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16 November 2023 Klaus Becker, Corporate Communications Center, TUM

Eleven TUM researchers belong to the world's most frequently cited scientists. Their names can be found in the latest Highly Cited Researchers rankings.

Scientists cite the most important works previously published on the respective topic when writing their papers. This means the total number of times a paper is cited is a good indicator of the quality of the research behind it. To identify the most highly cited researchers, each year the US company Clarivate analyzes its Web of Science database, which covers scientific publications in a broad range of disciplines.

The latest evaluation lists the scientists who were cited most frequently in their subject areas in the period from 2012 to 2022. Researchers who are frequently cited in multiple fields are listed in the Cross-Field category. The list contains the names of about 7,000 persons in no specific order, including the following TUM researchers:


  • Prof. Dr. Bernhard Hemmer, Clinic for Neurology, Klinikum rechts der Isar
  • Prof. Dr. Ingrid Kögel-Knabner, Chair of Soil Science
  • Prof. Dr. Bernhard Küster, Chair of Proteomics and Bioanalytics
  • Prof. Dr. Josef Priller, Clinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Klinikum rechts der Isar
  • Prof. Dr. Melanie Schirmer, Professorship of Translational Microbiome Data Integration
  • Prof. Dr. Rupert Seidl, Chair of Ecosystem Dynamics and Forest Management in Mountain Landscapes
  • Prof. Dr. Mikael Simons, Chair of Molecular Neurobiology

Biology und Biochemistry:

  • Prof. Dr. Fabian Theis, Chair of Mathematical Modelling of Biological Systems


  • Prof. Dr. Xiaoxiang Zhu, Chair of Data Science in Earth Observation

Clinical Medicine:

  • Prof. Dr. Matthias Eiber, Clinic for Nuclear Medicine, Klinikum rechts der Isar

Psychiatry and Psychology:

  • Prof. Dr. Stefan Leucht, Clinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Klinikum rechts der Isar

In addition, Prof. Laura Herz is among the Highly Cited Researchers in the Cross-Field category. The University of Oxford physicist is currently a fellow at the TUM Institute for Advanced Study.

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