“The Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology (MGM) is infused with an atmosphere and culture of inclusiveness that supports, encourages, and sustains diversity at all levels (undergraduate students, graduate students, medical students, fellows, staff, administration and faculty).  This enriches our community, and brings together a diversity of backgrounds, viewpoints, talents, and vision that is synergistic in our tripartite mission in education, training, and research.  There are myriad forms of diversity, and the departmental culture is welcoming and supportive of all.  I am especially pleased that MGM faculty member Lawrence David is chairing a committee to promote and enhance diversity in the department, and look forward to working assiduously with Lawrence and others to enhance further this aspect of the department and our institution.”

Joseph Heitman, MD, PhD

– Joseph Heitman, MD, PhD, Chair, Molecular Genetics & Microbiology



The Diversity and Inclusion Committee Members

For more about Diversity within MGM, please watch this video from Dr. Raphael Valdivia.

Duke Office of Diversity & Inclusion 

The IDEALS Office, Duke School of Medicine

Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity 

Video: Duke University School of Medicine: Charting the Path Towards Inclusive Excellence 

Duke School of Medicine Dean Klotman podcast – Episode 1: “Why Diversity is Important in Academic Medicine” 

Duke’s Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion 

Duke Community Speaks out about Racism in Society and at Home

Black Women @Duke and In America

If you have a complaint or concern about harassment, here is a guide to resources at Duke.