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Biosketch, Publications, & Positions

ORCID ID: 0000-0001-5129-6698
Other Names: Emily L. Williams (maiden name)

Biosketch

Dr. Casanova earned her doctorate in Anatomy Science & Neurobiology from the University of Louisville’s Medical School. She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow with the University of South Carolina Medical School at Greenville, 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 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 vertebrate evolution; and 4) the cell stress response in autism spectrum conditions.. She blogs at Science Over a Cuppa.

Books

1. Casanova, E. L., Casanova, M. F. The Many Faces of Autism. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, in progress.

Journal Articles

1. Williams, E. L. (2009). Eileen Miller: The Girl Who Spoke in Pictures. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 39(10), 1493-1494.

2. Williams, E. L., & Casanova, M. F. (2010). Autism and dyslexia: A spectrum of cognitive styles as defined by minicolumnar morphometry. Medical Hypotheses, 74, 59-62.

3. Williams, E. L., & Casanova, M. F. (2010). Potential teratogenic effects of ultrasound on corticogenesis: Implications for Autism. Medical Hypotheses, 75, 53-58.

4. Casanova, M. F., El-Baz, A., Elnakib, A., Giedd, J., Rumsey, J. M., Williams, E. L., & Switala, A. E. (2010). Corpus callosum shape analysis with application to dyslexia. Translational Neuroscience, 1(2), 124-130.

5. Williams, E. L., & Casanova, M. F. (2010). Autism or autisms? Finding the lowest common denominator. Boletin de la Asociacion Medica de Puerto Rico, 102(4), 17-24.

6. Casanova, M. F., El-Baz, A., Switala, A. E., Williams, E. L., Williams, D., Minshew, N., & Conturo, T. (2011). Quantitative analysis of the shape of the corpus callosum in patients with autism and comparison individuals. Autism, 15(2), 223-238.

7. Williams, E. L., & Casanova, M. F. (2011). Prenatal ultrasound: It’s not just a photograph. Autism Science Digest, 1(1), 58-60.

8. Baruth, J., Williams, E. L., Sokhadze, E., El-Baz, A., & Casanova, M. F. (2011). Beneficial effects of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) on behavioral outcome measures in autism spectrum disorders. Autism Science Digest, 1(1), 52-57.

9. Williams, E. L., & Casanova, M. F. (2011). Above genetics: Lessons from cerebral development in autism. Translational Neuroscience, 2(2), 106-120.

10. Sokhadze, E., Baruth, J., Sears, L., Sokhadze, G. E., El-Baz, A., Williams, E., Klapheke, R., & Casanova, M. F. (2012). Event-related potential study of attention regulation during illusory figure categorization task in ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, and typical children. Journal of Neurotherapy, 16(1), 12-31.

11. Williams, E. L., El-Baz, A., Nitzken, M., Switala, A. E., & Casanova, M. F. (2012). Spherical harmonic analysis of cortical complexity in autism and dyslexia. Translational Neuroscience, 3(1), 36-40.

12. Williams, E. L., & Casanova, M. F. (2012). Hyperlexia and dyslexia in autism: Hitting a moving target. Journal of Special Education and Rehabilitation, 13(3), 39-54.

13. Williams, E. L., & Casanova, M.F. (2013). Reassessment of the teratogenic risk of antenatal ultrasound. Translational Neuroscience, 4(1), 81-87.

14. Williams, E. L., Casanova, M. F., Switala, A. E., Li, H., & Qiu, M. (2013). Transposable elements occur more frequently in autism-risk genes: Implications for the role of genomic instability in autism. Translational Neuroscience, 4(2), 172-202.

15. Casanova, E. L., & Casanova, M. F. (2014). Genetic studies indicate that neural induction and early neuronal maturation are disturbed in autism. Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience, 8, 397.

16. Zeidán-Chuliá, F., Neves de Oliveira, B.-H., Casanova, M. F., Casanova, E. L., Noda, M., Salmina, A. B., & Verkhratsky, A. (2015). Up-regulation of oligodendrocyte lineage markers in the cerebellum of autistic patients: Evidence from network analysis of gene expression. Molecular Neurobiology, 1-7.

17. Casanova, E. L., Sharp, J. L., Chakraborty, H., Sumi, N. S., & Casanova, M. F. (2016). Genes with high penetrance for syndromic and nonsyndromic autism typically function within the nucleus and regulate gene expression. Molecular Autism, 7, 18.

