Gretchen Johnson


Gretchen Johnson ( is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Biology at Howard University and a graduate researcher in the W. Montague Cobb Research Lab. She is conducting research for her doctoral dissertation on the historic Liberated African population discovered on St. Helena Island who were liberated by British anti-slavery efforts but subsequently died on the island. Valuable history, legacy and the opportunity to preserve one of the only remaining historical Liberated African populations of the transatlantic slave trade will be fulfilled in her research. Follow her research on St. Helena Island by visiting

Ms. Johnson earned her Master of Science degrees in Forensic Science and Medical Science from Boston University School of Medicine; Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Also, Ms. Johnson is a recipient of National Geographic’s Explorer Grant and is a Just-Julian Fellow. Her main areas of research and expertise include Forensic Genetics, DNA Analyses and Molecular Biology. Outside of academia, Ms. Johnson enjoys playing the violin, piano, other artistic endeavors and traveling. Her academic profile can be viewed here:

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