Mohamed A. F. Noor

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

Selected Grants

EAGER: Test for local adaptation of recombination rate awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2018

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

Chromosomal Inversions and the Persistence of Species awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2005 to 2009


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

Ballinger, MA, and Noor, MAF. "Are Lethal Alleles Too Abundant in Humans?." Trends in genetics : TIG (December 28, 2017). Full Text

Ravinet, M, Faria, R, Butlin, RK, Galindo, J, Bierne, N, Rafajlović, M, Noor, MAF, Mehlig, B, and Westram, AM. "Interpreting the genomic landscape of speciation: a road map for finding barriers to gene flow." Journal of evolutionary biology 30.8 (August 2017): 1450-1477. (Review) Full Text

Ritz, KR, Noor, MAF, and Singh, ND. "Variation in Recombination Rate: Adaptive or Not?." Trends in genetics : TIG 33.5 (May 2017): 364-374. (Review) Full Text

Manzano-Winkler, B, Hish, AJ, Aarons, EK, and Noor, MAF. "Reproductive interference by male Drosophila subobscura on female D. persimilis: A laboratory experiment." Ecology and Evolution 7.7 (April 2017): 2268-2272. 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

Mittleman, BE, Manzano-Winkler, B, Hall, JB, Korunes, KL, and Noor, MAF. "The large X-effect on secondary sexual characters and the genetics of variation in sex comb tooth number in Drosophila subobscura." Ecology and Evolution 7.2 (January 2017): 533-540. Full Text

Noor, MAF. "The (R)Evolution is here!." Evolution; international journal of organic evolution 71.1 (January 2017): 4-5. 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