Jenny Tung

Associate Professor of Biology

08 Bio Sci, Durham, NC 27708
Campus Box: 
Box 90383, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 668-4912


  • Ph.D., Duke University 2010

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)." In Sociality, Hierarchy, Health: Comparative Biodemography: A Collection of Papers, 39-64. October 16, 2014. Full Text

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

Lea, A, Akinyi, M, Nyakundi, R, Mareri, P, Nyundo, F, Kariuki, T, Alberts, S, Archie, E, and Tung, J. "Dominance rank-associated immune gene expression is widespread, sex-specific, and a precursor to high social status in wild male baboons." (July 10, 2018). Full Text

Tung, J, and Barreiro, LB. "The contribution of admixture to primate evolution." Current Opinion in Genetics & Development 47 (December 2017): 61-68. (Review) Full Text

Grieneisen, LE, Livermore, J, Alberts, S, Tung, J, and Archie, EA. "Group Living and Male Dispersal Predict the Core Gut Microbiome in Wild Baboons." Integrative and Comparative Biology 57, no. 4 (October 2017): 770-785. Full Text

Lea, AJ, Vilgalys, TP, Durst, PAP, and Tung, J. "Maximizing ecological and evolutionary insight in bisulfite sequencing data sets." Nature ecology & evolution 1, no. 8 (August 2017): 1074-1083. (Review) Full Text

Snyder-Mackler, N, and Tung, J. "Vasopressin and the Neurogenetics of Parental Care." Neuron 95, no. 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 45, no. 11 (June 2017): e106-. 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, no. 1 (January 19, 2017): 8-null. Full Text

Lea, AJ, Tung, J, Archie, EA, and Alberts, SC. "Developmental plasticity: Bridging research in evolution and human health." Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health 2017, no. 1 (January 2017): 162-175. (Review) Full Text Open Access Copy

Lea, AJ, Tung, J, Archie, EA, and Alberts, SC. "Developmental plasticity research in evolution and human health: Response to commentaries." Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health 2017, no. 1 (January 2017): 201-205. Full Text Open Access Copy

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


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.

Selected Grants

Summer Scholars Program in Genome Sciences and Medicine 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

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

Sloan Foundation Research Fellow Award awarded by Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2020

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

Doctoral Dissertation Research: Leveraging natural hybridization to understand the evolution of primate gene regulation. awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2018 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