American University of Beirut Lebanon
Dr. Boustany completed her Medical Degree and pediatric training at the American University of Beirut in 1980. She then specialized in Pediatric Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Harvard Medical School (HMS) followed by postdoctoral training in Neurogenetics and Neurochemistry. She was on the Neurology faculty at MGH/HMS from 1984-1988, where she was Co-Director of the Lysosomal Storage Disease Laboratory at the Shriver Center for Mental Retardation (HMS). She moved to Duke University in 1989, and was on the faculty in Pediatrics and Medicine after completing a fellowship in Molecular Biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She achieved tenure in 1994 and became full Professor in Pediatrics and Neurobiology in 2003 at Duke. She established a research laboratory at Duke in 1992 until December, 2007. From 2005-2009 she founded and chaired the Abuhaidar Neuroscience Institute (AHNI) at the American University of Beirut (AUB). She directs the Neurogenetics Program and heads Pediatric Neurology and the AUBMC Special Kids Clinic at AUB Medical Center, where she oversees basic research and academic clinical programs. She is the recipient of numerous international awards including the Merck Foundation award in the Neurosciences, a Klingenstein award, the Raymond D. Adams award, the Dubai Harvard Medical Research award and the Sidney Carter award for major achievements in Pediatric Neurology. Research interests are the genetics/cell biology of Batten disease, lysosomal storage diseases, sphingolipids and their role in cell death and breast cancer, in addition to the epidemiology/genetics of autism.