Rachel Roper, PhD

AProfessor of Microbiology & Immunology at the Brody School of Medicine

Dr. Rachel Roper is a Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at East Carolina University (ECU) in the Brody School of Medicine. She has published over 50 manuscripts on viral genomics, virulence genes, and vaccines and been cited more than 6700 times. She is a member of the National Academy of Inventors and has served on numerous national and international Grant Panels and Editorial Boards. She has worked to improve equity and diversity as Chair of several committees: the School of Medicine Women’s Faculty Committee, the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Women, School of Medicine Promotion & Tenure Committee, and ECU Faculty Welfare Committee. She was awarded the Brody School of Medicine Women’s Advocacy Award, ECU Woman of Distinction Award, and the ECU Faculty Senate 50th Anniversary Recognition Award. She was a co-Principal Investigator on the National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE THRIVE grant awarded to ECU. She has published on bias and given over 40 seminars and workshops on diversity, equity, and inclusion. She currently serves on the American Society for Microbiology Committee on the Status of Women and the ECU Faculty Senate Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.


Gender, Gender Bias in Academia and Gender Bias in Science and Medicine