Three TSL researchers named in global highly-cited list

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Three scientists at The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) are included in this year’s Highly Cited Researchers list. Now in its sixth 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 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 2019 are Professor Jonathan Jones, Professor Sophien Kamoun, and Professor Cyril Zipfel.

  • Professor Jonathan Jones studies the influence of pathogens on plant disease and resistance to find and clone new sources of resistance to potato late blight
  • Professor Sophien Kamoun studies how plant pathogens infect plants and the plant processes that they modulate to develop novel disease-resistant crops
  • Professor Cyril Zipfel studies plant innate immunity and how to engineer sustainable broad-spectrum disease-resistance in crops

Professor Nick Talbot, Director of The Sainsbury Laboratory, said: “It is great to see The Sainsbury Laboratory with another strong showing on the Highly Cited List of Researchers. The laboratory remains at the very forefront of research on plant-microbe interactions and fundamental new discoveries in plant immunity”

“This list provides further substantiation of The Sainsbury Laboratory’s position as home to some of the world’s most talented and influential researchers in the world. I am proud that we perform at such a high level, consistently making fundamental discoveries in plant and microbial research and training the next generation of scientists. We also have many ‘Highly Cited Researchers’ of tomorrow among our students and postdocs at TSL of whom I am equally proud.”

Over 6,000 highly recited researchers from just under 60 nations are named in the 2019 list in 21 fields of sciences and social sciences. The UK is ranked third overall with 517 Highly Cited Researchers behind the US (2,737) and China (636).

David Pendlebury, Senior Citation Analyst at the Institute for Scientific Information said: “Recognition and support of these exceptional researchers represents an important activity for a nation or an institution’s plans for efficient and accelerated advancement. The Highly Cited Researchers list contributes to the identification of that small fraction of the researcher population that contributes disproportionately to extending the frontiers of knowledge. These researchers create gains for society, innovation and knowledge that make the world healthier, richer, more sustainable and more secure.”