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Juliann E. Horvath Roth, Adjunct Assistant Professor

I use a combination of primate genetic and genomic tools to connect genotype to phenotype across a variety of primates. I am very interested in the genetics of behavior. I have also begun exploring the skin microbiome across non-human and human primates to explore the evolution of microbes and hosts, and to better understand how human daily habits affect our microbial inhabitants. 
I hold a joint appointment between NC Central University in Durham, NC and the NC Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, NC where I am the Head of the Genomics & Microbiology Research Lab. In addition to research and teaching, I also engage the general Museum public and K-12 students in the science and the scientific process.

Please note: Juliann has left the "Evolutionary Anthropology" group at Duke University; some info here might not be up to date.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  11 W Jones St., Raleigh, NC 27601
Office Phone:  (919) 707-8242
Email Address: send me a message


Ph.D.Case Western Reserve University2004
B.S.Michigan State University1996

Primate Biology
Research Interests:

As the Research Director of the newly formed Primate Genomics Initiative, I am interested in combining primate genomics with research in other disciplines. I am currently involved in a collaborative project exploring the genetic basis for the evolution of human diet. I am also collaborating on a project to create a primate SNP resource.

Areas of Interest:

Primate Biology
Primate evolution
Primate phylogeny
Gene Expression
Primate Comparative Genomics


Animals • Base Sequence • Computational Biology • Conserved Sequence • DNA Primers • Evolution • Evolution, Molecular • Female • Genetic Variation • Genetics • Genome • Genomics • Geography • Lemur • Madagascar • Male • Molecular Sequence Data • Phylogeny • Polymerase Chain Reaction

Recent Publications   (search)

  1. Horvath, JE; Sheedy, CB; Merrett, SL; Diallo, AB; Swofford, DL; NISC Comparative Sequencing Program, ; Green, ED; Willard, HF, Comparative analysis of the primate X-inactivation center region and reconstruction of the ancestral primate XIST locus., Genome research, vol. 21 no. 6 (June, 2011), pp. 850-862 [doi]  [abs]
  2. Horvath, JE; Weisrock, DW; Embry, SL; Fiorentino, I; Balhoff, JP; Kappeler, P; Wray, GA; Willard, HF; Yoder, AD, Development and application of a phylogenomic toolkit: resolving the evolutionary history of Madagascar's lemurs., Genome research, vol. 18 no. 3 (March, 2008), pp. 489-499, ISSN 1088-9051 [18245770], [doi]  [abs]
  3. Horvath, JE; Willard, HF, Primate comparative genomics: lemur biology and evolution., Trends in Genetics, vol. 23 no. 4 (April, 2007), pp. 173-182, ISSN 0168-9525 [17331617], [doi]  [abs]
  4. Horvath, JE; Gulden, CL; Vallente, RU; Eichler, MY; Ventura, M; McPherson, JD; Graves, TA; Wilson, RK; Schwartz, S; Rocchi, M; Eichler, EE, Punctuated duplication seeding events during the evolution of human chromosome 2p11, Genome Research, vol. 15 no. 7 (July, 2005), pp. 914-927
  5. She, X; Horvath, JE; Jiang, Z; Liu, G; Furey, TS; Christ, L; Clark, R; Graves, T; Gulden, CL; Alkan, C; Bailey, JA; Sahinalp, C; Rocchi, M; Haussler, D; Wilson, RK; Miller, W; Schwartz, S; Eichler, EE, The structure and evolution of centromeric transition regions within the human genome, Nature, vol. 430 (August, 2004), pp. 857-864

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