2020 CIFAR Massey Talks – Dr. Jenny Tung
Tuesday, November 24 at 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EST
Jenny Tung joined the Duke faculty in 2012 after completing her post-doctoral training in the University of Chicago Department of Human Genetics and her PhD training in the Duke Biology department. Research in the Tung lab focuses on the intersection between behavior, social structure, and genes. The lab is particularly interested in how social environmental variables of known biodemographic importance, such as social status and social connectedness, feed back to influence gene regulation and population genetic structure. They primarily ask these questions in nonhuman primates, which are natural models for human social behavior and physiology. Currently, most of their work centers on a longitudinally studied population of wild baboons in Kenya (Tung co-directs the Amboseli Baboon Research Project) and captive rhesus macaques at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center. They also recently extended their research to other social mammals, including wild meerkats and captive Damaraland mole rats in the Kalahari Desert of South Africa.