Ana Conesa, I2SysBio researcher, new fellow of the International Society for Computational Biology

Ana Conesa
Ana Conesa
Researcher Ana Conesa Cegarra, from the Institute for Integrative Systems Biology (I2SysBio, UV/CSIC), has been elected a new fellow of the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB), a global academic society that integrates researchers in computational biology and bioinformatics, and which dedicates its efforts to improve the scientific and social impact of computational biology.

The ISCB will officially recognise Ana Conesa as a fellow during the 2023 ISMB/ECCB conference to be held from July 23 to 27 in Lyon (France), and will do so for the interesting contributions of the scientist to the field of functional genomics, the gene expression and multiomics analysis, thanks to the development of bioinformatics tools widely used by biologists and bioinformaticians. Conesa has pioneered the field of long-read transcriptomics and has developed more than 20 tools used by tens of thousands of scientists around the world.

Ana Conesa Cegarra is a Research Professor at the Institute of Integrative Systems Biology of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) in Valencia, and holds a courtesy appointment at the University of Florida. She is an agricultural engineer from the Polytechnic University of Valencia and a doctor in molecular microbiology from the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. After ten years researching in the Netherlands, she returned as part of the Ramón y Cajal talent recovery program to the Agricultural Research Institute of Valencia and later became director of the Gene Expression Genomics Laboratory at the Príncipe Felipe Research Centre in Valencia. In 2014 she was hired by the University of Florida as a full professor in bioinformatics, a position she held until her admission to the CSIC in 2021.

With more than 20 years of experience in the field of computational biology and bioinformatics, the researcher has a strong commitment to the development of high-quality bioinformatics methods to help the scientific community in general to analyse gene expression data. She was the first bioinformatics scientist to become a member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Engineering and is an honorary member of the Spanish Society of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology.

Her laboratory develops computational methods for the study of transcriptome functionality and the integration of multiomics data for modelling of developmental and disease processes. In addition, she has created more than twenty software tools that are used by tens of thousands of researchers around the world. She has pioneered the creation of computational methods for the application of single molecule sequencing technologies to the study of the transcriptome. Some of her most popular software tools are Blast2GO, PaintOmics, maSigPro, NOISeq, Qualimap, SQANTI, tappAS, etc.

She is the third Spaniard recognised as a fellow by the International Society for Computational Biology. The other two are Alfonso Valencia, a researcher at the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre - National Supercomputing Centre, and Nuria López-Bigas, a scientist at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona).

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