Interim Dean Mohamed Noor

Mohamed Noor smiling

Mohamed A.F. Noor became Interim Dean of Trinity College of Arts & Sciences on July 1, 2022, following three years as Dean of Natural Sciences.

He joined the Department of Biology in 2005 and served as chair from 2013-17. His research focuses on learning 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. 

Noor is a recipient of the Darwin-Wallace Medal — given by the Linnean Society of London in recognition of those who have made major advances in evolutionary biology — as well as several Duke teaching and mentoring awards: the Outstanding Postdoc Mentor Award, the Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award, the David and Janet Vaughan Brooks Teaching Award, Bass Society of Fellows’ Earl D. McLean Professorship, The Graduate School’s Dean’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring, and the Gordon G. Hammes Faculty Teaching Award from the Duke University School of Medicine.

Noor has also served in key roles for a number of society offices, including president of the American Genetic Association, president of the Society for the Study of Evolution, and member of the board of directors for the Genetics Society of America. He has held editorships and editorial board positions for publications such as American Naturalist, Evolution, Genetics, and PLoS Biology.

He has published two books, including “Live Long and Evolve: What Star Trek Can Teach Us about Evolution, Genetics, and Life on Other Worlds,” an entertaining introduction to genetics and evolutionary concepts through the lens of the popular science-fiction television show. 


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Cornell University
  • Ph.D. Ecology & Evolution, University of Chicago
  • B.S. Biology, College of William and Mary

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