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MDPI Board of Scientific Officers

Dr. Giulia Stefenelli
Chair of the Board of Scientific Officers

Dr. Giulia Stefenelli holds a bachelor's degree in Environmental Sciences (2012) and a master's degree in Environmental Sciences and Technologies (2015) from the Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca (Milano, Italy). She completed her PhD (2019) in Sciences at the ETH Zurich (Zurich, Switzerland) with a focus on atmospheric chemistry and air pollution research. She performed the research work at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI, Villigen, Switzerland) and wrote a Doctoral thesis on identification and chemical characterization of major sources of particulate matter in ambient air, as well as environmental chamber studies, including investigation of major gas phase emissions. She joined MDPI in June 2020 as Assistant Editor for IJERPH and Dermatopathology.

Dr. Unai Vicario
Scientific Officer—Public Health

Dr. Unai Vicario joined MDPI in May 2016. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry followed by a Master of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology (2008); he received his PhD on this same topic from the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) in 2016. Unai has worked as co-Managing Editor for IJERPH, Managing Editor for Children and Fishes, and Section Managing Editor in the section on Animal Genetics and Genomics in Genes. He has also served as Editorial Section Leader in Barcelona. In 2019, he was appointed Publisher, and since 2020 he serves as Publisher Manager in Barcelona to develop constructive relationships with learned societies and institutions. His mission is to improve the publishing experience for the scientific community and promote the Open Access model.

Dr. Constanze Schelhorn
Scientific Officer—Physical Sciences

Dr. Constanze Schelhorn joined MDPI in June 2016. She holds a Master of Physics (2010) from the University of Würzburg and received her PhD in Biophysics (2015) from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in collaboration with the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB) Barcelona followed by a post-doc at IRB until May 2016. Constanze has worked as Section Managing Editor for Genes, Managing Editor of MCA, and Managing Editor of Quantum Beam Science. In 2019, she was appointed Publisher focusing on establishing collaborations with learned societies and has acted as Project Manager for JAMS since May 2020.

Dr. Ioana Craciun
Scientific Officer—Pharmaceutical Sciences

Dr. Ioana Craciun joined MDPI in August 2020. She holds a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida (2010) and a PhD from the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Experimental Therapeutics, University of Iowa (2016). Her PhD research focused on the design, synthesis, and evaluation of novel aminoglycoside derivatives for the treatment of chronic inflammatory lung diseases. Following her PhD, she completed a post-doc at the University of Basel focusing on the development of polymer-based systems for biomedical applications. Dr. Ioana Craciun also acts as Scientific Coordinator for Preprints.

Dr. Enric Sayas
Scientific Officer—Life Sciences

Dr. Enric Sayas joined MDPI in September 2016. He obtained his Agronomical Engineering degree, followed by master’s degree in Plant Biotechnology from the Universitat Politècnica de València. He received his PhD in Biotechnology (2013) at the same university, followed by a post-doc at the University of Geneva until 2016. Enric has worked as a Section Managing Editor for Genes and Managing Editor for Biomolecules. In 2018, he was appointed Office Manager of the Barcelona office, and Publishing Manager in 2019; he has been alternating between these two roles ever since.

Dr. Peter Ribar
Scientific Officer—Chemistry (Organic/Bioorganic and Materials Chemistry)

Dr. Peter Ribar joined MDPI in April 2020 as Assistant Editor, Chemical Samples Project Coordinator, and recently as a new team member of the “Editorial process committee”. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry (2011) and a master’s degree in Bioorganic and Organic Chemistry (2013) from the Comenius University in Bratislava (Bratislava, Slovakia). He completed his PhD (2019) in Chemistry at the University of Basel (Basel, Switzerland) with a focus on design and synthesis of novel polyaromatic hydrocarbons with applications in molecular electronics and spintronics.

Dr. Liliane Auwerter
Scientific Officer—Engineering

Dr. Liliane Auwerter joined MDPI in 2020. She studied Environmental Chemistry/Environmental Process Technology at the Federal University of Technology – Paraná, Brazil, from 2007 to 2011 and obtained her MSc in Water and Environmental Engineering at the University of Surrey, UK, whilst working at Thames Water as a Research Assistant. In 2015, she joined the Fluid Dynamics and Environmental and Water Resource Engineering sections as a PhD student at Imperial College London, and graduated in May 2020. Her research focused on developing self-healing low-friction materials for water transport.

Dr. Carla Aloè
Scientific Officer—Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Dr. Carla Aloè joined MDPI in September 2020 as an Associate Publisher. She holds both a bachelor's degree in Media Studies (2007) and a master's degree in Modern Philology (2010) from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan. Afterwards, she moved to the UK where she completed her MPhil (2012) and PhD (2016) in Early Modern Literature at the University of Birmingham, specifically focusing on the construction of the New World mythology as it appears in Early Modern Italian epic poems. During her PhD studies, Carla was the recipient of fellowships at the Huntington Library (USA), Harvard University (USA), and the University of British Columbia (Canada). Before joining MDPI, Carla worked as a Research Topic Team Lead at Frontiers where she was responsible for the organization of Special Issues for a large portfolio of journals.

Dr. Yu Lin
Scientific Officer—Materials Science

Dr. Yu Lin graduated with a BSc from Wuhan University of Technology in June 2010, majoring in materials chemistry before working as research assistant in the Experimental Teaching Center of WHUT (2010-2011) while working as a part-time editorial assistant for the MDPI international scientific journal Materials.

Dr. Yu Lin obtained his MSc in advanced energy materials from Wuhan University of Technology (2014). During this period, he worked as part-time R&D technician for WUT New Energy Co., Ltd. In 2018, he graduated with a PhD in Materials physics and chemistry from Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen (Germany), after studying for 4 years in the group of Prof. Dr. Werner Lehnert at the Laboratory of High Temperature Fuel Cell - IEK-3, Jülich Research Center (Germany). He is the principal author of 10 publications.

Dr. Jisuk Kang
Scientific Officer—Geosciences

Dr. Kang joined MDPI in April 2020. She holds both a Bachelor degree (2010) in Geology from the Chungnam National University (South Korea) and a master's degree (2014) in Resource Geology from the Seoul National University (South Korea). Her master's research mainly focused on the mineralogical and geochemical characteristics of a sulfide deposit. She completed her PhD (2021) in Isotope Geology from the University of Bern (Switzerland), specializing on Pb isotopic compositions on sulfide minerals to define evidence of multiple hydrothermal fluid systems. She also has experience working as a communication assistant in a company, cruise research in the Central Indian Ocean, and several field research. In addition, she obtained a diploma (2011) in Business (New Zealand).

Dr. Michael O’ Sullivan
Scientific Officer—Organic Chemistry

Dr. Michael O’ Sullivan holds a bachelor’s degree in Medicinal Chemistry and Chemical Biology (2016) from University College Dublin (Dublin, Ireland). He completed his Ph.D. (2020) in Chemistry at the University of East Anglia (Norwich, UK), where he particularly focused on the development of a novel synthetic route towards novel dihydroisoquinolinone scaffolds and their subsequent modification. After joining MDPI in October 2020, as an Assistant Editor for Coatings, he became the Publishing Manager for the same journal in August 2021.

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