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

Noor, MAF, Garfield, DA, Schaeffer, SW, and Machado, CA. "Divergence between the Drosophila pseudoobscura and D. persimilis genome sequences in relation to chromosomal inversions." Genetics 177.3 (2007): 1417-1428. Full Text

Cirulli, ET, Kliman, RM, and Noor, MAF. "Fine-scale crossover rate heterogeneity in Drosophila pseudoobscura." Journal of Molecular Evolution 64.1 (2007): 129-135. Full Text

Ortíz-Barrientos, D, Counterman, BA, and Noor, MAF. "Gene expression divergence and the origin of hybrid dysfunctions." Genetica 129.1 (2007): 71-81. Full Text

Noor, MAF, and Coyne, JA. "Speciation in the new millennium: What's left to know?." Israel Journal of Ecology and Evolution 52.3-4 (2006): 431-441.

Noor, MAF, Zimmerman, KJ, and Teeter, KC. "Data sharing: How much doesn't get submitted to GenBank?." PLoS Biology 4.7 (2006): 1113-1114. Full Text

Velez, S, Taylor, MS, Noor, MAF, Lobo, NF, and Feder, JL. "Isolation and characterization of microsatellite loci from the apple maggot fly Rhagoletis pomonella (Diptera: Tephritidae)." Molecular Ecology Notes 6.1 (2006): 90-92. Full Text