2016 tables: Institutions - life sciences - academic

The 2016 tables are based on Nature Index data from 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2015.

Table criteria

# Institution Share 2015 Count 2015
1 Harvard University, United States of America (USA) 639.66 1,545
2 Stanford University, United States of America (USA) 280.37 630
3 Yale University, United States of America (USA) 205.43 430
4 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), United States of America (USA) 200.65 730
5 University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), United States of America (USA) 199.11 509
6 University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego), United States of America (USA) 183.69 491
7 University of Pennsylvania (Penn), United States of America (USA) 176.93 421
8 University of Oxford, United Kingdom (UK) 175.86 521
9 Johns Hopkins University (JHU), United States of America (USA) 165.37 420
10 University of Toronto (U of T), Canada 164.25 406
11 University of Cambridge, United Kingdom (UK) 159.15 497
12 Columbia University in the City of New York (CU), United States of America (USA) 155.85 437
13 University of Michigan (U-M), United States of America (USA) 153.99 378
14 Duke University, United States of America (USA) 144.68 383
15 University of Washington (UW), United States of America (USA) 144.08 408
16 University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), United States of America (USA) 143.75 349
17 Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL), United States of America (USA) 143.22 322
18 University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), United States of America (USA) 142.85 385
19 Cornell University, United States of America (USA) 140.08 406
20 UCL, United Kingdom (UK) 130.19 396
21 The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan 120.43 279
22 New York University (NYU), United States of America (USA) 119.51 322
23 The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UT Southwestern Medical Center), United States of America (USA) 118.84 252
24 University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison), United States of America (USA) 117.42 233
25 The University of Chicago (UChicago), United States of America (USA) 109.66 290
26 Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), United States of America (USA) 100.51 269
27 The Rockefeller University, United States of America (USA) 99.54 239
28 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), United States of America (USA) 98.86 278
29 McGill University, Canada 98.41 284
30 Vanderbilt University (VU), United States of America (USA) 88.36 210
31 University of California, Davis (UC Davis), United States of America (USA) 85.40 229
32 Northwestern University (NU), United States of America (USA) 81.20 221
33 University of Pittsburgh (Pitt), United States of America (USA) 80.60 222
34 Princeton University, United States of America (USA) 78.76 150
35 Weizmann Institute of Science (WIS), Israel 76.92 143
36 The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, United States of America (USA) 74.96 225
37 The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom (UK) 71.12 224
38 University of Minnesota (UMN), United States of America (USA) 71.03 202
39 Emory University, United States of America (USA) 68.61 179
40 The University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada 67.23 175
41 University of Zurich (UZH), Switzerland 66.28 267
42 University of Southern California (USC), United States of America (USA) 65.95 208
43 University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMass Medical School), United States of America (USA) 65.04 221
44 Karolinska Institute (KI), Sweden 64.82 293
45 California Institute of Technology (Caltech), United States of America (USA) 64.55 130
46 The Ohio State University (OSU), United States of America (USA) 63.41 168
47 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich), Switzerland 62.70 202
48 Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS), MSHS, United States of America (USA) 60.75 237
49 Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Einstein), United States of America (USA) 60.15 172
50 Imperial College London (ICL), United Kingdom (UK) 58.86 279
51 Kyoto University, Japan 57.94 175
52 University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark 56.96 242
53 Heidelberg University (Uni Heidelberg), Germany 55.97 193
54 The University of Manchester (UoM), United Kingdom (UK) 55.41 162
55 Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich (LMU), Germany 54.43 227
56 Peking University (PKU), China 53.77 167
57 The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia 52.98 183
58 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), United States of America (USA) 52.91 138
59 Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), United States of America (USA) 51.71 136
60 The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin), United States of America (USA) 51.14 112
61 Tsinghua University, China 50.73 154
62 Osaka University, Japan 50.53 160
63 Boston University (BU), United States of America (USA) 50.29 200
64 Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (RU), United States of America (USA) 49.55 143
65 The University of Utah (Utah), United States of America (USA) 49.26 163
66 Indiana University (IU), United States of America (USA) 49.08 160
67 Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI), Israel 48.74 123
68 University of Basel (UB), Switzerland 47.63 176
69 National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore 47.45 212
70 University of Freiburg (Uni Freiburg), Germany 46.62 147
71 The University of Iowa (UI), United States of America (USA) 46.57 112
72 The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State), United States of America (USA) 44.21 111
73 King's College London (KCL), United Kingdom (UK) 43.60 192
74 Utrecht University (UU), Netherlands 43.14 179
75 University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (CU Anschutz), United States of America (USA) 42.67 126
76 University of Florida (UF), United States of America (USA) 42.33 141
77 University of California, Irvine (UCI), United States of America (USA) 42.07 117
78 University of Tübingen (Uni Tübingen), Germany 41.26 164
79 Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), United States of America (USA) 40.53 101
80 Fudan University, China 39.86 117
81 University of Cincinnati (UC), United States of America (USA) 39.70 123
82 The University of Melbourne (UniMelb), Australia 39.11 220
83 State University of New York at Stony Brook (SUNY Stony Brook), United States of America (USA) 38.37 117
84 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland 37.98 115
85 Tel Aviv University (TAU), Israel 37.76 115
86 Texas A&M University (TAMU), United States of America (USA) 37.73 103
87 University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland 37.51 114
88 University of Montreal (UdeM), Canada 36.35 136
89 The University of Georgia (UGA), United States of America (USA) 35.76 87
90 Seoul National University (SNU), South Korea 35.63 103
91 Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium 35.52 139
92 University of Paris, France 34.96 327
93 University of Virginia (UVA), United States of America (USA) 34.81 105
94 Sorbonne University, France 34.27 331
95 Monash University, Australia 34.27 133
96 University of Rochester (UR), United States of America (USA) 33.75 83
97 University of Bristol (UoB), United Kingdom (UK) 33.61 115
98 University of Colorado Boulder (CU-Boulder), United States of America (USA) 33.54 88
99 University of Lausanne (UNIL), Switzerland 33.50 119
100 The University of Sydney (USYD), Australia 33.36 116

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