Sydney academics recognised for impact in highly cited list

15 November 2023
Research excellence outlined in global analysis
Twenty-seven University of Sydney academics have been recognised as leaders in their field in this year's 2023 Clarivate Highly Cited Researchers list.

The Clarivate list recognises the most influential researchers who have published multiple papers frequently cited by their peers that rank in the top one percent of citations for field and year in the Web of Science.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Emma Johnston congratulated the Sydney researchers recognised as world-leaders in their fields.

“We take pride in having so many of our researchers recognised in the top one percent of their fields. They have produced highly influential research that is helping to improve industries, policies, and lives. This recognition is a direct credit to them and the research ecosystem that supports them.”
Professor Emma Johnston
Richard Scolyer and Georgina Long

This year’s list includes recent NSW Australian of the Year winners, Professor Richard Scolyer AO and Professor Georgina Long AO, whose pioneering melanoma research has saved thousands of lives and turned a diagnosis of advanced melanoma from being fatal to a curable disease.

They have also developed a series of world-first treatments based on their melanoma breakthroughs after Richard was diagnosed with incurable grade 4 brain cancer in June 2023. Richard is now the world’s first brain cancer patient to have pre-surgery combination immunotherapy.

Sydney’s 2023 highly cited academics

For more than 30 years Professor Adrian Bauman has been a world leader in the study of chronic disease prevention and the development and assessment of prevention research methods. He has worked extensively in the fields of physical activity, obesity, smoking and cardiovascular disease prevention and is currently the co-director of the WHO Collaborating Centre on Physical Activity, Nutrition and Obesity. 

Associate Professor Carlino specialises in melanoma, complex non melanoma skin cancer and gastrointestinal cancers. He is a medical oncologist at Westmead and Blacktown Hospitals and a Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney. He has been a principal investigator in over 50 clinical trials.

Professor Cullen is a chemical and biomolecular engineer. He works with plasma and the ultimate goal of his research is the adoption of plasma technologies to move away from the current reliance on traditional chemicals towards more targeted and environmentally friendly solutions to a range of global social, environmental and industrial challenges including food, water and climate issues.

Professor George is a renowned hepatologist and liver research scientist who studies the causes of and mechanisms for the development of liver disease and liver cancer. Professor George’s work has made significant contributions to clinical practice. His team first identified the role of interferon lambda 3 gene polymorphisms for predicting treatment response in chronic hepatitis C, and a second gene polymorphism that interacts with interferon lambda 3. These discoveries are considered major advances in the field and the finest examples of ‘personalised medicine’.

Associate Professor Geschke’s research focuses on environmental-economic assessment, renewable energy systems, sustainability, and impacts on biodiversity. Previously, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Integrated Sustainability Analysis (ISA) team working on global environmental assessment, identification and quantification of the social impacts of international trade, and input-output analysis.

Professor Halliday is one of the world’s leading experts on neurodegeneration, having dedicated her career to research critical to improving the lives of those with Parkinson’s, dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases. Her research has directly influenced clinical practice by providing the evidence base for understanding the pathologies underlying neurodegenerative diseases, clarifying the trajectory of the diseases over time and exploring any potential variability. She was awarded the 2021 Robert A. Pritzker Prize for Leadership in Parkinson's Research by the Michael J Fox foundation, which recognises scientists who make an exceptional research contribution to improve treatments for Parkinson's patients.

Professor Hickie is co-director of the University's multidisciplinary initiative, the Brain and Mind Centre. He is an internationally renowned researcher in clinical psychiatry, with particular reference to medical aspects of common mood disorders, depression and bipolar disorder in young people, early intervention, use of new and emerging technologies and suicide prevention. He is a dual winner of the 2021 Australian Mental Health Prize, recognising his contributions to the mental health sector.

Professor Hensher is Professor of Management, and Founding Director of the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (ITLS) His research focuses on smarter door-to-door transport solutions that reduce car use and our environmental footprint, and make getting to work cheaper and simpler. In January 2023, David was appointed a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia (OA).

Professor Ho-Baillie is the John Hooke Chair of Nanoscience at the University of Sydney. Her research interest is to engineer materials and devices at nanoscale for integrating solar cells onto all kinds of surfaces generating clean energy. She has been identified as one of the leaders in advancing perovskite solar cells. Her achievements in setting solar cell energy efficiency world records in various categories have placed her research at the forefront internationally.

Professor Holmes is a recognised leader in the study of viral evolution. He was awarded the prestigious Prime Minister’s Prize for Science for his transformative role in the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Working with international collaborators at Fudan University in Shanghai, Professor Holmes was the first person to publicly share the entire genome of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 in humans. As well as his work on coronaviruses, he has pioneered the study of how viruses evolve and jump between species, including to humans, to spread and cause disease. His work has laid the foundations for the study of virus evolution, ecology and emergence.

Professor Kalantar Zadeh is the Head of the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Sydney. As an Australian Research Council (ARC) Laureate Fellow, he specialises in chemical engineering, materials sciences, biomedical engineering, and electronics. His work is helping to address global challenges through advancements in materials and chemical engineering.

Professor Lenzen is a physicist and renewable energies expert. He has contributed major methodological advances and applications in the areas of embodied energy, greenhouse gas emissions, input-output analysis and life-cycle assessment. Professor Lenzen is an international leader in economic Input-Output Analysis and Life-Cycle Assessment, is Associate Editor for the Journal of Industrial Ecology, and is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Economic Systems Research.

