Tung Lab '19: Jordan Anderson, Jenny Tung, Tauras Vilgalys, Noah Simons, Rachel Johnston, Tawni Voyles, BJ Nielsen, Dana Lin, Arielle Fogel, Ryan Campbell Rachel, Dana, Mari, Jenny, and Ryan: our album cover photo in Zurich Tung Lab '16: Meghana Rao, Noah Snyder-Mackler, Tina Del Carpio, Reena Debray, Tauras Vilgalys, Yingying Zhang, Rachel Johnston, Jordan Anderson, Hamish, Tawni Voyles, Amanda Lea, Arielle Fogel, Jenny Tung Tung Lab 2015: Tawni Voyles, Tauras Vilgalys, Jay Zussman, Yingying Zhang, Reena Debray, Jenny Tung, Amanda Lea, and Noah Snyder-Mackler Lab undergrads Reena Debray and Jay Zussman celebrate the end of 2015-2016 with cupcake monkeys Noah Snyder-Mackler and Amanda Lea as grooming baboons in Amboseli (credit: N. Snyder-Mackler) Noah Snyder-Mackler, Amanda Lea, Mercy Akinyi, and Jenny Tung in Amboseli, July 2014 Amanda Lea in Amboseli (credit: N. Snyder-Mackler) Happy holidays 2014: Amanda, Amanda, Noah, Mike, Steve, Tauras, Jenny, and Malthus and George the dogs Intrepid grad student Jordan Anderson (Kili in the background) Jenny and PhD students Amanda Lea and Jordan Anderson, Amboseli 2016 Lab bonding: dinner after a Spanish tapas cooking class, February 2016

Jenny Tung

Jenny is the lab PI. She is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Evolutionary Anthropology and Biology at Duke and a Faculty Associate of the Duke University Population Research Institute.

Contact her at: jt5 at duke dot edu or follow her on Twitter!

Tauras Vilgalys

James B Duke Fellow

Tauras is a PhD student in Evolutionary Anthropology. He is interested in the origins and consequences of gene regulatory variation in primates. Tauras is currently studying the evolution of variation in DNA methylation between baboon taxa and the role of DNA methylation in mediating the consequences of social stress in rhesus macaques.

Contact him at: taur dot vil at gmail dot com


Photo Credit: Duke Photography

Former Lab Members

Katie Ritz

University Program in Genetics & Genomics Rotation Student

(current: Research Square)

Steve Siecinski

University Program in Genetics & Genomics Rotation Student

(current: Gregory Lab, DMPI)

Madeleine Gonzelez

NC School of Science and Math

High School Student

(current: Williams College UG)

Shauna Morrow

Former Lab Manager

(current: Lab Manager in the Wray lab, Duke Biology)

Tawni Voyles

Tawni is our lab manager. She works to ensure research in the lab runs fluidly and helps execute a variety of protocols. Coming from a neuroscience background, she is interested in genetic and environmental sources of variance in mental health. While in the lab, she aspires to strengthen her understanding of epigenetics and expand her molecular toolbox.

Contact her at: tawni dot voyles at duke dot edu

Amanda Shaver

Former Lab Manager

(current: Genetics PhD student at University of Georgia)

Mike Yuan

Former Lab Tech

(current: Integrative Biology PhD student at Berkeley)

Rachel Johnston

Ruth Kirschstein NRSA Fellow

Foerster-Bernstein Fellow

Rachel is a postdoc in the lab. She is interested in the impacts of environmental factors on gene regulation, including how such alterations impact ecologically relevant phenotypes. Rachel has studied diverse taxa, including wolves and songbirds. She is now investigating gene regulatory mechanisms that respond to social stimuli in Damaraland mole rats and the functional consequences of early adversity-associated DNA methylation in humans and other mammals.

Contact her at: racheljohnston7 at gmail dot com.

Jordan Anderson

NSF Graduate Research Fellow

TriCEM Fellow

James B Duke Fellow

Jordan is a PhD student in Evolutionary Anthropology. He is interested in understanding the effect of the environment on gene expression patterns and the functinoal consequences of gene expression variation and divergence in primates.

Contact him at: jordan dot a dot anderson at duke dot edu

Arielle Fogel

NSF Graduate Research Fellow

James B Duke Fellow

Arielle is a PhD student in the University Program in Genetics and Genomics. She is interested in the evolution and maintenance of complex social systems, including social system effects on genetic diversity, gene regulation, and genome evolution. She is also interested in the causes and consequences of hybridization in these systems.

Contact her at: arielle dot fogel at duke dot edu, or follow her on Twitter!

Amanda Lea

UPE PhD student '17, JB Duke Fellow, NSF GRFP Fellow, TriCEM Fellow

(current: Helen Hay Whitney Post-doc Fellow, Princeton EEB)

Meghana Rao

EvAnth Undergrad '17, 2016 Duke Faculty Scholar

(current: Med school, Duke University)

Yingying Zhang

EvAnth Undergrad '17

(current: Dental School, UConn)

Noah Snyder-Mackler

NSF SBE, DuPRI, and NIH/NIA K99-funded Post-doctoral Fellow,

(current: Assistant Professor, Univ Washington Psychology)

Tina Del Carpio

Former Lab Tech

(current: Ecol/Evol Biol PhD student at UCLA)

Matt Kim

Former Lab Tech

(current: Dental School, University of Maryland)

Reena Debray

Biology Undergrad '18, 2018 Horn Prize Winner

(current: Integrative Biology PhD student at Berkeley)

Noah Simons

Ruth Kirschstein NRSA Fellow

Noah is a postdoc in the lab. He is interested in the genomic consequences of chronic social stress for accelerated aging in rhesus macaques. He is currently investigating the gene regulatory consequences of social stress for resilience to environmental challenges, including variance at the single-cell level.

Contact him at: noahdsimons at gmail dot com, check out his website, or follow him on Twitter!

Dana Lin

Dana is a postdoc in the lab. She is interested in the evolution of behavior and the causes and consequences of different behavioral strategies. For her PhD, Dana studied genetic, gut microbiome, and chemical cue divergence in California voles. She is now studying the epigeentic consequecnes of early life adversity on gene regulation and the gene regulatory underpinnings of alternative social roles in highly cooperative meerkats.

Contact her at: danacarnivore at gmail dot com.

Ryan Campbell

Ryan is a postdoc in the lab. He is interested in how genes and genome organization mediate biological processes, such as species interactions. In graduate school, Ryan studied population genetics and speciation in mouse lemurs. He is currently investigating the gene regulatory changes that accompany the transition to dominance in meerkats.

Contact him at: c dot ryan dot campbell at gmail dot com, check out his website, or follow him on Twitter!

BJ Nielsen

BJ is an Associate in Research in the lab, providing technical support in a variety of research areas and projects. BJ combines decades at the bench with current service as Pastor of a small congregation church, and particularly enjoys thinking about the intersection of science and faith. BJ hopes his time in the lab will bolster his understanding of anthropology in an evolutionary context, informing and inspiring upcoming doctoral work on a nuanced post-modern anthropology in theological terms.

Contact him at: wnielsen dot duke dot edu