CSE Researchers Named Again Among the World’s Most Influential in Their Fields

Dec 7, 2023
CSE's highly cited Rob Knight and Pavel Pevzner

For the second year in a row, CSE researchers Rob Knight and Pavel Pevzner at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering were named among the world’s most influential in their fields in this year’s Clarivate listing of Most Highly Cited Researchers in the World. These scientists rank in the top 1% by citations for their field, highlighting their significant level of influence. 

Citation activity alone is not enough to make the list; the top 1% of researchers based on citations is then whittled down by bibliometric experts and data scientists at the Institute for Scientific Information at Clarivate, to reflect scientists who truly have a disproportionate level of impact in their fields.

Rob Knight, professor of pediatrics, bioengineering, computer science and engineering, and director of the Center for Microbiome Innovation. Knight studies microbiomes in a range of settings, including but not limited to the human body, and how they can be manipulated to benefit health and the environment. Recently, Knight has been involved in campus programs performing COVID-19 clinical testing and wastewater detection of SARS-CoV-2.

Most cited paper: “QIIME allows analysis of high-throughput community sequencing data,” published in Nature Methods, 2010.

Pavel Pevzner, who holds the Ronald R. Taylor Chair in Computer Science, is a leading authority on using computer science to decipher and analyze genomes. He has written three bioinformatics textbooks, and developed a new approach to analyzing genome rearrangements. 

Most highly cited paper: “SPAdes: a new genome assembly algorithm and its applications to single-cell sequencing,” published in the Journal of Computational Biology in 2012.

Press release: A new method for sequencing dark matter of life from a single cell

Knight and Pavel were both listed on  Clarivate’s 2022 list of the world’s most influential researchers.