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

Runcie, Daniel E., and Mohamed A. F. Noor. “Sequence signatures of a recent chromosomal rearrangement in Drosophila mojavensis..” Genetica 136, no. 1 (May 2009): 5–11. Full Text

Barnwell, Callie V., and Mohamed A. F. Noor. “Failure to replicate two mate preference QTLs across multiple strains of Drosophila pseudoobscura..” The Journal of Heredity 99, no. 6 (November 2008): 653–56. Full Text

Schaeffer, Stephen W., Arjun Bhutkar, Bryant F. McAllister, Muneo Matsuda, Luciano M. Matzkin, Patrick M. O’Grady, Claudia Rohde, et al. “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): 1601–55. Full Text

Kulathinal, Rob J., Sarah M. Bennett, Courtney L. Fitzpatrick, and Mohamed A. F. Noor. “Fine-scale mapping of recombination rate in Drosophila refines its correlation to diversity and divergence..” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 105, no. 29 (July 11, 2008): 10051–56. Full Text

Forbes, Andrew A., Thomas H. Q. Powell, Neil F. Lobo, Mohamed A. F. Noor, and Jeffrey L. Feder. “PERMANENT GENETIC RESOURCES: Polymorphic microsatellite loci for Diachasma alloeum (Hymenoptera: Braconidae)..” Molecular Ecology Resources 8, no. 2 (March 2008): 373–76. Full Text

Noor, Mohamed A. F., Robin S. Parnell, and Bruce S. Grant. “A reversible color polyphenism in American peppered moth (Biston betularia cognataria) caterpillars..” Plos One 3, no. 9 (January 2008). Full Text

Drosophila 12 Genomes Consortium, Iain, Andrew G. Clark, Michael B. Eisen, Douglas R. Smith, Casey M. Bergman, Brian Oliver, Therese A. Markow, et al. “Evolution of genes and genomes on the Drosophila phylogeny..” Nature 450, no. 7167 (November 8, 2007): 203–18. Full Text