18. Casanova, M. F., Casanova, E. L., Sokhadze, E. M. (2016). Leo Kanner, the Anti-psychiatry movement and Neurodiversity. Siberian Journal of Special Education, 1-2(16-17), 6-9.

19. Sokhadze, E. M., Casanova, M. F., Casanova, E., Lamina, E., Kelly, D. P. Khachidze, I. (2017). Event-related potentials (ERP) in cognitive neuroscience research and applications. Neuroregulation, 4, 14-27.

20. Casanova, E. L. (2017). Links between patterns of embryonic spinal cord development and schizophrenia risk. Biological Psychiatry, in press.

Book Chapters

1. Williams, E. L., & Casanova, M. F. (2013). Valproic acid, genetics, and autism: How epimutation alters disease susceptibility. (A. Boucher, ed.) In: Valproic Acid: Pharmacology, Mechanisms of Action and Clinical Implications. Hauppage, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc., pp. 117-140.

2. Casanova, E. L., & Casanova, M. F. (2015). A spectrum of neurodevelopment. (P. Wylie and Lawson, W., eds.) In: The Nine Degrees of Autism. Jessica Kingsley Publishers: London, pp. 13-35.

3. Williams, E. L., & Casanova, M. F. (2015). Ultrasound and autism: How disrupted redox homeostasis and transient membrane porosity confer risk. (D. Dietrich-Maszalksa, Chauhan, V., and Grignon, S., eds.) In: Oxidative Stress in Applied Basic Research and Clinical Practice. New York, NY: Humana Press, pp. 373-416.

4. Casanova, M. F., & Casanova, E. L. (2016). Self-injury, aggression, and epilepsy in autism spectrum disorders. (S. Edelson, ed.) In: Understanding and Treating Self-injurious Behavior in Autism. Jessica Kingsley Publishers: London, in press.

Conference Proceedings

1. Conturo, T. E., Williams, D. L., Williams, E. L., Smith, C. D., Gultepe, E., Akbudak, E., Strauss, M. S., & Minshew, N. J. (2010). Microstructural changes in face processing pathways in autism: Diffusion tensor tracking (DTT) with behavioral comparison. International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), Philadelphia, PA, May 22, 2010.

2. Casanova, M. F., El-Baz, A. S., Switala, A. E., Williams, E. L., Williams, D. L., Minshew, N. J., & Conturo, T. E. (2010). Quantitative analysis of the shape of the corpus callosum in autism. International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), Philadelphia, PA, May 22, 2010.

3. Casanova, M. F., Williams, E. L., Nitzken, M., Switala, A., & El-Baz, A. (2012). A cerebral spectrum from autism to dyslexia: Determining cortical surface complexity utilizing spherical harmonics. International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), Toronto, Ontario, May 18, 2012.

4. Williams, E. L., Dombroski, B. A., Nitzken, M., El-Baz, A. S., Switala, A. E., & Casanova, M. F. (2013). A spectrum of cortical surface complexity in autism, dyslexia, and controls as measured by spherical harmonics. International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), San Sebastian, Spain, May 2, 2013.

5. Williams, E. L., Casanova, M. F., & Switala, A. E. (2014). High transposable element content in strong-association autism-risk genes. International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), Atlanta, Georgia, May 16, 2014.

6. Casanova, E. L., Switala, A. E., & Casanova, M. F. (2015). Autism-risk, schizophrenia-risk, and central nervous system-related genes display genomic features common to genes of developmental regulation. International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), Salt Lake City, Utah, May 14, 2015.

7. Casanova, E. L., Chakraborty, H., Sultana Sumi, N., & Casanova, M. F. (2015). Highly penetrant genes for autism are frequently involved in largescale DNA remodeling. Greenville Health System Pediatrics Research Showcase, November 6, 2015.

8. Casanova, M. F., Wang, Y., Casanova, E. L., & Sokhadze, T. (2015). Repetitive TMS effects on autonomic balance in children with autism. Greenville Health System Pediatrics Research Showcase, November 6, 2015.

9. Casanova, M. F., Wang, Y., Casanova, E. L., Sokhadze, E. M. (2016). Repetitive TMS effects on automatic balance in children with autism. International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), Baltimore, Maryland, May 12, 2016.

10. Casanova, M. F., Wang, Y., Casanova, E., Sokhadze, E. (2016). Repetitive TMS effects on autonomic balance in children with autism. International Society for Neurofeedback & Research (INSR), Orlando, FL, September 12-14, 2016.

