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Mohamed A. Noor

Mohamed A. Noor, Professor of Biology and Education and Associate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society and Bass Fellow of Biology


Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1996
B.S., College of William and Mary, 1992
Contact Info:

130 Science Drive, Room 137, Duke Box 90338, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 668-2728

Research in my laboratory strives to understand what genetic changes contribute to the formation of new species, and how the process of genetic recombination affects both species formation and molecular evolution. I've been fascinated at how often genetic recombination plays a major role in any evolutionary genetic question I seek to pursue, so understanding its causes and effects has become a thread uniting the dissertations of most people in the laboratory. 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:

Teaching (Fall 2019):

  • Biology 701.01, Graduate school 101 Synopsis
    Bio sci 144, W 12:00 PM-01:00 PM
Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Korunes, KL; Noor, MAF. "Pervasive gene conversion in chromosomal inversion heterozygotes.." Molecular Ecology 28.6 (March, 2019): 1302-1315. [doi]  [abs]
  2. Ballinger, MA; Noor, MAF. "Are Lethal Alleles Too Abundant in Humans?." Trends in Genetics : Tig 34.2 (February, 2018): 87-89. [doi]  [abs]
  3. Ravinet, M; Faria, R; Butlin, RK; Galindo, J; Bierne, N; Rafajlović, M; Noor, MAF; Mehlig, B; Westram, AM. "Interpreting the genomic landscape of speciation: a road map for finding barriers to gene flow.." Journal of Evolutionary Biology 30.8 (August, 2017): 1450-1477. [doi]  [abs]
  4. Ritz, KR; Noor, MAF; Singh, ND. "Variation in Recombination Rate: Adaptive or Not?." Trends in Genetics : Tig 33.5 (May, 2017): 364-374. [doi]  [abs]
  5. Manzano-Winkler, B; Hish, AJ; Aarons, EK; Noor, MAF. "Reproductive interference by male Drosophila subobscura on female D. persimilis: A laboratory experiment.." Ecology and Evolution 7.7 (April, 2017): 2268-2272. [doi]  [abs]

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