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 can predispose an individual to disease. Before coming to Duke, I received my BS in Biology & Biotechnology from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Massachusetts. My undergraduate thesis (or MQP, in WPI-speak) focused on interactions between Candida albicans and host macrophages. Outside of lab, I enjoy baking bread, hiking, rock climbing, sewing, and writing.

Interesting fact:

Bees cannot see the color red, but they make up for this by being able to see colors in the UV spectrum that are invisible to us.