Dr. Mohamed Noor has a PhD in ecology and evolution from the University of Chicago. He has been a professor since 1998, and currently conducts research and teaches at Duke University. His foci for research and teaching have been genetics and evolution, with a particular interest in the genetic changes that cause new species to form. He has published over 100 research papers and received various awards and recognitions for his research, teaching, and mentoring. Dr. Noor has held many leadership positions, including chair of the Biology Department at Duke, president of the Society for the Study of Evolution and the American Genetic Association, and editor-in-chief of the premier scientific research journal Evolution.
He has also been a life-long Trekkie, and with an interest in both pedagogy and outreach, he loves reaching out to audiences to describe science using familiar examples from science fiction. He has spoken at conventions around the country about the science behind depictions in Trek and other series (e.g., Game of Thrones). Recently, he published "Live Long and Evolve: What Star Trek Can Teach Us about Evolution, Genetics, and Life on Other Worlds" through Princeton University Press, and copies will be available for purchase and autographs at the Northeast Trek convention at the vendor booth of The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany.