Jenny Tung

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

Selected Grants

Genetic and Genomics Training Grant awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 2020 to 2025

Research Network on Animal Models to Understand Social Dimensions of Aging awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2020 to 2025

Social disadvantage and immune gene expression in an urban US population awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2021 to 2023

Doctoral Dissertation Research: Adaptive introgression and its phenotypic consequences in naturally hybridizing baboons awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2020 to 2022

Preparing Genetic Counselors for Genomic Medicine Research awarded by National Institutes of Health (Significant Contributor). 2017 to 2022

Stress and the Genome: Testing the Impact of Social Effects on Gene Regulation awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2012 to 2022

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

Quantifying the genomic consequences of chronic social stress for accelerated aging awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2018 to 2021

Phenotypic transitions in cooperative societies: an evolutionary and molecular approach awarded by International Human Frontier Science Program Organization (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2021

Quantifying the genome-wide functional consequences of DNA methylation associated with early life adversity. awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2018 to 2021


Tung, J. “Genes revisited: The biodemography of social environmental variation through a functional genomics lens.” Sociality, Hierarchy, Health: Comparative Biodemography: A Collection of Papers, 2014, pp. 39–64. Scopus, doi:10.17226/18822. Full Text

Loisel, D. A., and J. Tung. “Genetic variation in the immune system of old world monkeys: Functional and selective effects.” Primates, Pathogens, and Evolution, 2013, pp. 65–90. Scopus, doi:10.1007/978-1-4614-7181-3_3. Full Text

Sanz, Joaquín, et al. “Social history and exposure to pathogen signals modulate social status effects on gene regulation in rhesus macaques.Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 117, no. 38, Sept. 2020, pp. 23317–22. Epmc, doi:10.1073/pnas.1820846116. Full Text

Anderson, Jordan A., et al. “Broadening primate genomics: new insights into the ecology and evolution of primate gene regulation.Current Opinion in Genetics & Development, vol. 62, June 2020, pp. 16–22. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.gde.2020.05.009. Full Text

Snyder-Mackler, Noah, et al. “Social determinants of health and survival in humans and other animals.Science (New York, N.Y.), vol. 368, no. 6493, May 2020. Epmc, doi:10.1126/science.aax9553. Full Text Open Access Copy

Fan, Yue, et al. “IMAGE: high-powered detection of genetic effects on DNA methylation using integrated methylation QTL mapping and allele-specific analysis.Genome Biology, vol. 20, no. 1, Oct. 2019, p. 220. Epmc, doi:10.1186/s13059-019-1813-1. Full Text

Zipple, Matthew N., et al. “Intergenerational effects of early adversity on survival in wild baboons.Elife, vol. 8, Sept. 2019. Epmc, doi:10.7554/eLife.47433. Full Text

Simons, Noah D., and Jenny Tung. “Social Status and Gene Regulation: Conservation and Context Dependence in Primates.Trends in Cognitive Sciences, vol. 23, no. 9, Sept. 2019, pp. 722–25. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.tics.2019.06.003. Full Text

Zipple, M. N., et al. “Intergenerational effects of early adversity on survival in wild baboons.” Elife, vol. 8, Sept. 2019. Scopus, doi:10.7554/eLife.47433.001. Full Text

Turan, Zeliha Gözde, et al. “Molecular footprint of Medawar's mutation accumulation process in mammalian aging.Aging Cell, vol. 18, no. 4, Aug. 2019, p. e12965. Epmc, doi:10.1111/acel.12965. Full Text

Devoto, Audra E., et al. “Megaphages infect Prevotella and variants are widespread in gut microbiomes.Nature Microbiology, vol. 4, no. 4, Apr. 2019, pp. 693–700. Epmc, doi:10.1038/s41564-018-0338-9. Full Text

Grieneisen, Laura E., et al. “Genes, geology and germs: gut microbiota across a primate hybrid zone are explained by site soil properties, not host species.Proceedings. Biological Sciences, vol. 286, no. 1901, Apr. 2019, p. 20190431. Epmc, doi:10.1098/rspb.2019.0431. Full Text


Archie, E. A., et al. “Socially structured gut microbiomes in wild baboons.” Integrative and Comparative Biology, vol. 57, OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC, 2017, pp. E194–E194.

Miller, Carrie M., et al. “Male reproductive strategies and paternity success in the multilevel social system of gelada monkeys from Guassa, Menz Highlands, Ethiopia.” American Journal of Physical Anthropology, vol. 159, WILEY-BLACKWELL, 2016, pp. 230–230.

Snyder-Mackler, Noah, et al. “Dominance rank and rank disparity predict female rhesus macaque social relationships even in the absence of kin networks.” American Journal of Physical Anthropology, vol. 156, WILEY-BLACKWELL, 2015, pp. 293–293.


Tung, Jenny, et al. “Social and ecological predictors of DNA methylation in wild baboons.” American Journal of Physical Anthropology, vol. 153, WILEY-BLACKWELL, 2014, pp. 256–256.

Tung, Jenny, et al. “Evolution of functional genetic variation at immune loci in wild baboons.American Journal of Physical Anthropology, WILEY-LISS, 2010, pp. 231–231.