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...
Stephen Embree

Stephen Embree

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

Jun Zeng

I am a Ph.D. student in the Molecular Genetics and Microbiology program. I originally came from Shenzhen, China, and moved to Seattle, where I received my B.S. in both Microbiology and Biology from the University of Washington. My undergraduate research...
Ammara Aqeel

Ammara Aqeel

I am a student in the Molecular Genetics and Microbiology Ph.D. program and joined the David lab in 2021. Originally from Pakistan, I did my undergraduate at Duke University, graduating with a B.S. in Biology with a concentration in Molecular Biology...
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...
Adam Yook

Adam Yook

I am an undergraduate student studying Mechanical Engineering, and currently I am working on a research project for Dr. David. At Duke I am an A. James Clark Scholar, and I am looking to pursue my interest in entrepreneurship and engineering post-undergrad....
Aiden Fox

Aiden Fox

Aiden is an undergraduate in the 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. ...
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...
Rachael Bloom

Rachael Bloom

  Rachael received her PhD from the University Program of Genetics and Genomics in 2019. She is currently a Scientist II at Novozymes.
Eric Dallow

Eric Dallow

  Eric was a lab technician in the David Lab. He graduated from UNC - Chapel Hill with a B.S. in Biochemistry. While at UNC, he did research under Dr. Mark Sobsey, performing antimicrobial susceptibility testing. In my free time, he enjoys running, ...
Max Villa

Max Villa

Max Villa completed his post-doc with the lab in Spring 2020. For his doctoral project he developed ways of using progenitor cells and biomaterials to regenerate bone in response to injury. As part of this process, he developed biomaterials and applied...
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 ...
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 was a general assistant in the David Lab. She worked 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...
Miranda Metz

Miranda Metz

  Miranda Metz was an undergraduate in the David Lab.
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.