Advisor of the Month: Meet Andrii Kyrylchuk, Chemist and 10-year Mendeley user!

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Andrii Kyrylchuk in his office at University of California, San Francisco, USA

We’ve noticed that some Mendeley Advisors’ research takes them places around the globe. One Advisor whose career exemplifies this is Andrii Kyrylchuk. Initially graduating from the National Technical University of Ukraine in Kyiv with a Master’s in Organic Chemistry and Chemical Technology of Organic Substances, Andrii has spent the first decade of his career as a visiting researcher in Finland, Italy, and now as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in the United States.

What attracted you to working at UCSF?

 UCSF is one of the world leading institutions in medicinal chemistry and life sciences. Shoichet’s lab, where I am currently working, is among the top research groups that specialize in virtual drug discovery.

How did you become interested in your field?

I’ve been passionate about chemistry since my early childhood. I had my small laboratory at the balcony of the ordinary soviet-style apartment. My bookshelf was full of high-school and university chemical textbooks. I was hunting for new books and glassware across the small city where I lived. So, it was really easy to choose what I want to do with my life.

I studied industrial organic chemistry for my master’s, then did organic chemistry in my PhD years, and then transitioned to computational organic chemistry. In addition to the research in organic chemistry, I worked on carbon membranes during my Fulbright Fellowship. In 2020 I got interested in medicinal chemistry and drug discovery, and spent some time working in the leading Ukrainian chemical company Enamine Ltd. This year I joined UCSF and my key focus is virtual screening and early drug discovery.

Where do you work the best? What kind of environment suits you?

Surprisingly, I often find inspiration strikes in rather unusual places: a coffee shop, a train ride or on a flight. I also enjoy working outside. But the best place is always where my colleagues are!

How long have you been using Mendeley?

My journey into science with Mendeley started on May 13, 2012. Oh, I had a 10th anniversary this year!

What were you using prior to Mendeley?

I was using MS Word’s own endnotes for citing, and organized my PDF files in simple folders on my PC. That was dreadful.

Why did you decide to become an Advisor?

When I started using Mendeley, I saw how much easier my life became with it, so naturally I wanted to share this joy with others. Many fellow scientists didn’t know much about reference managers at the time, so encouraging them to use Mendeley was difficult sometimes.

Andrii and a llama friend

What book are you reading at the moment and why?

A Brief History of Time” by Stephen Hawking. My goal is to present my findings in the same engaging and exciting manner this book is written in.

What is the best part about working in research?

The joy of discovering something new, that no one have seen before. Connection through the generations of scientists. And the things you do vary a lot: a bit of programming, wet lab work, paper writing, conferences and so on. Overall, research is the most exciting job one can have!

And the most challenging part about working in research?

For me it is time management and expectation management. Starting a new project, one doesn’t know if the main problem can be solved at all, let alone what means are necessary to solve it. And often it takes much more time and effort thanexpected, and the result is far from the expected.

What advice would you give to young researchers? 

My advice would be not to be afraid to change your field! All science is interdisciplinary, so every researcher must know lots of trades. Entering a new field is scary sometimes, but it’s also fun.

What is the most important thing that people should know about Mendeley?

If you make Mendeley a key point in your everyday research, things will become much simpler. People tend to think of reference managers as of tools for writing papers, but Mendeley is much more. When I start a new project, I add all the papers I find to a new folder in Mendeley so that it’s easier to keep all information in one place. A new paper is out from a group I follow? Adding it to Mendeley. Learning new methods or tools? The papers go to a specific subfolder in “Methods” directory. And don’t forget to highlight and make notes while reading!


You can read more about Andrii and his work on these sites:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kyrylchuk/
University website: https://profiles.ucsf.edu/andrii.kyrylchuk
Own website: https://kyrylch.uk/

Interested in the Mendeley Advisor program? Visit https://www.mendeley.com/advisor-community to learn more.

