Dr. Zoghbi earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the American University of Beirut (Lebanon). She enrolled in medical school at the American University of Beirut, but due to the war in Lebanon, Dr. Zoghbi transferred to Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, where she earned her medical degree. After residency and postdoctoral research training at Baylor College of Medicine (Houston), she joined the Baylor faculty in 1988.
She is now the Ralph D. Feigin, MD, Endowed Chair at Baylor College of Medicine; the founding director of the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children’s Hospital; an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute; and a professor in the departments of Molecular and Human Genetics, Neuroscience, Pediatrics-Neurology and Developmental Neuroscience, and Programs in Developmental Biology, Integrative Molecular and Biomedical Sciences, and Translational Biology and Molecular Medicine at Baylor.
Dr. Zoghbi has made a series of seminal contributions to our understanding of inherited neurological disorders. In addition to her pioneering work in her lab, in her clinic Dr. Zoghbi is known for her dedication to her patients and their families. Her numerous awards and recognitions include the Gairdner Foundation International Award, Pearl Meister Greengard Prize, and election to the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Science.