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 developmental biology, genetics, and a smattering of neuropathology, and bioinformatics, with foci on autism and connective tissue disorders such as Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.
Her current research foci/topics of interest include: 1) functional classification of high-risk autism genes; 2) the characterization of genomic features common to autism risk genes and those genes’ roles in vertebrate evolution; and 3) etiological overlap between autism and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome/Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders.