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Shu-Kun Lin was born in Hanchuan, Hubei Province, China. He graduated with a BSc from Wuhan University in January 1982, majoring in inorganic chemistry; he studied physical chemistry in the Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (1982–1986, MSc in 1985) and in the USA (University of Louisville, 1987–1989). He received his doctorate (organic chemistry) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Swiss Institute of Technology, ETH, Zurich) in 1992 after studying for three years in the group of Prof. Dr. Bernhard Jaun, Laboratory of Organic Chemistry. In 1996, Shu-Kun Lin initiated the samples collection and exchange project, and founded the international organization MDPI in Switzerland, to implement this. In the same year he launched the first MDPI journal Molecules. In 2001 he became a professor at the Ocean University of China (OUC). He is the founder or co-founder of several other open-access journals: Entropy (1999), International Journal of Molecular Sciences (2000), Sensors (2001), Marine Drugs (2003) and the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (2004). He became the Editor-in-Chief of Molecular Diversity in 2002 and held this position until his resignation in June 2007. He is the principal author of over 40 publications.
Franck Vazquez, Ph.D. (Chief Executive Officer)
Dr. Franck Vazquez joined MDPI in January 2014. He received his Ph.D. in Life and Health Sciences in 2004 from the University of Lille. He completed two post-docs in Basel: the first at the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research; in the group of Prof. Dr. Frederick Meins Jr., the second at the Botanical Institute of the University of Basel; in 2007 in the group of Prof. Dr. Thomas Boller. From 2009 to 2013 he was funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation; and awarded an Ambizione Research grant to lead his own junior research group and study the role of the interplay between RNA decay and microRNAs during plant development. He also actively collaborated with the group of Prof. Dr. Thomas Hohn (Associate Editor of Viruses) and of Dr. Manfred Heinlein in projects aiming to understand the role of RNA silencing in plant defence against viruses. Dr. Vazquez has published a total of 30 papers, which have been cited more than 3000 times. From February 2015 to April 2016, Franck served as the Chief Scientific Officer of MDPI, and he is the Chief Executive Officer since May 2016.
Alistair Freeland initially joined MDPI in February 2006, supporting Dr. Shu-Kun Lin as editor of the International Journal of Molecular Sciences. In 2008, he graduated from the University of St. Gallen with a degree in Business Administration. His studies focused on the subject of information and technology management. He then joined International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) and subsequently went on to hold a number of responsibilities in the area of commercial IT and account management, new business acquisition, IT service management and delivery. In his last role at IBM, he was responsible for the new service delivery to a large outsourcing customer in the life-science industry. Alistair rejoined MDPI in May 2013 as Chief Operating Officer. He also holds a degree in Performing Arts from the University of East Anglia, United Kingdom.
Delia Mihaila, M.A. (Publishing Director)
Delia Mihaila joined MDPI in March 2013. She previously held the positions of Managing Editor, Publishing Development Manager and CEO within MDPI. She holds a Master of Arts in International Publishing from Oxford Brookes University. Before joining MDPI she worked as Journal Publishing Manager for John Wiley & Sons in the UK, where she was responsible for the strategic development and performance of a large portfolio of journals within the health sciences division. Before obtaining her Master’s degree in the UK, she worked as Business Development Manager for a medical publisher in Romania and acquired project management experience being involved in several PHARE European projects.
Martyn Rittman, Ph.D. (Senior Project Manager)
Martyn graduated in mathematics and physics from the University of Warwick in 2004, before completing an MSc and PhD under Warwick’s interdisciplinary MOAC program. His final project focused on spectroscopy of DNA and modeling biopolymerization processes. He went on to a three year postdoc at the University of Reading, using atomic force microscopy and small angle X-ray scattering to analyze nano-structured biomaterials. He followed this with a further postdoctoral position at the University of Freiburg, developing TIRF microscopy of protein complexes. Martyn joined MDPI in 2013.
Maria Schalnich, M.A. (Communications & Marketing Manager)
Maria Schalnich joined MDPI AG in January 2015 as the Communications and Marketing Manager where she is driving internal and external communication and overseeing the marketing activities of the company, such as congress announcements, sponsoring, and invitations for exhibitions.
Prior to working for MDPI AG, Maria Schalnich worked within Group Communications at F. Hoffmann-La Roche in Basel. Maria Schalnich holds a Masters of Arts in Literature and History from the University of Basel.
Milos Cuculovic, M.Sc. (IT Manager)
Milos joined MDPI in January, 2012, to work on his Master’s thesis on Android development. He graduated from the University of Haute Alsace, France, the same year and now holds an honors Master degree in Computer Sciences. Passionate about web technologies, Milos’ main work focuses on project management, system administration, and web development.
Mr. Elvis Wang joined MDPI in October 2009. From April 2010 to May 2015, he acted as Managing Editor of Remote Sensing and worked on new journal development for the journals IJGI, Land, Hydrology and Infrastructures. Elvis Wang holds Bachelor of Arts in English linguistics and literature from Hohai University.
Leo Jiang (Office Manager, Haidian)
Mr. Leo Jiang obtained his Masters degree in Food Science and Engineering from the Northeast Agriculture University in 2007. Leo Jiang joined MDPI in 2008 and has served as Managing Editor for the journal Nutrients. He left MDPI and joined Springer to act as Director's Assistant and Marketing Coordinator in 2010. However, he returned to MDPI in 2012 and worked as the Marketing Director, Haidian Office Manager, and as a journal publisher over the last few years. He has also worked as the Managing Editor of Materials, Publications, Micromachines, Agriculture, Algorithms, and Mathematics.
Echo Zhang, Ph.D. (Editorial Director, Haidian)
Dr. Echo Zhang joined MDPI in March 2011. She has held the position of Managing Editor for a number of MDPI journals and is now Editorial Director in the MDPI Haidian Office. Before joining MDPI, she worked as a medical writer for Sanofi-Aventis and was responsible for the preparation of medical regulatory documents. She graduated with a Ph.D. in Pesticide Science from China Agriculture University in 2010. During her doctorate, she also conducted research on nanoparticles as artificial antibodies at the University of California-Irvine, as a visiting scholar. She is also a licensed pharmacist in China.
Ms. Jely He obtained a B.Sc. in Food Science and Engineering from the Hunan Agriculture University in 2005, and an M.Sc. in Biochemical Engineering from the South China University of Technology in 2008. Ms. Jely He joined MDPI in 2008 and has served as Managing Editor for the journals Molecules and Pharmaceuticals. She was subsequently promoted to Editorial Section Manager before being appointed to the position of Managing Director of MDPI operations in China. She is now the Editorial Director of the Wuhan office.