11. Casanova, E. L., Switala, A. E., Casanova, M. F. (2016). The feature landscape of autism risk genes indicates their enrichment in developmental regulation. DeLoache Seminar Series, Greenville, SC, November 17, 2016.

12. Sokhadze, E., Wang, Y., Casanova, E., Casanova, M., Sokhadze, G. (2016). Effects of repetitive TMS on autonomic activity in children with autism spectrum disorder. Proceedings of the 2016 ISNR Conference: Neuroregulation, 3, 186-194.

Presentations

1. Casanova, M. F., & Williams, E. L. (2010). Special Interest Group (SIG): Maternal Influences: “Autism and ultrasound: A time window of vulnerability”. International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), Philadelphia, PA, May 22, 2010.

2. Casanova, M. F., & Williams, E. L. (2010). The neurobiology of autism: The role of ultrasound. AutismOne, Chicago, IL, May 30, 2010.

3. Casanova, M. F., El-Baz, A., Elnakib, A., Giedd, H., Rumsey, H., Williams, E. L., Switala, A. E. (2010). Corpus callosum shape analysis with application to dyslexia. American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, New York, NY, October 28, 2010.

4. Casanova, M. F., El-Baz, A., Switala, A. E., Williams, E. L., Williams, D. L., Minshew, N., & Conturo, T. (2010). Quantitative analysis of the shape of the corpus callosum in autism. American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, New York, NY, October 28, 2010.

5. Casanova, E. L. (2015). Genetics studies indicate that disturbances in premigratory neuroblast maturation are core features in the neuropathology of autism. International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), May 15, 2015.

6. Casanova, E. L. (2015). The genetics of intellectual disability, autism, and epilepsy. Institute for Child Success (ICS) Research Symposium, October 16, 2015.

7. Casanova, E. L. (2016). Research project update: GHS & USC collaboration. Greenville Health System’s Nurturing Developing Minds Conference, February 26, 2016.

8. Casanova, E. L. (2016). Neural induction and early neuronal differentiation are disturbed in autism. 16th Dutch National Autism Congress, March 11, 2016.

9. Casanova, E. L., Chakraborty, H., Sumi, N. S., Casanova, M. F. (2016). Genes with high penetrance for autism are often involved in largescale DNA remodeling. International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), Baltimore, Maryland, May 14, 2016.

10. Casanova, E. L. (2016). Research foci. South Carolina Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Consortium (SCAND). November 7, 2016.

Paper Presentations

1. Williams, E. L., & Casanova, M. F. (2009). Autism and dyslexia: A spectrum of cognitive styles as defined by minicolumnar morphometry. AWARES Online Conference 2009, http://www.awares.org/conferences/show_paper.asp?section=000100010001&conferenceCode=000200110009&id=229

2. Williams, E. L., & Casanova, M. F. (2010). Potential teratogenic effects of ultrasound on corticogenesis: Implications for autism. AWARES Online Conference 2010, http://www.awares.org/conferences/show_paper.asp?section=000100010001&conferenceCode=000200120006&id=287

3. Williams, E. L., & Casanova, M. F. (2011). Above genetics: Lessons from cerebral development in autism. AWARES Online Conference 2011, http://www.awares.org/conferences/show_paper.asp?section=000100010001&conferenceCode=000200140012&id=380

4. Williams, E. L., & Casanova, M. F. (2012). Valproic acid, genetics, and autism: How epimutation alters disease susceptibility. AWARES Online Conference, 2012, http://www.awares.org/conferences/home.asp?conferenceCode=00020018

5. Williams, E. L., & Casanova, M. F. (2013). Transposable elements occur more frequently in autism-risk genes: Implications for the role of genomic stability in autism. AWARES Online Conference, 2013, http://www.awares.org/conferences/show_paper.asp?section=000100010001&conferenceCode=000200300013&id=460

Committees

1. Panel member on Autism Research Institute’s (ARI) Consensus Report for Genetic Issues & ASD.

2. Panel member on Autism Research Institute’s (ARI) review of Simons Foundation/Autism Speaks Autism BrainNet.

3. Autism Research Institute (ARI) Think Tank.

Research Editor & Reviewer

1. Molecular Psychiatry

2. Biological Psychiatry

3. Frontiers: Stem Cell Treatments

4. Translational Neuroscience

5. The American Journal of Autism

6. Open Access Autism

Consultant

1. Dissertation Project: Sexual Citizenship on the Autism Spectrum. Investigator, Jessica Penwell Barnett, M. A. Department of Sociology, Anthropology, & Criminology. University of Windsor.

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