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Amanda S MacLeod, MD  (nee Büchau) Assistant Professor of Dermatology, Assistant Professor of Immunology, Associate Dermatology Residency Program Director of Research, Member of the Center for Host-Microbiome Interactions (CHoMI), DCI Member, Member of the Duke Microbiome Center, Affiliate of Regeneration Next

Education: MD, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (Germany), 2005

Dr. Amanda MacLeod received her Abitur (B.S. equivalent) from the Cecilien-Gymnasium in Dusseldorf, Germany and her M.D. degree from the Heinrich-Heine University in Dusseldorf, Germany. She trained with Dr. Richard Gallo at UCSD and Dr. Wendy Havran at the Scripps Research Institute and also entered dermatology residency training under Dr. Thomas Ruzicka at the Heinrich-Heine University (Dusseldorf) and Ludwig Maximilian University (Munich). After receiving the NIH K08 Career Development Award, Dr. MacLeod was recruited to the Department of Dermatology at Duke University in 2014. Here, she  runs her successful and productive basic science and translational research laboratory. In addition

When she is not mentoring her students on cutaneous innate and adaptive immunity to drive the research in her lab, or imparting that wisdom to Duke graduate and undergraduate students and postdocs, she enjoys spending time hiking, playing tennis and perfecting her horse jumping skills.



IMG_0686Jutamas Suwanpradid, PhD
Postdoctoral Associate

Jutamas arrived in the MacLeod Lab early in 2015 after her graduation from Georgia Regents University with a PhD in Biomedical Sciences. Before that, she received her BA of Pharmacy with Distinction in Quality Assurance from Chulalongkorn University in Thailand.

In the MacLeod Lab, Jutamas’ work focuses on cellular and molecular regulation of immune responses in allergic contact dermatitis and squamous cell carcinoma.  She also is an excellent mentor for undergrads and grad  and medical students in the lab.

When not in the lab, Jutamas enjoys perfecting her favorite Thai food recipes.


Chelsea Handfield
(2nd) Third Year Medical Student, MD Candidate, Pointdexter Fellow (2017), Stead Scholar (2018)

Chelsea joined the MacLeod lab for her third year of medical school research rotation (2017) and she is staying on for her second Third year!! She already published a beautiful Trends in Immunology Review Article and continues her research on the regulation of antimicrobial proteins in the skin.

When not in the lab, Chelsea enjoys exploring the Triangle area and cooking.


headshotJeff Kwock
(2nd) Third Year Medical Student, MD Candidate, Stead Scholar (2016-18)

Jeff is remaining in the MacLeod lab for a 2nd third year of medical school research rotation. His research focuses on the role of Interleukin-27 induction of anti-viral proteins upon wounding. Jeff received his BS from the University of Hawaii.

When not toiling away in the lab, Jeff enjoys spending time with his partner, and improving his Ukulele skills.



Jessica Shannon

Immunology Grad Student

With a passion for immunology, Jess joined the MacLeod lab this summer. When not in lab, Jess enjoys hiking, lifting weights, watching Duke basketball, painting, and exploring the Triangle area



Dorothea McGowan

Regeneration Next Initiative Summer Fellow

Dorothea is joining the MacLeod lab for the summer to experience the fundamentals of a research lab, and how it relates to Regeneration Next Initiative’s goal of enhancing knowledge regarding tissue regeneration. Outside of lab, Dorothea enjoys visiting both National and State parks.


Maggie Coates

Third Year Medical Student, Pointdexter Fellow (2018)

Maggie joined the MacLeod lab in fall of 2018 for her Third Year of medical school research. Her research focus is on the intersection of the cutaneous microbiome with wounds and inflammatory skin diseases. Outside of lab, Maggie enjoys outdoor running, showing her competitive side over board games, and cuddling with her dog, Ollie.




Stephen Kirchner

Stephen is a MD/PhD student in the MGM department who joined the MacLeod Lab in January of 2019. His research interests include the expression and regulation of antiviral proteins in the skin, and these proteins’ impact on various disease states including skin cancer. The only thing as important as the lab to Stephen is his beloved Duke Blue Devils. In his spare time, he enjoys all sports, spending time with his girlfriend, gardening and grilling.




White Blood Cell, Lab Security

Gerry was a gift to the lab from Michael Shih, a former undergraduate independent study researcher.

Since his arrival, Gerry has contributed to the lab goals in immeasurable ways. His shoulder is always available to cry on when experiments don’t go as planned. He deftly de-escalates lab crisis simply by looking cute. He watches the lab like a hawk from his perch on the front door.

When not performing his indispensable duties in the lab, Gerry enjoys long walks in the desert, and inventing last names for himself.