CVMBS Faculty Listed Among Top 2% Of Scientists

Story by Aubrey Bloom, CVMBS Communications

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Sixteen faculty members from the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVMBS) have been listed among the top 2% of scientists in the world, according to Stanford University’s list of the most cited scientists.

Dr. Stephen Safe, distinguished professor of toxicology in the CVMBS Department of Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology (VTPP), was the highest listed CVMBS faculty member and the second highest faculty member at Texas A&M University. His ranking of 488 puts him in the top .01% worldwide.

Safe’s career has focused on researching medical compounds to treat and cure cancers; he was inducted as a fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) earlier this year and his research has been cited more than 43,000 times since 1996.

Dr. Michael Criscitiello, CVMBS associate dean for research and graduate studies, said having this many faculty on the list demonstrates the quality of research in the CVMBS and the impact CVMBS research has beyond College Station and Texas.

 “Our faculty members are working across disciplines at Texas A&M and with federal and industry partners to develop innovative solutions to problems that challenge the world today,” said Criscitiello. “As importantly, these CVMBS faculty scientists are also inspiring the next generation of researchers through education and mentorship, ensuring that Aggies will continue to play a critical role in protecting animal, human, and environmental health for decades to come.”

The list also includes at least one faculty member from every CVMBS department, which Dr. John August, the Carl B. King Dean of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University, said shows the breadth and scope of the quality work being done within the college.

“Each day, through clinical trials in our Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital and innovative and translational scientific research, faculty members in the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences are making discoveries that will improve the lives of animals and human beings,” August said. “Embracing the Aggie core values of excellence, service, and leadership, these highly accomplished scientists are advancing both veterinary and human medicine so that doctors around the world can continue to offer the most advanced patient care.”

These rankings are based on data from Elsevier’s Scopus, an abstract and citation database; the list comprises more than 186,000 scientists from universities, hospitals, institutes, industries, and laboratories around the work working in 22 scientific fields and 176 subfields. Rankings are measured by a combination of c-score (a metric based on citations to published papers), h-index (which measures productivity and citation impact of publications), and other factors.

Along with Safe, other current CVMBS faculty on the list include:

In addition, CVMBS retired faculty listed for their career-wide accomplishments include:

  • Friedhelm Schroeder, senior professor, Department of Veterinary Physiology & Pharmacology
  • Larry Johnson, professor, Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences
  • James Womack, senior professor, Department of Veterinary Pathobiology
  • Katrin Hinrichs, professor, Department of Veterinary Physiology & Pharmacology
  • Ian Tizard, professor, Department of Veterinary Pathobiology
  • Michael Willard, senior professor, Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences
  • Joe Kornegay, professor, Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences
  • R.R. Pool, clinical professor, Department of Veterinary Pathobiology
  • Steven Brinsko, professor, Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences
  • Thomas Craig, professor, Department of Veterinary Pathobiology
  • George Lees, professor, Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences
  • John Edwards, professor, Department of Veterinary Pathobiology
  • J.B. Puschett, research professor, Department of Veterinary Pathobiology
  • T. Tiffany-Castiglione, professor, Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences

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Contact Information: Jennifer Gauntt, Director of VMBS Communications, Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences; jgauntt@cvm.tamu.edu; 979-862-4216


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