Alyssa Perz


As an academic dean, I support students who live or did live in Southgate House. I serve as a prehealth advisor, and as dean and academic advisor for the women’s basketball team and football players. I am also the director of the Cardea Fellows Program and a lecturer in the Department of Biology.

About me: 

I was born in Ohio and raised in Texas, but I have lived in North Carolina longer than any place else and I love calling Durham home. I earned a B.S. in biology from Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX and Ph.D. in cell biology from Duke while studying gene regulation during embryonic development. I taught courses in biology at Duke for seven years before moving to the Academic Advising Center when I was appointed as an academic dean for Trinity College in 2009. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my two children and dog. I am happiest when I get outside to grow things or explore natural areas. I volunteer by co-leading a Girl Scout troop for middle school girls. I use the pronouns she, her and hers.

Alyssa Perz
Office location: 
011 Allen Building, 421 Chapel Drive, Durham, NC 27708
Mailing address: 
Box 90050, Durham, NC 27708-0697
(919) 684-2130

Dorm assignment: 
  • Southgate House