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

McDermott, Shannon R., and Mohamed A. F. Noor. “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): 1265–72. Full Text

Goldstein, David B., and Mohamed A. F. Noor. “Genomics: Lessons in complexity from yeast..” Nature 464, no. 7291 (April 2010): 985–86. Full Text

Chang, Audrey S., and Mohamed A. F. Noor. “Epistasis modifies the dominance of loci causing hybrid male sterility in the Drosophila pseudoobscura species group..” Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution 64, no. 1 (January 2010): 253–60. Full Text

Bennett, Sarah M., and Mohamed A. F. Noor. “Molecular evolution of a Drosophila homolog of human BRCA2..” Genetica 137, no. 2 (November 2009): 213–19. Full Text

Etges, William J., Cassia Cardoso de Oliveira, Michael G. Ritchie, and Mohamed A. F. Noor. “Genetics of incipient speciation in Drosophila mojavensis: II. Host plants and mating status influence cuticular hydrocarbon QTL expression and G x E interactions..” Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution 63, no. 7 (July 2009): 1712–30. Full Text