The 2014 Thomson Reuters list of highly cited researchers features two UNT College of Arts and Sciences professors. UNT Distinguished Research Professor Richard Dixon and Professor Ron Mittler, both internationally renowned plant biologists, were included in the 2014 list.
Representing the world’s leading scientific minds, the Thomson Reuters list recognizes researchers who have published influential articles ranking among the top 1 percent of the most cited works in their fields.
“We are extremely proud to have this level of attention focused on research underway in UNT’s Department of Biological Sciences,” said Sam Atkinson, chair of UNT’s biology department.
Mittler specializes in research on oxidative stress in plants. Some of his recent research has focused on stress signaling in plants. He has written dozens of articles in specialized publications, as well as book chapters in his field of research. He has been awarded a number of grants, both from Israeli and American Universities and Institutions to pursue his work.
Dixon, who specializes in metabolic engineering of plants, has recently focused on developing new bioproducts and human health. His research interests include modification of lignin and cell wall polymers in bioenergy crops; improvement of forage quality in alfalfa; flavonoid compounds and human health and it has been funded by dozens of external institutions.
Dixon is also a prolific writer, having published in a number of specialty publications, and he holds more than twenty patents in the US, as well as in Australia and New Zealand. He currently holds the positions of Distinguished Research Professor of Biological Sciences at University of North Texas, adjunct professor of Biochemistry and cellular Biology at both Rice University and Oklahoma State University. He has held the Distinguished Professor and Samuel Roberts Noble Research Chair in the Plant Biology Division at Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, where he served as Senior Vice President from 2006 to 2013, after directing the Plant Biology Division in the same institution.He also served as Adjunct Professor of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology at the University of Texas at Austin from 1998 to 2010, among many other teaching roles both at US and UK renowned Universities. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Botany: Phytoalexin production by plant tissue cultures from the University of Oxford, UK, in 1976, where he had previously earned a Master of Arts Degree in Biochemistry.