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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.

Franck Vazquez, Ph.D. (Chief Executive 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: 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.

Alistair Freeland, Executive MBA (Chief Operating Officer)

Alistair Freeland
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 and an Executive MBA from the University of St. Gallen.

Delia Mihaila, M.A. (Publishing Director)

Delia Mihaila
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. (Publishing Services Manager)

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.

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 project management, system administration, and web development. Since September 2016, Milos also acts as director of the MDPI Belgrade branch office.
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