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Cynthia Casson Morton, PhD
Medical Geneticist, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School

Brigham and Women's Hospital
Department of Pathology
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115

Research Location: Harvard New Research Building

Research Email: cmorton@partners.org



Research Narrative:

Dr. Cynthia C. Morton is the William Lambert Richardson Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology and Pathology at Harvard Medical School. She received her PhD in Human Genetics from The Medical College of Virginia in 1982. She is board-certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics in PhD Medical Genetics, Clinical Cytogenetics and Clinical Molecular Genetics. She has received numerous awards including the Warner-Lambert/Parke-Davis Award of the American Society of Investigative Pathology. She is currently the Editor of The American Journal of Human Genetics. She also serves on various scientific/medical committees, including the Board of Directors of the American Society of Human Genetics, the Council of Scientific Trustees of the Deafness Research Foundation and the Genomic Medicine Program Advisory Committee for the Veteran's Administration. She has published over 240 original scientific articles, and makes frequent presentations at national and international scientific meetings. Dr. Morton is currently funded by the NIDCD, NICHD and NIGMS of the National Institutes of Health. Her major research interests are molecular and cytogenetic studies of uterine leiomyomata, hereditary hearing loss and cytogenetic approaches to gene discovery for developmental disorders.


Education:
Medical College of Virginia, 1982, PhD
PhD

Publications (Pulled from Harvard Catalyst Profiles):

1. Yan D, Xiang G, Chai X, Qing J, Shang H, Zou B, Mittal R, Shen J, Smith RJ, Fan YS, Blanton SH, Tekin M, Morton C, Xing W, Cheng J, Liu XZ. Screening of deafness-causing DNA variants that are common in patients of European ancestry using a microarray-based approach. PLoS One. 2017; 12(3):e0169219.

2. Maussion G, Cruceanu C, Rosenfeld JA, Bell SC, Jollant F, Szatkiewicz J, Collins RL, Hanscom C, Kolobova I, de Champfleur NM, Blumenthal I, Chiang C, Ota V, Hultman C, O'Dushlaine C, McCarroll S, Alda M, Jacquemont S, Ordulu Z, Marshall CR, Carter MT, Shaffer LG, Sklar P, Girirajan S, Morton CC, Gusella JF, Turecki G, Stavropoulos DJ, Sullivan PF, Scherer SW, Talkowski ME, Ernst C. Cover Image, Volume 173A, Number 2, February 2017. Am J Med Genet A. 2017 Feb; 173(2):i.

3. Shaw ND, Brand H, Kupchinsky ZA, Bengani H, Plummer L, Jones TI, Erdin S, Williamson KA, Rainger J, Stortchevoi A, Samocha K, Currall BB, Dunican DS, Collins RL, Willer JR, Lek A, Lek M, Nassan M, Pereira S, Kammin T, Lucente D, Silva A, Seabra CM, Chiang C, An Y, Ansari M, Rainger JK, Joss S, Smith JC, Lippincott MF, Singh SS, Patel N, Jing JW, Law JR, Ferraro N, Verloes A, Rauch A, Steindl K, Zweier M, Scheer I, Sato D, Okamoto N, Jacobsen C, Tryggestad J, Chernausek S, Schimmenti LA, Brasseur B, Cesaretti C, García-Ortiz JE, Buitrago TP, Silva OP, Hoffman JD, Mühlbauer W, Ruprecht KW, Loeys BL, Shino M, Kaindl AM, Cho CH, Morton CC, Meehan RR, van Heyningen V, Liao EC, Balasubramanian R, Hall JE, Seminara SB, Macarthur D, Moore SA, Yoshiura KI, Gusella JF, Marsh JA, Graham JM, Lin AE, Katsanis N, Jones PL, Crowley WF, Davis EE, FitzPatrick DR, Talkowski ME. SMCHD1 mutations associated with a rare muscular dystrophy can also cause isolated arhinia and Bosma arhinia microphthalmia syndrome. Nat Genet. 2017 Feb; 49(2):238-248.

4. Bieber FR, Cherry AM, Emanuel BS, Francke U, Hoyme HE, Jackson LG, Morton CC, Muenke M, Powell CM, Punnett HH, Rao PN, Schwartz S, Stevenson RE, Van Dyke DL. Commentary on the decision of the American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics to create a 24-month specialty of Laboratory Genetics and Genomics. Genet Med. 2017 Mar; 19(3):294-296.

