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

Espinoza, N. R., and M. A. F. Noor. “Population genetics of a polyploid: is there hybridization between lineages of Hyla versicolor?The Journal of Heredity 93, no. 2 (March 2002): 81–85. Full Text

Noor, M. A., K. L. Grams, L. A. Bertucci, and J. Reiland. “Chromosomal inversions and the reproductive isolation of species.Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 98, no. 21 (October 2, 2001): 12084–88. Full Text

Noor, M. A., A. L. Cunningham, and J. C. Larkin. “Consequences of recombination rate variation on quantitative trait locus mapping studies. Simulations based on the Drosophila melanogaster genome.Genetics 159, no. 2 (October 2001): 581–88.

Noor, M. A., R. M. Kliman, and C. A. Machado. “Evolutionary history of microsatellites in the obscura group of Drosophila.Molecular Biology and Evolution 18, no. 4 (April 2001): 551–56. Full Text

Kliman, R. M., B. T. Rogers, and M. A. Noor. “Differences in (G+C) content between species: a commentary on Forsdyke's "chromosomal viewpoint" of speciation.Journal of Theoretical Biology 209, no. 2 (March 2001): 131–40. Full Text

Noor, M. A., K. L. Grams, L. A. Bertucci, Y. Almendarez, J. Reiland, and K. R. Smith. “The genetics of reproductive isolation and the potential for gene exchange between Drosophila pseudoobscura and D. persimilis via backcross hybrid males.Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution 55, no. 3 (March 2001): 512–21.[0512:tgoria];2. Full Text

Williams, M. A., A. G. Blouin, and M. A. Noor. “Courtship songs of Drosophila pseudoobscura and D. persimilis. II. Genetics of species differences.Heredity 86, no. Pt 1 (January 2001): 68–77. Full Text

Noor, M. A., N. A. Johnson, and J. Hey. “Gene flow between Drosophila pseudoobscura and D. persimilis.Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution 54, no. 6 (December 2000): 2174–75. Full Text

Noor, M. A., and J. C. Larkin. “A re-evaluation of 12S ribosomal RNA variability in Drosophila pseudoobscura.Molecular Biology and Evolution 17, no. 6 (June 2000): 938–41. Full Text