Flora Tassone, PhD

Dr. Tassone received her diploma as a Bachelor in Biology from the University of Rome and a PhD in molecular biology from the Catholic University of Rome (Italy) in 1992 for her studies on Down syndrome. During her postdoctoral fellowship, first at the Eleanor Roosevelt Institute in Denver, Colorado, and then at the University of Colorado Health Science Center, she continued to work on identifying genes involved in Down syndrome and began to focus on the molecular basis that leads to fragile X syndrome and autism spectrum disorders. In 2000, she moved to the University of California, Davis, and focused her research on neurodevelopmental disorders, including FXS and associated disorders, ASD and deletion 22q11.2 syndrome. She is a professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine and a researcher at the MIND Institute. Her experience is in regulating transcriptional and translational genes, particularly the FMR1 gene.