Canalizo received her Ph.D in 2000 at the University of Hawai`i.
Her recognitions includes:
- Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory PAT Outstanding Postdoctoral Scientific/Technical Publication Award, 2003
- University of California Faculty Enrichment Program Award
Canalizo can offer comments on recent astronomical discoveries and black holes.
Her research includes the study of quasars, galaxy collisions, active galaxy nuclei (AGN), star formation, stellar populations, and galaxy evolution. Recently, along with colleagues, she helped reveal the precise locations and environments of a pair of supermassive black holes at the center of an ongoing collision between two galaxies 300 million light-years away.