Dr. Charmaine DM Royal

Associate Professor, Department of African & African American Studies

Charmaine Royal is Associate Professor of African & African American Studies and Genome Sciences & Policy. Her research, scholarship, and teaching focus on ethical, psychosocial, and societal issues in genetics and genomics, primarily issues at the intersection of genetics/genomics and concepts of “race”, ancestry, and ethnicity.

She serves on several national and international committees and boards, including the Steering Committee for the Registry and Surveillance System for Hemoglobinopathies (RuSH) Program, Bioethics Advisory Committee of the March of Dimes Foundation, Expert Panel for the World Health Organization’s Grand Challenges in Genomics for Public Health in Developing Countries (Grand Challenges) Project, and the Independent Expert Committee for the Human Heredity and Health in Africa Initiative. She is the immediate past Chair of the Social Issues Committee of the American Society of Human Genetics.

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. Prior to joining the Duke faculty in 2007, she was faculty in the College of Medicine and the Graduate School at Howard University as well as Director of the GenEthics Unit in the National Human Genome Center at Howard University