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

Molecular Basis of Reproductive Isolation in Drosophila awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2005 to 2008

Genetics of hybrid sterility in Drosophila awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2005 to 2008

Dissertation Research: A Test of Faster-X evolution in Lepidoptera. awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2005 to 2007

Collaborative Research: Genetics of Speciation Factors in Drosophila Mojavensis awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2005 to 2006


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

Heil, CSS, Hunter, MJ, Noor, JKF, Miglia, K, Manzano Winkler, B, McDermott, SR, and Noor, MAF. "Witnessing phenotypic and molecular evolution in the fruit fly." Evolution: Education and Outreach 5 (December 2012): 629-634. (Academic Article) Full Text

Hoehn, KB, McGaugh, SE, and Noor, MAF. "Effects of Premature Termination Codon Polymorphisms in the Drosophila pseudoobscura Subclade." Journal of Molecular Evolution (2012): 1-10. Full Text

McGaugh, SE, Heil, CSS, Manzano-Winkler, B, Loewe, L, Goldstein, S, Himmel, TL, and Noor, MAF. "Recombination Modulates How Selection Affects Linked Sites in Drosophila." PLoS Biology 10.11 (2012). Full Text