Lawrence Anthony David

Lawrence Anthony David

Assistant Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Assistant Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
  • Affiliate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society

Contact Information

  • Office Location: Room 2171 CIEMAS Building, 101 Science Drive, Durham, NC 27708
  • Office Phone: (919) 668-5388
  • Email Address:
  • Websites:


  • Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2010

Research Interests

To understand, predict, and manipulate how human microbiota behave over time. We are particularly interested in how these human-associated microbial communities resist and respond to perturbation.

Courses Taught

  • BME 494: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)
  • MGM 293: Research Independent Study I
  • MGM 593: Research Independent Study

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Silverman, JD; Washburne, AD; Mukherjee, S; David, LA, A phylogenetic transform enhances analysis of compositional microbiota data., eLife, vol 6 (2017) [10.7554/elife.21887] [abs].
  • Zhang, Y; Zhao, Y; David, L; Henao, R; Carin, L, Dynamic poisson factor analysis, Proceedings / IEEE International Conference on Data Mining. IEEE International Conference on Data Mining (2017), pp. 1359-1364 [10.1109/ICDM.2016.111] [abs].
  • Washburne, AD; Silverman, JD; Leff, JW; Bennett, DJ; Darcy, JL; Mukherjee, S; Fierer, N; David, LA, Phylogenetic factorization of compositional data yields lineage-level associations in microbiome datasets., PeerJ, vol 5 (2017) [10.7717/peerj.2969] [abs].
  • Boursier, J; Mueller, O; Barret, M; Machado, M; Fizanne, L; Araujo-Perez, F; Guy, CD; Seed, PC; Rawls, JF; David, LA; Hunault, G; Oberti, F; Cal├Ęs, P; Diehl, AM, The severity of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is associated with gut dysbiosis and shift in the metabolic function of the gut microbiota., Hepatology, vol 63 no. 3 (2016), pp. 764-775 [10.1002/hep.28356] [abs].
  • Wong, S; Stephens, WZ; Burns, AR; Stagaman, K; David, LA; Bohannan, BJM; Guillemin, K; Rawls, JF, Ontogenetic Differences in Dietary Fat Influence Microbiota Assembly in the Zebrafish Gut., mBio, vol 6 no. 5 (2015), pp. e00687-e00615 [10.1128/mbio.00687-15] [abs].