2018 tables: Institutions - life sciences

Table criteria

The 2018 tables are based on Nature Index data from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017.

2017 Institution Share 2016 Share 2017
1 Harvard University, United States of America (USA) 607.82 623.27
2 National Institutes of Health (NIH), United States of America (USA) 313.66 346.27
3 Stanford University, United States of America (USA) 234.89 275.94
4 Max Planck Society, Germany 280.54 275.33
5 Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China 210.46 209.46
6 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), United States of America (USA) 206.89 201.9
7 Yale University, United States of America (USA) 192.92 178.52
8 French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), France 169.55 174.32
9 University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego), United States of America (USA) 165.81 173.64
10 Columbia University in the City of New York (CU), United States of America (USA) 156.43 172.56
11 University of Pennsylvania (Penn), United States of America (USA) 142.96 170.61
12 University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), United States of America (USA) 190.47 169.7
13 University of Oxford, United Kingdom (UK) 180.78 167.55
14 University of Cambridge, United Kingdom (UK) 170.94 158.68
15 Johns Hopkins University (JHU), United States of America (USA) 156.45 156.36
16 Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL), United States of America (USA) 143.42 153.15
17 University of Michigan (U-M), United States of America (USA) 120.32 149.13
18 University of Toronto (U of T), Canada 146.34 147.3
19 The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UT Southwestern Medical Center), United States of America (USA) 113.71 141.47
20 Cornell University, United States of America (USA) 129.77 138.75
21 University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), United States of America (USA) 133.58 132.11
22 New York University (NYU), United States of America (USA) 117.07 124.03
23 University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), United States of America (USA) 135.51 122.83
24 University of Washington (UW), United States of America (USA) 129.23 120.21
25 University College London (UCL), United Kingdom (UK) 119.99 114.32
26 Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, Germany 111.72 106.48
27 Duke University, United States of America (USA) 138.84 104.45
28 Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), United States of America (USA) 83.91 103.1
29 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), United States of America (USA) 96.56 102.34
30 Northwestern University (NU), United States of America (USA) 88.74 101.84
31 The University of Chicago (UChicago), United States of America (USA) 97.95 100.04
32 University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison), United States of America (USA) 100.45 99.77
33 The Rockefeller University, United States of America (USA) 91.3 96.71
34 The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan 98.92 93.85
35 Peking University (PKU), China 57.86 89.51
36 The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom (UK) 69.64 88.23
37 Vanderbilt University (VU), United States of America (USA) 82.31 85.02
38 Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), United States of America (USA) 88.23 84.72
39 Princeton University, United States of America (USA) 62.31 82.49
40 Scripps Research, United States of America (USA) 85.88 78.05
41 National Institute for Health and Medical Research (INSERM), France 77.67 75.8
42 University of Pittsburgh (Pitt), United States of America (USA) 94.38 75.32
43 McGill University, Canada 89.95 74.94
44 University of Zurich (UZH), Switzerland 85.5 74.91
45 California Institute of Technology (Caltech), United States of America (USA) 56.9 74.42
46 The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, United States of America (USA) 85.38 73.74
47 Weizmann Institute of Science (WIS), Israel 79.75 73.18
48 Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich (LMU), Germany 53.51 72.09
49 University of California, Davis (UC Davis), United States of America (USA) 63.73 71.38
50 Karolinska Institute (KI), Sweden 68.1 69.35
51 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich), Switzerland 66.36 68.98
52 University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark 67.17 64.21
53 Mount Sinai Health System (MSHS), United States of America (USA) 70.51 63.49
54 Emory University, United States of America (USA) 65.33 62.69
55 The Francis Crick Institute, United Kingdom (UK) 43.51 61.32
56 Imperial College London (ICL), United Kingdom (UK) 65.45 60.81
57 The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia 44.61 59.56
58 RIKEN, Japan 54.97 59.5
59 University of Minnesota (UMN), United States of America (USA) 63.79 59.31
60 Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (RU), United States of America (USA) 60.84 57.93
61 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), United States of America (USA) 38.41 57.85
62 Heidelberg University (Uni Heidelberg), Germany 49.74 57.8
63 Tsinghua University, China 49.31 57.65
64 Kyoto University, Japan 50.94 57.24
65 University of Southern California (USC), United States of America (USA) 55.2 55.67
66 The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin), United States of America (USA) 62.93 55.52
67 Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Spain 50.85 55.27
68 Medical Research Council (MRC), United Kingdom (UK) 49.77 55.01
69 University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMass Medical School), United States of America (USA) 59.98 53.3
70 The University of Utah (Utah), United States of America (USA) 42.91 52.5
71 The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State), United States of America (USA) 54.43 51.68
72 University of Basel (UB), Switzerland 48.67 51.42
73 The Ohio State University (OSU), United States of America (USA) 59.61 51.31
74 National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore 38.62 49.74
75 Fudan University, China 33.05 49.47
76 University of California, Irvine (UCI), United States of America (USA) 52.43 48.12
77 Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI), Israel 44.13 47.96
78 Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Einstein), United States of America (USA) 48.21 47.88
79 University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (CU Anschutz), United States of America (USA) 46.58 47.26
80 Indiana University (IU), United States of America (USA) 50.42 47.15
81 The University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada 58.06 46.48
82 Zhejiang University (ZJU), China 42.87 45.68
83 Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), China 30.16 44.34
84 Leibniz Association, Germany 47.94 44.21
85 University of Freiburg (Uni Freiburg), Germany 33.44 44.18
86 Boston University (BU), United States of America (USA) 50.61 43.82
87 University of Cincinnati (UC), United States of America (USA) 43.81 43.64
88 Scientific Institute for Research, Hospitalization and Healthcare (IRCCS), Italy 40.17 43.2
89 Utrecht University (UU), Netherlands 41.12 43.19
90 King's College London (KCL), United Kingdom (UK) 37.82 42.98
91 Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), United States of America (USA) 50.89 42.82
92 Osaka University, Japan 61.87 42.64
93 Texas A&M University (TAMU), United States of America (USA) 31.36 41.96
94 University of Lausanne (UNIL), Switzerland 38.97 41.88
95 European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Germany 42.31 41.68
96 Seoul National University (SNU), South Korea 37.23 41.18
97 Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), United States of America (USA) 53.21 40.8
98 University of Virginia (UVA), United States of America (USA) 32.35 39.92
99 The University of Iowa (UI), United States of America (USA) 47.44 39.45
100 University of Bristol (UoB), United Kingdom (UK) 34.47 39.05

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