Earl D. McLean Jr. Professor of Biology (2011 - 2016)
Professor Noor’s work focuses on evolution, genetics, and genomics. He investigates mechanisms that contribute directly to biological diversity and result in the biosphere’s ability to fill disparate ecological niches on the planet. In 2009, Professor Noor was presented with the Darwin-Wallace medal, which honors the evolutionary biologists who have made the greatest contributions to the field in the past 50 years. Known as an outstanding teacher – he teaches a basic genetics course to classes of almost 300 students — he is actively engaged in pedagogical innovation through departmental workshops on Scientific Teaching and Active Learning. Last year, he was awarded the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring.