Two CSE Researchers Among Most Highly Cited in the World

Nov 22, 2022
CSE's Highly Cited Researchers: (l) Rob Knight and (r) Pavel Pevzner

By Kathrine Connor 

Two researchers affiliated with UC San Diego’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering are among the world’s most influential researchers in their fields, according to the 2022 Clarivate listing of Most Highly Cited Researchers in the World. The list highlights individuals at universities, research institutes and commercial organizations who have demonstrated a disproportionate level of significant and broad influence in their field of research. 

These scientists are selected based on their publications that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and publication year in the Web of Science™ citation index, along with analysis performed by bibliometric experts and data scientists at the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI)™ at Clarivate.

The Highly Cited CSE researchers are:

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.