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Six University of Cologne researchers among the most highly cited researchers worldwide

Annual ranking of ‘Highly Cited Researchers’ by the Web of Science Group published as an indicator of outstanding research / University of Cologne represented by one physicist, one biologist, and four medical researchers

Once again, the University of Cologne is represented in the international ranking ‘Highly Cited Researchers’, which is published annually by Clarivate Analytics based on information from the publication database ‘Web of Science’. Scientists on this list are among the world’s most influential one percent in their field – measured by how often their scientific publications have been cited by their peers over the last ten years (2010-2020). This year, a total of six UoC scientists made the list.

The six most highly cited researchers from the University of Cologne 2020 are:

  • Professor Dr Yoichi Ando, Institute of Experimental Physics (formerly II. Institute of Physics); spokesperson of the Cluster of Excellence ‘ML4Q: Matter and Light for Quantum Computing’. Main research areas: topological materials and nanofabrication techniques
  • Professor Dr Oliver A. Cornely, Internal Medicine; Translational Research Chair at the CECAD Cluster of Excellence in Aging Research, Academic Director of the Center for Clinical Trials Cologne. Main research areas: clinical infectiology, invasive fungal diseases, aging research
  • Professor Dr Michael Hallek, Internal Medicine; Director of the Center for Integrated Oncology (CIO); Research Group Leader at the Center for Molecular Medicine Cologne (CMMC) and CECAD. Main research area: leukemia
  • Professor Dr Florian Klein, Virology; Director of the Institute of Virology, also conducts research at the CMMC. Main research areas: development of antibodies directed against viruses, HIV
  • Professor Dr Joachim Klosterkötter (retired), Psychiatry, former Director of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy. Main research area: early detection and prevention of mental disorders
  • Professor Dr Bart P.H.J. Thomma, Biology; Alexander von Humboldt Professor at the Institute of Plant Sciences; CEPLAS Cluster of Excellence on Plant Sciences. Main research areas: phytopathology, interaction of microbes with other organisms.

In total, this year’s international list of ‘Highly Cited Researchers’ includes approximately 6,600 scientists, with 331 from Germany. Particularly important is that their work should have an impact across different academic disciplines.


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