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Jeffrey Letourneau

jeffrey.letourneau@duke.edu • jeffreyletourneau.com • linkedin.com/in/jeffreyletourneau • @letourjeff

RESEARCH Human gut microbiome, dietary fiber metabolism, gut-brain axis, in vitro models of
INTERESTS bacterial communities, computational biology, pediatric gut microbiome,
gastrointestinal disorders, human dietary interventions, food science, host-microbial
interactions, infectious disease

EDUCATION PhD Student in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology (MGM) 2017-present


Duke University, Durham, NC
Advisor: Dr. Lawrence David
GPA 3.96/4.00
Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biology & Biotechnology 2013-2017
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)
Advisor: Dr. Reeta Rao
GPA 3.97/4.00
Minor in Bioinformatics & Computational Biology
Minor in Spanish

RESEARCH PhD Student 2018-present


EXPERIENCE PI: Dr. Lawrence David
Duke University, Durham, NC
Research: Changes in composition and function of gut bacteria
following prebiotic intervention.
Rotation Student 2017-2018
PI: Dr. David Tobin
Duke University, Durham, NC
Research: Mechanism of aberrant angiogenesis in zebrafish
following Mycobacterium infection.
Rotation Student 2017
PI: Dr. Emily Derbyshire
Duke University, Durham, NC
Research: Role of host aquaporin 3 (AQP3) in liver-stage malarial
infections.
Major Qualifying Project (MQP) Student 2016-2017
PI: Dr. Reeta Rao
WPI, Worcester, MA
Research: Role of secreted aspartyl proteases (SAPs) in escape of
Candida albicans from host macrophages.
Laboratory Research Assistant 2013-2016
PI: Dr. Robert Gegear
WPI, Worcester, MA
Research: Cognitive and behavioral deficiencies in bumblebees
(Bombus impatiens) following infection and pesticide exposure.
Laboratory Research Assistant 2015
PI: Dr. Tanja Dominko
WPI, Worcester, MA
Research: Optimizing adhesion of mammalian cell lines to plant-
derived scaffolds.

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TEACHING Teacher 2017-present
EXPERIENCE Duke Splash
Duke University, Durham, NC
Courses: Bacteria, Viruses, & Infectious Disease; Nutrition Science;
Data Science & Visualization; Baking Bread; How to Get a Job
Grades: 7-12
Instructor 2017
Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG)
Northeastern University, Boston, MA
Courses: Medical Microbiology, Biopsychology
Grades: 7-12
Peer Advisor 2016-2017
Career Development Center (CDC)
WPI, Worcester, MA
Workshops led: Job Search, Job Search for Life Science Majors,
Interview Skills, Resume Writing, Elevator Pitch, Career Fair Skills
Course assisted with: Discovering Majors and Careers
Peer Learning Assistant 2016
Biology & Biotechnology Department
WPI, Worcester, MA
Course assisted with: Medical Microbiology

OUTREACH Graduate Advisor / Classroom Assistant 2018-present


Bull City Scholars
Duke University, Durham, NC
Neal Middle School, Durham, NC
Scientist 2018-present
Skype a Scientist
Volunteer 2017-present
MGM Outreach
Duke University, Durham, NC
Volunteer 2018
Science and Career Day
Hope Valley Elementary School, Durham, NC
Panelist 2018
College Student Panel
Duke University, Durham, NC
Jordan High School, Durham, NC
Panelist 2017
So You Want to Go to Grad School? Panel
University Scholars Program (USP)
Duke University, Durham, NC
Mentor 2013-2017
Exploradreams
WPI, Worcester, MA
Friendly House, Worcester, MA

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LEADERSHIP Lead Host / Primary Host 2018-2019
MGM Recruitment 2018 & 2019
Duke University, Durham, NC
Committee Member 2017-present
McGinnis Lecture Committee
Duke University, Durham, NC
Mentor 2017-present
University Scholars Program (USP)
Duke University, Durham, NC
Treasurer / Trip Leader 2013-2017
Science and Career Day
Hope Valley Elementary School, Durham, NC
Interim Vice President 2016
Exploradreams
WPI, Worcester, MA
Friendly House, Worcester, MA

