Mohamed A. F. Noor

Professor of Biology

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

Shaw, Ruth G., Allen J. Moore, Mohamed Noor, and Michael G. Ritchie. “Transparency and reproducibility in evolutionary research..” Journal of Evolutionary Biology 29, no. 7 (July 2016): 1296–97. Full Text

Smukowski Heil, Caiti S., Chris Ellison, Matthew Dubin, and Mohamed A. F. Noor. “Recombining without Hotspots: A Comprehensive Evolutionary Portrait of Recombination in Two Closely Related Species of Drosophila..” Genome Biology and Evolution 7, no. 10 (October 2015): 2829–42. Full Text

Hoehn, K. B., and M. A. F. Noor. “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, no. 1 (January 1, 2015): 45–48. Full Text

Myers, Russell B., Brandon Millman, and Mohamed A. F. Noor. “Genetics and evolution: an iOS application to supplement introductory courses in transmission and evolutionary genetics..” G3 (Bethesda, Md.) 4, no. 5 (May 2014): 779–81. Full Text

Noor, Mohamed A. F. “The 2013 Novitski Prize: Jonathan Pritchard..” Genetics 194, no. 1 (May 2013): 15–17. Full Text

Heil, C. S. S., B. Manzano-Winkler, M. J. Hunter, J. K. F. Noor, and M. A. F. Noor. “Witnessing evolution first hand: A K-12 laboratory exercise in genetics & evolution using drosophila.” American Biology Teacher 75, no. 2 (February 1, 2013): 116–19. Full Text


Selected Grants

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

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