According to the latest Clarivate Analytics’ edition of the Highly Cited Researchers List, Dr. Varshney is among 2017’s Highly Cited Researchers worldwide. More than 3,000 researchers from 21 fields who have produced a notable number of highly cited papers in Clarivate’s Web of Science database over the period 2005-2015 are featured in this list. Selection of authors is based on publication of highly cited (those that rank in the top 1 % by citations) papers. Such consistent production of highly cited reports indicates that the work of these researchers has been repeatedly judged by their peers to be of notable significance and utility.
One of the very few scientists at the international level and only one from India to be cited for four years in a row, Dr. Varshney is featured in this list under two subject categories (Agricultural Sciences and Plant & Animal Science) for his significant contribution in the areas of genome sequencing, genetic mapping and functional genomics.
Dr. Varshney together with his team and collaborators have published very significant research work in the last few years that directly or indirectly have the potential to address food and nutrition security in the developing countries. The team recently published 2 papers one each in Nature Genetics (Impact Factor: 27.959) and Nature Biotechnology (Impact Factor: 41.667) on “Whole-genome resequencing of 292 pigeonpea accessions identifies genomic regions associated with domestication and agronomic traits” and “Pearl millet genome sequence provides a resource to improve agronomic traits in arid environments” respectively.