The people behind ScienceOpen
Founder / President Alexander Grossmann studied Physics at the Technical University Aachen and did his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry at the Research Center Julich 1996 before he left for a PostDoc position in quantum optics at T. Hänsch’s goup in Munich. Until 2001 he was researcher and Associate Professor in Physics at the University of Tuebingen before he decided to join publishing industry at Wiley-VCH and Wiley-Blackwell where he was responsible for their publishing program in Physics worldwide until 2007. Before he got an appointment as Professor of Publishing Management in 2013, Alexander spent five years at Springer and De Gruyter as Managing Director and Vice President Publishing, respectively.
Founder / CTO, CFO Tibor Tscheke is entrepreneur, experienced international manager [GM/CEO] (USA, Germany, UK, Norway, Hungary, Poland, Dubai) and pioneer in SGML, XML and Content Life-cycle Management (CLM / CMS). He is president and CEO of Ovitas: a CMS-WorkFlow-XML software architecture company, developing the next generation of end2end Content Lifecycle Solutions. Previous ventures include STEP GmbH which was acquired by Bertelsmann in 1999 and merged into empolis GmbH. Originally from Tibor studied Computer Science & Mathematics at the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg.
CEO Stephanie Dawson grew up in northern California and studied Biology at Yale University. She then worked at the labs of Susan Parkhurst at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle WA and Ralph Rupp, at the MPG Friedrich Miescher Laboratory, Tübingen, Germany before changing fields and getting a PhD in German Literature from the University of Washington under Jane Brown. From 2001-2012 she worked in various positions at the academic Publisher De Gruyter in Berlin in the fields of biology and chemistry in both journals and book Publishing.
Editor Dan Cook is an MSc student at The Berlin School of Mind and Brain (expected grad. 2017). He did a B.A. in philosophy (2007) at Eckerd College in Florida, and he studied cognitive science (Graduate Cert., 2009) at the University of Central Florida.
Communications Director Jon Tennant is finishing up his PhD at Imperial College London, where he is researching deep time evolutionary patterns in groups like dinosaurs and crocodiles. Alongside this, he currently works as a PLOS Paleo Community Editor, is a freelance science writer and consultant, and author of the kids dinosaur book Excavate Dinosaurs! He spends far too much time in the pub or on Twitter (personal account, @protohedgehog) talking about open access.
Agata Morka is our Sales and Acquisitions Manager. She studied art history and culture management in Poland and France. Since architecture and travelling have always been her two big passions, she decided to write her PhD about contemporary train stations. In France, as she has a weak spot for good cheeses. To her slight surprise some generous folks at the Fulbright Foundation, she decided it was not an outlandish idea. This is how she ended up at the University of Washington. After graduation, she got a job in academic publishing. She worked for De Gruyter Open, where she was in charge of their open access books programme, which she launched and supervised. Then she quit and met Stephanie for lunch. And this is how she joined ScienceOpen.
Jixin Zhou is our Chinese Social Media Manager, and currently a Masters student at the Berlin School of Economics and Laws (2015 – 2017). Her bachelors degree was in the area of Environmental Science (2007 – 2011). After she got the degree, she had worked for a German company over 4 years on business process analysis. As she had no business background, she came to Germany last year and hoped to gain diverse knowledge on business. She is quite interested in the business exchanges between Germany and China. Right now she is focusing on Chinese and European Economics and Business
Consulting Editor Richard Gallagher is a science and science publishing enthusiast. He was previously Senior Editor at Science, Chief Biology Editor and Publisher at Nature and Editor-in-Chief and Publisher at The Scientist, and spent the last several years gaining entrepreneurial experience as co-founder of startup publishing companies. Richard has a PhD in immunology and spent five years in research before moving into publishing. He is based in San Francisco, CA.
VP of Marketing and Communication Liz Allen is an alum of PLOS where she worked for nearly nine years to establish Open Access and launch PLOS ONE, now the world’s largest journal. Prior to that she was at Nature, the international weekly journal of science for ten years. She has an abiding passion for “open” and tweets prolifically @LizAllenSO and for @Science_Open. Liz is the parent of three teenagers and a white Westie dog called Patches. Liz resides in scenic Mill Valley CA with husband Ken and runs the ScienceOpen CA office from her kitchen table.