Celebrating our three Highly Cited Researchers

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Highly Cited Researchers 2020
Jonathan Jones, Sophien Kamoun and Cyril Zipfel - TSL Highly Cited Researchers 2020

Three scientists at The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) are included in this year’s Highly Cited Researchers list for 2020. Now in its seventh year, the list recognises the most influential researchers on a global scale, representing those researchers ranking in the top 1% by citations for their field.

The citation analysis by the Institute for Scientific Information at the Clarivate Web of Science Group identifies influential researchers of global importance that have consistently won recognition in the form of high citation counts over a decade.

The Sainsbury Laboratory researchers who make the list for 2020 are Professor Jonathan Jones FRS, Professor Sophien Kamoun FRS, and Professor Cyril Zipfel.

Professor Jonathan Jones studies how plants resist disease, and how pathogens evade or suppress the detection and resistance mechanisms of their plant hosts.

Professor Sophien Kamoun studies the interactions between plants and filamentous pathogens, notably the Irish potato famine organism Phytophthora infestans and the rice and wheat blast fungus Magnaporthe oryzae.

Professor Cyril Zipfel studies the molecular basis of plant innate immunity and aims to decipher signalling events linking the perception of pathogen-associated molecules to the establishment of immunity.

Professor Nick Talbot FRS, Executive Director of The Sainsbury Laboratory, said: “I am pleased to see the quality of research at TSL recognized in this way. TSL group leaders are consistently among the most highly cited researchers in the world, which reflects the pioneering science that they inspire within their teams of postdocs and PhD students. These young scientists are the Highly Cited researchers of tomorrow and I am very proud of their contribution to this well-deserved recognition.”

Over 6,167 highly cited researchers from more than 60 nations and regions are named in the 2020 list in 21 fields of sciences and social sciences. The UK is ranked third overall with 514 highly cited researchers behind the US (2,650) and China (770).

David Pendlebury, Senior Citation Analyst at the Institute for Scientific Information, said

“In the race for knowledge, it is human capital that is fundamental and this list identifies and celebrates exceptional individual researchers who are having a great impact on the research community as measured by the rate at which their work is being cited by others.”

The full 2020 Highly Cited Researchers list and executive summary can be found here.