Crystal Overcash says she’s proof that you don’t need a college degree to work at the N.C. Research Campus. The Salisbury woman just took a job with Duke University as a clinical trials assistant in Kannapolis.

She’ll help make history when the MURDOCK Study launches a massive registry next month.

Campus founder and Dole Food Co. owner David Murdock started the study, called the Measurement to Understand Reclassification of Disease of Cabarrus/Kannapolis, with a $35 million gift to Duke in 2007. The long-term medical research project will use genetic tools to better understand chronic diseases like arthritis and obesity.

Duke, which already had a staff of four working in Kannapolis, recently hired six additional employees, including Overcash, to enroll 50,000 Kannapolis and Cabarrus County residents in the registry. They will officially launch the effort in January and have four years to complete the task.

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