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

Counterman, BA, and Noor, MAF. "Multilocus test for introgression between the cactophilic species Drosophila mojavensis and Drosophila arizonae." The American Naturalist 168, no. 5 (November 2006): 682-696. Full Text

Noor, MAF, Zimmerman, KJ, and Teeter, KC. "Data sharing: how much doesn't get submitted to GenBank?." Plos Biology 4, no. 7 (July 11, 2006): e228-null. (Letter) Full Text

Kandul, NP, Wright, KM, Kandul, EV, and Noor, MAF. "No evidence for learned mating discrimination in male Drosophila pseudoobscura." Bmc Evolutionary Biology 6 (July 6, 2006): 54-null. Full Text

Hamill, RM, Noor, MAF, Watson, ET, and Ritchie, MG. "New microsatellite loci for the European bushcricket, Ephippiger ephippiger (Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae)." Molecular Ecology Notes 6, no. 2 (June 1, 2006): 340-342. Full Text

Velez, S, Taylor, MS, Noor, MAF, Lobo, NF, and Feder, JL. "Isolation and characterization of microsatellite loci from the apple maggot fly Rhagoletis pomonella (Diptera: Tephritidae)." Molecular Ecology Notes 6, no. 1 (March 1, 2006): 90-92. Full Text

Masly, JP, Jones, CD, Noor, MAF, Locke, J, and Orr, HA. "Gene transposition as a cause of hybrid sterility in Drosophila." Science 313, no. 5792 (2006): 1448-1450. Full Text

Noor, MAF, and Coyne, JA. "Speciation in the new millennium: What's left to know?." Israel Journal of Ecology and Evolution 52, no. 3-4 (January 1, 2006): 431-441. Full Text

Noor, MAF, Zimmerman, KJ, and Teeter, KC. "Data sharing: How much doesn't get submitted to GenBank?." Plos Biology 4, no. 7 (2006): 1113-1114. Full Text