James LeDuc, PhD is the director of the Galveston National Laboratory (GNL)
located on the UTMB campus. 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 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 National Military Medical Center 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.
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