Washington State University professors Dan “Annie” Du, Kris Kowdley, and Yuehe Lin were named as Highly Cited Researchers this year.

The annual list identifies researchers who demonstrated significant influence in their fields through the publication of multiple highly cited papers during the last decade. Their names are drawn from the publications that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and publication year in the Web of Science citation index.


Dan “Annie” Du

Research professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering

Dan "Annie" Du portrait
Dan “Annie” Du

Du is an innovator in the fields of biomaterials and bioengineering. Her work focuses on using nanomaterials for biosensing and drug delivery as well as immunosensors and microchips for biomarker detection. Earlier this year, she led work on developing a method to detect biomarkers for Alzheimer’s disease. She has produced more than 300 research papers which have been cited nearly 18,000 times, according to Google Scholar. She is the North American editor of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Asia and editorial board member of Analytica Chimica Acta, Biosensors; Journal of Biosensors and Bioelectronics; Frontiers in Analytical Chemistry, and Sensors.


Kris Kowdley

Clinical faculty at Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

Close up of Kris Kowdley
Kris Kowdley

Kowdley is an internationally recognized liver disease expert and researcher. He has led several major international clinical trials of new treatments for hepatitis C, hereditary hemochromatosis, primary biliary cholangitis, primary sclerosing cholangitis, and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. His translational and laboratory research focuses on the role of iron as a co-factor in many liver diseases, ranging from hepatitis C, hemochromatosis to nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. He has developed murine models for nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. Kowdley is the author of more than 450 articles, book chapters, reviews, and commentaries, and his scholarly work has been cited nearly 45,000 times, according to Google Scholar.


Yuehe Lin

Leader in the bioengineering and energy fields

Closeup of Yuehe Lin
Yuehe Lin

Lin’s work includes the development of nanomaterials and nanobioelectronic devices for disease diagnosis and drug delivery and catalysts for energy storage and conversion. Earlier this year, Lin and colleagues from Los Alamos National Laboratory published a breakthrough in splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen, an advance which has the potential to make renewable energy more affordable. He has produced more than 500 publications which have been cited more than 57,000 times, according to Google Scholar. Lin is a professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering and a laboratory fellow at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Lin is a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, Electrochemical Society, and Royal Society of Chemistry as well as an elected member of the Washington State Academy of Sciences.