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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., The 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, 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: 

Teaching (Spring 2021):

  • Biology 702.01, Succeeding beyond grad school Synopsis
    Online on, M 05:15 PM-06:15 PM
Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Samuk, K; Manzano-Winkler, B; Ritz, KR; Noor, MAF. "Natural Selection Shapes Variation in Genome-wide Recombination Rate in Drosophila pseudoobscura.." Current Biology : Cb 30.8 (April, 2020): 1517-1528.e6. [doi]  [abs]
  2. Korunes, KL; Noor, MAF. "Pervasive gene conversion in chromosomal inversion heterozygotes.." Molecular Ecology 28.6 (March, 2019): 1302-1315. [doi]  [abs]
  3. Noor, MAF. Live Long and Evolve What Star Trek Can Teach Us about Evolution, Genetics, and Life on Other Worlds. Princeton University Press, September, 2018. 208 pages pp.  [abs]
  4. Ballinger, MA; Noor, MAF. "Are Lethal Alleles Too Abundant in Humans?." Trends in Genetics : Tig 34.2 (February, 2018): 87-89. [doi]  [abs]
  5. 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]

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