Three UMMS scientists named in 2014 Thomson Reuters Report on most influential scientific minds

Trio among the most highly cited researchers in their fields

By Jim Fessenden

UMass Medical School Communications

July 10, 2014
  Katherine A. Fitzgerald, PhD
  Katherine A. Fitzgerald, PhD
   
  Eric O. Mick, ScD
  Eric O. Mick, ScD
   
  Phillip D. Zamore, PhD
  Phillip D. Zamore, PhD

Publishing and media company Thomson Reuters has named UMass Medical School professors Phillip D. Zamore, PhD; Katherine A. Fitzgerald, PhD; and Eric O. Mick, ScD, among the world’s most influential and highly cited scientists.

Thomas Reuters identified the best and brightest scientists by analyzing citation data over the last 11 years. The resulting report, “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds: 2014,” lists 3,200 individuals across 21 fields who have published the highest-impact work that is most frequently acknowledged by their peers. These papers rank in the top 1 percent by citation for their field and year of publication.

  • A leader in RNA biology, Dr. Zamore, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, the Gretchen Stone Cook Chair in Biomedical Sciences and professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, was named one of the most influential scientists in molecular biology and genetics for his contributions to understanding how small RNAs, including small interfering RNAs (siRNAs), microRNAs (miRNAs) and PIWI-interacting RNAs (piRNAs), regulate gene expression in plants, fungi and animals.
  • Dr. Fitzgerald, professor of medicine and an expert in innate immunity, was named a leader in immunology for her work to unravel the molecular basis of host defense and the inflammatory process.
  • Dr. Mick, associate professor of quantitative health sciences, was named a leader in psychology for his work on identifying genetic susceptibility to disruptive behavior and mood disorders such as ADHD; pediatric bipolar disorder; cognition; and emotional self-regulation in children, adolescents and adults.