Professor Lyn March is a Professor of Rheumatology and Musculosketal Epidemiology Medicine. Her research interests include osteoarthritis, complementary therapies, and stem cell research. Her research extends to evidence-based guideline development and burden measurement of musculoskeletal disorders.

Professor Li’s recent research is focused on computational design and multidisciplinary optimisation of nonlinear and time-dependent multifunctional and lightweight structures and materials with applications in aerospace, automotive, mechanical, manufacturing and biomedical engineering. His research expertise covers the areas of data science, computational mechanics, structural crashworthiness, additive manufacturing, biomechanics, scaffold tissue engineering and biofabrication. Professor Li has collaborated with domestic and global industry including Cochlear, Stryker, Allegra, SDI, Sirona, 360 Med Care, Optimize Ortho and Corin.

Professor Long is co-director of Melanoma Institute Australia. She leads an extensive clinical trials team and laboratory, with a focus on targeted therapies and immuno-oncology in melanoma. Professor Long was named joint NSW Australian of the year in 2023. She was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia (2020) and has received several awards, including the Research Australia, GSK Research Excellence Award (2018) and prestigious Sir Zelman Cowen Universities Fund Prize for Discovery in Medical Research (2016). In October 2020 she was ranked the world’s 5th, and Australia’s 1st melanoma expert in all fields and discipline.

Professor Macia is Academic Director of Sydney Cytometry and Head of the Nutritional Immunometabolism Lab. Professor Macia is exploring the connection between nutrition and immune response. As a Beckett Fellow at the School of Medical Sciences/Physiology, she researches the benefits of balanced nutrition, regular exercise, and stress reduction. And how nutrition and immunity might influence multiple sclerosis (MS), investigating how diet modifications could re-educate the immune system. 

Director of the Sydney Institute of Agriculture, Professor McBratney is a world-leading soil scientist. He has made major contributions to soil science and agriculture through the development of the concepts of Pedometrics, Digital Soil Mapping and Precision Agriculture. He was awarded the VV Dokuchaev medal by the International Union of Soil Sciences, the highest honour in the soil science discipline.

Professor Menzies is a medical oncologist. He has a subspecialty interest in melanoma and breast cancer. His main research interests are clinical trials of new systemic therapies for melanoma and breast cancer, biomarkers of response and resistance to systemic therapy, and immunotherapy-related toxicity. Since 2009, he has been an investigator on over 100 sponsored and investigator-led Phase I to III clinical trials of systemic therapies in melanoma and breast cancer.

Soil scientist Professor Minasny is passionate about the role of soil in managing climate change, food, water, energy security and maintaining biodiversity. He is the theme leader of Soil, Carbon, and Water at Sydney Institute of Agriculture. He has won numerous awards and is recognised as the leader in digital soil mapping and modelling. He is also a member of three of the University's multidisciplinary initiatives, the Sydney South East Asia Centre and the China Studies Centre.

A geophysicist, Professor Muller leads the University's EarthByte research group. He has received numerous awards, including an NSW Premier’s Prize, for his lifelong dedication to, and innovations in, building a deep time travel machine, a virtual laboratory to see deep into the Earth in four dimensions, through space and time. By modelling the Earth's history we are better able to predict its future - for example, how it will respond to climate change. 

Dr Pei's research interests include elecrocatalysis, aqueous batteries, and hydrogel electrolytes. He was recognised as one of the Australian Research Top 40 Rising Stars in 2019 and 2020.. Currently he works on functional materials for sustainable energy conversion and storage.

Co-director of Melanoma Institute Australia, Professor Scolyer is a world-leading expert in melanoma diagnosis and research. He consults on more than 2000 cases annually which are difficult to diagnose. According to Thomson Reuters ISI Web of Knowledge, he is the highest-ever published scientist in the world in the field of melanoma pathology and he also has the highest H index in this field. In September 2019, he was ranked as the leading Australian Pathologist in the entire field of pathology by League of Scholars. He is a member of the University's multidisciplinary initiative, the Charles Perkins Centre.

Professor Stamatakis leads a program of research examining the health effects of physical activity and other lifestyle health behaviours using cohort studies and international data consortia. He established and leads the Prospective Physical Activity, Sitting and Sleep consortium (ProPASS), a British Heart Foundation funded international collaboration involving a number of cohorts using wearable sensors data. He has published over 290 peer reviewed papers and is a member of the University's multidisciplinary initiative, the Charles Perkins Centre.

Professor Dacheng Tao has made ground-breaking contributions in artificial intelligence, computer vision image processing and machine learning. In 2017 he was awarded an ARC Australian Laureate Fellowship and in 2018 he was named a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science. He has won many prizes for his research contributions including a prestigious Eureka Prize. He is a member of the University's multidisciplinary initiative, the Brain and Mind Centre, and is among a select few academics to be named in the highly cited list in two fields – computer science and engineering.

Dr Shenlong Zhao's research focuses on porous carbon nanomaterials and their sustainable energy and catalysis applications, including photo/electrocatalysts and biofuel cells, and batteries. His research aims at providing a solution to the global energy challenge by transforming innovative ideas/materials into practical technology through high-quality research and development.

Professor Zomaya's research is advancing the development of cloud computing technologies that support a vast range of everyday technologies and services, from internet banking to social media and web-based email.