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

Ortiz-Barrientos, Daniel, Audrey S. Chang, and Mohamed A. F. Noor. “A recombinational portrait of the Drosophila pseudoobscura genome..” Genetical Research 87, no. 1 (February 2006): 23–31. Full Text

Noor, M. A. F., and J. A. Coyne. “Speciation in the new millennium: What's left to know?.” Israel Journal of Ecology and Evolution 52, no. 3–4 (January 1, 2006): 431–41. Full Text

Noor, M. A. F., K. J. Zimmerman, and K. C. Teeter. “Data sharing: How much doesn't get submitted to GenBank?.” Plos Biology 4, no. 7 (2006): 1113–14. Full Text

Ortíz-Barrientos, Daniel, and Mohamed A. F. Noor. “Evidence for a one-allele assortative mating locus..” Science (New York, N.Y.) 310, no. 5753 (December 2005). Full Text

Ortiz Barrientos, D., and M. A. F. Noor. “Evidence for a one-allele assortative mating locus.” Science 310, no. 3753 (December 2005).

Noor, Mohamed A. F., and Norman A. Johnson. “A kingpin of academic inclusive fitness: the history and contributions of Bruce Grant..” Genetics 171, no. 3 (November 2005): 867–71.

Leman, Scotland C., Yuguo Chen, Jason E. Stajich, Mohamed A. F. Noor, and Marcy K. Uyenoyama. “Likelihoods from summary statistics: recent divergence between species..” Genetics 171, no. 3 (November 2005): 1419–36. Full Text

Richards, Stephen, Yue Liu, Brian R. Bettencourt, Pavel Hradecky, Stan Letovsky, Rasmus Nielsen, Kevin Thornton, et al. “Comparative genome sequencing of Drosophila pseudoobscura: chromosomal, gene, and cis-element evolution..” Genome Research 15, no. 1 (January 2005): 1–18. Full Text

Ortiz-Barrientos, Daniel, Brian A. Counterman, and Mohamed A. F. Noor. “The genetics of speciation by reinforcement..” Plos Biology 2, no. 12 (December 2004). Full Text