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  • Batrakova and KabanovThomson Reuters’s 2014 Highly Cited Researchers list includes two UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy professors.
  • Alexander “Sasha” Kabanov, PhD, and Elena Batrakova, PhD, are among the top one percent cited in their subject field.
  • Kabanov and Batrakova are members of the School’s Center for Nanotechnology in Drug Delivery.

Two UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy professors are the most often-cited scientists in the world, according to the Thomson Reuters 2014 Highly Cited Researchers list.

Alexander “Sasha” Kabanov, PhD, and Elena Batrakova, PhD, are among eighteen UNC professors to be included in this year’s group, which comprises researchers who are in the top one percent of most citations in Essential Science Indicators fields. Pharmacy and toxicology was one of the twenty-one fields considered by Thomson Reuters.

Both researchers are members of the School’s Center for Nanotechnology in Drug Delivery, where Kabanov serves as director.

Kabanov Cited More than 16,700 Times

Kabanov, who is also codirector of the Carolina Institute for Nanomedicine, researches anticancer medications and the treatment of strokes, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease. He is the Mescal Swaim Ferguson Distinguished Professor at the School.

His pioneering research ranges from work with polymeric micelles, DNA/polycation complexes, block ionomer complexes, and nanogels for delivery of small drugs, and nucleic acids and proteins that have influenced drug delivery and nanomedicine. This has resulted in numerous honors, including membership in the Academia Europaea.

With more than 240 scientific papers published and 100 patents worldwide, Kabanov has been cited more than 16,700 times.

Batrakova Cited More than 5,700 Times

Joining him in the Highly Cited Researchers list is Associate Professor Elena Batrakova, who researches the treatment of a wide variety of diseases, including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. Her work has been cited more than 5,700 times.

The focus of Batrakova’s research is developing a central nervous delivery system for antioxidants and neuronal growth factors to attenuate neuroinflammation and produce neuroprotection in patients with neurodegenerative disorders.

The 2010 recipient of the Oldfield Alzheimer’s Research Fund Award has authored more than eighty original articles and holds ten patents worldwide.

Story by Amanda Albright

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