Professor Paula Bourke ranked among world’s top scientists

19 Nov, 2019

A TU Dublin researcher, Professor Paula Bourke, has been listed among the top 0.1% most cited scientists in the world in 2019 for research undertaken in TU Dublin.

The Highly Cited Researchers list, released today, identifies scientists and social scientists who produced multiple papers ranking in the top 1% by citations for their field and year of publication, demonstrating significant research influence among their peers. In 2019, fewer than 6,300, or 0.1%, of the world's researchers, across 21 research fields, have earned this exclusive distinction.

Professor Paula Bourke is exploring and developing novel antimicrobials, and cold plasma approaches to tackle the challenges of safety and sustainability in the food chain as well as antimicrobial resistance for human health.  Dr Bourke is a Professor in the School of Food Science and Environmental Health and the Environmental Sustainability and Health Institute at TU Dublin, a Professor in the Queens University of Belfast Institute for Global Food Security, and a leading expert for biological applications of non-thermal plasma. 

Also featured on the list is Professor PJ Cullen, a member of the adjunct faculty at the School of Food Science and Environmental Health in TU Dublin and a Professor in Chemical & Environmental Engineering at the University of Sydney. Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the same School at TU Dublin, Dr Brijesh K Tiwari, is also recognised for his work in the Agricultural Sciences category. Dr Tiwari is also a senior research officer at TEAGASC and his research interests relate to novel food processing, extraction and preservation technologies, with a strong focus on the investigation of biochemical and microbial kinetics in food and food products.

David Pendlebury, a Senior Citation Analyst at the Institute for Scientific Information that compiles the Highly Cited Researchers data said, “The list contributes to the identification of that small fraction of the researcher population that contributes disproportionately to extending the frontiers of knowledge. These researchers create gains for society, innovation and knowledge that make the world healthier, richer, more sustainable and more secure.”

This year’s Clarivate Analytics list of Highly Cited Researchers continues to recognise researchers whose citation records position them in the very highest strata of influence and impact, including 23 Nobel laureates and 29 researchers from Ireland.