Genevieve Konopka is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at UT Southwestern Medical Center. The focus of her research is elucidating how developmental signaling pathways are disrupted in neuropsychiatric illnesses, and identifying human-specific pathways that are vulnerable to neuropsychiatric disease. Dr. Konopka is utilizing a combination of microarrays, next generation sequencing, and cell culture and animal models to uncover the signaling networks important for higher cognitive functions. She has received support from the A.P. Giannini Foundation for her investigations into the signaling pathways involved in the evolution of language. She is also the recipient of both an NIH Pathway to Independence Award and a NARSAD Young Investigator Award for her studies of FOXP2-regulated signaling pathways in autism and schizophrenia.