2021 tables: Institutions - life sciences

Table criteria

The 2021 tables are based on Nature Index data from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2020.

2020 Institution Share 2019 Share 2020
1 Harvard University, United States of America (USA) 653.96 682.38
2 National Institutes of Health (NIH), United States of America (USA) 356.11 374.68
3 Stanford University, United States of America (USA) 309.62 327.01
4 Max Planck Society, Germany 291.25 310.64
5 Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China 244.80 276.77
6 University of Oxford, United Kingdom (UK) 212.23 220.83
7 University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), United States of America (USA) 203.67 218.36
8 Yale University, United States of America (USA) 199.78 215.71
9 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), United States of America (USA) 203.34 201.52
10 Johns Hopkins University (JHU), United States of America (USA) 172.82 199.68
11 University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego), United States of America (USA) 182.89 196.21
12 University of Michigan (U-M), United States of America (USA) 151.31 195.79
13 University of Pennsylvania (Penn), United States of America (USA) 180.10 193.47
14 University of Cambridge, United Kingdom (UK) 168.84 188.21
15 French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), France 182.63 182.10
16 Columbia University in the City of New York (CU), United States of America (USA) 150.39 172.95
17 Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL), United States of America (USA) 155.13 169.35
18 University of Toronto (U of T), Canada 160.46 167.79
19 Cornell University, United States of America (USA) 155.67 159.62
20 Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, Germany 101.75 147.49
21 Duke University, United States of America (USA) 139.66 144.55
22 New York University (NYU), United States of America (USA) 127.89 140.31
23 The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UT Southwestern Medical Center), United States of America (USA) 131.79 140.09
24 University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), United States of America (USA) 149.76 139.74
25 University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), United States of America (USA) 146.32 137.58
26 University of Washington (UW), United States of America (USA) 151.90 134.02
27 UCL, United Kingdom (UK) 126.16 126.93
28 Northwestern University (NU), United States of America (USA) 101.82 119.79
29 The University of Chicago (UChicago), United States of America (USA) 106.30 105.86
30 University of Pittsburgh (Pitt), United States of America (USA) 85.62 103.93
31 University of California, Davis (UC Davis), United States of America (USA) 74.63 101.63
32 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), United States of America (USA) 96.37 101.41
33 The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan 73.58 98.69
34 Vanderbilt University (VU), United States of America (USA) 82.85 97.31
35 University of Zurich (UZH), Switzerland 80.54 94.40
36 Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), United States of America (USA) 100.72 94.00
37 Peking University (PKU), China 97.81 92.61
38 Princeton University, United States of America (USA) 86.29 90.84
39 Imperial College London (ICL), United Kingdom (UK) 69.58 89.86
40 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich), Switzerland 87.95 89.12
41 Karolinska Institute (KI), Sweden 74.92 87.46
42 McGill University, Canada 86.61 85.31
43 Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), United States of America (USA) 78.55 85.26
44 University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison), United States of America (USA) 97.56 84.68
45 University of Minnesota (UMN), United States of America (USA) 82.93 83.61
46 The Rockefeller University, United States of America (USA) 88.91 81.26
47 Mount Sinai Health System (MSHS), United States of America (USA) 59.18 80.07
48 National Institute for Health and Medical Research (INSERM), France 79.12 79.55
49 University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark 76.40 79.23
50 The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom (UK) 80.23 78.67
51 Emory University, United States of America (USA) 63.37 78.01
52 Zhejiang University (ZJU), China 69.39 76.65
53 The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin), United States of America (USA) 55.69 76.30
54 The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, United States of America (USA) 71.54 75.00
55 Weizmann Institute of Science (WIS), Israel 59.02 71.46
56 Tsinghua University, China 71.91 70.89
57 The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia 41.37 70.17
58 University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), China 60.16 70.04
59 Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich (LMU), Germany 73.17 69.00
60 Heidelberg University (Uni Heidelberg), Germany 47.31 67.68
61 Scripps Research, United States of America (USA) 73.81 65.66
62 Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (RU), United States of America (USA) 67.26 65.07
63 University of California, Irvine (UCI), United States of America (USA) 43.22 65.01
64 The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State), United States of America (USA) 55.62 64.72
65 Fudan University, China 58.20 64.25
66 California Institute of Technology (Caltech), United States of America (USA) 59.20 63.62
67 Kyoto University, Japan 47.16 61.14
68 National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore 57.10 60.67
69 University of Southern California (USC), United States of America (USA) 72.92 60.47
70 Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU), China 50.87 59.51
71 Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), China 56.27 58.98
72 The Francis Crick Institute, United Kingdom (UK) 49.16 57.50
73 Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI), Israel 49.15 56.34
74 Leibniz Association, Germany 54.26 56.04
75 The Ohio State University (OSU), United States of America (USA) 47.90 55.85
76 Mayo Clinic, United States of America (USA) 38.09 55.57
77 University of Lausanne (UNIL), Switzerland 51.79 55.08
78 RIKEN, Japan 39.37 54.94
79 The University of Utah (Utah), United States of America (USA) 58.05 54.88
80 University of Virginia (UVA), United States of America (USA) 42.65 54.83
81 Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Spain 62.27 54.51
82 Indiana University (IU), United States of America (USA) 48.51 54.42
83 Boston University (BU), United States of America (USA) 48.54 54.29
84 Medical Research Council (MRC), United Kingdom (UK) 54.82 54.11
85 University of Bristol (UoB), United Kingdom (UK) 41.09 53.11
86 The University of Melbourne (UniMelb), Australia 43.99 52.75
87 The University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada 69.14 52.41
88 Utrecht University (UU), Netherlands 44.94 52.18
89 University of Florida (UF), United States of America (USA) 55.45 50.84
90 University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMass Medical School), United States of America (USA) 60.58 50.83
91 European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Germany 43.62 49.72
92 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland 50.67 49.39
93 King's College London (KCL), United Kingdom (UK) 42.49 48.09
94 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), United States of America (USA) 53.63 47.99
95 University of Cincinnati (UC), United States of America (USA) 47.36 47.54
96 Seoul National University (SNU), South Korea 39.67 47.41
97 Monash University, Australia 45.61 47.28
98 Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany 32.23 46.91
99 University of Basel (UB), Switzerland 47.91 46.79
100 Pasteur Institute, France 33.24 46.36

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