Advisor of the Month: An awesome team from UASLP in México

Manuel Armenta, Wendy Pérez Díaz, and Sinuhé Rodriguez on the campus of Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí, México

We decided to do something a little different this time–our first Advisor of the Month story featuring a group of Advisors from a single institution. Since the 2021 LATAM North “Elsevier Live” webinar series where we presented the Mendeley Advisor program, we’ve been hearing more from Advisors in the region. Among them are three from the Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí (UASLP), who share Mendeley know-how by organizing events within UASLP’s large library system. Advisors Manuel Armenta, Sinuhé Rodríguez, and Wendy Pérez Díaz spoke with us about their experiences and inspiration. Each works in a different division within the libraries at UASLP. Manuel supports research and user training at the Information Center for Science, Technology and Design; Sinuhé is a Librarian Documentalist at the Information Center for Humanities, Library Science and Psychology, and Wendy works as a Librarian in the central Library Services office.

What attracted you to UASLP?

Manuel appreciated “the large university community, opportunities for research collaboration and cultural outreach,” while Sinuhé says that “it is one of the best universities in Mexico and has beautiful libraries.”  Wendy describes the UASLP library system as “the best place to develop professionally and personally.” She added that the university “is a national reference, and the library system is one of its particular strengths.”  

How did you become interested in your field?

Wendy’s interest grew out of a broad curiosity, “a need to have answers to questions. There is a lot of work to be done and a very wide field to be explored.” Sinuhé highlighted interacting with people, noting he likes working “with PhD students and researchers and assessing their information needs.” Manuel discovered his interest by accident. “I was looking at another area, but the course was changed to focus on reference managers.” He appreciates being able to “propose ideas, to look for solutions that can benefit all who need information for their research.”

How long have you been using Mendeley? What’s the most important thing about Mendeley that people should know?

All three have used Mendeley for eight or more years and highlighted its flexibility and accessibility. Manuel notes that Mendeley’s “free” access is the main thing. Many people he has worked with “think it is necessary to invest money to be able to cite and manage references. When you talk to them about the qualities and wonders within Mendeley and tell them that it is free, they are surprised and excited.” He also appreciates how Mendeley is “in constant growth and adaptation for the benefit of research.”

Wendy Pérez Díaz

Wendy emphasized how Mendeley allows researchers “to organize their information in a smart, dynamic and professional way.” For Sinuhé, who previously had been managing references and citations manually, it’s the ease of creating citations and bibliography and the flexibility to change the citation style automatically that are Mendeley’s most important strengths.

Why did you decide to become an Advisor?

Wendy joined to “teach Mendeley to the university community of researchers and share…experience with Mendeley Reference Manager.” Sinuhé finds the Advisor program supports him in offering a higher quality of service to users, as does Manuel: “I worked with researchers and academics who struggled with citations and references, managing their documents…and finding information was a problem. I had knowledge of Mendeley and wanted to share it with more people, so when I saw the opportunity to join, I did not hesitate.”

Is there a researcher you admire (dead or alive) that you would like to work with or meet, and why?

Wendy appreciates Dr. Lourdes Feria “for being a librarian who inspires and motivates colleagues to generate research.” Sinuhé admires medical technology and innovation researcher Samuel Kolosovas, who he has known since childhood,because of his superb analysis of power and the relationships and dependencies it creates in individuals.” 

Manuel Armenta

A researcher Manuel would have liked to meet is Rui Pérez Tamayo, “a Mexican pathologist and immunologist, researcher, science popularizer and academic. I liked very much how he expressed himself about science, his contributions, how he saw the future – and how directly and indirectly everyone contributes to science.”

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned this week?

Manuel participated in a “Design thinking” collaboration “to find solutions for problems in our university community. Incredible as it may seem [after] 7 years inside the institution, we have realized that we are really far from knowing. We are excited about the idea of looking for possible solutions to the most frequent problems.”

Wendy’s insight is “the importance of shared knowledge, and the fact that there are new things to learn every day.”

Can you recommend a “good read?”

