Huda Zoghbi, M.D.
Professor; Investigator; DirectorBaylor College of Medicine; HHMI; Texas Children's Hospital Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute
Huda Y. Zoghbi, M.D., is the Ralph D. Feigin Professor of Pediatrics, Neurology, Neuroscience, and Molecular and Human Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine and an Investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She is also founding Director of the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children’s Hospital.
Zoghbi earned a B.S. from the American University of Beirut, where she subsequently started medical school. She completed her M.D. at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, after moving to the U.S. She joined Baylor College of Medicine as a resident, training in Pediatrics, Neurology, and Molecular Genetics. Zoghbi’s interests range from neurodevelopment to neurodegeneration. Her clinical encounters with young girls with Rett syndrome inspired her to go into basic research. Her laboratory ultimately discovered the genetic cause of Rett syndrome and provided insight into the function of the gene in various neurons. In addition, Zoghbi and collaborators have made numerous discoveries towards a better understanding of mechanisms driving adult-onset neurodegenerative disorders and are now focused on identifying potential treatments for these disorders.
Zoghbi has trained over 100 scientists and physician-scientists who have gone on to stellar independent careers in academia and industry. Zoghbi serves on advisory panels for the National Institutes of Health and the National Academies. She was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2000, the National Academy of Sciences in 2004, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2018. Among Zoghbi’s recent honors are the Jesse Stevenson Kovalenka Medal, National Academy of Sciences, the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, Canada Gairdner International Award, the Victor A. McKusick Leadership Award from ASHG, and the 2020 Brain prize.