Research in the Tung lab focuses on the interplay between genes and behavior. How does social behavior influence genetic variation and gene regulation? How do genetic differences and gene regulation reciprocally influence behavior? And what are the implications of this relationship for evolutionary biology and human health?

We are located at Duke University, in Durham, North Carolina, in the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology.

023 Biological Sciences Building

125 Science Drive

Durham, NC 27708

Office: 919-668-4912

Lab: 919-684-3910

Fax: 919-660-7348

Photo Credit: Noah Snyder-Mackler

Photo Credit: Noah Snyder-Mackler

Interested in our work? We're looking for talented students and post-docs to join us!


New collaborative paper led by the Somel lab! Genes upregulated with age show poorer conservation across tissues.

New collaborative paper led by the Archie lab! Environmental/soil properties predict gut microbiome composition across baboon populations.

New preprint led by Xiang Zhou's lab: high powered methyl-QTL mapping from sequencing data!

Welcome to new lab tech BJ Nielsen and new lab post-doc Ryan Campbell!

New collaborative preprint from the Amboseli Baboon Research Project: intergenerational effects of early adversity on juvenile survival

New lab preprint from our long-term collaboration with the Barreiro lab: in rhesus macaques, social status effects on viral versus bacterial responses differ, and social history influences immune gene expression too!

Several new collaborative efforts out this January, including the official release of the baboon genome in Science Advances and a report describing megaphage in multiple species, including the Amboseli baboons, in Nature Microbiology.