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

Smukowski, C. S., and M. A. F. Noor. “Recombination rate variation in closely related species.Heredity 107, no. 6 (December 2011): 496–508. Full Text

McDermott, Shannon R., and Mohamed A. F. Noor. “Genetics of hybrid male sterility among strains and species in the Drosophila pseudoobscura species group.Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution 65, no. 7 (July 2011): 1969–78. Full Text

Stevison, Laurie S., Kenneth B. Hoehn, and Mohamed A. F. Noor. “Effects of inversions on within- and between-species recombination and divergence.Genome Biology and Evolution 3 (January 2011): 830–41. Full Text

Stevison, Laurie S., and Mohamed A. F. Noor. “Genetic and evolutionary correlates of fine-scale recombination rate variation in Drosophila persimilis.Journal of Molecular Evolution 71, no. 5–6 (December 2010): 332–45. Full Text

Etges, William J., Cassia Cardoso De Oliveira, Mohamed A. F. Noor, and Michael G. Ritchie. “Genetics of incipient speciation in Drosophila mojavensis. III. Life-history divergence in allopatry and reproductive isolation.Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution 64, no. 12 (December 2010): 3549–69. Full Text

Larracuente, Amanda M., Mohamed A. F. Noor, and Andrew G. Clark. “Translocation of Y-linked genes to the dot chromosome in Drosophila pseudoobscura.Molecular Biology and Evolution 27, no. 7 (July 2010): 1612–20. Full Text

Varney, Robin L., and Mohamed A. F. Noor. “The scuttle fly.Current Biology : Cb 20, no. 11 (June 2010): R466–67. Full Text