Top 100 rising institutions in life sciences

The table shows the top 100 rising institutions in life sciences, ranked by change in adjusted Share* from 2015 to 2019. Also listed are the institution's Share and Count in 2019, percentage change in adjusted Share from 2015 to 2019, and global rank in the 2020 annual tables.

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Rank Institution Share 2019 Count 2019 Change in
Share* 2015–2019
Change in
Share* 2015–2019 (%)
1Zhejiang University (ZJU), China70.1121442.94158.1 %54
2University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), China60.2240141.68224.8 %60
3Peking University (PKU), China97.7429940.0669.4 %31
4Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China244.2385434.4816.4 %5
5Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), China56.2821628.50102.6 %68
6Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU), China50.8714023.3084.5 %76
7University of Oxford, United Kingdom (UK)211.2466222.5812.0 %6
8Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich), Switzerland87.9130620.6530.7 %35
9Tsinghua University, China71.8523717.4332.0 %52
10People's Liberation Army (PLA), China45.5919117.0960.0 %92
11University of Lausanne (UNIL), Switzerland51.8516815.9244.3 %75
12Fudan University, China58.1723115.4136.0 %65
13Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), China25.867615.29144.6 %>100
14Max Planck Society, Germany291.21106715.045.4 %4
15Nanjing Agricultural University (NAU), China20.075214.79280.1 %>100
16Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich (LMU), Germany73.1829914.7325.2 %50
17Northwestern University (NU), United States of America (USA)101.7626614.6516.8 %28
18University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark76.5430614.6023.6 %45
19Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (RU), United States of America (USA)67.2618114.1126.5 %57
20Sichuan University (SCU), China22.417313.98165.9 %>100
21Oncode Institute, Netherlands13.938513.93N/A>100
22Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), China24.0110313.15121.1 %>100
23University of Glasgow, United Kingdom (UK)40.8115012.7845.6 %>100
24University of Hamburg (UHH), Germany37.8315812.7050.5 %>100
25University of Exeter, United Kingdom (UK)31.8812212.2562.4 %>100
26University of Amsterdam (UvA), Netherlands31.2122711.9562.0 %>100
27ShanghaiTech University, China13.789011.94646.8 %>100
28Alphabet Inc., United States of America (USA)11.843811.483174.9 %>100
29University of Oslo (UiO), Norway34.8115111.2848.0 %>100
30Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), United States of America (USA)100.8932011.0612.3 %30
31University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney), Australia32.8216211.0550.8 %>100
32Western University (UWO), Canada23.195710.8788.3 %>100
33Central South University (CSU), China15.206610.46220.6 %>100
34Czech Academy of Sciences (CAS), Czech Republic23.7511510.4378.3 %>100
35Wuhan University (WHU), China22.43839.9880.1 %>100
36Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland50.671549.9324.4 %77
37University of Florida (UF), United States of America (USA)55.311919.9021.8 %71
38Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium47.901659.8025.7 %85
39Nanjing University (NJU), China29.06749.2146.4 %>100
40University of Zurich (UZH), Switzerland80.133519.1512.9 %42
41China Agricultural University (CAU), China23.76749.1162.2 %>100
42Stanford University, United States of America (USA)309.647879.083.0 %3
43Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST), Spain27.311058.9849.0 %>100
44Monash University, Australia45.612178.8524.1 %91
45Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC), United States of America (USA)41.011538.7627.2 %>100
46Rice University, United States of America (USA)22.15988.6964.5 %>100
47Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), United States of America (USA)22.68648.5960.9 %>100
48Northeastern University (NEU), United States of America (USA)17.30718.5297.0 %>100
49The University of Hong Kong (HKU), China21.01798.2564.6 %>100
50The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State), United States of America (USA)55.621578.2017.3 %70
51Nanjing Medical University (NJMU), China12.96648.08165.5 %>100
52Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical College (CAMS & PUMC), China26.001237.9343.9 %>100
53Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany32.232137.7031.4 %>100
54University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), China24.301117.6646.1 %>100
55Institute for Basic Science (IBS), South Korea13.07457.66141.6 %>100
56Allen Institute, United States of America (USA)10.40297.57267.7 %>100
57Chan Zuckerberg Biohub (CZ Biohub), United States of America (USA)7.47867.47N/A>100
58Michigan State University (MSU), United States of America (USA)31.881257.3229.8 %>100
59Northwest A&F; University (NWAFU), China9.46287.18316.0 %>100
60Southern Medical University (SMU), China12.43386.88124.0 %>100
61Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Denmark17.27846.8465.6 %>100
62Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech), China7.50346.79951.6 %>100
63University of Würzburg (JMU), Germany27.691156.7732.4 %>100
64National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE), France27.652896.7632.4 %>100
65City of Hope, United States of America (USA)17.26556.6963.3 %>100
66University of Minnesota (UMN), United States of America (USA)82.852486.668.7 %40
67Ghent University (UGent), Belgium23.111326.6540.4 %>100
68Imperial College London (ICL), United Kingdom (UK)69.573156.4310.2 %55
69Seattle Children's Hospital, United States of America (USA)10.36656.31155.9 %>100
70Indian Institute of Science (IISc), India18.99386.2949.5 %>100
71National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore57.222336.2312.2 %67
72University of Groningen (RUG), Netherlands34.441636.2222.0 %>100
73Guangzhou Medical University (GMU), China8.21596.17301.6 %>100
74U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), United States of America (USA)15.511106.0864.4 %>100
75University of Montana (UMT), United States of America (USA)8.14275.93268.2 %>100
76Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University (FAFU), China7.70305.85317.1 %>100
77Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), United Kingdom (UK)8.40345.79221.5 %>100
78Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego, United States of America (USA)7.43745.78351.3 %>100
79Van Andel Research Institute (VAI), United States of America (USA)10.14265.68127.3 %>100
80Shandong University (SDU), China19.711205.6640.3 %>100
81Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), South Korea6.60235.59555.0 %>100
82Newcastle University, United Kingdom (UK)30.431125.5922.5 %>100
83Karolinska Institute (KI), Sweden74.923735.487.9 %46
84Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), United States of America (USA)24.23845.4529.0 %>100
85Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria), Austria14.36395.4561.2 %>100
86Shenzhen University (SZU), China6.65415.42441.0 %>100
87University of Virginia (UVA), United States of America (USA)42.651255.3114.2 %>100
88Arizona State University (ASU), United States of America (USA)23.961015.3128.5 %>100
89The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), United States of America (USA)7.65145.24218.0 %>100
90University of Cologne (UoC), Germany32.111395.2119.4 %>100
91The University of Utah (Utah), United States of America (USA)58.051735.209.8 %66
92Tel Aviv University (TAU), Israel45.671305.1712.8 %90
93The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom (UK)83.133065.146.6 %39
94Temple University, United States of America (USA)25.29635.0524.9 %>100
95University of Bristol (UoB), United Kingdom (UK)41.081655.0213.9 %>100
96Simon Fraser University (SFU), Canada12.04454.9469.7 %>100
97Academia Sinica, Taiwan33.97794.8816.8 %>100
98The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas), United States of America (USA)8.58244.86130.5 %>100
99University of Oregon (UO), United States of America (USA)20.61554.8130.5 %>100
100The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), China18.96844.8033.9 %>100

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*The change in adjusted Share accounts for the small annual variation in the total number of articles in Nature Index journals. Share values have been adjusted to 2019 levels to calculate the percentage change. For more information on the adjustment, please see the Adjusted metric explainer.