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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, food science, host-microbial interactions, infectious disease

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


Duke University, Durham, NC
Advisor: Dr. Lawrence David
GPA 3.97/4.00
Certificate in College Teaching
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

FELLOWSHIPS Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) 2019-present


Three years tuition and stipend
National Science Foundation (NSF), Alexandria, VA
University Scholars Program (USP) Fellowship 2017-present
One year tuition and stipend
Duke University, Durham, NC
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, WA
Integrative Bioinformatics for Investigating and 2018-2019
Engineering Microbiomes (IBIEM) Fellowship
One year tuition and stipend
Duke University, Durham, NC
National Science Foundation (NSF), Alexandria, VA

RESEARCH PhD Candidate 2018-present


EXPERIENCE Advisor: Dr. Lawrence David
Duke University, Durham, NC
Research: Individual variation in microbiome-mediated response to
dietary fiber.
Rotation Student 2017-2018
Advisor: Dr. David Tobin
Duke University, Durham, NC
Research: Mechanism of aberrant angiogenesis in zebrafish
following Mycobacterium infection.
Rotation Student 2017
Advisor: Dr. Emily Derbyshire
Duke University, Durham, NC
Research: Role of host aquaporin 3 (AQP3) in liver-stage malarial
infections.

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Major Qualifying Project (MQP) Student 2016-2017
Advisor: 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
Advisor: Dr. Robert Gegear
WPI, Worcester, MA
Research: Cognitive and behavioral deficiencies in bumblebees
(Bombus impatiens) following infection and pesticide exposure.
Laboratory Research Assistant 2015
Advisor: Dr. Tanja Dominko
WPI, Worcester, MA
Research: Optimizing adhesion of mammalian cell lines to plant-
derived scaffolds.

TEACHING Guest Lecturer 2020


EXPERIENCE University of Abuja, Nigeria (via Zoom)
Topics: Microbial Growth and Reproduction, Microbial
Metabolism
Teaching Assistant 2019
Duke University, Durham, NC
Course: Exploring the Microbiome
Teacher 2017-2019
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 Pen Pal 2019-present


Letters to a Pre-Scientist
Graduate Advisor / Classroom Assistant 2018-present
Bull City Scholars

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Duke University, Durham, NC
Neal Middle School, Durham, NC
Scientist 2018-present
Skype a Scientist
Volunteer 2017-2018
MGM Outreach
Duke University, Durham, NC
Panelist 2018
College Student Panel
Duke University and 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 and Friendly House, Worcester, MA

LEADERSHIP Department Steward / Membership Committee 2019-present


Duke Graduate Students Union
Duke University, Durham, NC
Member 2020-present
MGM Working Group to Combat Racism and Bias
Duke University, Durham, NC
Graduate Student Affairs Liaison 2019-present
Duke University, Durham, NC
Mentor 2017-present
University Scholars Program (USP)
Duke University, Durham, NC
Committee Chair / Committee Member 2017-2020
Jim McGinnis Memorial Lecture Committee
Duke University, Durham, NC
Lead Host / Primary Host 2018-2019
MGM Recruitment 2018 & 2019
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 Writer / Editor 2019-present


COMMUNICATION Various websites; see jeffreyletourneau.com/writing
Art of a Scientist 2019
Grand Gallery at Golden Belt Campus, Durham, NC

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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 Intra-individual temporal variation in gut microbial metabolic 2020


PRESENTATIONS state
Talk at MGM Department Research Meeting
Duke University, Durham, NC
Communities of gut microbes need time to adapt before they 2019
can break down a new fiber source
Poster at Symposium on Food Systems, Nutrition, and the
Microbiome
Duke University, Durham, NC
Communities of gut microbes need time to adapt before they 2019
can break down a new fiber source
Poster at Microbiome: Therapeutic Implications
Keystone Symposia on Molecular and Cellular Biology
INEC Killarney Convention Centre, Killarney, Co. Kerry Ireland
Communities of gut microbes need time to adapt before they 2019
can break down a new fiber source
Poster at Molecular Genetics and Microbiology (MGM) Retreat
Duke University, Durham, NC
A metatranscriptomic approach to understanding host- 2019
mycorrhizal interactions
Poster at IBIEM Poster Symposium
Duke University, Durham, NC
Why do individuals vary in their response to dietary fiber? 2019
Talk at Duke GradX Seminar
Duke University, Durham, NC
Human dependence on microbes 2019
Talk at University Scholars Program (USP) Symposium
Duke University, Durham, NC
Prebiotic memory in the gut microbiome 2019
Talk at Society of Duke Fellows Lunch Seminar
Duke University, Durham, NC
Prebiotic memory in the gut microbiome 2018
Poster at Cell and Molecular Biology Student Symposium
Duke University, Durham, NC
Prebiotic memory in the gut microbiome 2018
Talk at Duke Microbiome Center Seminar Series

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

AWARDS AND Duke Children’s Health & Discovery Initiative Scholar 2019-present
HONORS Duke University, Durham, NC
James B. Duke Scholarship 2017-present
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
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

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Bioinformatics Duke
Experiment Design and Biostatistics for Biomedical Scientists Duke
Seminar in Teaching Biology Duke
Medical Microbiology WPI
Immunology WPI
Virology WPI
Advanced Molecular Genetics WPI
Advanced Cell Biology WPI
Exploring Bioinformatics and Computational Biology WPI