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 Eugene McDermott Center for Human Growth and Development 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

Genomic strategies to untangle the etiology of autism: A primer.
Vashisth S, Chahrour MH. Autism Res 2023 16 1 31-39


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

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