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
  • Genetics of neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Genomics and neurogenetics
  • Ubiquitin proteasome pathway


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Mapping of a novel autosomal recessive nonsyndromic deafness locus (DFNB46) to chromosome 18p11.32-p11.31
Mir A, Ansar M, Chahrour MH, Pham TL, Wajid M, Haque S, Yan K, Ahmad W, Leal SM American journal of medical genetics. Part A 2005 133A 1 23-26
DFNB44, a novel autosomal recessive non-syndromic hearing impairment locus, maps to chromosome 7p14.1-q11.22
Ansar M, Chahrour MH, Amin Ud Din M, Arshad M, Haque S, Pham TL, Yan K, Ahmad W, Leal SM Human heredity 2004 57 4 195-199
A novel locus for autosomal recessive form of hypotrichosis maps to chromosome 3q26.33-q27.3
Aslam M, Chahrour MH, Razzaq A, Haque S, Yan K, Leal SM, Ahmad W Journal of medical genetics 2004 41 11 849-852
Localization of a novel locus for hereditary nail dysplasia to chromosome 17q25.1-17q25.3
Rafiq MA, Ansar M, Pham T, Amin-ud-Din M, Anwar M, Haque S, Chahrour MH, Yan K, Leal SM, Ahmad W Clinical genetics 2004 66 1 73-78


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)