Management Team

Shu-Kun Lin, Ph.D. (President)

Shu-Kun Lin
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 (ETH-Zürich) in 1992 after studying for 3.5 years in the group of Prof. Dr. Bernhard Jaun, Laboratory of Organic Chemistry. He  then worked at Ciba-Geigy Ltd. (Basel, Switzerland) for three years, first as a postdoctoral research associate in organic synthesis and drug discovery, then at the Dyestuffs Division of Ciba-Geigy Ltd. which involved dyestuff R&D and production. He also stayed for 6 months in 1996 in Prof. Dr. B. Giese's group (Organic Chemistry Institute, University of Basel), as a postdoctoral research associate. 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) and many more journals. He became the Editor-in-Chief of the Springer Verlag journal Molecular Diversity in 2002 and held this position until his resignation in June 2007. He is the principal author of over 40 publications.

Delia Mihaila, M.A. (Chief Executive Officer)

Delia Mihaila
Delia Mihaila joined MDPI in March 2013. She previously held the positions of Managing Editor, Publishing Development Manager, and Publishing Director within MDPI. Delia held the CEO position within MDPI previously, from February 2015 to April 2016. 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. (Publishing Director)

Martyn Rittman
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.

Franck Vazquez, Ph.D. (Chief Scientific Officer)

Franck Vazquez

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, at the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research and at the Botanical Institute of the University of Basel. From 2009 to 2013 Franck's research group was funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. During his research career, Franck has published a total of 30 papers, which have been cited more than 4000 times. Franck served as the Chief Scientific Officer from February 2015 to April 2016, and as the Chief Executive Officer from May 2016 to April 2019. Franck is a member of the Board of Directors of OASPA since September 2017, and a member of the DOAJ Council since September 2019.

Peter Roth (Publisher and Publishing Director MDPI Japan)

Peter Roth
Peter Roth joined MDPI in July 2019, bringing with him extensive experience in editorial strategy, publication concept development and management, and new business development. Peter was for many years Director in the Editorial Division of Karger Publishers, a worldwide publisher of scientific and medical content based in Basel, Switzerland. Peter was also responsible for establishing and operating Karger’s Asian Editorial Division. He has overseen the creation of many innovative new journals, books and other editorial products, and was also the main contact for numerous journal and book editors, as well as for professional societies and the pharmaceutical industry. Peter holds an M.Sc. from the Federal Technical College of the Graphic Industry in Basel.

Milos Cuculovic, M.Sc. (IT Manager)

Milos Cuculovic
Milos joined MDPI in January 2012. He graduated from the University of Haute Alsace, France, the same year and holds an honors Master degree in Computer Sciences. Passionate about web technologies, Milos’ main work focuses on program and project management, system administration, and web development. In September 2016, Milos obtained the PMP certificate from the Project Management Institute. Since September 2016, Milos also acts as director of the MDPI Belgrade branch office where he is in charge of the overall office coordination involving HR, training, business decisions, etc.

James Zhang, M.Sc. (Office Manager, Tongzhou)

James Zhang
Mr. James Zhang joined MDPI in August 2015 and has been the Office Manager of MDPI's Tongzhou office since August 2019. He graduated from Huazhong Agricultural University with a Master's degree in Agriculture. Before joining MDPI he worked as a research assistant in Beijing Municipal Research Institute of Environmental Protection. Within MDPI, he has served as Managing Editor of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health for two years. He served as a Section Leader from January to August in 2019.

Xiaocen Zhang, M.Sc. (Office Manager, Haidian)

Xiaocen Zhang
Ms. Xiaocen Zhang joined MDPI in May 2012 and has been the Office Manager of MDPI Haidian Office since April 2018. She received her Masters degree in engineering from Dalian Polytechnic University. From 2012 to 2017, she served as the Managing Editor of Antioxidants and Nutrients, and is now the Managing Editor of Agriculture. She served as a Section Leader from September 2015 to November 2017 and has been a Publisher since November 2017.

Yong Ren, M.Sc. (Office Manager, Wuhan)

Yong Ren
Yong Ren joined MDPI in December 2013 and has been the Office Manager of MDPI's Wuhan office since May 2019. He graduated from Huazhong University of Science and Technology with a Master's degree in chemistry. Within MDPI, he has served as the Managing Editor for the International Journal of Molecular Sciences, Aerospace, JFMK, Bioengineering, and Fermentation. Yong served as the Section Editorial Director and Section Leader from March 2016 to May 2018, and as Deputy Office Manager of the Wuhan branch office from June 2018 to May 2019.

Enric Sayas, Ph.D (Office Manager, Barcelona)

Enric Sayas
Enric joined MDPI in September 2016. He graduated from the Polytechnic University of Valencia in Agronomic Engineering in 2007, from where he also received a Ph.D. in Biotechnology in 2013, studying protein degradation and homeostasis. He followed this with a postdoctoral position at the University of Geneva, where he focused on amino acid sensing and uptake. Upon joining MDPI, he worked on several life sciences journals, including Genes and Biomolecules, while assisting with development of the Barcelona office, finally taking up the Office Manager position in May 2019.
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