Dr. Casanova earned her doctorate in Anatomical Sciences & Neurobiology from the University of Louisville’s Medical School. She then did her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of South Carolina. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Neuroscience at Loyola University, New Orleans. She has research background in neurobiology, genetics, and computer science, with particular foci on neurodevelopmental conditions such as autism and connective tissue disorders like Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS)/Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders (HSD).
Her current research foci are: 1) the overlap between autism and EDS/HSD, and 2) the evolution of autism genes. She also studies the evolution of dosage sensitive genes (e.g., autism genes) and their potential roles in macroevolution.
In addition to her research interests in EDS/HSD, she is a zebra herself 🦓 and is passionate about patient advocacy.