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, Global Health, and Family Medicine & Community Health at Duke University. She also has appointments in the Duke Initiative for Science & Society and the Kenan Institute for Ethics. At Duke Social Science Research Institute, she directs the Center on Genomics, Race, Identity, Difference and the Center for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation.

Dr. Royal’s research, scholarship, and teaching are interdisciplinary and global, focusing on implications of genetics and genomics research, particularly social, ethical, clinical, and scientific issues at the intersection of genetics and “race”. Her major interest is in addressing causes and consequences of racism and use of “race” in research, healthcare, and society. She serves on numerous domestic and international professional committees and boards pertaining to her work.

Dr. Royal received 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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  • Duke Box 90252, Durham, NC 27708

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