MSU NatSci faculty members recognized as highly cited researchers by Thomson Reuters
- Dec 9, 2016
- Faculty & Staff, Research, Biochemistry, Plant Biology, Plant Research Laboratory, Statistics & Probability
Five College of Natural Science (NatSci) researchers were among seven Michigan State University faculty members to make the Thomson Reuters highly cited researchers list for 2016.
This year's list honors approximately 3,000 scientists from around the globe who have been most cited by their peers and are considered to be among the world’s most highly influential scientific minds. The list is based on analysis of peer-reviewed research paper and manuscript citations between 2004 and 2014 in 22 broad natural and social science disciplines.
NatSci researchers named to the prestigious list are:
Sheng Yang He, University Distinguished Professor, HHMI-GBMF Investigator and a member of the MSU-DOE Plant Research Lab, studies the molecular biology of plant-pathogen interactions to gain insights into some of the basic principles underlying bacterial pathogenesis and disease susceptibility in plants.
Gregg A. Howe, MSU Foundation Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and a member of the MSU-DOE Plant Research Lab, researches the molecular and biochemical basis of plant-insect interactions to better understand how plants respond to insect herbivory and other forms of wound stress.
Mark M. Meerschaert, professor in the Department of Statistics and Probability, covers many topics in his research including the areas of probability, statistics, statistical physics, mathematical modeling, operations research, partial differential equations and applications. He has worked on a wide variety of modeling projects for government and industry.
John B. Ohlrogge, professor emeritus and University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Plant Biology and member of the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, conducts research to understand how plants control the activity of fatty acid synthesis and lipid metabolism pathways and how their products are channeled into diverse roles and locations within or outside the plant cell.
Curtis G. Wilkerson, associate professor in the Departments of Plant Biology and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and member of the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, conducts research on plant cell wall biosynthesis, with a focus on the production of hemicelluloses (xyloglucan, galactomannan and xylan) and their function in the cell wall.
“Citation of a faculty member’s research publications by other researchers is an important measure of the impact of the faculty member’s work,” said R. James Kirkpatrick, NatSci dean. “These four individuals are highly influential in their fields and exemplify the high quality research done at MSU.”
The two additional MSU faculty members recognized by Thomson Reuters are James Cole, Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources; and Anil Jain, Department of Computer Science and Engineering in the College of Engineering.