Charmaine DM Royal
Professor of African and African American Studies

Charmaine Royal is the Robert O. Keohane Professor of African & African American Studies, Biology, Global Health, and Family Medicine & Community Health at Duke University. She also 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 focus on ethical, social, scientific, and clinical implications of human genetics and genomics, particularly issues at the intersection of genetics and ‘race’. Her specific interests include: genetics and genomics in African and African Diaspora populations; sickle cell disease and trait; public and professional perspectives and practices regarding ‘race’, ethnicity, and ancestry; genetic ancestry inference; and genotype-environment (broadly defined) interactions. A fundamental aim of her work is to dismantle ideologies, systems, and impacts of racial hierarchies in research, healthcare, and society. She serves on scientific and ethics advisory boards and committees for numerous government agencies, professional organizations, and corporations.

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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