Dr. Jim Le Duc is an internationally recognized expert in infectious diseases, public health, and high containment laboratory operations. He served as the Director of the Galveston National Laboratory (GNL) at UTMB for more than 12 years, leading the
organization from its opening days until his retirement in 2021. As Director, he facilitated collaborations and scientific investigations with UTMB faculty and a variety of external partners from across the nation and around the world, while managing
one of the world’s busiest high containment laboratory facilities. The GNL is well known for its successful research portfolio and its mission to develop medical countermeasures for high consequence pathogens that pose both public health and
national security risks. He also was a Professor in the UTMB School of Medicine and the John Sealy Distinguished University Chair in Tropical and Emerging Virology. Since his retirement, Dr. Le Duc has served as an expert consultant to national and
international committees and government authorities, with a focus on pandemic preparedness and biodefense. He also serves as adjunct faculty in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology at UTMB.
Prior to joining UTMB, Dr. Le Duc was Director of the Division of Viral and Rickettsial Diseases and Associate Director for Global Health Services for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. His major career accomplishments at CDC included
the production of a new smallpox vaccine that is now in the national stockpile ready for emergency use and the sequencing of all smallpox isolates held by CDC. Dr. Le Duc also served as medical officer in charge of arboviruses and hemorrhagic fevers
at the World Health Organization and coordinated outbreak investigations of many diseases including Rift Valley fever virus in Egypt, yellow fever in Kenya, and Ebola in Zaire. His international experience during his 23-year career as a research
scientist and Officer in the US Army focused directly on diseases of military and public health importance. He began his career as a field biologist with the Smithsonian Institution, working in West Africa (Ghana, Togo, Benin, Cote d’Ivoire)..