I have been awarded the title “Highly Cited Researcher 2021”


The list of Highly Cited Researchers 2021 from Clarivate TM identifies scientists and social scientists who have demonstrated significant and broad influence, reflected in the publication of multiple papers frequently cited by their peers during the last decade.

6,602 researchers are named Highly Cited Researchers in 2021 – 3,774 in specific fields and 2,828 for cross-field performance. This is the fourth year that we have identified researchers with cross-field impact.

The number of researchers selected in each field is based on the square root of the population of authors listed on the field’s highly cited papers. The number of those with cross-field influence is determined by finding those who have influence equivalent to those identified in the 21 fields.

Me and Markus Göker are the only two scientists from our research institute, Leibniz Institute DSMZ – German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures GmbH, that received this award and are among the 331 researchers in Germany who have received this award as well.