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Israelis You Should Know: Osnat Penn

Osnat Penn, Israeli biologist (Photo: twitter)

Name: Osnat Penn

About her: Osnat Penn is an Israeli biologist who works on the genetics of autism.

April is Autism Awareness Month, so today we're bringing you an Israeli You Should Know who has devoted her career to helping battle autism.

Osnat Penn is an Israeli computational biologist currently working at the University of Washington in Seattle. In 2013, she was the third Israeli scientist in three years to win the UNESCO-L'Oreal Fellowship, which she won because of her work on the genetic origins of autism.

At Tel Aviv University, Penn was responsible for the creation of several computer programs which aid in biological research. Her work with genetic sequencing in autism has helped identify genetic variations that link individuals with autism, and will to better prenatal screening and earlier diagnosis of the condition.

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