Dr. Casanova earned her masters and doctorate in Anatomy Science & Neurobiology from the University of Louisville’s Medical School. She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of South Carolina’s Medical School at Greenville. She is also working in close conjunction with the Greenville Health System’s (GHS) Departments of Psychology and Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics. She has research background in embryology, genetics, neuropathology, and some bioinformatics, with particular focus on neurodevelopmental conditions and a strong emphasis on autism.
Her current research foci/topics of interest include: 1) functional classification of high-risk autism genes; 2) the study of the neuropathology of autism and related conditions; 3) the characterization of genomic features common to autism risk genes and those genes’ roles in evolution across vertebrates; and 4) the cell stress response in autism spectrum conditions.