Juliann Elizabeth Horvath Roth

Juliann Elizabeth Horvath Roth

Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology

External address: 
11 W Jones St., Raleigh, NC 27601
Internal office address: 
Box 90383, Evolutionary Anthropology, Durham, NC 27708-0383
(919) 707-8242


I use a combination of primate genetic and genomic tools to connect genotype to phenotype across a variety of primates. I am very interested in the genetics of behavior. I have also begun exploring the skin microbiome across non-human and human primates to explore the evolution of microbes and hosts, and to better understand how human daily habits affect our microbial inhabitants. 
I hold a joint appointment between NC Central University in Durham, NC and the NC Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, NC where I am the Head of the Genomics & Microbiology Research Lab. In addition to research and teaching, I also engage the general Museum public and K-12 students in the science and the scientific process.

Degrees & Credentials

  • Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University 2004

Selected Grants

Animal Model of Genetics and Social Behavior in Autism Spectrum Disorders awarded by National Institutes of Health (Accounting Specialist). 2012 to 2016

Collaborative Research: Genetic Bases for the Evolution of Human Diet awarded by National Science Foundation (Research Associate). 2008 to 2014

Neurogenetic Model of Social Behavior Heterogeneity in Autism Spectrum Disorders awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 2009 to 2012

Horvath, JE, Sheedy, CB, Merrett, SL, Diallo, AB, Swofford, DL, NISC Comparative Sequencing Program, , Green, ED, and Willard, HF. "Comparative analysis of the primate X-inactivation center region and reconstruction of the ancestral primate XIST locus." Genome Res 21.6 (June 2011): 850-862. Full Text

Horvath, JE, Weisrock, DW, Embry, SL, Fiorentino, I, Balhoff, JP, Kappeler, P, Wray, GA, Willard, HF, and Yoder, AD. "Development and application of a phylogenomic toolkit: resolving the evolutionary history of Madagascar's lemurs." Genome Res 18.3 (March 2008): 489-499. Full Text

Horvath, JE, and Willard, HF. "Primate comparative genomics: lemur biology and evolution." Trends Genet 23.4 (April 2007): 173-182. (Review) Full Text

Horvath, JE, Gulden, CL, Vallente, RU, Eichler, MY, Ventura, M, McPherson, JD, Graves, TA, Wilson, RK, Schwartz, S, Rocchi, M, and Eichler, EE. "Punctuated duplication seeding events during the evolution of human chromosome 2p11." Genome Research 15.7 (July 2005): 914-927. (Academic Article)

She, X, Horvath, JE, Jiang, Z, Liu, G, Furey, TS, Christ, L, Clark, R, Graves, T, Gulden, CL, Alkan, C, Bailey, JA, Sahinalp, C, Rocchi, M, Haussler, D, Wilson, RK, Miller, W, Schwartz, S, and Eichler, EE. "The structure and evolution of centromeric transition regions within the human genome." Nature 430 (August 2004): 857-864. (Academic Article)