A photo of Katherine D. Holland.

Co-Director, Child Neurophysiology Lab

Epilepsy Specialist, Division of Neurology

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Board Certified

My Biography & Research


One out of three people with epilepsy have uncontrollable seizures because no therapy has been successful for them. Additionally, the cause is unknown in six out of ten people with epilepsy. As such, researchers need to continue investigating the causes of epilepsy and developing potential treatments.

The research areas I’m interested in include mechanisms of epileptogenesis, epilepsy and ion channels studies. The primary issue my colleagues and I are attempting to solve in our research laboratory is genetic modifiers of epilepsy severity. By understanding modifiers of epilepsy severity, I hope to identify new approaches to therapy.

I've been practicing for more than 20 years. My patient care specialties involve epilepsy and neurophysiology in the pediatrics sector. My family inspired me to become a healthcare provider. All of my parents (mother, father, stepmother and stepfather) researched and worked in the brain sciences field. Much of their work was clinical.

It was ice cream that drew me to pediatrics and treating children. When I was a medical student, a neurologist asked me whether I preferred ice cream or pizza. When I answered ice cream, I was told that this was the mark of a pediatric neurologist.

My research studies have been published in numerous respected journals, such as The New England Journal of Medicine, Neurobiology of Disease, Epilepsy and Behavior, Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics and the Journal of Child Neurology.

Research Interests

Mechanisms of epileptogenesis

Academic Affiliation

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Clinical Divisions

Neurology, Epilepsy

Research Divisions


My Locations

My Education

MD: Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 1991.

PhD (pharmacology): Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 1991.

Internship: Children's Hospital, Boston, MA.

Residency: St Louis Children's Hospital, St. Louis, MO.

Certification: Neurology with added qualification in pediatric neurology, 2000.

My Publications

Selected Publication

Novel SCN3A variants associated with focal epilepsy in children. Vanoye, CG; Gurnett, CA; Holland, KD; Jr, GA L; Kearney, JA. Neurobiology of Disease. 2014; 62:313-322.

Mutation of sodium channel SCN3A in a patient with cryptogenic pediatric partial epilepsy. Holland, KD; Kearney, JA; Glauser, TA; Buck, G; Keddache, M; Blankston, JR; Glaaser, IW; Kass, RS; Meisler, MH. Neuroscience Letters. 2008; 433:65-70.

Topiramate or valproate in patients with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy: a randomized open-label comparison. Levisohn, PM; Holland, KD. Epilepsy and Behavior. 2007; 10:547-552.

In Silico Predictions of KCNQ Variant Pathogenicity in Epilepsy. Ritter, DM; Horn, PS; Holland, KD. Pediatric Neurology. 2021; 118:48-54.

Fast Automated Stereo-EEG Electrode Contact Identification and Labeling Ensemble. Ervin, B; Rozhkov, L; Buroker, J; Leach, JL; Mangano, FT; Greiner, HM; Holland, KD; Arya, R. Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery. 2021; 1-12.

High-gamma modulation language mapping with stereo-EEG: A novel analytic approach and diagnostic validation. Ervin, B; Buroker, J; Rozhkov, L; Holloway, T; Horn, PS; Scholle, C; Byars, AW; Mangano, FT; Leach, JL; Greiner, HM; et al. Electromyography and Clinical Neurophysiology. 2020; 131:2851-2860.

Genetic Testing in Epilepsy. Ritter, DM; Holland, K. Seminars in Neurology. 2020; 40:730-738.

Electrical stimulation sensorimotor mapping with stereo-EEG. Arya, R; Ervin, B; Holloway, T; Dudley, J; Horn, PS; Buroker, J; Rozhkov, L; Scholle, C; Byars, AW; Leach, JL; et al. Electromyography and Clinical Neurophysiology. 2020; 131:1691-1701.

Neuropsychological outcomes after pediatric epilepsy surgery: Role of electrical stimulation language mapping. Sakpichaisakul, K; Byars, AW; Horn, PS; Aungaroon, G; Greiner, HM; Mangano, FT; Holland, KD; Arya, R. Seizure : the journal of the British Epilepsy Association. 2020; 80:183-191.

Prospective validation of a machine learning model that uses provider notes to identify candidates for resective epilepsy surgery. Wissel, BD; Greiner, HM; Glauser, TA; Holland-Bouley, KD; Mangano, FT; Santel, D; Faist, R; Zhang, N; Pestian, JP; Szczesniak, RD; et al. Epilepsia. 2020; 61:39-48.