James LeDuc, Ph.D. is the director of the Galveston National Laboratory (GNL) located on the campus of the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. Supported in part by the NIAID of NIH, the GNL is a national resource dedicated to basic research and translational development of diagnostics, therapeutics and preventatives for emerging infectious diseases and pathogens of bioterrorism potential, including those requiring biosafety level 4 (BSL-4) containment. He formerly served as the GNL's Deputy Director (2008-2010) and Associate Director for Program Development (2006-2008). He also currently serves as the Director for Global Health in the Institute for Human Infections and Immunity and holds the inaugural Robert E. Shope, MD and John S. Dunn Distinguished Chair in Global Health.
Dr. LeDuc joined UTMB in late 2006 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, where he was the Influenza Coordinator. He also served as Director, Division of Viral and Rickettsial Diseases (2000-2005), coordinating research activities, prevention initiatives and outbreak investigations for viral and rickettsial pathogens of global importance, including viral hemorrhagic fevers, influenza and other respiratory infections, childhood viral diseases, and newly emerging diseases such as SARS. He served as the Associate Director for Global Health (1996-2000) in the Office of the Director, National Center for Infectious Diseases at CDC, and was a Medical Officer in charge of arboviruses and viral hemorrhagic fevers at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland (1992-1996). He held leadership positions during a 23-year career as an U.S. Army officer in the medical research and development command, with assignments in Brazil, Panama and at various locations in the United States, including the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases. His professional career began as a field biologist working for the Smithsonian Institution in West Africa.
He is a member of various professional organizations, has published over 200 scientific articles and book chapters, and is well recognized as an expert in virus diseases, biodefense and global health. Dr. LeDuc is a native of southern California and earned his masters and doctoral degrees from the University of California at Los Angeles. He and his wife Maryellen reside in Galveston and have three grown children and six grandchildren.