Donna Kostyu


As an academic dean, I support students who live or did live in Alspaugh House. I am the administrative liaison for majors and certificates in Environmental Science, Environmental Sciences & Policy, Earth and Ocean Science, Energy and the Environment, and Marine Science and Conservation. I also serve as Director of the Health Professions Advising Office.

About me:  

My roots are in Ohio.  I grew up in Cleveland, received a B.S. degree from Heidelberg University in Tiffin Ohio, and spent a year working in viral research at Case Western Reserve University.  Then I came to Duke and discovered the world of Immunology.  Kidney transplantation in humans was just achieving success and there was an international effort to identify the genes important in matching.  I received my PhD in Immunology at Duke studying histocompatibility, and then spent 20 years in research unraveling the polymorphism and function of the HLA genes.  It turns out they were formidable transplantation antigens, but also inherent participants in immune response.  Along the way I studied populations, traveled, wrote papers, taught an Introductory Immunology class to graduate and undergraduate students and mentored students in independent studies and prehealth.   In 2001, I became an Assistant Director of the PreMajor Advising Center and began to work with undergraduates full-time.


Office Location 116 Academic Advising Center
Campus Box 90697
Office Phone 919-684-6217
Email Address