Manel Esteller, Director of the Josep Carreras Leukaemia Research Institute, ICREA Researcher and Professor of Genetics at the University of Barcelona is the biomedical scientist living and working in Spain whose discoveries are the most cited, according to the latest edition of the classification in Webometrics (http://webometrics.info/en/GoogleScholar/Spain), prepared by the cyber metrics group of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). The ranking is based on the more than 200 million academic documents registered in the Google Scholar database, where information from 82,000 Spanish researchers are collected. The ranking includes both Spanish researchers living abroad and those living in Spain.
The ranking follows the so-called "h-index," one of the most widely used indicators to evaluate the impact of a researcher's contributions throughout his or her career. It was devised by physicist Jorge Hirsch to combine in a single piece of data the quantity and quality of a scientist's research. Dr. Manel Esteller's research focuses on the epigenetic mechanisms involved in the emergence and progression of human diseases, mainly cancer. The results derived from his studies have allowed, in addition to knowing the molecular basis of various diseases, the development of innovative diagnostic tools and new treatments for them.
Image. Dr. Manel Esteller.