Five NUI Galway experts feature among the world's most Highly Cited Researchers

Five researchers at NUI Galway are among the top 1% of the world’s most highly cited researchers, according to Clarivate Analytics.

Professor Henry Curran (Chemistry), Professor Colin O’Dowd (Physics), Professor Donal O’Regan (Mathematics), Professor William Wijns (CÚRAM) and Dr Derek Morris (Biochemistry) were all included on the list, which recognises the very top of world academic talent.

Approximately 6,000 researchers are named Highly Cited Researchers in 2018 — some 4,000 in specific fields and about 2,000 for Cross-Field performance.

  • Professor Henry Curran is Director of the Combustion Chemistry Centre at NUI Galway’s School of Chemistry and of the Energy Research Centre in the Ryan Institute. His research interest lies in the study of the chemistry of how fuels burn in combustors in order to increase efficiency and reduce emissions for a cleaner world.
  • Professor Colin O’Dowd is Director of the Centre for Climate and Air Pollution Studies at the Ryan Institute, NUI Galway, and a Professor in the School of Physics, NUI Galway. Through his pioneering work in the field of atmospheric physics, Colin has become internationally renowned as one of the leading scientists in the field of climate change.
  • Professor Donal O’Regan is a Personal Professor of Mathematics at NUI Galway’s School of Mathematics, Statistics and Applied Mathematics and an internationally recognised expert in the field of Nonlinear Analysis. He has written over 1,300 peer-reviewed mathematical articles, making him one of the most prolific authors in the history of mathematics in the world.
  • Professor William Wijns is a leading expert in cardiology and was appointed Professor of Medical Devices within the CÚRAM Research Centre. He is spearheading a €5 million research project, which is developing wearable sensors to alert patients at high risk of heart attacks to triggers such as stress or high blood pressure.
  • Dr Derek Morris is a Principal Investigator in the Neuroimaging and Cognitive Genomics (NICOG) Centre and is Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Science within the School of Natural Sciences at NUI Galway. His research, which began during his time in TCD (2001-2013), is based on using genetics and genomics to understand the biological basis of schizophrenia and other common psychiatric disorders.

Vice-President for Research at NUI Galway, Professor Lokesh Joshi, said: “Professors Curran, O’Dowd, O’Regan, Wijns and Dr Morris are outstanding in their fields and have deservedly earned respect and recognition globally for their research. We are proud of our colleagues and the way they reflect the vibrant and impactful research community at our university.”

This is the fifth year in a row since 2014 that Professors Curran and O’Regan have been included in this prestigious list, and the fourth year in a row for Professor O’Dowd.


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