Huda Zoghbi is an
internationally renowned physician-scientist and a central figure in the Rett
Syndrome research field. She focuses on genetic and cell biology approaches to
explore neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental diseases. Dr Zoghbi is
a professor in the Departments of Pediatrics, Molecular and Human Genetics,
Neurology and Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine. She is also an
investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the director of the Jan
and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute (NRI) at Texas Children's
Hospital. Dr. Zoghbi began her career as a
pediatric neurologist, but a chance encounter with a young child with Rett
Syndrome drew her from clinical practice into the world of genetics research.
She went on to discover the gene Math1 and the molecular pathology
underlying spinocerebellar ataxia 1. In 1999, the
Zoghbi lab identified mutations in the MECP2 gene as the cause of Rett
Syndrome. Mutations in MECP2 are now being seen in some cases of
childhood schizophrenia, classic autism and learning disabilities. She is a
member of the National Academy of Science and the Institute of Medicine. She is
also a member of the Lasker Award jury. Her many awards include the nation's
most distinguished pediatric research award, the E. Mead Johnson Award for
Pediatric Research; the Gruber Neuroscience Prize; the Scolnick Prize and the Pearl Meister Greengard
Zoghbi studied at the American University of Beirut, Meharry Medical College
and Baylor College of Medicine.
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