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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.
Franck is a member of the Board of Directors of OASPA since September 2017.