Faculty of Science trio among world's most influential...

June 27, 2014

Three Simon Fraser University scientists are among 90 Canadians on the Thomson Reuters list of “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds: 2014,” spanning 21 fields in the physical and social sciences.

Professors Fiona Brinkman (above left) and Steven Jones (above center) and Adjunct Professor Marco Marra,(above right) all in the SFU Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry (MBB), are among 3,215 individuals globally recognized as the world’s leading scientific researchers.

The list is comprised of researchers who have published the greatest number of articles that rank among the most frequently cited by fellow researchers.

Brinkman is a pioneer in the emerging field of pathogen bioinformatics—the use of powerful computers to study DNA and protein sequences in bacteria that cause disease.

Her team’s current research interests revolve around creating and using computer programs for investigating infectious diseases, with the overall goal of aiding the development of more sustainable and holistic approaches to controlling them.

“It appears we are being recognized for our most impactful publications in bioinformatics, which they have categorized under computer science,” says Brinkman. “They reflect our last decade of papers but hopefully over the coming decade we will see this translate further into even more rapid, effective and sustainable infectious disease control.”

Professors Jones and Marra, both SFU alumni with the B.C. Cancer Agency Genome Sciences Centre, are among the researchers leading the charge to deliver personalized therapies tailored to the genetic makeup of individual cancers.

Marra is the director and Jones is an associate director at the Genome Sciences Centre. The two are part of a B.C. Cancer Agency team that in 2010 cracked the genetic code of a rare tongue tumour that had metastasized. The team developed a personalized drug regime that stabilized the aggressive cancer.

The listings at Thomson-Reuters’ Highly Cited Researchers site at http://highlycited.com can be searched by researchers’ first and last names, by primary and secondary institutional affiliations and by the main subject category.

To view and download a PDF or the full report visit http://i.sfu.ca/kyzMIG.