Dr. Kearney received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from The University of Michigan in 1997. She remained at The University of Michigan for postdoctoral training in Genetics and joined the faculty in 2002 as a Research Investigator in Human Genetics. In 2007, she moved to Vanderbilt University to join the Division of Genetic Medicine and the Institute for Integrative Genomics. In July of 2014, Dr. Kearney joined the Department of Pharmacology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Her research program is focused on identifying genetic factors that contribute to childhood epilepsies and co-morbidities. To understand how genetic variations contribute to the underlying pathophysiology, her laboratory develops and uses mouse models for genetic, physiological and pharmacological studies. The overarching goal is to translate this genetic knowledge into better treatments for childhood epilepsy syndromes.