Daniel Anderson, Robert Langer, among the top translational reseachers in biotechnology

The list of top translational researchers in biotechnology for 2018, in Nature Biotechnology, a journal about the best research from across the field, includes two faculty members of the MIT Institute for Medical Engineering and Science (IMES). Daniel Anderson, an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and a core faculty member at IMES, and Robert Langer, an affiliate faculty member at IMES and the David H. Koch Institute Professor, MIT, were listed in the top 20.


The list is comprised of total patents (US and European) awarded in 2018, as well as the following characteristics:

  • The researcher’s top-cited patent over the past five years
  • The H-index, a calculation of the impact of a researcher’s publications over time (the higher the number, the greater the impact).

The list also includes Feng Zhang, the James and Patricia Poitras Professor of Neuroscience at MIT and George Church, a faculty member at the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology program (HST) and a professor at the Harvard Medical School (HMS). There are more researchers from MIT on this list than any other institution, and Massachusetts is home to the greatest number of researchers included.