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, 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

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

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): 1467. Full Text

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

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.

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): e416. Full Text

Boyle, A Susannah, and Mohamed A. F. Noor. “Variation in recombination rate may bias human genetic disease mapping studies.Genetica 122, no. 3 (November 2004): 245–52. Full Text