As you might expect, these Advisors have diverse reading and listening interests. Manuel “would always recommend the series of ‘The Cemetery of Forgotten Books’ by the author Carlos Ruiz Zafón. “There is no age limit, there is no reading order, you are immersed in the reading from beginning to end.”  Sinuhé suggested George Orwell’s “1984” and Wendy likes the podcast “Creative,” “because they talk with outstanding creative people from different industries to learn a little about their way of seeing life.”

What is the best part about working in research?

For Sinuhé, it’s that you can “learn about many topics and interact with knowledgeable people,” while Manuel points to both the cross-disciplinary aspects and the opportunities for “collaboration, and freedom to share knowledge.” Wendy also appreciates “sharing new knowledge” and being able to contribute to the larger community.

Sinuhé Rodriguez

And the most challenging part about working in research?

Both Wendy and Manuel identified the time investment necessary for the process of scientific research, while Sinuhé mentioned the challenge of trying to understand researcher’s needs.

What advice would you give to young researchers? 

Manuel advises that “they love their discipline” and feel encouraged to further the research in their field. Wendy suggests that they see the generation of new knowledge as contributing to the community. But Sinuhé offers perhaps the most important piece of advice: “Approach the librarian. They can help you.”


You can follow these Mendeley Advisors on LinkedIn:

Manuel Armenta: https://www.linkedin.com/in/manuel-de-jesús-armenta-martínez-1ba3735a/
Wendy Pérez Diaz:https://www.linkedin.com/in/wendy-ariadna-d%C3%ADaz-997a8823b/
Sinuhé Rodríguez:https://www.linkedin.com/in/sinuh%C3%A9-rodr%C3%ADguez-3

Interested in the Mendeley Advisor program? Visit https://www.mendeley.com/advisor-community to learn more.

Advisor of the Month – Chinwe Chukwudi

We’re delighted to introduce Dr. Chinwe Chukwudi, Senior Lecturer of Veterinary Pathology and Microbiology at the University of Nigeria in Nsukka. Chinwe is currently a visiting fellow of the African Postdoctoral Training Initiative (APTI) at the Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland (USA).

Where did you start your research journey?

My research journey started at the Royal Veterinary College, University of London where I obtained my PhD in Molecular biology and Microbial genetics, and subsequently did my first postdoc, both sponsored by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK.

While growing up in a semi-urban community in South East Nigeria, I had a first-hand experience of the impact of infectious disease burden in Africa. Knowing that the sufferings caused could be alleviated with dedicated research into these diseases spurred my interest in researching on therapeutics/interventions for infectious diseases.

What is your favorite place to work?

A scientific laboratory and/or classroom, anywhere in the world!

How long have you been using Mendeley? 

11 years (since 2011)

What were you using prior to Mendeley?

Endnote

Why did you decide to become an Advisor?

To help others unlock the immense benefits of using Mendeley for reference management.

Teaching Mendeley at University of Nigeria Nsukka in 2021

What is the most important thing about Mendeley that you think people should know?

It’s free and easy to use.

Is there a researcher you admire (dead or alive) that you would like to work with or meet, and why?

Jennifer Doudna of the University of California, Berkeley, USA who discovered the CRISPR/Cas9 genetic scissors that have revolutionized genome editing.

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned this week?

I was at a drug repurposing conference this week, and realized how much the little we do as scientists could impact the lives of people/populations we may never know, and how much some of these people are helplessly waiting for us (scientists) to ‘discover’ a cure for their ailment.

What is the best part about working in research?

You get to explore your imagiNATION and make impact in the lives of people doing that.

And the most challenging part about working in research?

Having no defined work time….you have to work in and out of ‘normal’ working time, including through the nights, weekends and public holidays!

Levity in the lab: a few favorite organisms decorating a mask.

Do you have any advice for young researchers? 

Research is a commitment to serve humanity, and that should be the driving force and yardstick for the measurement of success for young researchers.


You can follow Chinwe and her work by visiting her LinkedIn profile, ResearchGate profile, or searching her OrchidID. Curious about the Mendeley Advisor program? visit our website.

