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

  • 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 (2022) [10.1128/msystems.01374-21] [abs].
  • Silverman, JD; Bloom, RJ; Jiang, S; Durand, HK; Dallow, E; Mukherjee, S; David, LA, Measuring and mitigating PCR bias in microbiota datasets., Plos Computational Biology, vol 17 no. 7 (2021) [10.1371/journal.pcbi.1009113] [abs].
  • Becken, B; Davey, L; Middleton, DR; Mueller, KD; Sharma, A; Holmes, ZC; Dallow, E; Remick, B; Barton, GM; David, LA; McCann, JR; Armstrong, SC; Malkus, P; Valdivia, RH, Genotypic and Phenotypic Diversity among Human Isolates of Akkermansia muciniphila., Mbio, vol 12 no. 3 (2021) [10.1128/mBio.00478-21] [abs].
  • McCann, JR; Bihlmeyer, NA; Roche, K; Catherine, C; Jawahar, J; Kwee, LC; Younge, NE; Silverman, J; Ilkayeva, O; Sarria, C; Zizzi, A; Wootton, J; Poppe, L; Anderson, P; Arlotto, M; Wei, Z; Granek, JA; Valdivia, RH; David, LA; Dressman, HK; Newgard, CB; Shah, SH; Seed, PC; Rawls, JF; Armstrong, SC, The Pediatric Obesity Microbiome and Metabolism Study (POMMS): Methods, Baseline Data, and Early Insights., Obesity (Silver Spring), vol 29 no. 3 (2021), pp. 569-578 [10.1002/oby.23081] [abs].
  • Levade, I; Saber, MM; Midani, FS; Chowdhury, F; Khan, AI; Begum, YA; Ryan, ET; David, LA; Calderwood, SB; Harris, JB; LaRocque, RC; Qadri, F; Shapiro, BJ; Weil, AA, Predicting Vibrio cholerae Infection and Disease Severity Using Metagenomics in a Prospective Cohort Study., J Infect Dis, vol 223 no. 2 (2021), pp. 342-351 [10.1093/infdis/jiaa358] [abs].