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DIT researchers ranked among world's top scientists

Posted: 28 November, 2018

Professor Paula Bourke, Dr Catherine Barry-Ryan and Professor PJ Cullen have been listed among the top 1% most cited scientists in the world for research undertaken in DIT.

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The Highly Cited Researchers List identifies influential researchers who are leading the way in solving the world’s biggest challenges.

Professor Paula Bourke is exploring and developing novel antimicrobials and cold plasma approaches to tackle real-world challenges in a range of industries - considering antimicrobial resistance, biofilms, decontamination strategies as well as biomedical applications such as allergen control, wound healing and cancer treatment. In particular, her research is supporting a need for new technologies to support safety and sustainability in the agriculture and food sectors.

Dr Barry-Ryan’s research is focused in the area of food sustainability. She is working to develop functional ingredients from plant and food waste sources and also on decontamination and sanitation techniques and technologies in food processing. Catherine also manages the DIT Food Innovation Lab, which is working with Industry to solve their new product development and food processing issues.

Professor Bourke and Dr Barry-Ryan are both Lecturers in the DIT School of Food Science and Environmental Health. Two adjunct faculty working with this School also made the list: Professor PJ Cullen and Professor Brijesh Tiwari (Teagasc), both of whom are supervising PhD students and contributing to the research mission of DIT. Professor Cullen, a leading expert for non-thermal plasma technology for biological applications, has been a Lecturer in DIT since 2001. 

Researchers are selected for their exceptional performance in one or more of 21 fields. All four of the above researchers were acknowledged in the field of Agricultural Sciences, which included 158 scientists around the world. 

The Clarivate Analytics list of Highly Cited Researchers for 2018 identifies scientists and social scientists who have demonstrated significant influence through publication of multiple highly cited papers from 2006-2016. A total of 6,000 researchers from across the world were featured on the list, including 17 Nobel Laureates and 33 scientists from Ireland. 

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Professor PJ Cullen