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Fitzgerald, Brass named Thomson Reuters Report most influential scientific minds

By Megan Bard

UMass Medical School Communications

November 16, 2016
   Katherine Fitzgerald, PhD

 Katherine A. Fitzgerald, PhD

  Abraham Brass, MD, PhD

Abraham L. Brass, MD, PhD

Katherine A. Fitzgerald, PhD, and Abraham L. Brass, MD, PhD, have been named among the 2016 Thomson Reuters Web of Science Highly Cited Researchers for being two of the world’s most influential and highly cited scientists.

Thomson Reuters analyzed citation data during an 11-year period to publish The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds. It includes more than 3,100 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.

This is the third consecutive year in which Dr. Fitzgerald, the Worcester Foundation for Biomedical Research Chair andprofessor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases & Immunology, has received the recognition. Fitzgerald, who is also director of the Program in Innate Immunity at UMMS, is considered a leader in immunology for her work to unravel the molecular basis of host defense and the inflammatory process.

“Immunology is a really exciting and dynamic field. It’s certainly an honor to be on this list and have my lab's work recognized in this way. I have a terrific team of talented, driven individuals whose hard work and efforts deserve this recognition,” Fitzgerald said.

Dr. Brass, assistant professor of microbiology & physiological systems, studies viral-host interactions and the host’s intrinsic immune system. The Brass lab focuses on how host-viruses exploit human cells and how the body defends itself from the relentless attacks with the goal of determining possible ways to prevent and treat viral infections.

“It’s great to know that there's interest in our host-virus studies,” Brass said of the papers used by the committee to identify him as a highly cited researcher. “I’m grateful to the talented folks in the lab that have done all the work and for the support we have received from Dr. Jacobson and our colleagues in MaPS.” (Allan S. Jacobson, PhD, the Gerald L. Haidak, MD, and Zelda S. Haidak professor of cell biology, is chair and professor of microbiology & physiological systems.)

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