Susan C. Alberts

Robert F. Durden Professor of Biology

External address: 
Room 020 Biological Sciences Bldg., Durham, NC 27708-0338
Internal office address: 
Duke Box 90338, 130 Science Drive, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 660-7272


Degrees & Credentials

  • Ph.D., University of Chicago 1992

  • M.A., University of California at Los Angeles 1987

  • B.A., Reed College 1983

LTREB Renewal: Life history and behavior in a primate hybrid zone awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2009 to 2020

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

Effects of the Social Environment on DNA Methylation and Immune Function in Wild Baboons awarded by L.S.B. Leakey Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2017

Direct and Indirect Genetic Effects on Social Behaviors in Wild Baboons awarded by L.S.B. Leakey Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2016

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

Behavioral and Hormonal Correlates of Gastrointestinal Helminth Infections in Wild Male Baboons awarded by Nacey Maggioncalda Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2016

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

Mechanisms and Consequences of Social Connectedness in a Wild Primate Population awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2009 to 2015

Collaborative Research: Genes, environment and gene expression in a wild primate population awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2009 to 2013


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, Alberts, SC, and Ober, C. "Functional significance of MHC variation in mate choice, reproductive outcome, and disease risk." Evolution in Health and Disease. April 1, 2010. 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

Zipple, MN, Grady, JH, Gordon, JB, Chow, LD, Archie, EA, Altmann, J, and Alberts, SC. "Conditional fetal and infant killing by male baboons." Proceedings. Biological sciences 284.1847 (January 2017). Full Text

Colchero, F, Rau, R, Jones, OR, Barthold, JA, Conde, DA, Lenart, A, Nemeth, L, Scheuerlein, A, Schoeley, J, Torres, C, Zarulli, V, Altmann, J, Brockman, DK, Bronikowski, AM, Fedigan, LM, Pusey, AE, Stoinski, TS, Strier, KB, Baudisch, A, Alberts, SC, and Vaupel, JW. "The emergence of longevous populations." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 113.48 (November 21, 2016): E7681-E7690. 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

Ren, T, Grieneisen, LE, Alberts, SC, Archie, EA, and Wu, M. "Development, diet and dynamism: longitudinal and cross-sectional predictors of gut microbial communities in wild baboons." Environmental microbiology 18.5 (May 2016): 1312-1325. 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

Beehner, JC, Gesquiere, L, Seyfarth, RM, Cheney, DL, Alberts, SC, and Altmann, J. "Corrigendum to "Testosterone related to age and life-history stages in male baboons and geladas" [Horm. Behav. 56/4 (2009) 472-480]." Hormones and behavior 80 (April 2016): 149-. Full Text

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

Markham, AC, Alberts, SC, and Altmann, J. "Haven for the night: sleeping site selection in a wild primate." Behavioral Ecology 27.1 (2016): 29-35. Full Text