Immunologists top highly cited researcher list

Professor Jamie Rossjohn and Professor Charles Mackay
Professor Jamie Rossjohn and Professor Charles Mackay

Two Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute (BDI) researchers have been recognised for their exceptional research performance, determined by production of multiple highly cited papers that rank in the top one per cent by citations for a field and year.

Professor Jamie Rossjohn and Professor Charles Mackay have each been ranked as a 2018 Highly Cited Researcher in the prestigious list released on Tuesday 27 November by Clarivate Analytics.

As Head of the Monash BDI’s Infection and Immunity Program, Professor Rossjohn’s research is centered on an understanding immunity. Professor Rossjohn has used structural biology to explain pre-T- cell receptor (TCR) self-association in T-cell development, and how the TCR specifically recognises polymorphic Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) molecules in the context of viral immunity and aberrant T- cell reactivity. He has unearthed structural mechanisms of HLA polymorphism impacting on drug and food hypersensitivities, as well as Natural Killer cell receptor recognition. He has pioneered our molecular understanding of lipid-based immunity by T cells, revealing that it can differ fundamentally from peptide-mediated adaptive immunity.

Professor Mackay has forged a new understanding of the gut microbiome and the important role it plays in immune responses including allergies and in a number of diseases including type 1 diabetes. His research into how immune responses can be manipulated using 'medicinal foods', as well as novel gut microbial species, is attracting both clinical and public interest, with the latest research findings moving to clinical trials.

He was highly cited from 2005 to 2010 under what was then the Institute for Scientific Information citation, and was again identified as a Highly Cited Researcher last year.

“I’m both humbled and honoured to be part of this distinguished list, and hope that I continue to be highly cited in the future,” Professor Mackay said.

Professor John Carroll, Director of the Monash BDI, congratulated both researchers on their achievement.

“It is great to see Monash BDI scientists once again recognised as international luminaries. This sort of acknowledgement demonstrates the calibre of research conducted here at the Monash BDI. Congratulations to both Jamie and Charles,” Professor Carroll said.

Now in its fifth year, this annual list identifies the most influential researchers as determined by their peers around the globe. A new ‘cross-field’ category was added this year to recognise researchers with substantial influence in several fields, but who do not have enough highly cited papers in any one field to be chosen.

You can find the list of Monash’s 22 Highly Cited Researchers here.

See the full list of Highly Cited Researchers and read more about the methodology on Clarivate Analytics website.

About the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute

Committed to making the discoveries that will relieve the future burden of disease, the newly established Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute at Monash University brings together more than 120 internationally-renowned research teams. Our researchers are supported by world-class technology and infrastructure, and partner with industry, clinicians and researchers internationally to enhance lives through discovery.