Mohamed A. F. Noor

Professor of Biology

Office: 
130 Science Drive, Room 137, Duke Box 90338, Durham, NC 27708
Campus Box: 
Duke Box 90338, Biology Department, Durham, NC 27708-4129
Phone: 
(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: https://sites.google.com/site/noorlabduke/

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Chicago 1996

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

Noor, MAF, and Aquadro, CF. "Courtship songs of Drosophila pseudoobscura and D. persimilis: analysis of variation." Anim Behav 56, no. 1 (July 1998): 115-125.

Noor, MAF. "Diurnal activity patterns of Drosophila subobscura and D. pseudoobscura in sympatric populations." American Midland Naturalist 140, no. 1 (January 1, 1998): 34-41. Full Text

Schug, MD, Hutter, CM, Noor, MAF, and Aquadro, CF. "Mutation and evolution of microsatellites in Drosophila melanogaster." Genetica 102-103 (1998): 359-367.

Noor, MAF. "GENETICS OF SEXUAL ISOLATION AND COURTSHIP DYSFUNCTION IN MALE HYBRIDS OF DROSOPHILA PSEUDOOBSCURA AND DROSOPHILA PERSIMILIS." Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution 51, no. 3 (June 1997): 809-815. Full Text

Noor, MAF. "Environmental effects on male courtship intensity in Drosophila pseudoobscura (Diptera: Drosophilidae)." Journal of Insect Behavior 10, no. 2 (January 1, 1997): 305-312. Full Text

Noor, MAF. "How often does sympatry affect sexual isolation in Drosophila?." American Naturalist 149, no. 6 (1997): 1156-1163.

Kelly, JK, and Noor, MA. "Speciation by reinforcement: a model derived from studies of Drosophila." Genetics 143, no. 3 (July 1996): 1485-1497.

Noor, MAF, and Coyne, JA. "Genetics of a difference in cuticular hydrocarbons between Drosophila pseudoobscura and D. persimilis." Genetical Research 68, no. 2 (1996): 117-123.

Noor, MAF. "Absence of species discrimination in Drosophila pseudoobscura and D. persimilis males." Animal Behaviour 52, no. 6 (January 1, 1996): 1205-1210. Full Text

Noor, MA. "Speciation driven by natural selection in Drosophila." Nature 375, no. 6533 (1995): 674-675.

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