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

Jenny Tung

Jenny is the lab PI. She is an Assistant 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!

Noah Snyder-Mackler

Duke Population Research Institute Fellow

NSF SBE Postdoctoral Research Fellow

NIH/NIA K99 Recipient

Noah is a postdoc in the lab. He is interested in the interaction between behavior, genotype, and gene expression in response to social stress. He studies how genetic and behavioral variation in rhesus macaques might insulate individuals from the detrimental effects of social stress on health.

Contact him at: nms15 at duke dot edu, check out his website, or follow him 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

Amanda Lea

NSF Graduate Research Program Fellow

James B Duke Fellow

TriCem Fellow

Amanda is a PhD student in the University Program in Ecology, co-advised by Jenny and Susan Alberts. She is interested in the impact of early life environment on gene regulation, behavior, and fitness. Amanda studies the links between environmental variation and epigenetic modifications, and the influence of kin and social experience early in life on trait variation later in life.

Contact her at: amanda dot lea at duke dot edu, check out her website, or follow her on Twitter!

Former Lab Members

Yingying Zhang

Dean's Summer Research Fellow

Yingying is an undergraduate working in the lab. Yingying is working on annotating enhancer regions in baboons using ChIP-seq.

Contact her at: ying dot ying dot zhang at duke dot edu

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)

Reena Debray

Reena is a Duke undergrad majoring in Biology. She is interested in evolution and social behavior. Reena is currently investigating the relationship between chronic social stress and mtDNA copy number in rhesus macaques.

Contact her at: reena dot debray at duke dot edu

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 grad student at University of Georgia)

Mike Yuan

Former Lab Tech

(current: Integrative Biology grad student at Berkeley)

Meghana Rao

Benjamin N Duke Fellow

Duke Class of 2017 Faculty Scholar

Meghana is an undergraduate majoring in Evolutionary Anthropology. She is investigating the gut microbiome signature of variation in diet and social status in long-tailed macaques.

Contact her at: meghana dot rao at duke dot edu

Rachel Johnston

Rachel is a postdoc in the lab. She is interested in the impacts of intrinsic and environmental factors on gene regulation and expression, including how such alterations impact ecologically relevant phenotypes. Rachel has studied diverse taxa, including gray wolves and songbirds. She is now investigating gene regulatory mechanisms that respond to socially important stimuli in rhesus macaques.

Contact her at: racheljohnston7 at gmail dot com.

Tina Del Carpio

Tina is working in the lab as an associate in research. Her undergraduate studies focused on behavior and ecology, and included research at the Duke Lemur Center. Before joining the lab, she spent five years teaching molecular biology at Duke. Her research interests focus on the interactions between behavior, ecology and genetics

Contact her at: christina dot delcarpio at duke dot edu

Jordan Anderson

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

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!