Clarivate Analytics, formerly the IP & Science arm of Thomson Reuters, has released their 2019 list of Highly Cited Researchers, which includes 10 affiliated with the JGI . The 2019 list focused on Highly Cited Papers, defined in the Methodology section as “those that rank in the top 1% by citations for papers published and cited between 2008-2018.” Less than 6,300 Highly Cited science and social science researchers in one or more of 21 fields appear on the 2019 list.
- Project Manager Kerrie Barry, Cross-Field Category
- Fungal and Algal Program head Igor Grigoriev, Plant & Animal Science category
- Plant Program Library Construction Group Lead Jane Grimwood (at HudsonAlpha), Cross-Field category
- Research Scientist Natalia Ivanova, Biology & Biochemistry category
- Prokaryote Super Program head Nikos Kyrpides, Biology & Biochemistry category
- Computational Genomics Lead Dan Rokhsar, Molecular Biology & Genetics
- Staff Data Scientist Asaf Salamov, Plant & Animal Science category
- Plant Program head Jeremy Schmutz (at HudsonAlpha), Plant & Animal Science and Molecular Biology & Genetics categories
- Microbial Systems research group lead and User Programs Deputy Susannah Tringe, Cross-Field category
- Microbial Program head Tanja Woyke, Biology & Biochemistry category
Some highlights from projects each of these researchers were involved in that were reported on over the last year:
- Kerrie Barry and Jeremy Schmutz worked with a community of switchgrass researchers to conduct a large-scale field experiment to uncover the genetic basis of local adaptation in switchgrass. Reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team established community gardens of switchgrass plants in 10 different field sites on a north-south gradient across the United States. Go here to learn more about the project.
- Igor Grigoriev and Asaf Salamov were part of a team that presented the first large analysis of an Aspergillus fungal subgroup, section Nigri. Aspergillus fungi play important roles in areas ranging from industrial production to agricultural plant pathogens. Reported in Nature Genetics, the work is part of a long-term project to sequence, annotate and analyze the genomes of more than 300 Aspergillus Go here to learn more about the project.
- Natalia Ivanova, Nikos Kyrpides, Susannah Tringe and Tanja Woyke were part of a JGI team that led a community effort to develop guidelines and best practices for defining virus data quality. Reported in Nature Biotechnology, the work brought together virus experts, representatives from the Genomic Standards Consortium (GSC), and the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses to outline the minimum amount of information for an uncultivated virus genome, including the source, methods of identification of the virus genome, and data quality. Go here to learn more about the project.
- Jeremy Schmutz and Jane Grimwood led the plant team at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology that worked on an updated reference genome for Theobroma cacao, the tree that produces cacao beans. The improved cacao genome is available on the latest version of the JGI plant portal Phytozome, which is overseen by 2017 Highly Cited Researcher David Goodstein. Go here to learn more about this project.