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

Heil, Caiti S. S., Mika J. Hunter, Juliet Kf Noor, Kathleen Miglia, Brenda Manzano-Winkler, Shannon R. McDermott, and Mohamed Af Noor. “Witnessing Phenotypic and Molecular Evolution in the Fruit Fly.Evolution 5, no. 4 (December 2012): 629–34. Full Text

Noor, Mohamed A. F., and Caiti S. S. Heil. “Mentor vs. Monolith.” American Scientist 100, no. 6 (November 1, 2012): 451–53.

Hoehn, Kenneth B., Suzanne E. McGaugh, and Mohamed A. F. Noor. “Effects of premature termination codon polymorphisms in the Drosophila pseudoobscura subclade.Journal of Molecular Evolution 75, no. 3–4 (October 2012): 141–50. Full Text

Graham, Allie M., Jennifer D. Merrill, Suzanne E. McGaugh, and Mohamed A. F. Noor. “Geographic selection in the small heat shock gene complex differentiating populations of Drosophila pseudoobscura.The Journal of Heredity 103, no. 3 (May 2012): 400–407. Full Text

McGaugh, Suzanne E., and Mohamed A. F. Noor. “Genomic impacts of chromosomal inversions in parapatric Drosophila species.Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences 367, no. 1587 (February 2012): 422–29. Full Text

McGaugh, Suzanne E., Caiti S. S. Heil, Brenda Manzano-Winkler, Laurence Loewe, Steve Goldstein, Tiffany L. Himmel, and Mohamed A. F. Noor. “Recombination modulates how selection affects linked sites in Drosophila.Plos Biology 10, no. 11 (January 2012): e1001422. Full Text