Goldie Byrd

Goldie Byrd

Goldie Byrd, PhD, received her Bachelor of Science degrees in Professional Biology and in Biology Secondary Education at North Carolina A&T State University.  She received her PhD at Meharry Medical College in Microbiology. She completed post-doctoral work at Meharry Medical College, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University. Dr. Byrd was previously a faculty member in the biology departments at Tennessee State University and North Carolina Central University and more recently an adjunct Assistant Professor at Duke University. In 2003, Dr. Byrd joined the faculty at North Carolina A&T State University, where she served as Chair of the Department of Biology and as the Nathan F. Simms Endowed Professor of Biology. Currently, she is the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, where she supports more than 200 faculty members and 3,400 undergraduate and graduate students. Her research in the genetics of Alzheimer’s disease in African Americans has been recognized both nationally and internationally by the Alzheimer’s Association and the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame. She recently helped secure a $1 million grant for NC A&T State University from Merck, Inc. to provide initial funding for a Center for Outreach in Aging, Alzheimer’s and Community Health. Dr. Byrd joins the African American Network Against Alzheimer’s as a Founder.