Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Mission Statement

The Department of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology is committed to creating an equitable, diverse, and inclusive environment for all of its members. As a community, we firmly believe that transformative research goes hand-in-hand with fostering an inclusive environment and training the next generation of scientists from a diversity of backgrounds and life experiences. As scientists, we know that we are strongest when we leverage the talents of a diverse community.


We do not tolerate discrimination or harassment in any form. If you experience or witness any discrimination or harassment, or have a concern about the behavior of any member in our department, you have a number of options for reporting your concerns:

  • Contact your mentor or supervisor.
  • Fill out this PCB Whistleblower Form to anonymously contact the PCB Chair.
  • Contact any of the following people and/or offices:

Lee Zou

David MacAlpine
Pharmacology DGS

Ann Marie Pendergast
Molecular Cancer Biology DGS

Jamie Baize-Smith
Pharmacology/MCB DGSA

Johnna Frierson         
Associate Dean of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion for the Basic Sciences;
Director, IDEALS Office


Beth Sullivan
Associate Dean for Research Training

Laura Svetkey, M.D. MHS
School of Medicine Ombudsperson

Jean Spaulding, M.D.
School of Medicine Ombudsperson for Students/Post-Doctoral Appointees

Duke Office of Institutional Equity (OIE)  is the office responsible for responding to complaints of discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct at Duke. The OIE website has detailed information for how to file a complaint or report an incident.

The Graduate School's comprehensive guide to resources for reporting discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct.