Jörg Vogel, founding director of the Helmholtz Institute for RNA-based Infection Research (HIRI) and director of the Institute for Molecular Infection Biology (IMIB) at the Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg (JMU), is one of the most frequently cited researchers in his field. This is the result of an analysis published by Clarivate Analytics, a company specializing in citation data. Vogel is investigating regulatory RNA molecules in bacterial pathogens such as salmonella and in the human microbiome. His research group is developing new methods based on high-throughput sequencing to identify RNA molecules and understand their mechanism of action in health and disease. Vogel has headed the HIRI, a branch of the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) in Braunschweig in cooperation with the JMU since 2017.
The basis for the annual evaluation of scientific citations is the database "Web of Science Core Collection", which lists scientific articles from around 21,100 scientific journals. For this year's evaluation, Clarivate Analytics considered the period from 2009 to 2019. Frequently cited publications are those, which, in their year of publication, belong to one percent of the most frequently cited in their field. Only those scientists who are involved in several such Highly Cited Papers are admitted to the exclusive circle of Highly Cited Researchers. In 2020, these are approximately 6,100 personalities worldwide.
Jörg Vogel is a biochemist and was awarded the Leibniz Prize in 2017. He is also an elected member of the German National Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina) and the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO). In January 2021, Vogel will take over the presidency of the European Academy of Microbiology (EAM).