Jenny Tung

Assistant Professor in the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology

External address: 
08 Bio Sci, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90383, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 668-4912


Degrees & Credentials

  • Ph.D., Duke University 2010

Behavioral and Physiology in Aging awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 2015 to 2020

Sloan Foundation Research Fellow Award awarded by Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2018

Gene regulatory analysis of social integration and resilience during aging awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 2016 to 2018

Stress and the Genome: Testing the Impact of Social Effects on Gene Regulation awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2012 to 2017

HARDAC+:Reproducible HPC for next-generation genomics awarded by North Carolina Biotechnology Center (Major User). 2016 to 2017

Doctoral Dissertation Research: Effects of the Social Environment on DNA Methylation and Immune Function in Wild Baboons awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2017

EAGER: New Methods for Genomic Analysis of Noninvasive Samples awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2017

Epigenetic Consequences of Social Status across the Life Span in a Primate Model awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2016

Genetic and Behavioral Predictors of Susceptibility to Social Stress awarded by National Science Foundation (Co-Principal Investigator). 2013 to 2015

Novel Integration of Multidimensional Data from an Emerging Model of Aging awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2013 to 2015


Tung, J, and Loisel, DA. "Genetic variation in the immune system of old world monkeys: functional and selective effects." Primates, Pathogens, and Evolution. Ed. J Brinkworth and E Pechenkina. Springer Verlag, July 31, 2013. (Chapter)

Kohn, JN, Snyder-Mackler, N, Barreiro, LB, Johnson, ZP, Tung, J, and Wilson, ME. "Dominance rank causally affects personality and glucocorticoid regulation in female rhesus macaques." Psychoneuroendocrinology 74 (December 2016): 179-188. Full Text

Snyder-Mackler, N, Sanz, J, Kohn, JN, Brinkworth, JF, Morrow, S, Shaver, AO, Grenier, J-C, Pique-Regi, R, Johnson, ZP, Wilson, ME, Barreiro, LB, and Tung, J. "Social status alters immune regulation and response to infection in macaques." Science (New York, N.Y.) 354.6315 (November 2016): 1041-1045.

Nédélec, Y, Sanz, J, Baharian, G, Szpiech, ZA, Pacis, A, Dumaine, A, Grenier, J-C, Freiman, A, Sams, AJ, Hebert, S, Pagé Sabourin, A, Luca, F, Blekhman, R, Hernandez, RD, Pique-Regi, R, Tung, J, Yotova, V, and Barreiro, LB. "Genetic Ancestry and Natural Selection Drive Population Differences in Immune Responses to Pathogens." Cell 167.3 (October 2016): 657-669.e21. Full Text

Blekhman, R, Tang, K, Archie, EA, Barreiro, LB, Johnson, ZP, Wilson, ME, Kohn, J, Yuan, ML, Gesquiere, L, Grieneisen, LE, and Tung, J. "Common methods for fecal sample storage in field studies yield consistent signatures of individual identity in microbiome sequencing data." Scientific reports 6 (August 16, 2016): 31519-. Full Text

Charruau, P, Johnston, RA, Stahler, DR, Lea, A, Snyder-Mackler, N, Smith, DW, vonHoldt, BM, Cole, SW, Tung, J, and Wayne, RK. "Pervasive Effects of Aging on Gene Expression in Wild Wolves." Molecular biology and evolution 33.8 (August 2016): 1967-1978. Full Text

Wall, JD, Schlebusch, SA, Alberts, SC, Cox, LA, Snyder-Mackler, N, Nevonen, KA, Carbone, L, and Tung, J. "Genomewide ancestry and divergence patterns from low-coverage sequencing data reveal a complex history of admixture in wild baboons." Molecular ecology 25.14 (July 2016): 3469-3483. Full Text

Snyder-Mackler, N, Majoros, WH, Yuan, ML, Shaver, AO, Gordon, JB, Kopp, GH, Schlebusch, SA, Wall, JD, Alberts, SC, Mukherjee, S, Zhou, X, and Tung, J. "Efficient Genome-Wide Sequencing and Low-Coverage Pedigree Analysis from Noninvasively Collected Samples." Genetics 203.2 (June 2016): 699-714. Full Text

Tung, J, Archie, EA, Altmann, J, and Alberts, SC. "Cumulative early life adversity predicts longevity in wild baboons." Nature communications 7 (April 19, 2016): 11181-. Full Text Open Access Copy

Lea, AJ, Altmann, J, Alberts, SC, and Tung, J. "Resource base influences genome-wide DNA methylation levels in wild baboons (Papio cynocephalus)." Molecular ecology 25.8 (April 2016): 1681-1696. Full Text

Archie, EA, and Tung, J. "Social behavior and the microbiome." Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences 6 (December 2015): 28-34. Full Text