The Tung lab

Genes influence behavior; behavior influences genes.

The interplay between these effects is the focus of research in the Tung lab. Specifically, we are interested in how genetic differences and gene regulatory effects shape behavioral traits, and in the reciprocal influence of social and behavioral variation on genetic variation and genome function. To pursue these questions, we focus primarily on highly social populations of nonhuman primates, systems that are natural models for human health, sociality, and evolution.

© Jenny Tung 2013

We are located at:

006 Biological Sciences

125 Science Drive

Durham, NC 27708

Office: 919-668-4912

Lab: 919-684-3910

Fax: 919-660-7348


Just received official news that we will be funded as part of an NIH OppNet RFA on social and behavioral epigenetics (R21AG049936)! We will be investigating the relationship between social status and DNA methylation in the Amboseli baboons.

Welcome to Tauras Vilgalys, new Evolutionary Anthropology graduate student in the lab!

Welcome to Katie Ritz and Steve Siecinski, rotating University Program in Genetics & Genomics graduate students!

Tung Lab 2013. Left to right: Madeleine Gonzalez (NCSSM student), Shauna Morrow (lab manager), Amanda Shaver (research tech), Amanda Lea (graduate student), Jenny Tung (PI), and Noah Snyder-Mackler (postdoctoral fellow)