Dr. Konopka received dual bachelor of science degrees in biology and in brain and cognitive sciences from MIT. She obtained her PhD in Neurobiology from Harvard University where she studied the signaling pathways underlying astrocyte transformation. Next, she completed a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award supported postdoctoral fellowship at the Medical College of Wisconsin where she studied the signaling pathways involved in cell adhesion.
Subsequently, Dr. Konopka completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Neurology Department at UCLA where she was supported by an A.P. Giannini Foundation fellowship, a NARSAD Young Investigator Award and an NIH Pathway to Independence Award for her studies into the evolution of language and FOXP2-regulated signaling pathways in autism and schizophrenia.
Dr. Konopka joined the faculty in the Department of Neuroscience in 2011.
- Massachusetts Institute of Tec (1997), Biology
- Graduate School
- Harvard University (2004)
- Autism spectrum disorders, schizophrenia, Alzheimer's disease
- Brain evolution
- Neurodevelopmental disorders
- Correspondence between Resting-State Activity and Brain Gene Expression.
- Wang GZ, Belgard TG, Mao D, Chen L, Berto S, Preuss TM, Lu H, Geschwind DH, Konopka G Neuron 2015 Nov 88 4 659-66
- FoxP1 orchestration of ASD-relevant signaling pathways in the striatum.
- Araujo DJ, Anderson AG, Berto S, Runnels W, Harper M, Ammanuel S, Rieger MA, Huang HC, Rajkovich K, Loerwald KW, Dekker JD, Tucker HO, Dougherty JD, Gibson JR, Konopka G Genes Dev. 2015 Oct 29 20 2081-96
- Human-specific transcriptional networks in the brain.
- Konopka G, Friedrich T, Davis-Turak J, Winden K, Oldham MC, Gao F, Chen L, Wang GZ, Luo R, Preuss TM, Geschwind DH Neuron 2012 Aug 75 4 601-17
- Differential Functional Constraints on the Evolution of Postsynaptic Density Proteins in Neocortical Laminae
- Wang, G.-Z., and Konopka, G. PLoS ONE 2012 7 6 e39686
- Human-specific transcriptional regulation of CNS development genes by FOXP2.
- Konopka, G., Bomar, J.M., Winden, K., Coppola, G., Jonsson, Z.O., Gao, F., Peng, S., Preuss, T.M., Wohlschlegel, J.A., and Geschwind, D.H. Nature 2009 462(7270) 213-7
- Cycling Transcriptional Networks Optimize Energy Utilization on a Genome Scale.
- Wang GZ, Hickey SL, Shi L, Huang HC, Nakashe P, Koike N, Tu BP, Takahashi JS, Konopka G Cell Rep 2015 Dec 13 9 1868-80
- Animal Models of Speech and Vocal Communication Deficits Associated with Psychiatric Disorders.
- Konopka G, Roberts TF Biol. Psychiatry 2015 Jul
- Molecular networks and the evolution of human cognitive specializations.
- Fontenot M, Konopka G Curr. Opin. Genet. Dev. 2014 Sep 29C 52-59
- Mutation of Senataxin Alters Disease-Specific Transcriptional Networks in Patients with Ataxia with Oculomotor Apraxia Type 2.
- Fogel BL, Cho E, Wahnich A, Gao F, Becherel OJ, Wang X, Fike F, Chen L, Criscuolo C, De Michele G, Filla A, Collins A, Hahn AF, Gatti RA, Konopka G, Perlman S, Lavin MF, Geschwind DH, Coppola G Hum. Mol. Genet. 2014 Apr
- Decoding the molecular evolution of human cognition using comparative genomics.
- Usui N, Co M, Konopka G Brain Behav. Evol. 2014 84 2 103-16
International Review of Neurobiology: Neurobiology of Autism
Konopka, G (Ed.) (2013). London, UK, Elsevier
Evolution and Development of Language. In Advances in Evolutionary Developmental Biology
Miller, D.J., and Konopka, G. (2013). Hoboken, NJ, John Wiley & Sons, Inc
FOXP2: linking language and autism. In The Autisms: Molecules to Model Systems
Konopka, G. (2013). New York, NY, Oxford University Press
Honors & Awards
- Basil O'Connor Starter Scholar Research Award
March of Dimes (2013)
- Young Investigator Award
International Society for Autism Research (2013)
- NIH Pathway to Independence Award
- Young Investigator Award
National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD) (2008)
- A. P. Giannini Foundation Medical Research Fellowship
- NIH NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowship
- International Society for Autism Research (2012)
- UCSD/Salk Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny (CARTA) (2011)
- Society for Neuroscience (1997)