Huda Zoghbi
Department of Neuroscience, Baylor College of Medicine, USA

After cloning the SCA1 and Rett syndrome genes, the Zoghbi lab has been dedicated to understanding the mechanism of pathogenesis of these disorders in hope of developing rational therapies that can be first tested in the animal models they have generated. Huda Zoghbi was born in Beirut, Lebanon, where she attended the American University of Beirut for her undergraduate studies. She could not return to Lebanon when she was visiting family in the USA due to an escalating civil war. After graduating the Meharry Medical College she came to Baylor College of Medicine where she completed residency training in pediatrics and neurology. Her patients, particularly those with Rett syndrome, inspired her to pursue research training in molecular genetics. Upon completion of her training in 1988, she joined the faculty of Baylor College of Medicine as an assistant professor. Dr. Zoghbi is now an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and a professor of Pediatrics, Molecular and Human Genetics, Neurology, Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine. Read more...