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Highly Cited Researchers 2023 honors 13 Wyss faculty members

The annual award celebrates the top 1% of researchers by paper citations over the last decade

By Lindsay Brownell

Highly Cited Researchers 2023 honors 13 Wyss faculty members
13 Wyss Faculty and staff members were among the most highly cited researchers. Credit: Shutterstock/PopTika

(BOSTON) — Today, Clarivate Analytics announced its annual Highly Cited Researchers™ 2023 list, which honors the top 1% of researchers around the world whose papers have been cited the most in the previous 10 years. Clarivate uses both quantitative and qualitative analyses to identify individuals who have demonstrated significant and broad influence in their chosen field(s) of research.

This year, 13 Wyss Faculty and staff members have been recognized with this prestigious award:

Biology & Biochemistry

  • George Church, Core Faculty (named in two fields)
  • James Collins, Core Faculty (named in two fields)
  • Donald Ingber, Core Faculty and Founding Director
  • Peng Yin, Core Faculty


  • Christopher Chen, Associate Faculty
  • Jennifer Lewis, Core Faculty
  • David Mooney, Core Faculty
  • Kevin Kit Parker, Associate Faculty
  • Conor Walsh, Associate Faculty
  • James Weaver, Visiting Scholar
  • David Weitz, Core Faculty


  • Robert Wood, Associate Faculty

Molecular Biology & Genetics

  • George Church, Core Faculty (named in two fields)
  • James Collins, Core Faculty (named in two fields)

Pharmacology & Toxicology

  • Samir Mitragotri, Core Faculty

In addition, earlier this year, Clarivate named Wyss Core Faculty member James Collins as a Citation Laureate along with Michael Elowitz and Stanislas Leibler for their pioneering work on synthetic gene circuits, which launched the field of synthetic biology.

Of the world’s population of scientists and social scientists, Highly Cited Researchers are 1 in 1,000. Our faculty are part of a remarkable group of 6,849 individual researchers from institutions in 67 countries and regions that have been named Highly Cited Researchers 2023.

“I’m thrilled that the Wyss Institute is once again being recognized for the extremely high caliber and diverse fields of study of its faculty. People are at the heart of our Institute, and we are very proud of our members’ accomplishments in making a positive impact on the world,” said Ingber, who is also the Judah Folkman Professor of Vascular Biology at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital, and the Hansjörg Wyss Professor of Bioinspired Engineering at Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Since 2014 Clarivate Analytics, which maintains the Web of Science™ index, has been pinpointing individual researchers with outsized influence in their fields based on the frequency with which their work is cited in the scientific literature. Tracing publication citations can help reveal which ones impact a given field most.

David Pendlebury, Head of Research Analysis at the Institute for Scientific Information at Clarivate said, “The Highly Cited Researchers list identifies and celebrates exceptional individual researchers at the Wyss Institute whose significant and broad influence in their fields translates to impact in their research community and innovations that make the world healthier, more sustainable and more secure. Their contributions resonate far beyond their individual achievements, strengthening the foundation of excellence and innovation in research.”

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