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, and Chang, AS. "Evolutionary Genetics: Jumping into a New Species." Current Biology 16.20 (2006): R890-R892. Full Text

Noor, MAF, and Feder, JL. "Speciation genetics: Evolving approaches." Nature Reviews Genetics 7.11 (2006): 851-861. Full Text

Ortiz-Barrientos, D, Chang, AS, and Noor, MAF. "A recombinational portrait of the Drosophila pseudoobscura genome." Genetical Research 87.1 (2006): 23-31. Full Text

Masly, JP, Jones, CD, Noor, MAF, Locke, J, and Orr, HA. "Gene transposition as a cause of hybrid sterility in Drosophila." Science 313.5792 (2006): 1448-1450. Full Text

Kandul, NP, Wright, KM, Kandul, EV, and Noor, MAF. "No evidence for learned mating discrimination in male Drosophila pseudoobscura." BMC Evolutionary Biology 6 (2006). 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

Ortiz Barrientos, D, and Noor, MAF. "Evidence for a one-allele assortative mating locus." Science 310.3753 (December 2005): 1467-. (Academic Article)