Centers

The Division of Human Genetics is a unit within the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology that serves as a focal point for human genetics research across the entire Duke campus.

The Duke Center for the Genomics of Microbial Systems (GeMS) was established in 2012 to address the increasingly prominent role that genome sciences are playing in shaping research in microbial systems, and in the renewed interest among the public and scientific community as to the roles that microbes play in human health, ecological balance, and biotechnology.

The Center for Host-Microbial Interactions (CHoMI) provides an interdepartmental intellectual home for Duke investigators who are interested in this broad area of research. CHoMI was originally conceived as the Center for Microbial Pathogenesis, which was designed to build on the success of the mycology group at Duke and strengthen bacterial pathogenesis initiatives at our institution.

The Center for RNA Biology brings together laboratories focused on RNA biology including the study of RNA binding proteins, RNA-based therapies, post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression, non-coding RNAs and RNA interference (RNAi), ribozyme function, and RNA viruses. The Center laboratories are located at Duke University and the National Institute of Environmental Health Science.

The Duke Center for Virology serves as an intellectual home for scientists at Duke who are interested in viral replication and pathogenesis or in the use of attenuated viruses as gene therapy vectors or vaccines.