Staff Directory

Floyd Borden has been with the Department of Biochemistry for many years and is currently their Chief Administrative Officer. He provides administrative management and coordination of diverse business-related functions including finance, budget, personnel, space and facilities planning, grant administration, maintenance, and policy interpretation. Floyd also manages the department’s day-to-day operations, per University policies and procedures, and provides direction and oversight to the office staff.

Chelsey is a Staff Assistant in the Biochemistry Department. She provides administrative support to the Chairman and interacts with all faculty. As needed, she works on appointments, promotion, and tenure (APT) packages/dossiers for faculty as well as faculty recruitment. Chelsey coordinates and oversees the Biochemistry Research Forums and Seminar Series, including the named lectureships and graduate student-hosted seminars.

Previous to Duke, Chelsey worked as an Associate Agent in the insurance industry for five years.

Wendy Goldstein is the department's communications strategist. She creates content for and manages the website, markets the PhD program, oversees social media, and writes student profiles and faculty and student stories. Previously, Wendy worked in marketing at Duke's Fuqua School of Business. 

Khatija Long joined Duke in 2016 and is currently the Human Resources Director in the Departments of Biochemistry and Population Health Sciences. She provides HR support to faculty and staff and works closely with the School of Medicine to meet the department’s needs, including managing the recruitment process, providing guidance on selecting the best talent, advising on policy administration and interpretation for a safe and balanced work-life, and providing support to employees and managers on employee relations issues.

Since 2003, Betty Pendergrass has managed pre- and post-award portfolios for Biochemistry faculty. Her other responsibilities include the financial and administrative management of grant applications, closeouts and spending analysis, and compliance training and reviews. Betty is certified in RAA, RAI, AGM, and as a Financial System Specialist and Procure to Pay Specialist.

Prior to Duke, Betty had 20+ years of financial experience with a background in Material Control and Inventory Control working for businesses in Research Triangle Park.

Barbara Smith

Grants & Contracts Administrator, Sr.

Barbara Smith supervises the Biochemistry Department’s grants and contracts positions and support personnel. She coordinates and performs pre- and post-award activities for the department inclusive of a complex and diverse portfolio of grants and contracts. Barbara is the point person on university grants and contracts issues,  as well as guideline questions. Barbara also advises all biochemistry PIs on administrative requirements in preparing proposal submissions.