Professor of Biology and Director, Center for Outreach in Alzheimer’s Aging and Community Health
North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, NC
Dr. Goldie S. Byrd is Professor of Biology and Interim Director for the Center for Outreach in Alzheimer’s, Aging and Community Health at North Carolina A&T State University. She is the former Chair of Biology, the Nathan F. Simms Endowed Distinguished Professor of Biology and the Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences at A&T.
Dr. Byrd received her PhD in Microbiology from Meharry Medical College, and two undergraduate degrees in biology and in education at North Carolina A&T. She received post-doctoral training and sabbatical training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and at Duke University, where she remains adjunct professor of genetics.
Dr. Byrd conducts research in the Genetics of Alzheimer’s disease in African Americans. Her work has been presented more than 200 times, including in 9 different countries, and has been published in over 50 journals and books articles and chapters. Dr. Byrd has received numerous awards for her leadership, teaching, research, student mentoring and service, including the UNC Board of Governors Award for Teaching Excellence, the Leadership North Carolina Stanley Frank Leadership Award, the National Black College Hall of Fame Award for Science, and the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM). This award was received from President Barak Obama, at a White House ceremony.
Dr. Byrd has served on many panels, ad hoc groups, and advisory boards, including for the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Alzheimer’s Association, the North Carolina Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Science.
Dr. Byrd is an avid bible scholar and teaches the Adult Sunday School Class at White Rock Baptist Church in Durham, NC. She is married to Dr. Jesse R. Byrd and they have three adult children and one granddaughter, Victoria Elizabeth.