NatSci faculty members recognized among the world's most highly cited researchers

  • Nov 28, 2017
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Three Michigan State University (MSU) College of Natural Science (NatSci) faculty members are among six that have earned a spot on the Clarivate Analytics highly cited researchers list for 2017.

This year’s list honors approximately 3,400 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 2005 and 2015 in 21 broad natural and social science disciplines. 

NatSci researchers named to the prestigious list are:

Sheng Yang He

Sheng Yang He

Sheng Yang He, University Distinguished Professor, HHMI-GBMF Investigator and a member of the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory, 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. He also holds appointments in the NatSci Departments of Plant Biology and Microbiology and Molecular Genetics,  the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and is an MSU AgBioResearch scientist.

Gregg Howe

Gregg Howe

Gregg Howe, MSU Foundation Professor and member of the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory, investigates how plants respond to insect herbivory and other forms of wound stress. Recently, he has applied genetic and biochmical approaches to help elucidate the jasmonate signaling pathways in plants. Howe also holds an appointment in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the College of Natural Science and is an MSU AgBioResearch scientist.

John Ohlrogge

John Ohlrogge

John Ohlrogge, University Distinguished Professor emeritus 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 locatiions within or outside the plant cell. Ohlrogge is a faculty member in the Department of Plant Biology in the College of Natural Science, and an MSU AgBioResearch scientist.

“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 three individuals are highly influential in their fields and exemplify the high quality research done at MSU.”

The other MSU researchers making the 2017 list are James Cole, director of the Ribosomal Database Project in the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources; Kalyanmoy Deb, Koenig Endowed Chair Professor for Electrical and Computer Engineering in the College of Engineering; and Jeffrey Wooldridge, University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Economics in the College of Social Science.

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