Dr Kearney received his PhD in genetics and molecular biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2003, where he studied vascular development and tumor neovascularization. During a subsequent post-doctoral fellowship in neurogenetics, Dr Kearney developed a research interest in the genetics of neurodevelopmental disorders. He received his clinical molecular genetics training at the Greenwood Genetic Center and the Fullerton Genetics Center, where his studies focused on developing new genetic tests for the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders. From 2010 to 2015, he served as a director of molecular genetics and genomics at the Fullerton Genetics Center in Asheville, NC. Dr Kearney holds board certification in clinical molecular genetics from the American Board of Medical Genetics and is a fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics.