The Duke Center on Genomics, Race, Identity, Difference (GRID) is a global endeavor that brings together a broad range of collaborators and partners to explore and address questions at the intersection of race and genetics. Race is a focal point at GRID, along with other descent-related identities such as ancestry, ethnicity, tribe, and geographic and national classifications.

GRID’s interconnected divisions – Research, Education and Engagement – embody the core elements of Duke University’s mission and provide the organizing framework for activities of the center. The divisions serve as channels for attainment of the center’s vision and mission.

RESEARCH
RESEARCH

We conduct integrative research across multiple disciplines and produce scholarship to shift paradigms and advance the field.

EDUCATION
EDUCATION

We implement innovative education and training to enrich and diversify the pools of scholars, scientists, and practitioners.

ENGAGEMENT
ENGAGEMENT

We engage various stakeholders in the translation of our work and development of transformative policies and practices.

Recent Publication
As part of a larger study of professionals, research at GRID is assessing anthropologists’ views on race. A Qualitative Analysis of How Anthropologists Interpret the Race Construct is our recent paper from this work. Our findings demonstrated that anthropologists conceptualize race along a broad spectrum. 
Sickle Cell
Sickle cell is a thread through all of the divisions at GRID. From our research, to education, to engagement, we explore aspects and impacts of sickle cell disease and trait as they relate to individuals and societies globally.
Special Event

You are invited to participate in “Cultural Conversations”. Free and open to everyone, these special events are moderated by trained facilitators to encourage dialogue about your experience at the RACE exhibit. Find out more about the conversations and the exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

Take the GRID Poll

Controversies over ideas about race have been ongoing for centuries. What are some of the key questions? Periodically, we pose one of those questions and ask for your response. Take the GRID Poll to add your voice to the conversation. You could learn something new about race and genetics.


GRID is part of the Duke Social Science Research Institute and is affiliated with the Department of African & African American Studies, Duke Initiative for Science & Society, and the Duke Global Health Institute.

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