Osnat Penn ( he, אסנת פן) is an Israeli
computational biologist Computational biology involves the development and application of data-analytical and theoretical methods, mathematical modeling, mathematical modelling and computational simulation techniques to the study of biological, ecological, behavioural, an ...

computational biologist
. Penn is the third
Israel Israel (; he, יִשְׂרָאֵל, translit=Yīsrāʾēl; ar, إِسْرَائِيل, translit=ʾIsrāʾīl), officially the State of Israel ( he, מְדִינַת יִשְׂרָאֵל, label=none, translit=Medīnat Yīsrāʾēl; ), is a ...

i scientist in three years to win the UNESCO-L’Oréal fellowship, which she received in 2013 for her work on the
origins of
autism Autism is a developmental disorder Developmental disorders comprise a group of psychiatric conditions originating in childhood that involve serious impairment in different areas. There are several ways of using this term. The most narro ...

. Penn is currently at the
University of Washington The University of Washington (UW, simply Washington, or informally U-Dub) is a public In public relations Public relations (PR) is the practice of managing and disseminating information from an individual or an organization ...

University of Washington
Seattle Seattle ( ) is a seaport The Porticciolo del Cedas port in Barcola The thumb is the first digit of the hand, next to the index finger. When a person is standing in the medical anatomical position (where the palm is facing to the front) ...

. Penn has been responsible for several different
computer program In imperative programming, a computer program is a sequence of instructions in a programming language that a computer can execute or interpret. In declarative programming, a ''computer program'' is a Set (mathematics), set of instructions. A comp ...
s developed at Tel Aviv University in order to aid in biological research. GUIDANCE is a web server used for estimating alignment confidence scores. RASER, the RAte Shift EstimatoR, is used to test site-specific evolutionary rate shifts. The Pepitope Server is used to map epitopes using affinity-selected peptides. Her work with autism genetic sequencing which won her the UNESCO-L’Oréal award, worked to identify where there were genetic variations that linked to individuals displaying autism. Her work will also lead to prenatal screening and early diagnosis of autism. Penn has been published in ''Cell (journal), Cell'', ''Genome Research'', ''Molecular Biology and Evolution'', ''Nucleic Acids Research'', ''Systematic Biology'', ''BMC Evolutionary Biology'', ''PLOS Computational Biology, PLoS Computational Biology'', ''Bioinformatics (journal), Bioinformatics'', and ''Proteins (journal), Proteins''.


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