Five researchers from Ulm among the most frequently cited researchers in the world
international publications ranking measures influence

Ulm University

In 2017, scientists from Ulm University and Ulm University Hospital were yet again named among the most frequently cited researchers in the world. The annual analysis of scientific publications (“Highly Cited Researchers”) ranks Professors Heiko Braak, Harmut Döhner, Fedor Jelezko and Martin Plenio as well as Dr Dr Kelly Del Tredici-Braak among the elite in their respective fields.

Professor Heiko Braak and Dr Dr Kelly Del Tredici-Braak made a repeat appearance among the more than 3,400 scientists mentioned. The married couple from the Ulm Department of Neurology appeared in the category “Neuro- and Behavioural Sciences”. Their research addresses neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Local cancer researcher Professor Hartmut Döhner is listed in the field of “Clinical Medicine”. The medical director of the Internal Medicine III Department and speaker of the Comprehensive Cancer Center Ulm is investigating the most common types of leukaemia in adults: acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) and chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL).

Ulm University is represented by two researchers in the category “Physics”:  Professors Fedor Jelezko and Martin Plenio. Jelezko heads the Institute of Quantum Optics at Ulm University and is investigating how artificial diamonds can be used for quantum technology. Martin Plenio, head of the Institute of Theoretical Physics and holder of a Humboldt Professorship, is working on questions of quantum information and the realisation of quantum technologies via manipulation, preparation and measurement of electrons, atoms and photons. Both researchers are investigating the new field of quantum bio-sciences in the research group BioQ, which is being funded with an ERC Synergy Grant amounting to 10.3 million euros.

The ranking list analysed roughly 130,000 scientific publications from 21 different fields between the years of 2005 and 2015 that were most frequently cited by other researchers. This one per cent is considered to be especially influential. This ranking list was previously issued by media corporation Thomson Reuters, and, as of 2016, is now being published by independent database analysis provider Clarivate Analytics.

Furthermore, the deputy director of the Helmholtz Institute for Electrochemical Energy Storage (HIU), Professor Stefano Passerini, is listed among the most frequently cited researchers in the category “Engineering” for the second time.

Text and media contact: Daniela Stang

Prof. Heiko Braak und Dr. Dr. Kelly Del Tredici-Braak
Prof Heiko Braak and Dr Dr Kelly Del Tredici-Braak at the award ceremony for the Alzheimer Research Prize presented by the Hans and Ilse Breuer Foundation 2016 (Photo: Kai Gettner)
Prof. Hartmut Döhner
Leukaemia researcher Prof Hartmut Döhner (Photo: Ulm University Hospital)
Prof. Fedor Jelezko
Quantum physicist Prof Fedor Jelezko (Photo: Elvira Eberhardt)
Prof. Martin Plenio
Quantum physicist Prof Martin Plenio (Photo: Elvira Eberhardt)