Using microbes to cure rare diseases, creating the electronics of tomorrow, and discovering what makes us human: These are just a few of things being done by the top researchers at Northeastern, four of which have made the list for 2020’s Highly Cited Researchers.
The list features more than 6,000 scientific researchers around the world who have produced papers that rank in the top 1 percent by citations in their fields between 2009 and 2019. It was produced by Clarivate Analytics with data compiled from Web of Science, which is an online service that indexes research paper citations.
The listing included the following College of Science faculty:
- Arun Bansil, who is a University Distinguished Professor of Physics, studies how electrons behave in complex materials. His work provides novel insight into how to design new materials for quantum information systems, more efficient batteries, and superconductors that could eventually work at room temperature.
- Lisa Feldman-Barrett, who is a University Distinguished Professor of Psychology, studies the nature of emotion from the perspectives of both psychology and neuroscience. Her lab research uses experiential, behavioral, psychophysiological and brain-imaging techniques to study emotions.
- Arthur Kramer, who is a Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Cognitive & Brain Health, focuses on understanding cognitive and neural plasticity across the lifespan. His research includes aging, cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and human factors.
- Kim Lewis, who is a University Distinguished Professor of Biology, has produced major research in the fight against bacterial infections. He has discovered a new antibiotic that kills pathogens without encountering any detectable resistance and investigated promising new treatments for Lyme disease.