Advisor of the Month: Bertha Santos

We’re pleased to introduce April’s Mendeley Advisor of the Month, Bertha Santos!

Bertha is an Assistant Professor of Transport Infrastructure Engineering in the Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture at the University of Beira Interior in Covilhã, Portugal.

How did you get into your field? 

I have always been fascinated by civil construction. When the opportunity arose to study civil engineering, I discovered my interest in the field of transportation engineering, in which I have been researching and teaching since 1998. Maintenance of transport infrastructures, road user costs, road safety and sustainable mobility are topics of my interest. 

Where do you prefer to work? 

I especially enjoy working at my university, surrounded by and interacting with colleagues and students. 

How long have you been using Mendeley?  

About 4-5 years. 

What were you using prior to Mendeley? 

I was using EndNote. 

Why did you decide to become an Advisor? 

As a higher education teacher, adequate referencing of scientific and technical documents is essential for me. To make students aware of this important aspect, and to support them in the use of referencing tools as a way to fight plagiarism, I became a Mendeley Advisor. 

What researcher would you like to work with or meet, dead or alive, and why? 

I would like to meet and work with transportation researchers from around the world to exchange knowledge, experiences and understand their perspectives. Among the leading researchers in the field of transportation, I would like to work with Prof. Gerardo W. Flintsch of Virginia Tech and Prof. Fred Mannering of University of South Florida-Tampa, and continue to work with Prof. Luís Picado-Santos of Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon. 

What’s the most interesting book or article you’ve read recently? 

I have recently read several interesting documents on European strategies and policies to promote sustainable mobility in urban areas, especially those related to cycling and pedestrian transport modes. For those interested in this topic, I recommend reading: 

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned this week? 

Once again, I realized that perseverance and hard work are essential for our personal and professional evolution. 

What is the best part about working in research? 

Discovering new things and solving problems that help ensure people better living conditions. 

And the most challenging part about working in research? 

To convey research findings in a clear and supported way and inspire young researchers. Mendeley can help address these challenges. 

What is the one thing you want people to know about Mendeley? 

I would like people to know that Mendeley is a precious tool that can be used in the process of researching, organizing, analyzing and referencing the information consulted in a given research area.

Do you have any advice for young researchers?  

My advice is don’t give up and enjoy the investigation process as much as possible. These are the two fundamental pillars of success in research. 


You can follow Bertha by viewing her profile on LinkedIn. Curious about becoming a Mendeley Advisor? Visit https://www.mendeley.com/advisor-community to learn more.

Advisor of the Month – Devarajan Rathish

Meet Devarajan Rathish, our July Advisor of the Month! 

Advisor of the Month - Devarajan Rathish
Advisor of the Month – Devarajan Rathish

Dr. Devarajan Rathish is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine and Allied Sciences, Rajarata University of Sri Lanka, located in the Anuradhapura district in North Central Sri Lanka. He studied medicine (MBBS), completed his master’s degree in public health (MPH) at EUCLID University and obtained a master of philosophy (MPhil) at the Rajarata University of Sri Lanka.

How did you get into your field?

I like teaching, treating, and researching. Also, I had a passion to work in a rural region of my country. Therefore, I choose to become a Lecturer in a faculty of medicine located in a rural region. And, now I am happy teaching medical students, treating patients, and doing research in Anuradhapura. My fields of interest are Pharmacology, Primary Care, Public Health, and Medical Ethics. 

Where do you do work the best?

I feel fortunate to work in fields that focus on broader aspects of medicine. It has given me an opportunity to achieve a diversity of knowledge. Further, I prefer to work in an environment where my teammates have competency, a strong sense of companionship, and a good work ethic. 

How long have you been using Mendeley?

I have been using Mendeley for six years. Since June 2015, I have been a Mendeley Advisor. I am happy to have introduced Mendeley to many undergraduates, postgraduates, and academic staff members of Sri Lanka. 

What were you using prior to Mendeley?

