Mary Kusenda

  • Assistant Professor
  • Division: Natural Sciences
  • Department: Biology

Why I love teaching at Molloy College

Walking into Molloy is like walking into the sunshine. It is a joy to teach here.

Academic Interests

Embryology, Comparative Anatomy, Anatomy and Physiology.

What I am working on

I am examining a correlation between bone malformations, and genes found in autistic and schizophrenic patients.

Educational Philosophy

Learning is a lifelong process. Our goal as educators is to give you a platform of knowledge while hoping to instill a passion for learning. When these two goals are met, you should have the tools to tackle any challenge or decision long after you leave college.

Educational Background

Ph.D. Stony Brook University Genetics Program at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

Additional Information

I have always loved biology. It is amazing to me that so many of our traits are specified by what is written in our DNA.

Favorite books: A Diamond Age: Or, A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer. by Neal Stevenson

Selected Peer Reviewed Publications:

Nord AS, Roeb W, Dickel DE, Walsh T, Kusenda M, O'Connor KL, Malhotra D, McCarthy

SE, Stray SM, Taylor SM, Sebat J; STAART Psychopharmacology Network, King B, King

MC, McClellan JM. Reduced transcript expression of genes affected by inherited and de novo CNVs in autism. European Journal of Human Genetics. 2011 Mar 30.

McCarthy S, Makarov V, Kirov G, Addington A, McClellan J, Yoon S, Perkins D, Dickel DE, Kusenda M, Krastoshevsky O, Krause V, Kumar RA, Grozeva D, Malhotra D, Walsh T, Zackai EH, Kaplan P, Ganesh J, Krantz ID, Spinner NB, Roccanova P, Bhandari A, Pavon K, Lakshmi B, Leotta A, Kendall J, Lee Y, Vacic V, Gary S, Iakoucheva L, Crow TJ, Christian SL, Lieberman J, Stroup S, Lehtimäki T, Puura K, Haldeman-Englert C, Pearl J, Goodell M, Willour VL, DeRosse P, Steele J, Kassem L, Wolff J, Chitkara N, McMahon F, Malhotra AK, Potash JB, Schulze T, Nöthen MM, Cichon S, Rietschel M, Leibenluft E, Kustanovich V, Lajonchere CM, Sutcliffe JS, Skuse D, Gill M, Gallagher L, Mendell NR, Wellcome Trust Case Control Consortium, Craddock N, Owen MJ, O'Donovan MC, Shaikh TH, Susser E, DeLisi LE, Sullivan PF, Deutsch CK, Rapoport J, Levy DL, King MC, Sebat J. Microduplications of 16p11.2 are Associated with Schizophrenia. Nature Genetics 2009 Nov;41(11):1223-7. Epub 2009 Oct 252009.

Kusenda, M. Sebat, J. The role of rare structural variants in the genetics of autism spectrum disorders. Cytogenetic and Genome Research. 2008; 123(1-4):36-43.

Walsh T, McClellan JM, McCarthy SE, Addington AM, Pierce SB, Cooper GM, Nord AS, Kusenda M, Malhotra D, Bhandari A, Stray SM, Rippey CF, Roccanova P, Makarov V, Lakshmi B, Findling RL, Sikich L, Stromberg T, Merriman B, Gogtay N, Butler P, Eckstrand K, Noory L, Gochman P, Long R, Chen Z, Davis S, Baker C, Eichler EE, Meltzer PS, Nelson SF, Singleton AB, Lee MK, Rapoport JL, King MC, Sebat J. (2008). "Rare Structural Variants Disrupt Multiple Genes in Neurodevelopmental Pathways in Schizophrenia." Science 320(5875): 539-543.