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Two Trinity Scientists Featured in List of World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds

Published 03 July 2014

Two Trinity College Dublin scientists, Professors Luke O’Neill and Jonathan Coleman, have been named on a list of 2014 World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds by publisher Thomson Reuters. Their selection places them in the top 1% of researchers for the number of times their work has been cited by other scientists. The researchers on the list were described as being “on the cutting edge of their fields” and “performing and publishing work that their peers recognize as vital to the advancement of their science.”

Professor Luke O'Neill was appointed to the Chair of Biochemistry at Trinity College Dublin in 2008, where he leads the Inflammation Research Group. He is also Academic Director of the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute. His research is in the area of the molecular basis to inflammatory diseases, with a particular interest in pro-inflammatory cytokines and Toll-like receptors. He has published over 200 papers and reviews on his research, in journals such as Nature, Science, Cell, Nature Immunology, Nature Medicine, Nature Genetics and PNAS. He is on the editorial boards of six journals, including the Journal of Biological Chemistry and Trends in Immunology. He is also on the Board of Reviewing Editors for Science, covering Innate Immunity.

Professor Jonathan Coleman is currently Professor of Chemical Physics in the School of Physics and a Principal Investigator in CRANN, the Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices. He is the head of the Chemical Physics of Low-Dimensional Nanostructures group. The main focus of this group is to conduct interdisciplinary research on the physics and chemistry of materials with an emphasis on low dimensional nanostructures. The main materials studied are graphene, carbon nanotubes, polymer inorganic nanowires and inorganic layered compounds.

After making the Thomson Reuter list, Professor Coleman credited the students and post-doctoral researchers who helped him, as well as thanking Trinity College and Science Foundation Ireland. Professor O’Neill said, “Being in the top 1 percent of anything is great” and described the achievement as “a huge testament to the work of my research team in Trinity over the past decade.”

Thomson Reuters cited the scientists on the list for their “exceptional impact”. In addition to their presence on the website, the selected scientists will also be published in Thompson Reuters 2014 World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds report.