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, 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, M. A. “How often does sympatry affect sexual isolation in Drosophila?.” The American Naturalist 149, no. 6 (June 1997): 1156–63. Full Text

Noor, M. A., and J. A. Coyne. “Genetics of a difference in cuticular hydrocarbons between Drosophila pseudoobscura and D. persimilis..” Genetical Research 68, no. 2 (October 1996): 117–23.

Kelly, J. K., and M. A. Noor. “Speciation by reinforcement: a model derived from studies of Drosophila..” Genetics 143, no. 3 (July 1996): 1485–97.

Noor, M. A. “Reinforcement in speciation..” Trends in Ecology & Evolution 10, no. 12 (December 1995). Full Text

Noor, M. A. “Speciation driven by natural selection in Drosophila..” Nature 375, no. 6533 (June 1995): 674–75. Full Text

Noor, M. A. “Long-term changes in obscura group Drosophila species composition at Mather, California.” Pan Pacific Entomologist 71, no. 1 (January 1, 1995).