Neurogenetics & Development
Dr. Boustany completed her Medical Degree and Pediatric training at the American University of Beirut in 1980. She subsequently specialized in Pediatric Neurology at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School followed by postdoctoral training in Neurogenetics/Neurochemistry. In 1985 she joined the Neurology faculty at MGH, and stayed for 4 and 1/2 years. During that time she was the Co-Director of the Lysosomal Storage Disease Laboratory at the Shriver Center for Mental Retardation. She moved to Duke University in 1989, where she was on the faculty in Pediatrics and Medicine and completed a fellowship in Molecular Biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She became full Professor in Pediatrics and Neurobiology in 2003. She established her research laboratory at Duke in 1992, which remained operational until December, 2007. In 2006 she moved to head the Abuhaidar Neuroscience Institute at the American University of Beirut, a position she held until July, 2009. She currently directs the Neurogenetics Program and heads the Division of Pediatric Neurology and the AUBMC Special Kids Clinic at the American University of Beirut Medical Center, where she oversees basic research and academic clinical programs. Her research interests are Batten disease, lysosomal storage diseases, sphingolipids and their role in cell death, autism and breast cancer.