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, what maintains fitness-related variation in natural populations, and how the process of genetic recombination affects both species formation and molecular evolution. 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., The University of Chicago 1996

  • B.S., College of William and Mary 1992

Noor, Mohamed A. F., and Jeffrey L. Feder. “Speciation genetics: evolving approaches.Nature Reviews. Genetics 7, no. 11 (November 2006): 851–61. Full Text

Counterman, Brian A., and Mohamed A. F. Noor. “Multilocus test for introgression between the cactophilic species Drosophila mojavensis and Drosophila arizonae.The American Naturalist 168, no. 5 (November 2006): 682–96. Full Text

Noor, Mohamed A. F., and Audrey S. Chang. “Evolutionary genetics: jumping into a new species.Current Biology : Cb 16, no. 20 (October 2006): R890–92. Full Text

Masly, John P., Corbin D. Jones, Mohamed A. F. Noor, John Locke, and H Allen Orr. “Gene transposition as a cause of hybrid sterility in Drosophila.Science (New York, N.Y.) 313, no. 5792 (September 2006): 1448–50. Full Text

Noor, Mohamed A. F., Katherine J. Zimmerman, and Katherine C. Teeter. “Data sharing: how much doesn't get submitted to GenBank?Plos Biology 4, no. 7 (July 11, 2006): e228. Full Text

Kandul, Nikolai P., Kevin M. Wright, Ekaterina V. Kandul, and Mohamed A. F. Noor. “No evidence for learned mating discrimination in male Drosophila pseudoobscura.Bmc Evolutionary Biology 6 (July 6, 2006): 54. Full Text

Hamill, R. M., M. A. F. Noor, E. T. Watson, and M. G. Ritchie. “New microsatellite loci for the European bushcricket, Ephippiger ephippiger (Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae).” Molecular Ecology Notes 6, no. 2 (June 1, 2006): 340–42. Full Text

Velez, S., M. S. Taylor, M. A. F. Noor, N. F. Lobo, and J. L. Feder. “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

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