Current Lab Members

Lawrence David

Lawrence David

I am an Assistant Professor in Duke University ’s Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology  and Center for Genomics & Computational Biology . While at Duke, I have been named a Beckman Young Investigator , Searle Scholar , a Hartwell Investi...
Heather Durand

Heather Durand

Heather is an Associate Scientist in the David lab. Heather works with a little bit of everything in the lab, from bioreactors to coordinating human studies and just day-to-day management of the lab. She recently completed a Master's in Environmental H...
Max Villa

Max Villa

Hello, my name is Max and I am an Engineer. For my doctoral project I developed ways of using progenitor cells and biomaterials to regenerate bone in response to injury. As part of this process, I developed biomaterials and applied new imaging methods...
Stephen Embree

Stephen Embree

My name is Stephen Embree and I'm an Engineer in the David Lab.
Veronica Palacios

Veronica Palacios

My name is Veronica Palacios, and I am a Clinical Research Specialist, Sr. who helps conduct research tasks in a clinical setting. I am a college graduated medical doctor from Peru. I am currently studying to be able to practice medicine in this country. ...
Rachael Bloom

Rachael Bloom

  Rachael Bloom is a grad student at Duke, in the University Program for Genetics and Genomics. Before that, she spent four years as a technician studying psychiatric genetics at UNC-CH, where she also received her undergrad degree in Biology,...
Zachary Holmes

Zachary Holmes

My name is Zack and I am an ecologist and microbiologist. I am currently a PhD student in Duke University’s Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology. I joined the David lab to research new ways to engineer community structure in the human m...
Brianna Petrone

Brianna Petrone

I am a student in Duke’s MD-PhD program and joined the David lab for my PhD in early 2018.  I did my undergraduate work in biology at MIT, where I developed a soft spot for quantitative approaches to biological systems.  After graduating, I studied reg...
Jeff Letourneau

Jeff Letourneau

I am a PhD student in the Molecular Genetics and Microbiology (MGM) program interested in how bacteria interact with each other and their host. In the David lab, I study how bacteria metabolize dietary fiber and how changes in the gut microbiome...
Sharon Jiang

Sharon Jiang

Sharon is a lab technician in the David Lab. She has an MS in Environmental Sciences and Engineering and a BSPH in Environmental Health from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Under the direction of Dr. Jill Stewart, Sharon studied the...
Eric Dallow

Eric Dallow

  My name is Eric and I'm a lab technician in the David Lab. I recently graduated from UNC - Chapel Hill with a B.S. in Biochemistry. While at UNC, I did research under Dr. Mark Sobsey, performing antimicrobial susceptibility testing. In my free ...
Miranda Metz

Miranda Metz

  Miranda Metz is an undergraduate in the David Lab.
Sam Kim

Sam Kim

Sam is an undergraduate student at Duke, studying biology and computer science. He is researching methods to model quantifying dietary components based on DNA metabarcoding data. Outside the lab, he enjoys reading the news, writing, and doing taekwondo....
Savita Gupta

Savita Gupta

Savita is a general assistant in the David Lab. She works on the logistical side of a number of projects, helping Heather run things smoothly. Deeply interested in human biology, Savita is on the pre-medicine track at Duke. The best part of the experience...
Justin Silverman

Justin Silverman

Justin recently completed the PhD portion of his MD-PhD at Duke, doing his PhD work in the Computational Biology & Bioinformatics Department.  He did his undergraduate work in Physics and Biophysics at Johns Hopkins University. His research interests ...
Firas Midani

Firas Midani

I am a biologist interested in the ecological processes that facilitate the invasion and establishment of microbes in a new environment. In particular, some of my work revolves around the interplay of diet and gut pathogens. More broadly, my scientific...
Andrew Grover

Andrew Grover

Andrew was an undergraduate in the David Lab for several years. He graduated in 2018.
Aspen Reese

Aspen Reese

I finished my PhD in the University Program in Ecology in May 2017. My dissertation research combined observation and experiments to identify forces structuring microbial communities and how these are similar or different from those at play in systems ...
Anchi Wu

Anchi Wu

Anchi was an undergraduate in the David Lab for several years and graduated in 2017.
Sai Nimmagadda

Sai Nimmagadda

Sai was an undergraduate in the David Lab for several years and graduated in 2017.
Lionel Watkins

Lionel Watkins

Lionel was an undergraduate in the David Lab for several years and graduated in 2017.

Calvin Lau

Calvin was an undergraduate in the David lab.

Eric Mastrolonardo

Eric was an undergraduate in the David lab.

Olivia Lin

Olivia was an undergraduate in the David lab.