I used to make references manually. Thanks to my Mendeley advisor Dr. Buddhika Wijerathne (my previous colleague and now a general practitioner at Ropes Crossing Medical Practice, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia), I could learn Mendeley at the very beginning of my career. 

Why did you decide to become an Advisor?

To share the treasure that I found – “Mendeley”. The need for Mendeley was felt by many of my academic colleagues who are involved in research work. Also, annual workshops on Mendeley had to be conducted as part of the “Research in medicine” module for the 3rd year medical undergraduates at the university. Thus, my role as an official Mendeley advisor was important. I extend my gratitude to the team Mendeley for extending their continuous support. They register my workshops on time and provide useful materials and merchandise as well. 

What researcher would you like to work with or meet, dead or alive?

I would like to meet and work with Dr. David Nalin, Professor Emeritus, Center for Immunology and Microbial Diseases, Albany Medical College. He along with Dr. Richard Cash, and their colleagues “successfully tested the efficacy of an oral glucose-electrolyte solution, later known as oral rehydration therapy (ORT), to be used instead of intravenous fluid for the treatment of patients with severe cholera”. The Lancet called it “… possibly the greatest medical discovery of this century. And, the UNICEF describes its value as follows: “no other single medical breakthrough of the 20th century has the potential to prevent so many deaths, over such a short period of time and at so little cost”. The above are compelling reasons for my willingness to meet and work with him. 

What book are you reading at the moment? 

I am reading John Murtagh’s General Practice. The textbook describes the essentials of general practice in depth. It’s a great read for anyone that aspires to progress as a family physician, and I would recommend it to my colleagues and students. 

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned this week?

The new variants of Coronavirus. There will be a lot more to learn on the above topic during the next few months as well. 

What is the best part about working in research?

I like reviewing and referencing. It helps me broaden my existing knowledge.

And the most challenging part about working in research?

Finding suitable collaborations and research grants have always been a challenge. However, once the above two are finalized the journey is much easier.

What is the one thing you want people to know about Mendeley?

Mendeley is a high-quality reference manager provided free of charge for all. 

Do you have any advice for young researchers? 

“Research is seeing what everybody else has seen and thinking what nobody else has thought.” – Albert Szent-Györgyi (1893-1986) 


Interested in becoming a Mendeley Advisor? Learn more about the Advisor Community.

Advisor of the Month – Poorya Davoodi

What is your name and job title?

Poorya Davoodi. I am a student.

Where do you work/study?

I am studying Medical Biotechnology in University of Padova, Italy.

How did you get into your field?

Honestly, I am interested in medical research and would like to know more and more. I can remember clearly when I was very young I would always asked myself why are we here in the world? What is our aim? What do we do?

And then in the 16th year of my life, I found my goal. My goal is to make a better and easier life for people, for myself, and my family.

In 2020, I applied for the University of Padova, and I have obtained the third rank in the entrance exam, and now I am here in Padova. 

How long have you been using Mendeley?

I have used Mendeley for approximately 2 years.

What were you using prior to Mendeley?

I used to use EndNote.

Why did you decide to become an Advisor?

I am a young researcher and when I wanted to learn and start research, I experienced hard days because I did not know what I should do or how I could organize my papers. Mendeley is the best software for the organization of papers. I can manage and cite very easily. It is free and I can have access to files from everywhere. I decided to become an Advisor to share with others this fantastic tool that completely revamped my research!

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned this week?

I have learned more about COVID-19 and found some components that have positive effects on inflammation of lungs in COVID-19 patients.

What is the best part about working in research?

When I am working on a project, and I try to find something that I did not know before, it is a big challenge. And when I find it, it is the best moment for me.

And the most challenging part about working in research?

The most challenging part is trying to work with participants who do not honestly respond to data collection.

What is the one thing you want people to know about Mendeley?

I have a page on Instagram and each week I post a story and teach Mendeley. People can ask me their questions and I answer as soon as possible.

Do you have any advice for young researchers? 

