Maria Chahrour received her B.S. in biology from the American University of Beirut prior to attending the University of North Texas for an M.S. 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.
Chahrour joined the faculty at the Eugene McDermott Center for Human Genetics and the departments of neuroscience and psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in 2015. She is interested in identifying genetic causes of autism spectrum disorder and investigating the underlying molecular pathways, with the hope of shedding light on common mechanisms involved in disease etiology.