Seminar – Genevieve Konopka, PhD – Topic: Using Comparative Functional Genomics to Study ASD, as well as Human-Specific Gene Expression Profiles and How They Are Correlated with Cognition and Disorders
March 4, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Genevieve Konopka, PhD
Jon Heighten Scholar in Autism Research
Department of Neuroscience
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Lab website: konopkalab.org
About the Speaker: Dr. Konopka is an associate professor of neuroscience and the Jon Heighten Scholar in Autism Research at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Konopka received dual bachelor of science degrees in brain and cognitive sciences and biology from MIT and completed her Ph.D. in neurobiology at Harvard University. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including a NARSAD Young Investigator Award, an NIH Pathway to Independence Award, a Basil O’Connor Scholar Award from the March of Dimes, a Kavli Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, and an Understanding Human Cognition Scholar Award from the James S. McDonnell Foundation.
The research in the Konopka lab focuses on understanding the molecular pathways important for human brain evolution that are also at risk in cognitive disorders such as autism, schizophrenia, and Alzheimer disease. Her lab uses a combination of human neurons, animal models, and primate comparative genomics to uncover human-specific, disease-relevant patterns of gene expression. Konopka is particularly interested in the molecular mechanisms underlying language and part of her research has focused on the FOXP family of transcription factors. Recent work in her lab integrates gene expression with signatures of neuronal activity in the human brain. The Konopka lab is also part of the international Human Cell Atlas effort to map gene expression in every cell of the human body.
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The seminar series is funded by the John D. Wiley Conference Center Fund, the Friends of the Waisman Center and NIH grant U54 HD090256.