Do not give up. If you have a goal, follow it. Never give up.


Interested in becoming a Mendeley Advisor? Learn more about the Advisor Community.

Advisor of the Month – Beth White

What is your name and job title?

Beth White, Ph.D.; Education Project Manager.

Where do you work/study?

I work for Oak Ridge Associated Universities.

How did you get into your field?

After several years in Educational Development at an R-1 in the southeastern United States, I wanted to transition my skillset into something with broader impacts. When I found this opportunity to assist early career researchers and students in STEM fields while serving a broader focus, I jumped at the chance.

How long have you been using Mendeley?

I have been using Mendeley since 2012, when a good friend introduced me. I moved over to this amazing tool and never looked back!

What were you using prior to Mendeley?

I used to use EndNote.

Why did you decide to become an Advisor?

I decided to become an advisor to share with others this fantastic tool that completely revamped my research!

Do you have any tips for training new users on Mendeley?

Don’t ever lose your enthusiasm for Mendeley and never forget what it was like when you didn’t yet understand all of the things this tool helps you do. That way you will be most effective in teaching others to navigate within the platform.

What makes your Mendeley events successful?

I’m still so thankful to have found this tool and so grateful that it is continually updated and evolving based on feedback. I haven’t lost my enthusiasm and I try to pass that along to others and tailor the training to their environment.

What researcher would you like to work with or meet, dead or alive?

I would love to speak with Geert Kelchtermans and discuss his work in studying the interactions between individual educators and their specific contexts as it relates to lecturer/professor induction in higher education.

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned this week?

I have been reading a lot about the differences in the ways the various COVID vaccines are manufactured. As a result, I have expanded my understanding of biomedical engineering as well as epidemiology.

What is the best part about working in research?

Continuous improvements and discovering new ways to accomplish tasks and promote STEM education.

And the most challenging part about working in research?

The largest challenge is being a social scientist in a STEM environment. However, we are making progress in collaboration and adding a qualitative voice to physical sciences education.

What is the one thing you want people to know about Mendeley?

This research tool will transform and organize your work!

Do you have any advice for young researchers?

Choose a bibliographic organizer and stick with it! Beware that access to products may end with your graduation or, as a faculty member, when you leave a particular institution. Mendeley, and all of the notes and articles you’ve stored there that support your research, goes with you if you relocate.


Interested in becoming a Mendeley Advisor yourself? Find out more about the Advisor Community here.

Advisor of the month: Dora Dayu Rahma Turista

What is your name and job title?

My name is Dora Dayu Rahma Turista, I’m a Biology Lecturer.

Where do you work/study?

I work on Medical Laboratory Technology, STIKes Hutama Abdi Husada, Tulungagung, East Java, Indonesia and Biology Education Departemen, Faculty of Teacher Training and Education, Mulawarman University, Samarinda, East Borneo, Indonesia.

How did you get into your field?

First I got my Bachelor of Biology from State University of Malang, Indonesia, then I continued my study in the master’s program of Biology Education, also at State University of Malang, Indonesia. After I got a master’s degree, I became a lecturer at the Department of Medical Laboratory Technology, STIKes Hutama Abdi Husada, Tulungagung, Indonesia. And now I am also a lecturer on Biology Education Departement, Faculty of Teacher Training and Education, Mulawarman University, Samarinda, Indonesia.

How long have you used Mendeley?

About 3 years.

What were you using prior to Mendeley?

I was using Zotero.

Why did you decide to become an Advisor?

I use Mendeley for writing articles, and as a journal editor, I teach authors to use Mendeley. I also teach Mendeley to my students and my partners.

Do you have a tip when training new users on Mendeley?

I always explain the advantages of Mendeley. I make a tutorial using Mendeley that is equipped with step-by-step images, then I put it into practice. I also give special gifts (special souvenir from Mendeley) for attendees who can use Mendeley well.

What do you hope to achieve this year as an Advisor?

To introduce Mendeley more widely. To become a good and helpful Mendeley advisor, and an advisor of the month. