Top 50 Microbiology Universities in the World (Updated 2021)

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Ranking Source: U.S. News Best Global Universities

The subject fields used in the analysis came from subject schemas in Clarivate, which uses the content and citation indicators from the Web of Science. Publications are limited to those published between 2014 to 2018. However, the citations to those papers come from all publications, including the most recent data available.

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Note: The same ranking means there is a tie in the subject score.

Table: Weights and factors used to compute the subject rankings (For Biology and Microbiology)

S.N. Ranking Factors Ranking Weights
1. Global research reputation 12.5%
2. Regional research reputation 12.5%
3. Publications 15%
4. Normalized citation impact 10%
5. Total citations 15%
6. Number of publications that are among the 10% most cited 10%
7. Percentage of total publications that are among the 10% most cited 5%
8. Number of highly cited papers that are among the top 1% most cited in their respective field 5%
9. Percentage of total publications that are among the top 1% most highly cited papers 5%
10. International collaboration – relative to the country 5%
11 International collaboration 5%
Total 100%

For the 2021 rankings, the cutoff date was May 28, 2020.

The microbiology category comprises studies dealing with the biology and biochemistry of protozoa and microorganisms. Covering topics that range from the medical implications of organisms known to cause diseases to the biotechnology applications of microorganisms for basic science and clinical use, publications within this category focus on the study of microscopic organisms.

Top 50 Microbiology Universities in the World (Updated 2021)

Table of Contents

1. Harvard University

Cambridge, MA 02138 United States

Subject Score- 100.0

2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139 United States

Subject Score- 85.0

3. University of California, San Francisco

500 Parnassus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94143 United States

Subject Score- 79.0

4. University of Oxford

Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD United Kingdom

Subject Score- 78.2

5. University of California, San Diego

9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093 United States

Subject Score- 73.8

6. Cornell University

Ithaca, NY 14853 United States

Subject Score- 71.8

7. University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States

Subject Score- 71.5

8. University of Washington

Seattle, WA 98195 United States

Subject Score- 71.4

9. University of California, Berkeley

110 Sproul Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720-5800 United States

Subject Score- 69.5

9. Washington University in St. Louis

1 Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130 United States

Subject Score- 69.5

11. Imperial College London

Exhibition Road, London SW7 2AZ United Kingdom

Subject Score- 68.5

12. Duke University

Durham, NC 27708 United States

Subject Score- 68.3

13. Johns Hopkins University

3400 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218 United States

Subject Score- 67.9

14. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States

Subject Score- 67.2

15. Stanford University

Stanford, CA 94305 United States

Subject Score- 66.5

16. Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

1428 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10029 United States

Subject Score- 66.0

16. University of Melbourne

1-100 Grattan St, Parkville, Victoria 3010 Australia

Subject Score- 66.0

18. University of Wisconsin, Madison

500 Lincoln Drive, Madison, WI 53706 United States

Subject Score- 65.5

19. University of Cambridge

Trinity Lane, Cambridge CB2 1TN United Kingdom

Subject Score- 64.4

20. Emory University

201 Dowman Drive, Atlanta, GA 30322 United States

Subject Score- 64.3

21. University of Chicago

5801 S. Ellis Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637 United States

Subject Score- 63.6

22. University of Copenhagen

Nørregade 10, Copenhagen 1165 Denmark

Subject Score- 61.8

23. Columbia University

2960 Broadway, New York, NY 10027 United States

Subject Score- 61.6

24. Universidade de São Paulo

Av. Prof. Almeida Prado, nº1280 – Butantã, São Paulo, São Paulo 05508-070 Brazil

Subject Score- 61.4

25. Yale University

New Haven, CT 06520 United States

Subject Score- 61.2

26. University of California–Los Angeles

405 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States

Subject Score- 60.2

27. University of Queensland Australia

Brisbane, Queensland 4072 Australia

Subject Score- 58.8

28. Ghent University

Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 25, Gent 9000 Belgium

Subject Score- 58.3

28. University of Edinburgh

Old College, South Bridge, Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 9YL United Kingdom

Subject Score- 58.3

30. Catholic University of Leuven

Oude Markt 13 – bus 5005, Leuven 3000 Belgium

Subject Score- 57.3

30. University of Hong Kong

Pok Ful Lam Road, Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong Hong Kong

Subject Score- 57.3

32. Wageningen University and Research Center

Droevendaalsesteeg 4, Wageningen 6708 PB Netherlands

Subject Score- 56.7

33. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

100 Church Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455-0213 United States

Subject Score- 56.4

34. National University of Singapore

21 Lower Kent Ridge Road, Singapore 119077 Singapore

Subject Score- 56.3

35. Utrecht University

P.O Box 80125, Utrecht 3508 TC Netherlands

Subject Score- 55.9

36. New York University

70 Washington Square S, New York, NY 10012 United States

Subject Score- 55.8

37. University of California, Davis

1 Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616 United States

Subject Score- 55.7

38. University of Tokyo

7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033 Japan

Subject Score- 55.4

39. University of Pittsburgh

4200 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15260 United States

Subject Score- 54.4

39. University of Toronto

315 Bloor Street W, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2J7 Canada

Subject Score- 54.4

39. University of Zurich

Rämistrasse 71, Zürich CH-8006 Switzerland

Subject Score- 54.4

42. University of Glasgow

Gilmorehill Campus, Glasgow, Scotland G12 8QQ United Kingdom

Subject Score- 53.9

43. University of Georgia

Administration Building, Athens, GA 30602 United States

Subject Score- 53.8

43. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

500 S. State St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States

Subject Score- 53.8

45. University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston

301 University Boulevard, Galveston, TX 77555 United States

Subject Score- 53.5

46. London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Keppel Street, London WC1E 7HT United Kingdom

Subject Score- 53.2

47. University of Aix-Marseille

58 Boulevard Charles Livon, Marseille 13284 France

Subject Score- 53.0

48. Ohio State University, Columbus

154 W. 12th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210 United States

Subject Score- 52.9

49. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich

Rämistrasse 101, Zurich CH-8092 Switzerland

Subject Score- 52.7

50. Seoul National University

1 Gwanak-ro, Gwanak-gu, Seoul 151-742 South Korea

Subject Score- 51.8

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I am Sagar Aryal, a passionate Microbiologist, and the Scientific Blogger. I did my Master’s Degree in Microbiology and currently doing my Ph.D. from Tribhuvan University in collaboration with Helmholtz-Institute for Pharmaceutical Research Saarland (HIPS), Germany. I am particularly interested in research related to actinomycetes, myxobacteria, and natural products.

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