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!

CURRENT LAB MEMBERS

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 extraordinary lab manager. She works to ensure research in the lab runs smoothly by providing project support to her fellow lab members. She assists in the development, troubleshooting, and optimization of various wet-lab protocols, ranging from tissue culture, sequence enrichment/capture, and sequencing library prep. Tawni enjoys expanding her molecular toolbox in the lab while strengthening her understanding of epigenetics through research.

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.


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, check out her website, 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, Arizona State University)

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)

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

Ruth Kirschstein NRSA Fellow

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!


Elaine Guevara

Elaine is an assistant research professor affiliated with the lab. Her research focuses on the molecular correlates of primate aging to better understand life history evolution and variation. She is also interested in lemur evolutionary and ecological genomics. Among other systems, she studies the population of wild Verreaux's sifakas at the long-running field site at Beza Mahafaly Special Reserve.

Contact her at: elaineeguevara at gmail dot com and check out her website.


Tauras Vilgalys

EvAnth PhD student '19, JB Duke Fellow

(current: Post-doc Fellow, University of Chicago Genetic Medicine)

Shuyu He

Shuyu is a PhD student in Evolutionary Anthropology. She has worked with various taxa, from rice borers to titi monkeys, and is now developing her interests in studying primate behavior and ecology from an evolutionary genetics perspective.

Contact her at: shuyu dot he025 at duke dot edu

Noah Simons

NIH NRSA Post-doctoral Fellow,

(current: Senior Research Associate, Oregon Health Sciences University)

Kelly Williams

Kelly is a technician in the lab. She enjoys working on projects that involve non-invasive sampling and the genetics of wildlife species. Before coming to Duke, Kelly managed the molecular lab located at the Kalahari Research Centre, South Africa, where she used cell culture to understand how social hierarchies influence the immune responses of meerkats and mole rats. She hopes to expand her research skills while in the lab, with the long-term goal of traveling the world to pursue conservation research.

Contact her at: kelly dot e dot williams at duke dot edu

Jessee Steele

Benjamin N. Duke Scholar

Questbridge Scholar

Jessee is an undergraduate in Environmental Sciences. He is interested in understanding how interactions within social systems translate into biological consequences for health in primates. This interest stems from a larger desire to understand how social and physical environments influence lived experiences.

Contact him at: jessee dot steele at duke dot edu

Rishi Dasgupta


Rishi is an undergrad pursuing a self-directed major about the evolution of consciousness. He is interested in perspectives from neuroscience, philosophy, and evolutionary anthropology. His work in the lab focuses on the potential phenotypic consequences of variation in genetic ancestry in wild baboons.

Contact him at: rishirav dot dasgupta at duke dot edu