Seven PRBB researchers amongst the most cited international scientists

Seven PRBB researchers are amongst the 1% of the most cited authors in their respective scientific areas, according to the Highly Cited Researchers list of the Web of Science Group.

Amongst the 6,216 most influential scientists in the world, we find seven scientists from the PRBB centers | Picture by Patrick Tomasso in Unsplash.

Amongst the 6,216 most influential scientists in the world, we find seven scientists from the PRBB centers | Picture by Patrick Tomasso in Unsplash.

According to a classification by the Web of Science Group, considered one of the most prestigious in the world, 38 researchers from Catalan centres and universities are amongst the 6,216 most influential scientists in the world in 21 fields of science and social sciences. This ‘influence’ is measured taking into account the number of times their work has been cited by other colleagues. All those present in the well-known Highly Cited Researchers list are amongst the 1% most cited authors in their respective fields.

Among them we find seven PRBB scientists: Jordi Alonso, Montse Fitó and Joaquim Bellmunt (Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute, IMIM), Mark Nieuwenhuijsen and Jordi Sunyer (Barcelona Institute for Global Health, ISGlobal), Roderic Guigó (Centre for Genomic Regulation, CRG) and Marc Güell (Department of Experimental and Health Sciences, Pompeu Fabra University (DCEXS-UPF)). Alonso, Sunyer and Guigó are also professors at the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF).


Jordi Alonso, categorized within the disciplines of Psychology/Psychiatry and Social Sciences, studies the perception of health and the frequency and burden of mental illnesses, as well as their determinants on a population scale. Alonso is also Professor of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the Department of Experimental and Health Sciences, Pompeu Fabra University (DCEXS-UPF) and associate researcher at CIBER in Epidemiology and Public Health.


Montse Fitó has been assigned within the category of Agricultural Sciences. Her research focuses on nutritional intervention studies to understand the effect of the diet on cardiovascular risk factors and cardiovascular diseases, as well as to establish the cellular and molecular mechanisms that promote these benefits. Montse Fitó is also a CIBER researcher in the Pathophysiology of Obesity and Nutrition.


Joaquim Bellmunt, expert in genital-urinary clinical oncology, appears in the Clinical Medicine categoryHis research is linked to drugs aimed at new therapeutic targets and translational research in the field of immunotherapy and growth factor receptors and angiogenesis, among others, as targets in cancer therapy.



Mark Nieuwenhuijsen is the director of the Urban Planning, Environment and Health Initiative of ISGlobal, as well as the research program on Air Pollution and Urban EnvironmentHis research aims to generate scientific evidence, tools and indicators that can be used for sustainable and healthy urban and transport planning.



Jordi Sunyer is the director of the ISGlobal Childhood and Environment program, where he is also in charge of the BISC Project, which investigates the effects of air pollution during pregnancy and early childhood, the main focus of his research.



Roderic Guigó is the leader of the research group in Bioinformatics and Genomics at the CRG. His research focuses on the study of signals that participate in the gene specification of certain genomic sequences. His group is also involved in the development of software for gene prediction.



Marc Güell is the principal investigator of the Translational Synthetic Biology research group at the DCEXS-UPF. His research is focused on gene edition and synthetic biology, disciplines applied to patients awaiting organ transplants, and those with acne or muscle dystrophy.



You can read more details on the IMIM, the DCEXS-UPF and ISGlobal website.


About the author
Maruxa Martínez-Campos is a biologist (PhD, Cambridge University) who moved to 'the other side' of research to work as an editor for the open access journal "Genome Biology". For over 10 years she has worked at PRBB on communication. She currently coordinates the Good scientific practice working group and the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee at the PRBB. When she finds the time, she writes in "The science factor".

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