Shu-Kun Lin, Ph.D. (President)
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, Molecular Diversity Preservation International (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.
Martyn Rittman, Ph.D. (Chief Production Editor)
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.
Dietrich Rordorf, B.A. (Chief Technology Officer)
Dietrich joined MDPI in August 2005 as an editorial assistant and served in different capacities, including the CEO position from August 2012 to May 2014. He received a broad education and his general interests include editorial work, technology, finance and marketing. Dietrich graduated from the Faculty of Business and Economics of the University of Basel and additionally obtained certificates in Negotiations and Private Equity. He was further credited with a certificate in Venture Management from the Institute for New Business Ventures (IFJ, St. Gallen). Dietrich gained extensive editorial experience by managing the International Journal of Molecular Sciences from 2005 to 2007, Entropy and Marine Drugs from 2007 to 2008. He later helped to launch the journal Games in 2010. Besides his work within the scholarly publishing industry, Dietrich chairs the financial committee and serves on the board of the Rordorf Family Foundation, one of the oldest family foundations in Switzerland (registered in Zurich in 1710).
Alistair Freeland, B.A. HSG (Chief Operating Officer)
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.
Kathy Lai, M.Sc. (Managing Director China)
Kathy Lai was born in Ganzhou, Jiangxi Province, China in 1983. She obtained a B.Sc. in Pharmaceutical Engineering from the Shenyang Pharmaceutical University (2005) and a M.Sc. in Medicinal Chemistry from Shenyang Pharmaceutical University (2008). Kathy joined MDPI in April 2008 and was soon promoted to Managing Editor for Marine Drugs, IJMS, Toxins and a few smaller journals. She was the Managing Director in China in 2012 and has resumed this position in January 2014.
Delia Costache, M.A. (Editorial Manager)
Delia Costache joined MDPI in March 2013. 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.
Franck Vazquez, Ph.D. (Editorial Manager)
Dr. Franck Vazquez received his Ph.D. in Life and Health Sciences in 2004 from the University of Lille. He completed his 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 27 papers, which have been cited more than 1800 times.
Alexander Thiesen (Communications Manager)
Alexander graduated in history, political science and law from the Humboldt University Berlin, Germany in 2009. He joined MDPI in December 2011, initially providing editorial support for a variety of journals and assisting in marketing related work. He was appointed Communications Manager in 2013.
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.
Hebe Li, B.Sc. (Production Director)
Hebe Li obtained a B.Sc. in Chemistry from the Beijing Normal University in 2007. She is currently studying for a master degree in Business Management at the Business School of Renmin University of China. Hebe joined MDPI in 2009 as an Assistant Editor for Sensors, and was soon promoted to Managing Editor for Polymers. She temporarily left MDPI in June 2010 to work for Springer and returned to the company in March 2013. She now holds the position of Production Director and is responsible for leading MDPI’s production team.
Cornelia Bauer, B.A. (Financial Manager)
Cornelia Bauer holds a Bachelor degree in Business and Economics from the University of Basel. She joined MDPI in February 2011, originally assisting in the financial department as a part-time employee. In July 2013 she switched to a full-time position and was appointed Financial Manager in August 2013.