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 preprint up on bioRxiv! Grad student Tauras Vilgalys-led analysis of comparative methylation patterns in Papio baboons.

Congrats to new post-doc Noah Simons, our next NIH NRSA post-doctoral fellow!

We just posted a pair of new preprints on social status and gene regulation: environment and sex-specific effects, plus evidence for causal directions pointing both ways!

Congrats to grad student Tauras Vilgalys for winning a 2018 Leakey Foundation Research Grant!

Congrats to undergraduate Reena Debray for her Phi Beta Kappa initiation, graduation with highest honors, and award of Duke Biology's Horn Memorial Prize!

Congrats to graduate students Jordan Anderson and Arielle Fogel and undergrad Reena Debray for winning 2018 NSF GRFP awards!