Research in the Tung lab focuses on the interplay between genes and behavior. How does social behavior influence genetic variation and gene regulation? How do genetic differences and gene regulation reciprocally influence behavior? And what are the implications of this relationship for evolutionary biology and human health?

We are located at Duke University, in Durham, North Carolina, in the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology.

023 Biological Sciences Building

125 Science Drive

Durham, NC 27708

Office: 919-668-4912

Lab: 919-684-3910

Fax: 919-660-7348

Photo Credit: Noah Snyder-Mackler

Photo Credit: Noah Snyder-Mackler

Interested in our work? We're looking for talented students and post-docs to join us!


New lab preprint from our long-term collaboration with the Barreiro lab: in rhesus macaques, social status effects on viral versus bacterial responses differ, and social history influences immune gene expression too!

Several new collaborative efforts out this January, including the official release of the baboon genome in Science Advances and a report describing megaphage in multiple species, including the Amboseli baboons, in Nature Microbiology.

Kicking off 2019: new paper on grooming and mitochondrial DNA copy number, led by former lab undergraduate Reena Debray! Out now in Biology Letters.

New papers from the lab this December!

     Massively parallel methods to test the effects of DNA methylation on gene expression, by former grad student Amanda Lea, now out in eLife.

     Sex-specific associations between dominance rank and gene expression in the Amboseli baboons, also led by Amanda Lea, now OA in PNAS.

     Social status effects on chromatin accessibility and the response to glucocorticoids, led by former post-doc Noah Snyder-Mackler, also OA in PNAS.

     Comparative analysis of DNA methylation across Papio baboons, led by grad student Tauras Vilgalys, now out in Molecular Biology & Evolution.