Left to Right: Arun Bansil, Vladimir Torchilin, Albert-László Barabási, Art Kramer, Kim Lewis, Lisa Feldman-Barrett

Six Northeastern Professors Named to 2019 List of ‘Highly Cited Researchers’ Around the Globe

Treating cancer and other diseases in novel ways. Discovering a new antibiotic. Understanding why people become successful.

These groundbreaking research achievements are among the accomplishments of six Northeastern University professors who have been named to a list recognizing the high rate at which their papers have been cited by other researchers.

The 2019 Highly Cited Researchers 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 2006 and 2016. The list, produced by Clarivate Analytics, was compiled based upon data from Web of Science, an online service that indexes the citations that research papers receive.

  •  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.
  • Albert-László Barabási, who is the Robert Gray Dodge Professor of Network Science and Distinguished Professor of Physics, studies complex systems such as sub-cellular networks and the extent to which complex systems can be controlled. His research into the science of success shows that the top performers aren’t always recognized as the best in their fields.
  •  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 discoveries 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. 
  • Vladimir Torchilin, who is a University Distinguished Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, has produced pioneering methods that aim to diminish the side effects of chemotherapy by delivering drugs directly into diseased cells and leaving healthy ones unharmed.