About Dr. Noor


Dr. Mohamed Noor is a professor of Biology and the interim vice provost for academic affairs at Duke University. He teaches and leads a team conducting research in the broad areas of genetics and evolution. Dr. Noor has held many elected scientific society offices (including president of the Society for the Study of Evolution and of the American Genetic Association) and research journal editorships (e.g., editor-in-chief for "Evolution" 2016-2019). He has also been active in education and outreach, and teaches a popular free online course via Coursera on genetics and evolution. Dr. Noor published a book via Princeton University Press that uses Star Trek to teach principles in genetics and evolution: "Live Long and Evolve: What Star Trek Can Teach Us About Evolution, Genetics, and Life on Other Worlds". He regularly gives classes and talks at various venues using science fiction to teach scientific principles, and he serves as an occasional scientific consultant for the Star Trek Universe, with on-screen credits for Star Trek: Discovery seasons 3 and 4.