Charmaine DM Royal, PhD

Charmaine Royal is 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. 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 issues at the intersection of genetics and ‘race’. A fundamental goal of her work is to dismantle ideologies and systems of ‘race’ and racism 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 International Scientific Advisory Board of the West African Genetic Medicine Center.

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.

Other Members

April 4, 2018

Dr. Charmaine D. M. Royal

Dr. Charmaine Royal is an associate research professor at the Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy and the Department of African and African American Studies at Duke University
April 4, 2018

Dr. Michèle Ramsay

Michèle Ramsay, Ph.D., is a professor in the Division of Human Genetics at the National Health Laboratory Service and University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg
April 4, 2018

Dr. Olugbenga Mokuolu

Dr. Olugbenga Mokuolu is an associate professor of paediatrics at the University of Ilorin in Nigeria. He has over 15 years experience in the care of the newborn in the tropics
April 4, 2018

Dr. Olufunmilayo I. Olopade

Walter L. Palmer Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine & Human Genetics, Associate Dean for Global Health, Director; Center for Clinical Cancer Genetics
April 4, 2018

Dr. Seydou Doumbia

Deputy Scientific Director of the Malaria Research and Training Center; Professor of Epidemiology at the Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Bamako, Mali
April 4, 2018

Dr. Clement Adebamowo

Dr. Clement Adebamowo is director of Strategic Information, Research and Training at the Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria; associate professor of
April 4, 2018

Dr. Rose Gana Fomban Leke

Professor of Immunology and Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences of the Université de Yaoundé I Chair, Director of the
April 4, 2018

Dr. Sonia Abdelhak

Dr. Abdelhak is principal biologist at the Institut Pasteur de Tunis, head of a research unit on orphan genetic diseases, and is mainly involved in the study of the
April 4, 2018

Prof. Muntasar Ibrahim

Muntaser Ibrahim is a professor at the Department of Molecular Biology, Institute of Endemic Diseases, University of Khartoum. He obtained a B.Sc. in zoology and chemistry