Five “Highly Cited Researchers” at Ulm University
Publication analysis measures worldwide influence

Ulm University

Five scientists from Ulm University are among the “highly cited researchers”, the most influential researchers in the world. In the newly published analysis of the citation database “Web of Science Core Collection”, these researchers have been cited particularly often by fellow scientists in technical publications. They belong to the top one per cent in the respective year.

The following researchers are included in the list:

•    Dr Dr Kelly Del Tredici, neuroscience and behaviour
•    Professor Hartmut Döhner, clinical medicine
•    Professor Steven Jansen, botany und zoology
•    Professor Fedor Jelezko, physics
•    Professor Martin Plenio, physics

Dr Dr Kelly Del Tredici-Braak (Clinical Neuroanatomy Department) is among the most frequently cited researchers in the world in the field of neuroscience and behaviour. She and her husband, Professor Heiko Braak, are responsible for having developed the so-called Braak stages, which are used to classify the progression of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease.

Professor Hartmut Döhner, medical director of the Department of Internal Medicine III, is an internationally recognised expert in the area of common types of leukaemia in adults. Döhner is also the spokesperson for the Collaborative Research Centre SFB 1074 “Experimental Models and Clinical Translation in Leukaemia”.

Botany Professor Steven Jansen (Institute of Systematic Botany and Ecology) focuses his research on water transport in and the effects of drought stress on plants.

In the category of physics, Professor Fedor Jelezko, head of the Institute of Quantum Optics, and Professor Martin Plenio, head of the Institute of Theoretical Physics, were once again named among the world’s most influential researchers in their field. Together, the physicists have established a field of research at the interface between quantum technology and biomedical sciences. They aim to improve sensors and imaging processes such as MRI with the help of artificial nanodiamonds.

Professor Stefano Passerini, director of the Helmholtz Institute Ulm (HIU), was listed In the category of “interdisciplinary”. At the HIU, which was founded by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Ulm University together with other partners, researchers are working on developing the batteries of the future.

A total of nearly 7,000 people from more than 70 countries and regions are listed in the current analysis of the most frequently cited researchers. In a comparison of countries, Germany ranks fourth place, with 337 listed researchers, coming in behind the USA, China and the United Kingdom.

For the “Highly Cited Researcher 2022” list, an analysis was performed on prestigious scientific publications from between the years of 2011 and 2021. Scientists who were among the most frequently cited authors in these publications (top 1%) in one of the 21 fields of research or in the field of multi-disciplinary research were included on the list.

Text and mediacontact: Daniela Stang
Translation: Kate Gaugler

The most frequently cited researchers in the field of medicine (from left): Dr Dr Kelly Del Tredici (Photo: David Ewert, Ulm) and Prof Hartmut Döhner (Photo: Elvira Eberhardt/Ulm University)
The highly cited researchers from the Faculty of Natural Sciences (from left): Prof Fedor Jelezko, Prof Martin Plenio and Prof Steven Jansen (Photos: Elvira Eberhardt)