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

Varney, RL, and Noor, MAF. "The scuttle fly." Current Biology 20, no. 11 (2010): R466-R467. Full Text

Kulathinal, RJ, Stevison, LS, and Noor, MAF. "The genomics of speciation in Drosophila: diversity, divergence, and introgression estimated using low-coverage genome sequencing." Plos Genetics 5, no. 7 (July 3, 2009): e1000550-null. Full Text

Runcie, DE, and Noor, MAF. "Sequence signatures of a recent chromosomal rearrangement in Drosophila mojavensis." Genetica 136, no. 1 (2009): 5-11. Full Text

Bennett, SM, and Noor, MAF. "Molecular evolution of a Drosophila homolog of human BRCA2." Genetica 137, no. 2 (2009): 213-219. Full Text

Schaeffer, SW, Bhutkar, A, McAllister, BF, Matsuda, M, Matzkin, LM, O'Grady, PM, Rohde, C, Valente, VLS, Aguadé, M, Anderson, WW, Edwards, K, Garcia, ACL, Goodman, J, Hartigan, J, Kataoka, E, Lapoint, RT, Lozovsky, ER, Machado, CA, Noor, MAF, Papaceit, M, Reed, LK, Richards, S, Rieger, TT, Russo, SM, Sato, H, Segarra, C, Smith, DR, Smith, TF, Strelets, V, Tobari, YN, Tomimura, Y, Wasserman, M, Watts, T, Wilson, R, Yoshida, K, Markow, TA, Gelbart, WM, and Kaufman, TC. "Polytene chromosomal maps of 11 Drosophila species: the order of genomic scaffolds inferred from genetic and physical maps." Genetics 179, no. 3 (July 13, 2008): 1601-1655. Full Text