Dara Kusic, PhD

Bioinformatics Research Scientist, Application Developer   

My recent work in informatics has had a focus on the Camden Opioid Research Initiative (CORI), a state of New Jersey-funded project that investigates factors that contribute to opioid use disorder and overdose, and how genetic and non-genetic information can be used in the prevention or treatment of this disease. I contribute to this project as an application developer, data analyst, and bioinformatics researcher.

Prior to and concurrently with CORI, I mine data collected through the Coriell Personalized Medicine Collaborative (CPMC), a research study that explored the usefulness of genetic information in clinical decision-making and health management, to search for associations between genetic data and health outcomes and phenotypes. 

My background in modeling genotype-phenotype associations enables me to contribute to the proposal studying neonatal outcomes in response to medication treatments for opioid neonatal abstinence syndrome by analyzing the low-pass sequencing data that will be collected to assess any links between health outcome and genetic information that may influence how an infant responds to medication treatment.

Education

Postdoctoral Research Fellow - University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

PhD - Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

MS - University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

BS - University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

BA - University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

Publications

PubMed - My Bibliography