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. “Diurnal activity patterns of Drosophila subobscura and D. pseudoobscura in sympatric populations.” American Midland Naturalist 140, no. 1 (January 1, 1998): 34–41.[0034:DAPODS]2.0.CO;2. Full Text

Noor, M. A. “How often does sympatry affect sexual isolation in Drosophila?The American Naturalist 149, no. 6 (June 1997): 1156–63. Full Text

Kelly, J. K., and M. A. Noor. “Speciation by reinforcement: a model derived from studies of Drosophila.Genetics 143, no. 3 (July 1996): 1485–97.

Noor, M. A. “Reinforcement in speciation.Trends in Ecology & Evolution 10, no. 12 (December 1995): 492. Full Text

Noor, M. A. “Speciation driven by natural selection in Drosophila.Nature 375, no. 6533 (June 1995): 674–75. Full Text

Noor, M. A. “Long-term changes in obscura group Drosophila species composition at Mather, California.” Pan Pacific Entomologist 71, no. 1 (January 1, 1995): 71.