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Discipline name D-index D-index (Discipline H-index) only includes papers and citation values for an examined discipline in contrast to General H-index which accounts for publications across all disciplines. Citations Publications World Ranking National Ranking
Genetics and Molecular Biology D-index 132 Citations 81,722 256 World Ranking 113 National Ranking 4
Best Scientists D-index 163 Citations 102,401 440 World Ranking 747 National Ranking 27

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Awards & Achievements

2022 - Nobel Prize for his discoveries concerning the genomes of extinct hominins and human evolution

2022 - Research.com Best Scientist Award

2020 - Japan Prize for pioneering contributions to paleoanthropology through decoding ancient human genome sequences.

2016 - Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences for pioneering the sequencing of ancient DNA and ancient genomes, thereby illuminating the origins of modern humans, our relationships to extinct relatives such as Neanderthals, and the evolution of human populations and traits.

2016 - Fellow of the Royal Society, United Kingdom

2016 - Keio Medical Science Prize, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan

2013 - Gruber Prize in Genetics

2011 - Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

2004 - Member of the National Academy of Sciences

2001 - German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina - Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina – Nationale Akademie der Wissenschaften Human Genetics and Molecular Medicine

1998 - Member of Academia Europaea

Member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO)


What is he best known for?

The fields of study he is best known for:

  • Gene
  • DNA
  • Genetics

The scientist’s investigation covers issues in Genetics, Genome, Evolutionary biology, Mitochondrial DNA and Neanderthal genome project. His Genetics study typically links adjacent topics like Ancient DNA. In his study, Divergence, Generation time, Genetic algorithm, Autosome and Nucleotide diversity is inextricably linked to Mutation rate, which falls within the broad field of Genome.

His study in Evolutionary biology is interdisciplinary in nature, drawing from both Paleogenetics, Phylogenetics, Paleoanthropology, Dna genetics and Ancestor. His Mitochondrial DNA research incorporates themes from Nucleic acid sequence, Lineage, Phylogenetic tree, mtDNA control region and Haplogroup L3. His Neanderthal genome project research is multidisciplinary, incorporating perspectives in Genetic diversity, Human evolution, Recent African origin of modern humans and Hominidae.

His most cited work include:

  • A Draft Sequence of the Neandertal Genome (2666 citations)
  • Initial sequence of the chimpanzee genome and comparison with the human genome (1915 citations)

What are the main themes of his work throughout his whole career to date?

His primary scientific interests are in Genetics, Evolutionary biology, Gene, Genome and Mitochondrial DNA. Within one scientific family, Svante Pääbo focuses on topics pertaining to Ancient DNA under Genetics, and may sometimes address concerns connected to DNA. His research in Evolutionary biology intersects with topics in Cave, Gene flow, Neanderthal and Denisovan.

Particularly relevant to Chimpanzee genome project is his body of work in Genome. Svante Pääbo interconnects mtDNA control region, Nucleic acid sequence, Phylogenetics and Hominidae in the investigation of issues within Mitochondrial DNA. His Phylogenetics study combines topics in areas such as Zoology and Phylogenetic tree.

He most often published in these fields:

  • Genetics (47.81%)
  • Evolutionary biology (27.19%)
  • Gene (21.71%)

What were the highlights of his more recent work (between 2016-2021)?

  • Evolutionary biology (27.19%)
  • Cave (7.24%)
  • Genome (19.74%)

In recent papers he was focusing on the following fields of study:

Evolutionary biology, Cave, Genome, Neanderthal and Genetics are his primary areas of study. His Evolutionary biology research integrates issues from Phenotype, Gene flow, Denisovan and Introgression. His biological study spans a wide range of topics, including Paleontology, Pleistocene and Mitochondrial DNA.

His studies in Cave integrate themes in fields like Upper Paleolithic and Ancient DNA. Svante Pääbo combines subjects such as Amino acid substitution, Kidney and De novo synthesis, Enzyme with his study of Genome. In his study, Svante Pääbo carries out multidisciplinary Genetics and Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 research.

Between 2016 and 2021, his most popular works were:

  • A high-coverage Neandertal genome from Vindija Cave in Croatia (271 citations)
  • Reconstructing Prehistoric African Population Structure (175 citations)
  • Organoid single-cell genomic atlas uncovers human-specific features of brain development (172 citations)

In his most recent research, the most cited papers focused on:

  • Gene
  • DNA
  • Genetics

His main research concerns Cave, Evolutionary biology, Genome, Denisovan and Neanderthal. His Cave study combines topics from a wide range of disciplines, such as Upper Paleolithic, Paleontology, Ancient DNA and Nuclear DNA. His Paleontology study frequently links to related topics such as Mitochondrial DNA.

His multidisciplinary approach integrates Evolutionary biology and Globular shape in his work. His Genome study combines topics in areas such as Mutation, Gene flow, Computational biology and Kinase activity. His work carried out in the field of Neanderthal brings together such families of science as Homo sapiens and Pleistocene.

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Best Publications


T.D. Kocher;W.K. Thomas;A. Meyer;S.V. Edwards.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (1989)

5795 Citations

A Draft Sequence of the Neandertal Genome

Richard E. Green;Johannes Krause;Adrian W. Briggs;Tomislav Maricic.
Science (2010)

3482 Citations

Distribution, silencing potential and evolutionary impact of promoter DNA methylation in the human genome.

Michael Weber;Ines Hellmann;Michael B Stadler;Liliana Ramos.
Nature Genetics (2007)

2206 Citations

Molecular evolution of FOXP2, a gene involved in speech and language

Wolfgang Enard;Molly Przeworski;Simon E. Fisher;Cecilia S. L. Lai.
Nature (2002)

2082 Citations

Initial sequence of the chimpanzee genome and comparison with the human genome

Tarjei S. Mikkelsen;LaDeana W. Hillier.
Nature (2005)

1945 Citations

Neandertal DNA Sequences and the Origin of Modern Humans

Matthias Krings;Anne C. Stone;Ralf W. Schmitz;Heike Krainitzki.
Cell (1997)

1885 Citations

Mitochondrial genome variation and the origin of modern humans

Max Ingman;Henrik Kaessmann;Svante Pääbo;Ulf Gyllensten.
Nature (2000)

1840 Citations

Genetic history of an archaic hominin group from Denisova Cave in Siberia

David Reich;Richard E. Green;Martin Kircher;Johannes Krause.
Nature (2010)

1775 Citations

The complete genome sequence of a Neanderthal from the Altai Mountains

Kay Prüfer;Fernando Racimo;Nick Patterson;Flora Jay.
Nature (2014)

1722 Citations

A high-coverage genome sequence from an archaic Denisovan individual

Matthias Meyer;Martin Kircher;Marie Theres Gansauge;Heng Li.
Science (2012)

1668 Citations

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