23 Ghent University researchers are in a citation ranking

This year, Ghent University has 23 researchers with Highly Cited status. Two more than last year, and no less than half of all frequently quoted scientists associated with Flemish universities.

The list is classified by discipline, but there is also a cross-field category. The following Ghent University researchers are Highly Cited Researchers in this category this year: Nico Boon (faculty of Bioscience Engineering), Tom Coenye (faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences), Freddy Haesebrouck (faculty of Veterinary Medicine), Peter Vandenabeele (faculty of Sciences) and Maarten Vansteenkiste ( Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences).

Plant & Animal Science

Ghent University’s pioneering role in the field of Plant & Animal Science is also apparent from the list of most cited scientists. Tom Beeckman, Wout Boerjan, Dirk Inzé, Alain Goossens, Kris Moreel, Guy Smagghe, Frank Van Breusegem, Yves Van de Peer and Klaas Vandepoele renewed their earlier recognition as Highly Cited Researcher. New in this category: Laurens Pauwels.
Their specific expertise covers a wide range from plant biotechnology to biostatistics - often with a strong interdisciplinary approach.

Agricultural Sciences

Wim Verbeke is once again a Highly Cited researcher for the field of Agricultural Sciences. Koen Dewettinck is on the list for the first time this year.

Environment / Ecology

Willy Verstraete has become an established name within the Environment / Ecology category.


Scientists in the field of Immunology are proving their growing reputation within medical medicine. Bart Lambrecht, Hamida Hammad, Martin Guilliams and Mohammed Lamkanfi can again call themselves Highly Cited Researcher in this category.

Social Sciences

Finally, Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij is recognized as a Highly Cited Researcher in the Social Sciences - general once more, for her research into social health care.

The top 3 countries with the highest number of Highly Cited Researchers are the United States, China and the United Kingdom.