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

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

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

Larracuente, AM, Noor, MAF, and Clark, AG. "Translocation of Y-linked genes to the dot chromosome in Drosophila pseudoobscura." Molecular Biology and Evolution 27, no. 7 (July 2010): 1612-1620. Full Text

McDermott, SR, and Noor, MAF. "The role of meiotic drive in hybrid male sterility." Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences 365, no. 1544 (April 2010): 1265-1272. (Review) Full Text

Stevison, LS, and Noor, MAF. "Genetic and evolutionary correlates of fine-scale recombination rate variation in drosophila persimilis." Journal of Molecular Evolution 71, no. 5-6 (2010): 332-345. Full Text