Dean Suzanne Barbour, Ph.D.

Suzanne Barbour, dean of The UNC Graduate School


Suzanne Barbour became dean of The Graduate School in September 2019. An accomplished scholar, she is a professor in the UNC School of Medicine Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.

Prior to her arrival at Carolina, Barbour served as dean of the Graduate School at the University of Georgia, where she oversaw 250 graduate programs. Before that, she served as program director in the Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences at the National Science Foundation and as a professor of biochemistry and molecular biology in the School of Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University. Previously at VCU, she led the graduate program in biochemistry and molecular biology, directed research training at the Center on Health Disparities and held affiliate appointments in the departments of African American studies, biology, and microbiology and immunology.

Barbour is committed to student success at the highest levels, including serving for more than a decade on the education and professional development and minority affairs committees of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She is a member of the Council of Graduate Schools Board of Directors and Graduate Education Advisory Council of the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Throughout her career, she has mentored dozens of students and received numerous awards for professional achievement and teaching excellence.


B.S., Rutgers University
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
Post-doctoral fellowship; University of California, San Diego


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