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Newsmaker: Huda Y. Zoghbi

| Sunday, July 7, 2013, 10:10 p.m.
Huda Y. Zoghbi, a renowned molecular geneticist who mapped several neurological disorders, is this year’s recipient of the University of Pittsburgh’s Dickson Prize in Medicine.

Noteworthy: A renowned molecular geneticist who leads groundbreaking research into several neurological disorders, Zoghbi is this year's recipient of the University of Pittsburgh's Dickson Prize in Medicine.

Age: 59

Residence: Houston, Texas

Family: Husband Dr. William A. Zoghbi, president of the American College of Cardiology; son, Dr. Anthony Zoghbi; daughter, Roula Zoghbi, a senior project manager at Texas Children's Hospital.

Occupation: A professor in the departments of Pediatrics, Molecular and Human Genetics, Neurology, and Neuroscience, and the Program in Developmental Biology at Baylor College of Medicine; director of the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children's Hospital; and an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Education: Bachelor of Science in biology and M.D. in 1979 jointly from the American University of Beirut and Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn.

Quote: “I'm interested in the two ends of life — children's Rett syndrome and adult neurodegenerative diseases. In both cases, we want to better understand how cellular mutations affect brain cells.”

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