Dr. Chahrour received her undergraduate degree in Biology from the American University of Beirut prior to attending the University of North Texas for a masters degree in Forensic Genetics. She obtained her Ph.D. in Molecular and Human Genetics from Baylor College of Medicine where she studied molecular mechanisms underlying Rett syndrome.

She joined Harvard Medical school and Boston Children's Hospital as a postdoctoral fellow and later as an instructor in the Division of Genetics and Genomics, where she focused on identifying genetic causes of autism spectrum disorder.

Dr. Chahrour joined the faculty at the McDermott Center for Human Genetics and the departments of Neuroscience and Psychiatry in 2015.

Research Interest

  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Chromatin remodeling
  • Genetics of neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Genomics and neurogenetics
  • Ubiquitin proteasome pathway


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Tailored community engagement to address the genetics diversity gap.
Hanchard NA, Chahrour M, de Vries J, Med (N Y) 2022 Jun 3 6 369-370
Insights Into DDX3X Syndrome From a Novel Mouse Model With Construct and Face Validity.
Vashisth S, Chahrour MH, Biol Psychiatry 2021 12 90 11 732-734


Featured Books Legend Featured Books

Autism spectrum disorders. In Genomic and personalized medicine

Yu TW, Coulter ME, Chahrour MH, Walsh CA (2012). Oxford, Academic Press

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • International Society for Autism Research (2015)
  • International Rett Syndrome Foundation (2006-2009)
  • Society for Neuroscience (2006)
  • American Society of Human Genetics (2004)
  • Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society (2004)
  • American Academy of Forensic Sciences (2001-2004)
  • Association of Forensic DNA Analysts and Administrators (2001-2003)