July 14, 2014

Dean Emeritus Baillie Is Top Cited Researcher

Dean Emeritus Baillie

Dean Emeritus Baillie

Dean Emeritus Thomas Baillie was recognized as one of the topmost cited researchers in the area of Pharmacology & Toxicology. The Thompson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers list identifies over three thousand researchers worldwide whose research was among the top 1% most cited for their subject field and year of publication. Baillie’s research focused on understanding the biochemical mechanisms involved in the metabolism of drugs to chemically reactive metabolites (“metabolic activation”). Many such reactive intermediates are toxic to the cells they encounter, and by gaining knowledge of the identities of these metabolites, it becomes possible to rationally alter the structure of the parent drug to avoid metabolic activation, and thereby design a safer medicine. “Much of this research began at UW when I was a faculty member before I went to the private sector,” said Baillie. “I collaborated with many colleagues here on this work, most especially Sid Nelson.”