Mahidol University places strong emphasis on research, and is arguably the most renowned university for research in Thailand. Thus, Mahidol University produced more international publications in ISI - WOS databases than any other Thai university over the period 1999 - 2012
, amounting to a total of nearly 12,320 publications, of which 10,155 publications were articles/letters/reviews. During the same period, 8,931 of these publications were cited in ISI - WOS journals, amounting to a total of 124,156 citations (on August 30, 2013).
In addition, Mahidol University staff members have been awarded 21 Outstanding Scientist of Thailand Awards
from the Foundation for the Promotion of Science and Technology, and 26 Distinguished Researcher Awards
from the National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT), as well as numerous Outstanding Inventor Awards, Young Scientist Awards
, L'Oreal - UNESCO "Women in Science Awards", and several awards at international level. Mahidol University was also top - ranked for research in the Commission for Higher Education's first ever Thai University Rankings for 2005.