Editorial Management Staff

Chris-Czura-Feinstein-PressChristopher J Czura, PhD – Publisher
Christopher J. Czura, PhD, is vice president of the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, executive publisher of the Feinstein Institute Press’ international, peer-reviewed journals Molecular Medicine and Bioelectronic Medicine, executive producer of the Merinoff Conference Series, and chief financial officer for the Elmezzi Graduate School of Molecular Medicine. He has been with the Feinstein Institute since 2000 and has over 12 years experience in biomedical publishing. Dr. Czura provides oversight of the Institute’s daily operations and $95 million annual budget.  He collaborates with the president of the Institute to develop and execute strategic plans, and is committed to building successful programs that nurture the collaborative and interactive environment of the Feinstein Institute. He leads project teams in the design and oversight of construction of new laboratory facilities and renovation projects.

Margot Puerta, MS, MBAMargot Puerta, MS, MBA – Executive Editor
Margot Puerta has been with the Feinstein Institute Press since 2005. She is the Executive Editor for both Molecular Medicine and Bioelectronic Medicine. She is responsible for strategically guiding the development of the journals, including web and multimedia content. During her six-year tenure as Managing Editor for Molecular Medicine, Margot oversaw the peer-review process, redesigned the journal website, and mentored Associate Editors. Prior to assuming these roles, Margot worked as an Associate Editor and Assistant Editor for Molecular Medicine as well as a Senior Project Editor for Macmillian/McGraw Hill Health & Sciences Division. Margot holds an MS in Biology and has coauthored over 15 papers describing neural control of the immune system.

Rosamaria Ruggieri, PhDRosamaria Ruggieri, PhD –  Managing Editor
After completing her undergraduate studies in Italy, Maria graduated with a degree in Molecular Biology in Israel. She then moved to the United States where she pursued her career as a tumor biologist first in a biotech company and then at the Feinstein Institute, where she continues her studies on brain tumors. She has authored more than 30 peer review articles in the field of signal transduction in cancer and radioresistance. Maria brings a wealth of experience in publishing as an author to the Editorial Staff of Molecular Medicine and Biolelectronic Medicine and is committed to the vision of both journals.

Leah CaracappaLeah M Caracappa – Assistant Editor
Leah M Caracappa has worked with The Feinstein Institute Press since 2011. She is the assistant editor for Molecular Medicine and Bioelectronic Medicine where she oversees the life of each manuscript from issue assignment through publication. Leah also maintains content on the journals’ websites molmed.org and bioelecmed.org. Since 2013, Leah coordinates the tri-annual symposium Centricity Series, which brings together leading physicians and scientists to discuss innovative clinical approaches and cutting-edge biomedical research focused on a specific disease or disorder. Prior to her role with the journals, Leah was an account executive at a Long Island-based public relations firm.

Shiela PlattSheila Platt – Assistant Editor
Sheila Platt has worked in medical publishing for 14 years. She began as Editorial Manager at Westminster Publications in Glen Head, NY in 2001 and in 2010 she was hired by Informa Healthcare as Managing Editor for Journal of Medical Economics and Assistant Editor for Current Medical Research and Opinion. She began working for the Feinstein Institute in 2012 as Assistant Editor for Molecular Medicine and became Assistant Editor for Bioelectronic Medicine when it was formed in 2014. In her capacity as Assistant Editor for these journals, she handles the peer review process, trains editors and authors in ScholarOne and assists with special projects and symposia for the Feinstein Institute.