Jenny Tung

Associate Professor 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

Early adversity and DNA methylation in a primate model of stress and development. awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2022

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

Genetics Training Grant awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 1979 to 2020

Phenotypic transitions in cooperative societies: an evolutionary and molecular approach awarded by International Human Frontier Science Program Organization (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2018

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

RAPID: Physiological and molecular mechanisms underlying breeder-specific skeletal growth in a highly cooperative mammal awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2017 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 2018

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


Tung, J, Alberts, SC, Archie, EA, Gesquiere, LR, Altmann, J, Vaupel, JW, and Christensen, K. "Genes revisited: The biodemography of social environmental variation through a functional genomics lensThe male-female health-survival paradox: A comparative perspective on sex differences in aging and mortality (PublishedPublished)." Sociality, Hierarchy, Health: Comparative Biodemography: A Collection of Papers. October 16, 2014. 39-64. Full Text

Loisel, DA, and Tung, J. "Genetic variation in the immune system of old world monkeys: Functional and selective effects." Primates, Pathogens, and Evolution. January 1, 2013. 65-90. Full Text

Snyder-Mackler, N, and Tung, J. "Vasopressin and the Neurogenetics of Parental Care." Neuron 95.1 (July 2017): 9-11. Full Text

Sun, S, Hood, M, Scott, L, Peng, Q, Mukherjee, S, Tung, J, and Zhou, X. "Differential expression analysis for RNAseq using Poisson mixed models." Nucleic acids research (March 29, 2017). Full Text

Miller, EA, Livermore, JA, Alberts, SC, Tung, J, and Archie, EA. "Ovarian cycling and reproductive state shape the vaginal microbiota in wild baboons." Microbiome 5.1 (January 19, 2017): 8-. Full Text

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. Full Text

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


Archie, EA, Tung, J, Blekhman, R, Barreiro, L, Grieneisen, L, Alberts, SC, and Altmann, J. "Socially structured gut microbiomes in wild baboons." March 2017.

Miller, CM, Snyder-Mackler, N, Nguyen, N, Fashing, PJ, Tung, J, Gustison, ML, and Wilson, ML. "Male reproductive strategies and paternity success in the multilevel social system of gelada monkeys from Guassa, Menz Highlands, Ethiopia." March 2016.

Snyder-Mackler, N, Kohn, J, Moore, C, Johnson, ZP, Wilson, ME, and Tung, J. "Dominance rank and rank disparity predict female rhesus macaque social relationships even in the absence of kin networks." March 2015.

Tung, J, Lea, AJ, Altmann, J, and Alberts, SC. "Social and ecological predictors of DNA methylation in wild baboons." March 2014.