtained her bachelor’s degree in microbiology, master’s in genetic counseling, and doctorate in human genetics from Howard University. She completed postgraduate training in ethical, legal, and social implications (ELSI) research and bioethics 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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