Jacobs School Researchers Cited Among 'World's Most Influential Scientific Minds'

San Diego, Calif., Feb. 1, 2016 -- Four researchers at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego were included on the 2015 listing of “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds,” an annual compendium of “Highly Cited Researchers” by Thomson Reuters, a multinational mass media and information company.

The listing represents a review of approximately 9 million researchers producing upwards of 2 million published studies around the world each year. The authors and their works are recognized as those most often cited by fellow scientists.

More than 3,125 scientists are identified in the 2015 edition. Almost half are based in the United States, a representation that far outstrips any other nation. The 10-campus University of California had the greatest number of highly cited researchers among predominant institutions, with 160, including a total of 22 at the University of California, San Diego. 

The four researchers at the Jacobs School cited were:

Yuri Basilevs, professor in the Department of Structural Engineering. Bazilevs' research involves predictive modeling in engineering and sciences. He develops computational techniques and tools that address grand challenge engineering and science problems in renewable energy, medicine and, more recently, protecting the infrastructure against man-made and natural disasters. He is cited in two categories: computer science and engineering.

Rob Knight, professor of pediatrics and computer science. Knight and colleagues study the human microbiome – the totality of microorganisms living in and on us – and how they can be manipulated to benefit human health and the environment.

Joseph Wang, Distinguished Professor and Chair of Nanoengineering and director of the Center for Wearable Sensors. Wang's work includes developing nanomotors and wearable sensors for medical, military, security and environmental applications.

Bernhard O. Palsson, Galetti Professor of Bioengineering, professor of pediatrics and director of the CHO Systems Biology Center. Palsson's research focuses on developing experimental and computational models of the red blood cell, E. coli, CHO cells and several human pathogens to study cellular life.

The other UC San Diego researchers cited were: Dr. Kristin S. Cadenhead, professor in residence, Department of Psychiatry; Don W. Cleveland, Distinguished Professor of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Medicine and Neurosciences; Anders M. Dale, professor of radiology and neurosciences; Mark Estelle, Distinguished Professor of Biology; Dr. Douglas R. Galasko, professor in residence, Department of Neurosciences; Uri Gneezy, professor of economic and strategy and Epstein/Atkinson Chair in Behavioral Economics; Kun-Liang Guan, professor of pharmacology; Michael Karin, Distinguished Professor of Pharmacology; Jacqueline Kerr, associate professor, Department of Family Medicine and Public Health and director of the Research in Environments, Active Aging and Community Health; Dr. Eliezer Masliah, professor in the Department of Neurosciences; Sergei L. Kosakovsky Pond, associate professor of medicine; Bing Ren, professor of cellular and molecular medicine; Dr. Lewis J. Rubin, professor emeritus of medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine; James F. Sallis, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine; Dr. William J. Sandborn, professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Gastroenterology in the School of Medicine; Julian I. Schroeder, Distinguished Professor of Biology and co-director of UC San Diego’s Center for Food and Fuel for the 21st Century; Dr. Murray B. Stein, Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Family and Preventive Medicine; and Nobel Prize Laureate Roger Tsien, professor of pharmacology, chemistry and biochemistry. 


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