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2012 Hottest Scientific Researchers


2012 Hottest Scientific Researchers

Four Washington University scientists – all from The Genome Institute – were included in the ranking of the top 21 most influential researchers, based on citations by other scientists. Among them was Richard Wilson, PhD, director of The Genome Institute at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, who was named the world’s most-cited researcher by Thomson Reuters’ ScienceWatch, an open web resource for science metrics and analysis. This is the third consecutive year that Wilson has been ranked in the annual survey and his first at the top of the list.

The only two women on the list, Elaine Mardis, PhD, and Li Ding, PhD, each had 12 frequently cited papers. Mardis is co-director of The Genome Institute, and Ding is a genome scientist. Also from the Genome Institute is geneticist Robert Fulton, who had 11 cited papers.

Scientists at The Genome Institute are highly regarded for their pioneering efforts to sequence and analyze the genomes of cancer patients and their tumors, considered essential to developing better ways to diagnose and treat the disease. They also are involved in analyzing the trillions of microbes that naturally live in and on the human body. This initiative, part of the federally funded Human Microbiome Project, is proving to be important to understanding human health and disease.

The 1000 Genomes Project, also funded by the NIH, involves cataloging the immense human variation written into the genetic code. The Genome Institute also has teamed with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to decode the genomes of more than 600 childhood cancer patients as part of an unprecedented effort to identify the genetic changes underlying some of the deadliest pediatric cancers.

Reference: Thomas Reuters Web of Knowledge. (2013). “Who and What Was Hot in Scientific Research in 2012”. [Online]. Accessed June 2013 via the Web at http://sciencewatch.com/articles/hottest-research-2012.


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