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

  • 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].
  • Wang, T; Weiss, A; Aqeel, A; Wu, F; Lopatkin, AJ; David, LA; You, L, Horizontal gene transfer enables programmable gene stability in synthetic microbiota., Nat Chem Biol, vol 18 no. 11 (2022), pp. 1245-1252 [10.1038/s41589-022-01114-3] [abs].
  • Holmes, ZC; Villa, MM; Durand, HK; Jiang, S; Dallow, EP; Petrone, BL; Silverman, JD; Lin, P-H; David, LA, Microbiota responses to different prebiotics are conserved within individuals and associated with habitual fiber intake., Microbiome, vol 10 no. 1 (2022) [10.1186/s40168-022-01307-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].