Heather Durand

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Headshot of Heather Durand_David LabLab Research Analyst
Lab Manager
Box 3382 DUMC
Durham, NC 27708
Phone: 919.684.8712
Fax: 919.668.0795

Research Interests

I graduated from NCSU in 2007 with a BS in Microbiology, minor in Biotechnology. In 2013, I earned my MS in Environmental Health from ECU. My research interests include classical and novel research methods in Microbiology. Currently, I’m engaged in various projects involving the human gut microbiome, developing model systems of the human gut, and microbial succession.

I am an avid soccer player. I am a diehard Wolfpack fan and love catching basketball and football games (my lab bench is decorated with State stuff!).  I also enjoy traveling, home remodeling projects, gardening, and dancing.


Howden, R., E. Liu, L. Miller-Degraff, and H. Keener [Durand]. 2008. The genetic contribution to heart rate and heart rate variability in quiescent mice. American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology 295(1):H59–H68.

Durand, H. 2012. Decentralized Wastewater Sanitation in Peru: A Hope for Developing Countries. Developed proposal and PowerPoint for final project for MPH6007 (Global Public Health), East Carolina University.

Durand, H. 2012. SharePoint and Excel: Leveraging Technology to Address Compliance. Developed PowerPoint and delivered “Lunch’N Learn” training seminar to Discovery and Analytical Sciences business unit at RTI, December.

Keener [Durand], H., S.R. Kleeberger, T. Lightfoot, J.M. Marzec, and W. Gladwell. 2005. Identification of Quantitative Trait Loci (QTL) for Maximal Exercise Endurance.  Developed and presented this research poster at the National Institute on Environmental Health Sciences’ (NIEHS’s) Summer Research Symposium, Research Triangle Park, NC. July.

Keener [Durand], H., S.R. Kleeberger, L.M. DeGraff, and R. Howden. 2004. The Genetic Contribution to Heart Rate and Heart Rate Variability at Rest and Following Particulate Matter Exposure. Developed and presented this research poster at NIEHS’s Summer Research Symposium, Research Triangle Park, NC. July.