Lawrence Anthony David

Lawrence Anthony David

Associate Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Associate Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
  • Core Faculty in Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Associate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society

Contact Information

  • Office Location: Box 103053, Durham, NC 27710
  • Office Phone: (919) 668-5388
  • Email Address:
  • Websites:


  • Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2010

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • Sloan Research Fellowship-Molecular Biology. Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. 2014
  • Harvard Society Junior Fellows. Harvard Society of Fellows. 2010

Courses Taught

  • EGR 393: Research Projects in Engineering
  • MGM 293: Research Independent Study I
  • MGM 593: Research Independent Study
  • STA 693: Research Independent Study
  • UPGEN 778A: University Program in Genetics and Genomics Biological Solutions Module I
  • UPGEN 778E: University Program in Genetics and Genomics Biological Solutions Module V

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Letourneau, J; Holmes, ZC; Dallow, EP; Durand, HK; Jiang, S; Carrion, VM; Gupta, SK; Mincey, AC; Muehlbauer, MJ; Bain, JR; David, LA, Ecological memory of prior nutrient exposure in the human gut microbiome., Isme J (2022) [10.1038/s41396-022-01292-x] [abs].
  • Wu, F; Ha, Y; Weiss, A; Wang, M; Letourneau, J; Wang, S; Luo, N; Huang, S; Lee, CT; David, LA; You, L, Modulation of microbial community dynamics by spatial partitioning., Nat Chem Biol, vol 18 no. 4 (2022), pp. 394-402 [10.1038/s41589-021-00961-w] [abs].
  • Davey, L; Malkus, P; Villa, M; Dolat, L; Holmes, Z; Letourneau, J; Ansaldo, E; David, L; Barton, G; Valdivia, R, Mucin foraging enables Akkermansia muciniphila to compete against other microbes in the gut and to modulate host sterol biosynthesis (2022) [10.21203/] [abs].
  • Pfister, CA; Light, SH; Bohannan, B; Schmidt, T; Martiny, A; Hynson, NA; Devkota, S; David, L; Whiteson, K, Conceptual Exchanges for Understanding Free-Living and Host-Associated Microbiomes., Msystems, vol 7 no. 1 (2022) [10.1128/msystems.01374-21] [abs].
  • Silverman, JD; Roche, K; Holmes, ZC; David, LA; Mukherjee, S, Bayesian Multinomial Logistic Normal Models through Marginally Latent Matrix-T Processes, Journal of Machine Learning Research, vol 23 (2022) [abs].