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
- Sumoylation of FOXP2 Regulates Motor Function and Vocal Communication Through Purkinje Cell Development.
- Usui N, Co M, Harper M, Rieger MA, Dougherty JD, Konopka G Biol. Psychiatry 2016 Feb
- 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
- 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
- MEF2C regulates cortical inhibitory and excitatory synapses and behaviors relevant to neurodevelopmental disorders.
- Harrington AJ, Raissi A, Rajkovich K, Berto S, Kumar J, Molinaro G, Raduazzo J, Guo Y, Loerwald K, Konopka G, Huber KM, Cowan CW Elife 2016 Oct 5
- Comparative Methylome Analyses Identify Epigenetic Regulatory Loci of Human Brain Evolution.
- Mendizabal I, Shi L, Keller TE, Konopka G, Preuss TM, Hsieh TF, Hu E, Zhang Z, Su B, Yi SV Mol. Biol. Evol. 2016 Aug
- ELAVL2-regulated transcriptional and splicing networks in human neurons link neurodevelopment and autism.
- Berto S, Usui N, Konopka G, Fogel BL Hum. Mol. Genet. 2016 Jun
- Western Zika Virus in Human Fetal Neural Progenitors Persists Long Term with Partial Cytopathic and Limited Immunogenic Effects.
- Hanners NW, Eitson JL, Usui N, Richardson RB, Wexler EM, Konopka G, Schoggins JW Cell Rep 2016 Jun 15 11 2315-22
- Insights into the Neural and Genetic Basis of Vocal Communication.
- Konopka G, Roberts TF Cell 2016 Mar 164 6 1269-76
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
- Understanding Human Cognition Scholar Award
The James S. McDonnell Foundation (2016)
- 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)