HudsonAlpha scientists on list of world’s most cited researchers

Huntsville, Ala. – Three scientists at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology have been named among the world’s most highly cited researchers, according to an annual list produced by the Web of Science Group.

The three faculty who made it onto the list are:

Rick Myers, PhD

The widely anticipated list identifies scientists and social scientists who produced multiple papers ranking in the top 1% of citations for their field and year of publication, demonstrating significant research influence among their peers. To be highly cited is to have one’s work be referenced frequently by other researchers, demonstrating that it is both well regarded and influential.

Jane Grimwood, PhD

Institute President Richard M. Myers, PhD, explained, “Reporting on research results in peer-reviewed publications is a critical part of the scientific process, especially when journals offer open access to everyone, as it allows research findings to be used, replicated and advanced rapidly. We are happy to be recognized as significant contributors to these advances.”

Jeremy Schmutz is one of only 5% of listees to appear in two categories. He said of the achievement, “We perform large-scale, collaborative, foundational genomic research that propels forward many different fields in biology, including our focus on plant genomics and agriculture. Its is great to see others building off of these foundations to make even greater impacts in biological science.”

Jane Grimwood, PhD, added, “We do our best to create research that inspires others. Making the list of the most highly cited researchers in the world shows that our work serves as a jumping off

Jeremy Schmutz

point across multiple fields.”

Making the list puts these faculty members in good company in the scientific community. This year alone the list includes 23 Nobel laureates.

David Pendlebury, Senior Citation Analyst at the Institute for Scientific Information explained, “The Highly Cited Researchers list contributes to the identification of that small fraction of the researcher population that contributes disproportionately to extending the frontiers of knowledge. These researchers create gains for society, innovation and knowledge that make the world healthier, richer, more sustainable and more secure.”

The full 2019 Highly Cited Researchers list and executive summary can be found here.

About HudsonAlpha: HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology is a nonprofit institute dedicated to developing and applying scientific advances to health, agriculture, learning, and commercialization. Opened in 2008, HudsonAlpha’s vision is to leverage the synergy between discovery, education, medicine, and economic development in genomic sciences to improve the human condition around the globe. The HudsonAlpha biotechnology campus consists of 152 acres nestled within Cummings Research Park, the nation’s second largest research park. The state-of-the-art facilities co-locate nonprofit scientific researchers with entrepreneurs and educators. HudsonAlpha has become a national and international leader in genetics and genomics research and biotech education and fosters more than 35 diverse biotech companies on campus. To learn more about HudsonAlpha, visit

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