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:
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  • 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

  • MGM 293: Research Independent Study I
  • MGM 593: Research Independent Study
  • UPGEN 778E: University Program in Genetics and Genomics Biological Solutions Module V

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Letourneau, J; Walker, L; Han, SH; David, LA; Younge, N, Fecal pH and redox as functional markers in the premature infant gut microbiome. (2023) [10.1101/2023.08.14.553216] [abs].
  • Davey, LE; Malkus, PN; Villa, M; Dolat, L; Holmes, ZC; Letourneau, J; Ansaldo, E; David, LA; Barton, GM; Valdivia, RH, A genetic system for Akkermansia muciniphila reveals a role for mucin foraging in gut colonization and host sterol biosynthesis gene expression., Nature Microbiology, vol 8 no. 8 (2023), pp. 1450-1467 [10.1038/s41564-023-01407-w] [abs].
  • Petrone, BL; Aqeel, A; Jiang, S; Durand, HK; Dallow, EP; McCann, JR; Dressman, HK; Hu, Z; Tenekjian, CB; Yancy, WS; Lin, P-H; Scialla, JJ; Seed, PC; Rawls, JF; Armstrong, SC; Stevens, J; David, LA, Diversity of plant DNA in stool is linked to dietary quality, age, and household income., Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, vol 120 no. 27 (2023) [10.1073/pnas.2304441120] [abs].
  • Holmes, ZC; Tang, H; Liu, C; Bush, A; Neubert, BC; Jiao, Y; Covington, M; Cardona, DM; Kirtley, MC; Chen, BJ; Chao, NJ; David, LA; Sung, AD, Prebiotic galactooligosaccharides interact with mouse gut microbiota to attenuate acute graft-versus-host disease., Blood, vol 140 no. 21 (2022), pp. 2300-2304 [10.1182/blood.2021015178] [abs].
  • 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, vol 16 no. 11 (2022), pp. 2479-2490 [10.1038/s41396-022-01292-x] [abs].