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Alexandra Goodnight

University Programs Specialist

3334A Plant Sciences Building


Alex Goodnight is a University Program Specialist, supporting the 5 Platform Directions at the N.C. PSI. However, her journey to this position is anything but traditional. Alex earned undergraduate degree in Psychology from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Ga. She then pursued a Ph.D. in Genetics and Molecular Biology from Emory University. Her dissertation work focused on epigenetic changes during the development of neurodegenerative diseases in a non-human primate model. During graduate school, she helped organize educational outreach at local schools and was a lecturer at her undergraduate alma mater, Oglethorpe University. After graduate school, Alex went on to run a wolf preserve for almost 3 years, where she was responsible for over 60 animals, managed the business side of the non-profit, and established educational programs for preserve guests. During her free time, she made a side career out of fire and aerial performances. Between managing the wolf preserve and her current role with N.C. PSI, Alex was a Communications Specialist for the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology (PMB) at NC State, as well as for the N.C. PSI.


  • $1M NSF Grant Awarded to Help Better Predict Emerging Plant Disease Pandemics
  • The Farmer’s Ambassador: Rachel Vann Provides Practical Guidance in New PSI Role 
  • Vann Accepts New N.C. PSI Platform Director Role
  • Seed Funding Speeds Growth for TreeCo — an NC State Startup
  • Enhancing NC State’s Data-Driven, Climate-Smart Agriculture Talent Pool
  • Education

    Ph.D. Genetics and Molecular Biology Emory University 2018