Genevieve Konopka received dual B.S. degrees in biology and in brain and cognitive sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She obtained her Ph.D. 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, Konopka completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the neurology department at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she was supported by an A.P. Giannini Foundation fellowship, a National Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and Affective Disorders (NARSAD) Young Investigator Award and a National Institutes of Health Pathway to Independence Award for her studies into the evolution of language and FOXP2-regulated signaling pathways in autism and schizophrenia. She joined the faculty at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in 2011.