SCIENCE Art of a Scientist 2019


COMMUNICATION Grand Gallery at Golden Belt Campus, Durham, NC
Communicating Science Conference (ComSciCon) 2019
ComSciCon Triangle, Raleigh/Durham, NC

INTERNSHIPS Cell Culture Intern 2016


Abbvie, Worcester, MA
Focus: Enhancing production of antibody-based drugs in
bioreactors by optimizing media and gas exchange.
Drug Discovery and Competitive Intelligence Intern 2015
Corbus Pharmaceuticals, Norwood, MA
Focus: Initiating phase two clinical trials for a new drug to treat
inflammatory diseases such as cystic fibrosis.

RESEARCH Why do individuals vary in their response to dietary fiber? 2019


PRESENTATIONS Talk
Duke GradX Seminar
Duke University, Durham, NC
Human dependence on microbes 2019
Talk
University Scholars Program (USP) Symposium
Duke University, Durham, NC
Prebiotic memory in the gut microbiome 2019
Talk
Society of Duke Fellows Lunch Seminar
Duke University, Durham, NC
Prebiotic memory in the gut microbiome 2018
Poster
Cell and Molecular Biology Student Symposium
Duke University, Durham, NC

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Prebiotic memory in the gut microbiome 2018
Talk
Duke Microbiome Center Seminar Series
Duke University, Durham, NC
Determining the mechanism of TDM-induced angiogenesis 2018
Talk
Graduate Research Seminar
University Scholars Program (USP)
Duke University, Durham, NC
Determining the roles of secreted aspartyl proteases (SAPs) and 2017
pattern recognition receptors (PRRs) in host-pathogen
interactions
Poster
Major Qualifying Project (MQP) Poster Symposium
WPI, Worcester, MA
Isolation and characterization of antibiotic-producing soil 2017
microbes
Poster
Microbes to Molecules Poster Symposium
WPI, Worcester, MA
Health effects of plastic pollution and bisphenol A exposure in
Alaska
Team Poster 2013
Great Problems Seminar Poster Symposium
WPI, Worcester, MA

FELLOWSHIPS Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) 2019-present


National Science Foundation (NSF), Alexandria, VA
Integrative Bioinformatics for Investigating and 2018-present
Engineering Microbiomes (IBIEM) Fellowship
Duke University, Durham, NC
University Scholars Program (USP) Fellowship 2017-present
Duke University, Durham, NC

AWARDS AND James B. Duke Scholarship 2017-present


HONORS Duke University, Durham, NC
Provost’s Award 2017
Best Major Qualifying Project (MQP) poster presentation in the
Biology & Biotechnology Department
WPI, Worcester, MA
Dean’s List 2013-2017
WPI, Worcester, MA
Presidential Scholarship 2013-2017
WPI, Worcester, MA
James R. Gorman Scholarship 2015-2017
WPI, Worcester, MA

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Honorable Mention 2016
The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education
Foundation
WPI Scholarship 2013-2015
WPI, Worcester, MA
Charles O. Thompson Scholar 2014
WPI, Worcester, MA
People’s Choice Award 2013
Great Problems Seminar Poster Symposium
WPI, Worcester, MA

RELEVANT Microbial Pathogenesis Duke


COURSEWORK IBIEM Collaborative Science Practicum Duke
Foundations of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology Duke
Bacterial Genetics Duke
Bioinformatics Duke
Experimental Design and Biostatistics for Basic Biomedical Duke
Scientists
Medical Microbiology WPI
Immunology WPI
Virology WPI
Advanced Molecular Genetics WPI
Advanced Cell Biology WPI
Exploring Bioinformatics and Computational Biology WPI