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Jefferson Professor Makes an Impact with Scientific Journal



A scientific publication led by Renato Iozzo, MD, the Gonzalo Aponte Professor of Pathology, Anatomy and Cell Biology, and professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Thomas Jefferson University, has received recognition for excellence, according to Journal Citation Reports.

Matrix Biology, a cutting-edge journal devoted to publishing the latest results in the research field, earned a “very high impact factor” of 8.136. The impact factor is a measure of the frequency with which the average article in a journal has been cited in a particular time period. An impact factor of 8 is considered extraordinary.

Iozzo is editor-in-chief of the journal, which is considered the premier journal for matrix biology and is read by the research community worldwide. Several Thomas Jefferson University faculty members serve on its board, and two of its science writers are Jefferson alumni: Maria Gubbiotti, an MD/PhD student currently concluding the MD portion of her degree, and Thomas Neill, PhD, conferred in 2014.

Iozzo credits the ongoing success of the journal to contributions by principal investigators at Jefferson who push the field to even higher levels.

A past president of both the international and American societies for matrix biology, Iozzo has published more than 340 peer-reviewed articles. His research focuses on the biology of proteoglycans and their roles in cancer and angiogenesis.