Dr. George Hajishengallis Named on Highly Cited Researchers 2020 List


Dr. George Hajishengallis, Thomas W. Evans Centennial Professor in the Department of Basic & Translational Sciences

Philadelphia — Penn Dental Medicine is pleased to announce that Dr. George Hajishengallis, Thomas W. Evans Centennial Professor in the Department of Basic & Translational Sciences, has been named on the Highly Cited Researchers™ 2020 list from Clarivate.

The annual list identifies researchers who demonstrated significant influence in their chosen field or fields through the publication of multiple highly cited papers during the last decade. Their names are drawn from the publications that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and publication year in the Web of Science™ citation index. In 2020, fewer than 6,200, or about 0.1%, of the world’s researchers, in 21 research fields and across multiple fields, have earned this exclusive distinction.

The methodology that determines the “who’s who” of influential researchers draws on the data and analysis performed by bibliometric experts and data scientists at the Institute for Scientific Information™ at Clarivate.

The focus of Dr. Hajishengallis’ research is at the host-microbe interface of the oral mucosal barrier. His lab investigates how these local interactions cross-talk with systemic immunity and aims to define conditions that maintain homeostasis as well as understand the mechanisms by which homeostasis breaks down leading to disease. His research has illuminated novel mechanisms of homeostatic regulation of immunity, microbial dysbiosis, and inflammation and has been published in preeminent journals, such as Nature Immunology, Science Translational Medicine, Cell, Cell Host & Microbe, Journal of Clinical Investigation, Nature Communications, PNAS, Science Signaling, New England Journal of Medicine, Nature Reviews Immunology and Nature Reviews Microbiology. Combining basic scientific and translational research, his work has lead to innovative approaches to clinical problems, including periodontal disease, where his preclinical work has led to clinical trials of therapeutic compounds.

Dr. Hajishengallis is one of 46 researchers at the University of Pennsylvania included on the 2020 Highly Cited Researchers list.

“In the race for knowledge, it is human capital that is fundamental and this list identifies and celebrates exceptional individual researchers who are having a great impact on the research community as measured by the rate at which their work is being cited by others,” said David Pendlebury, Senior Citation Analyst at the Institute for Scientific Information at Clarivate.

The full 2020 Highly Cited Researchers list and executive summary can be found online here.