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Seven academics named in influential highly-cited scholars list

16 November 2017
Meet our most influential minds of 2017

Seven University of Sydney academics have been recognised in the 2017 Highly Cited Researchers List, placing them among the world's most influential. Their research was ranked in the top one percent of most referenced papers.

Seven University of Sydney academics are among the world’s most influential in their fields, according to the Clarivate Analytics 2017 Highly Cited Researchers List.

Professor Adrian Bauman, Professor Alex McBratney, Professor Dacheng Tao, Professor Edward Holmes, Professor Georgina Long, Professor Manfred Lenzen and Professor Philip Gale were among 3,300 researchers in 21 fields of the sciences and social sciences named on the list this year.

Their research was ranked in the top one percent of most referenced papers in their field from 2005 to 2015.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Duncan Ivison said the results highlight the significant contribution Sydney scholars are making to the advancement of knowledge. 

“These eminent scholars have rightly been recognised as among the very best in the world in their fields – from microbiology and chemistry to engineering and agricultural science," said Professor Ivison.

"They are at the forefront of finding new treatments and preventions for melanoma, understanding the emergence and spread of viruses, and developing advancements in renewable energy.”

Their achievements reflect the University of Sydney’s position among the world’s top research institutions.
Professor Duncan Ivison, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)

Professor Dacheng Tao is one of one just 147 academics around the world to be recognised in two fields – computer science and engineering – for his distinguished work on artificial intelligence.

His research is at the forefront of heralding the next generation of autonomous machines, which will have a monumental impact on key aspects of industry and the economy, including driverless cars, automated manufacturing and environmental change monitoring/emergency detection.

Our 2017 highly-cited scholars

Professor Adrian Bauman – Sydney Medical School

Professor Adrian Bauman.

For more than 30 years Professor Bauman has been a world leader in the study of chronic disease prevention and the development and assessment of prevention research methods. He was instrumental in identifying the health benefits of moderate physical activity and reduced sitting time. He has published more than 525 papers and two books.

Professor Alexander McBratney – Faculty of Science

Director of the Sydney Institute of Agriculture, Professor McBratney leads one of the strongest university-based research groups on soil resources assessment internationally. He has published some 210 refereed scientific journal papers with an h-index of 44.

Professor Dacheng Tao – Faculty of Engineering & Information Technologies

Professor Dacheng Tao.

Australian Laureate Fellow Professor Tao has been a significant international contributor to knowledge on artificial intelligence technologies, including computer vision and statistical learning, and their applications to neuroscience, robotics, video surveillance and medical informatics. He has produced more than 500 publications and in 2015, was awarded a prestigious Eureka Prize

Professor Edward Holmes – Faculty of Science

Professor Edward Holmes.

Professor Holmes has spent more than 25 years researching how pathogens, such as avian influenza and HIV, emerge and spread. He has produced more than 500 peer-reviewed papers and two highly-regarded books, which have more than 48,000 citations and a h-index of 115. This year, he was named an Australian Laureate Fellow, elected into the Royal Society and won a NSW Premier’s Prize.

Professor Georgina Long – Sydney Medical School

Co-Medical Director of Melanoma Institute Australia, Professor Long’s work is leading to major innovations and advances in melanoma prevention, diagnosis and treatment. She is principal investigator on a number of clinical trials, including one involving patients with active brain metastases. She has published more than 130 papers and was recently awarded a NSW Premier’s Prize. 

Professor Manfred Lenzen – Faculty of Science

Physicist and renewable energies expert Professor Lenzen has contributed major methodological advances and applications in the areas of embodied energy, greenhouse gas emissions, input-output analysis and lifecycle assessment. 

Professor Philip Gale – Faculty of Science

Chemist Professor Gale, who joined the University in January, is designing molecules that can replace the function of faulty cell membranes in the lungs and in other organs in people with cystic fibrosis. He is also developing new compounds that can kill cancer cells. He has published more than 250 papers and three books so far in his 20-year career.