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 Technology (1997), Biology
- Graduate School
- Harvard University (2004)
- Brain evolution
- Neurodevelopmental disorders
- 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
- Modeling the functional genomics of autism using human neurons.
- Konopka G, Wexler E, Rosen E, Mukamel Z, Osborn GE, Chen L, Lu D, Gao F, Gao K, Lowe JK, Geschwind DH Molecular psychiatry 2011 Jun
- 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
- 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
- Decoding human gene expression signatures in the brain.
- Wang GZ, Konopka G Transcription 2013 May 4 3
- Connecting signaling pathways underlying communication to ASD vulnerability.
- Lepp S, Anderson A, Konopka G Int. Rev. Neurobiol. 2013 113 97-133
- ASD-relevant Animal Models of the Foxp Family of Transcription Factors.
- Bowers JM, Konopka G Autism Open Access 2012 Dec Suppl 1 10
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)