Three faculty members from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy were recognized on the Clarivate Analytics list of Highly Cited Researchers for 2018.
Leaf Huang, Ph.D., Alexander Kabanov, Ph.D., Dr.Sci., and Bryan Roth, Ph.D., M.D., were among 6,000 scientists worldwide and across all fields who were recognized for their influence, through the publication of multiple highly cited papers, over the last decade.
Huang, Kabanov and Roth were three of the 34 UNC-Chapel Hill scientists recognized.
Huang is a Fred Eshelman Distinguished Professor, who joined the School’s faculty in 2005. He has published over 380 peer-reviewed articles, over 160 invited reviews and book chapters and has co-edited two books. His Laboratory of Drug Targeting conducts research on liposomes and immunoliposomes for drug delivery. Huang is a co-principal investigator of Carolina Center of Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence, one of the six centers funded by National Cancer Institute.
Kabanov, who joined the School in 2012, is the Mescal S. Ferguson Distinguished Professor, director of the Center for Nanotechnology in Drug Delivery and co-director of the Carolina Institute for Nanomedicine. He has conducted pioneering research in the nanomedicine field, co-inventing the first polymeric micelle drug to enter clinical trials to treat cancer. Kabanov holds 34 United States patents and over 50 foreign patents. He co-founded several companies focusing on therapies of cancers and diseases of the central nervous system.
Roth is a professor at the School and a member of the UNC Neuroscience Center and the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, as well as serving as the director of the National Institute of Mental Health Psychoactive Drug Screening Program. He is best known for
creating an innovative scientific method, DREADD, which allows neuroscientists to manipulate and study the basic biological mechanisms that play major roles in many conditions and diseases such as autism, addiction, depression, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and various forms of cancer. Roth also developed and validated a computer model that can predict drug side effects before a drug is given to people, which is now widely used in both early and late stage drug discovery and development.
The Clarivate list recognizes world-class researchers selected for their exceptional research performance, demonstrated by production of multiple highly cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year in Web of Science. UNC-Chapel Hill’s 34 recognized scientists ranked 29th in the world, and 16th among U.S. universities.