Mohamed A. F. Noor

Professor of Biology

External address: 
130 Science Drive, Room 137, Duke Box 90338, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Duke Box 90338, Biology Department, Durham, NC 27708-4129
(919) 613-8156

Dr. Noor is a member of the National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Fellowship Advisory Board.


Research in my laboratory strives to understand what genetic changes contribute to the formation of new species, and how the process of genetic recombination affects both species formation and molecular evolution. I've been fascinated at how often genetic recombination plays a major role in any evolutionary genetic question I seek to pursue, so understanding its causes and effects has become a thread uniting the dissertations of most people in the laboratory. Our approaches combine classical genetic, molecular genetic, and genomic/ bioinformatic analyses, along with occasional forays into areas like animal behavior (in relation to speciation). I am also very interested in helping develop educational activities (K-12 or college) in genetics and evolution. See my lab webpage for more detailed information:


  • Ph.D., University of Chicago 1996
  • B.S., College of William and Mary 1992

Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Training Program awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 2005 to 2021

EAGER: Test for local adaptation of recombination rate awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2017

Fine-scale Recombination, Variation, Divergence, and Codon Bias in Drosophila awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2009 to 2015

DISSERTATION RESEARCH: The Role of Mating System in Sperm Competition and Protein Evolution in /Agelaius/ Blackbirds awarded by National Science Foundation (Co-Principal Investigator). 2011 to 2014

DISSERTATION RESEARCH: The Epigenetic Regulation of Meiotic Recombination awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2012 to 2014

Workshop for Graduate Students on Communicating Science awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2012

Genetics of Speciation in Drosophila Pseudoobscura awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2007 to 2012

DISSERTATION RESEARCH: Male-mediated effects on female germline recombination rates awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2009 to 2011

DISSERTATION RESEARCH: Genetic causes of hybrid sterility awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2008 to 2010


Noor, MAF. You're Hired! Now What?. Sinauer Associates Incorporated, January 1, 2012.

Ritz, KR, Noor, MAF, and Singh, ND. "Variation in Recombination Rate: Adaptive or Not?." Trends in genetics : TIG (March 27, 2017). Full Text

Korunes, KL, and Noor, MAF. "Gene conversion and linkage: effects on genome evolution and speciation." Molecular ecology 26.1 (January 2017): 351-364. Full Text

Smukowski Heil, CS, Ellison, C, Dubin, M, and Noor, MAF. "Recombining without Hotspots: A Comprehensive Evolutionary Portrait of Recombination in Two Closely Related Species of Drosophila." Genome biology and evolution 7.10 (October 2015): 2829-2842. Full Text

Hoehn, KB, and Noor, MAF. "How Big Is Your Y? A Genome-Sequence Based Estimate of the Size of the Male-Specific Region in Megaselia scalaris." G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics 5.1 (January 1, 2015): 45-48. Full Text

Noor, MAF. "The 2013 Novitski Prize Jonathan Pritchard." GENETICS 194.1 (May 2013): 15-17. Full Text

Heil, CSS, Manzano Winkler, B, Hunter, MJ, Noor, JKF, and Noor, MAF. "Witnessing Evolution First-hand: A K-12 Laboratory Exercise in Genetics and Evolution Using Drosophila." American Biology Teacher 75 (2013): 116-119. Full Text

Noor, JKF, and Noor, MAF. "Finding Selection in All the Right Places: A College Genetics Laboratory Inquiry-Based Learning Exercise." Genetics Society of America Education Resources (2013). Full Text