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

McGaugh, SE, and Noor, MAF. "Genomic impacts of chromosomal inversions in parapatric Drosophila species." Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences 367, no. 1587 (February 2012): 422-429. Full Text

McGaugh, SE, Heil, CSS, Manzano-Winkler, B, Loewe, L, Goldstein, S, Himmel, TL, and Noor, MAF. "Recombination Modulates How Selection Affects Linked Sites in Drosophila." PLoS Biology 10, no. 11 (2012). Full Text

Graham, AM, Merrill, JD, McGaugh, SE, and Noor, MAF. "Geographic selection in the small heat shock gene complex differentiating populations of drosophila pseudoobscura." Journal of Heredity 103, no. 3 (2012): 400-407. Full Text

Marie Curie SPECIATION Network, , Butlin, R, Debelle, A, Kerth, C, Snook, RR, Beukeboom, LW, Castillo Cajas, RF, Diao, W, Maan, ME, Paolucci, S, Weissing, FJ, van de Zande, L, Hoikkala, A, Geuverink, E, Jennings, J, Kankare, M, Knott, KE, Tyukmaeva, VI, Zoumadakis, C, Ritchie, MG, Barker, D, Immonen, E, Kirkpatrick, M, Noor, M, Macias Garcia, C, Schmitt, T, and Schilthuizen, M. "What do we need to know about speciation?." Trends in Ecology & Evolution 27, no. 1 (January 2012): 27-39. (Review) Full Text

Noor, MAF, and Heil, CSS. "Mentor vs. Monolith." AMERICAN SCIENTIST 100, no. 6 (2012): 451-453.

Hoehn, KB, McGaugh, SE, and Noor, MAF. "Effects of premature termination codon polymorphisms in the Drosophila pseudoobscura subclade." Journal of Molecular Evolution 75, no. 3-4 (2012): 141-150. Full Text

Hoehn, KB, McGaugh, SE, and Noor, MAF. "Effects of Premature Termination Codon Polymorphisms in the Drosophila pseudoobscura Subclade." Journal of Molecular Evolution (2012): 1-10. Full Text

Smukowski, CS, and Noor, MAF. "Recombination rate variation in closely related species." Heredity 107, no. 6 (December 2011): 496-508. (Review) Full Text

Stevison, LS, Hoehn, KB, and Noor, MAF. "Effects of inversions on within- and between-species recombination and divergence." Genome Biology and Evolution 3 (January 2011): 830-841. Full Text