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) 668-2728
Research in my laboratory strives to understand what genetic changes contribute to the formation of new species, what maintains fitness-related variation in natural populations, and how the process of genetic recombination affects both species formation and molecular evolution. 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., The University of Chicago 1996

  • B.S., College of William and Mary 1992

Noor, M. A., M. Pascual, and K. R. Smith. “Genetic variation in the spread of Drosophila subobscura from a nonequilibrium population.Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution 54, no. 2 (April 2000): 696–703. Full Text

Noor, M. A., and K. R. Smith. “Recombination, statistical power, and genetic studies of sexual isolation in Drosophila.The Journal of Heredity 91, no. 2 (March 2000): 99–103. Full Text

Noor, M. A., M. D. Schug, and C. F. Aquadro. “Microsatellite variation in populations of Drosophila pseudoobscura and Drosophila persimilis.Genetical Research 75, no. 1 (February 2000): 25–35. Full Text

Noor, M. A. F. “Effects of Genetic Dominance on Runaway Sexual Selection.” Adaptive Behavior 8, no. 4 (January 1, 2000): 255–65. Full Text

Noor, M. A. F. “Effects of genetic dominance on runaway sexual selection.” Adaptive Behavior 8, no. 3–4 (2000): 255–66.

Noor, MAF, Williams, MA, Alvarez, D, and Ruiz-García, M. "Lack of evolutionary divergence in courtship songs of Drosophila pseudoobscura subspecies." Journal of Insect Behavior 13, no. 2 (2000): 255-262. Full Text

Noor, M. A. “Reinforcement and other consequences of sympatry.Heredity 83 ( Pt 5) (November 1999): 503–8. Full Text

Noor, M. A. F., and C. F. Aquadro. “Courtship songs of Drosophila pseudoobscura and D. persimilis: analysis of variation.Animal Behaviour 56, no. 1 (July 1998): 115–25. Full Text

Schug, M. D., C. M. Hutter, M. A. Noor, and C. F. Aquadro. “Mutation and evolution of microsatellites in Drosophila melanogaster.Genetica 102–103, no. 1–6 (January 1998): 359–67. Full Text