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Dr. Noor is a professor of biology at Duke University (currently chair of the Biology Department) and a devoted Star Trek fan since childhood. He’s given presentations on evolution and genetics as depicted in Star Trek, highlighting areas that are feasible and identifying areas that are "a stretch". He’s currently working on a book (commissioned under contract from Princeton University Press) on this topic, and giving presentations both at fan conventions (e.g., DragonCon) as well as to the public/ universities (see attached flier as one example).

In terms of scientific expertise, he’s past president of both the Society for the Study of Evolution and the American Genetic Association, and is currently editor-in-chief of the scientific research journal Evolution. He conducts studies on the genetic changes that underlie new species formation, and teaches classes on genetics and evolution (including ones free online: https://www.coursera.org/learn/genetics-evolution ).