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

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, E., 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 2007): 203–18. Full Text

Noor, Mohamed A. F., David A. Garfield, Stephen W. Schaeffer, and Carlos A. Machado. “Divergence between the Drosophila pseudoobscura and D. persimilis genome sequences in relation to chromosomal inversions..” Genetics 177, no. 3 (November 2007): 1417–28. Full Text

Etges, William J., Cássia Cardoso de Oliveira, Erin Gragg, Daniel Ortíz-Barrientos, Mohamed A. F. Noor, and Michael G. Ritchie. “Genetics of incipient speciation in Drosophila mojavensis. I. Male courtship song, mating success, and genotype x environment interactions..” Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution 61, no. 5 (May 2007): 1106–19. Full Text

Moehring, Amanda J., Katherine C. Teeter, and Mohamed A. F. Noor. “Genome-wide patterns of expression in Drosophila pure species and hybrid males. II. Examination of multiple-species hybridizations, platforms, and life cycle stages..” Molecular Biology and Evolution 24, no. 1 (January 2007): 137–45. Full Text

Ortíz-Barrientos, Daniel, Brian A. Counterman, and Mohamed A. F. Noor. “Gene expression divergence and the origin of hybrid dysfunctions..” Genetica 129, no. 1 (January 2007): 71–81. Full Text