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Thomson Reuters Names BGI Director Jun Wang one of the Hottest Scientific Researchers of 2012
Publish Date: 2013-06-07

On June 5, 2013, Thomson Reuters announced this year's Hottest Researchers and Research, a ranking of the most influential scientific researchers and research papers. Jun Wang, Director of BGI, was named one of the Hottest Scientific Researchers.

The Hottest Scientific Researchers and Research highlights the researchers who, according to citations tracked during 2012, authored the most “Hot Papers” published over the preceding two years, as well as the papers published during 2012 that were most cited by year’s end.

21 Hottest Scientific Researchers covers the fields of genomics, biostatistics, materials, chemistry, cardiology, oncology etc. Genomics was the primary field of study for 8 of the 21 Hottest Researchers. A Map of Human Genome Variation from Population-Scale Sequencing (1000 Genomes Project, Nature, 467(7319): 1061-73, 2010), contributed by featured researchers including Dr. Richard K. Wilson of Washington University in St. Louis(WUSTL), Jun Wang of BGI, Goncalo Abecasis of the University of Michigan, and Elaine Mardis, Li Ding and Robert Fulton of WUSTL, currently ranks among biology's most-cited papers. Jun Wang’s additional 13 Hot Papers present genomic data on, among other organisms, E. coli, the potato, and two species of ant.

Moreover, among the 21 Hottest Researchers of 2012, four are from Chinese research institutions, including BGI, Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Chemistry, Wuhan University of Technology and Shenyang National Laboratory.

Who and What Was Hot in Scientific Research in 2012

Jun Wang is the Executive Director of BGI (previously known as the Beijing Genomics Institute). He was instrumental in the 1999 founding and growth of the BGI Bioinformatics Department, which is now widely recognized as one of the world's premier research facilities committed to excellence in genome sciences. He has authored 200+ peer-reviewed original papers.

Jun has been recognized with an award from His Royal Highness Prince Foundation in Denmark, Nature's 10 — the year in Science (2012); an Outstanding Science and Technology Achievement from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Top 10 Scientific Achievements in China; and the prize for Important Innovation and Contribution from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. His research focuses on genomics and related bioinformatics analysis of complex diseases and agricultural crops, with the goal of developing applications using the genomic information.