5. Redin C, Brand H, Collins RL, Kammin T, Mitchell E, Hodge JC, Hanscom C, Pillalamarri V, Seabra CM, Abbott MA, Abdul-Rahman OA, Aberg E, Adley R, Alcaraz-Estrada SL, Alkuraya FS, An Y, Anderson MA, Antolik C, Anyane-Yeboa K, Atkin JF, Bartell T, Bernstein JA, Beyer E, Blumenthal I, Bongers EM, Brilstra EH, Brown CW, Brüggenwirth HT, Callewaert B, Chiang C, Corning K, Cox H, Cuppen E, Currall BB, Cushing T, David D, Deardorff MA, Dheedene A, D'Hooghe M, de Vries BB, Earl DL, Ferguson HL, Fisher H, FitzPatrick DR, Gerrol P, Giachino D, Glessner JT, Gliem T, Grady M, Graham BH, Griffis C, Gripp KW, Gropman AL, Hanson-Kahn A, Harris DJ, Hayden MA, Hill R, Hochstenbach R, Hoffman JD, Hopkin RJ, Hubshman MW, Innes AM, Irons M, Irving M, Jacobsen JC, Janssens S, Jewett T, Johnson JP, Jongmans MC, Kahler SG, Koolen DA, Korzelius J, Kroisel PM, Lacassie Y, Lawless W, Lemyre E, Leppig K, Levin AV, Li H, Li H, Liao EC, Lim C, Lose EJ, Lucente D, Macera MJ, Manavalan P, Mandrile G, Marcelis CL, Margolin L, Mason T, Masser-Frye D, McClellan MW, Mendoza CJ, Menten B, Middelkamp S, Mikami LR, Moe E, Mohammed S, Mononen T, Mortenson ME, Moya G, Nieuwint AW, Ordulu Z, Parkash S, Pauker SP, Pereira S, Perrin D, Phelan K, Aguilar RE, Poddighe PJ, Pregno G, Raskin S, Reis L, Rhead W, Rita D, Renkens I, Roelens F, Ruliera J, Rump P, Schilit SL, Shaheen R, Sparkes R, Spiegel E, Stevens B, Stone MR, Tagoe J, Thakuria JV, van Bon BW, van de Kamp J, van Der Burgt I, van Essen T, van Ravenswaaij-Arts CM, van Roosmalen MJ, Vergult S, Volker-Touw CM, Warburton DP, Waterman MJ, Wiley S, Wilson A, Yerena-de Vega MC, Zori RT, Levy B, Brunner HG, de Leeuw N, Kloosterman WP, Thorland EC, Morton CC, Gusella JF, Talkowski ME. The genomic landscape of balanced cytogenetic abnormalities associated with human congenital anomalies. Nat Genet. 2017 Jan; 49(1):36-45.

6. Maussion G, Cruceanu C, Rosenfeld JA, Bell SC, Jollant F, Szatkiewicz J, Collins RL, Hanscom C, Kolobova I, de Champfleur NM, Blumenthal I, Chiang C, Ota V, Hultman C, O'Dushlaine C, McCarroll S, Alda M, Jacquemont S, Ordulu Z, Marshall CR, Carter MT, Shaffer LG, Sklar P, Girirajan S, Morton CC, Gusella JF, Turecki G, Stavropoulos DJ, Sullivan PF, Scherer SW, Talkowski ME, Ernst C. Implication of LRRC4C and DPP6 in neurodevelopmental disorders. Am J Med Genet A. 2017 Feb; 173(2):395-406.

7. Ordulu Z, Kammin T, Brand H, Pillalamarri V, Redin CE, Collins RL, Blumenthal I, Hanscom C, Pereira S, Bradley I, Crandall BF, Gerrol P, Hayden MA, Hussain N, Kanengisser-Pines B, Kantarci S, Levy B, Macera MJ, Quintero-Rivera F, Spiegel E, Stevens B, Ulm JE, Warburton D, Wilkins-Haug LE, Yachelevich N, Gusella JF, Talkowski ME, Morton CC. Structural Chromosomal Rearrangements Require Nucleotide-Level Resolution: Lessons from Next-Generation Sequencing in Prenatal Diagnosis. Am J Hum Genet. 2016 Nov 03; 99(5):1015-1033.

8. Gallagher CS, Morton CC. Genetic Association Studies in Uterine Fibroids: Risk Alleles Presage the Path to Personalized Therapies. Semin Reprod Med. 2016 Jul; 34(4):235-41.

9. Schilit SL, Currall BB, Yao R, Hanscom C, Collins RL, Pillalamarri V, Lee DY, Kammin T, Zepeda-Mendoza CJ, Mononen T, Nolan LS, Gusella JF, Talkowski ME, Shen J, Morton CC. Estrogen-related receptor gamma implicated in a phenotype including hearing loss and mild developmental delay. Eur J Hum Genet. 2016 Nov; 24(11):1622-1626.

10. Bowdin S, Gilbert A, Bedoukian E, Carew C, Adam MP, Belmont J, Bernhardt B, Biesecker L, Bjornsson HT, Blitzer M, D'Alessandro LC, Deardorff MA, Demmer L, Elliott A, Feldman GL, Glass IA, Herman G, Hindorff L, Hisama F, Hudgins L, Innes AM, Jackson L, Jarvik G, Kim R, Korf B, Ledbetter DH, Li M, Liston E, Marshall C, Medne L, Meyn MS, Monfared N, Morton C, Mulvihill JJ, Plon SE, Rehm H, Roberts A, Shuman C, Spinner NB, Stavropoulos DJ, Valverde K, Waggoner DJ, Wilkens A, Cohn RD, Krantz ID. Recommendations for the integration of genomics into clinical practice. Genet Med. 2016 Nov; 18(11):1075-1084.