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

Smukowski, C. S., and M. A. F. Noor. “Recombination rate variation in closely related species..” Heredity 107, no. 6 (December 2011): 496–508. Full Text

McDermott, Shannon R., and Mohamed A. F. Noor. “Genetics of hybrid male sterility among strains and species in the Drosophila pseudoobscura species group..” Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution 65, no. 7 (July 2011): 1969–78. Full Text

Stevison, Laurie S., Kenneth B. Hoehn, and Mohamed A. F. Noor. “Effects of inversions on within- and between-species recombination and divergence..” Genome Biology and Evolution 3 (January 2011): 830–41. Full Text

Stevison, Laurie S., and Mohamed A. F. Noor. “Genetic and evolutionary correlates of fine-scale recombination rate variation in Drosophila persimilis..” Journal of Molecular Evolution 71, no. 5–6 (December 2010): 332–45. Full Text

Etges, William J., Cassia Cardoso De Oliveira, Mohamed A. F. Noor, and Michael G. Ritchie. “Genetics of incipient speciation in Drosophila mojavensis. III. Life-history divergence in allopatry and reproductive isolation..” Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution 64, no. 12 (December 2010): 3549–69. Full Text

Larracuente, Amanda M., Mohamed A. F. Noor, and Andrew G. Clark. “Translocation of Y-linked genes to the dot chromosome in Drosophila pseudoobscura..” Molecular Biology and Evolution 27, no. 7 (July 2010): 1612–20. Full Text

Varney, Robin L., and Mohamed A. F. Noor. “The scuttle fly..” Current Biology : Cb 20, no. 11 (June 2010): R466–67. Full Text