Mohamed Noor, PhD
Presenting Tuesday, April 28; 3-4 p.m. EDT
Dr. Mohamed Noor is the Dean of Natural Sciences and a Professor (and, previously, Department Chair) of Biology at Duke University. His specialties include evolution, genetics and genomics. He specializes in Drosophila evolution. His team's research approaches have included both classical genetic mapping, as well as analyses of whole genome sequences. More recently, his research team has focused on understanding variation in recombination rate within and between species, and its impact on DNA sequence variation.
He has won numerous awards for his research, including the 2008 Darwin-Wallace Medal from the Linnean Society of London — an award which is only given out once every 50 years.
He served as editor-in-chief of the international journal Evolution, is or was associate editor for several other journals, and the author of over 100 publications. He has served as president of the American Genetic Association and Society for the Study of Evolution, and as a board member for the Genetics Society of America.
Dr. Noor has been active in education and outreach, receiving numerous teaching and mentoring awards from his institution, and teaching one of the first MOOCs (massive open online course) in genetics and evolution. He and his group have also developed laboratory activities for implementation in high schools and colleges, including a commercial kit for observing natural selection in Drosophila. He also published a book that uses Star Trek to teach principles in genetics and evolution, and gives classes and talks at various venues, including ComicCons, using science fiction to teach science.
Noor has a BS from the College of William and Mary and a PhD from University of Chicago.