Five UCR Professors Among Most Influential Scientists in Their Fields

University of California tops annual Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers list with 165 influential faculty

UCR’s Highly Cited Researchers, clockwise from top left, Yadong Yin, Charles Wyman, Alexander Balandin, Wei Ren and Julia Bailey-Serres.

Five UCR professors are among the 165 UC faculty named as the most influential scientists in their fields in 2015, a number unmatched by any other university in the world, according to an analysis by Thomson Reuters.

The UC system led the 2015 Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers list, which named more than 3,000 scientists from around the globe whose work was in the top 1 percent of most referenced research in academic journals from 2003 to 2013.

The purpose of the Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers List is to identify contemporary authors whose research has significantly influenced others in their field.

“Undeniably, Highly Cited Researchers have demonstrated that their work is central to current, ongoing research across the range of scholarly and scientific advancement and that they are the ones to watch,” Thomson Reuters said in its story about the rankings. 

The UCR professors named in the UC’s Highly Cited Researchers list are:

  • Julia Bailey-Serres, professor of genetics and geneticist
  • Alexander Balandin, UC Presidential Chair Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, founding chair of the Materials Science and Engineering Program in BCOE and director of the Nano-Device Laboratory
  • Wei Ren, professor of electrical and computer engineering
  • Charles E. Wyman, distinguished professor of chemical and environmental engineering and the Ford Motor Company Chair in Environmental Engineering
  • Yadong Yin, professor of chemistry and principal investigator of the Yin Group, whose research is focused on properties and formation of nanostructures

Read more about the UC’s ranking here.  The entire Thomson Reuters article and rankings can be found here.








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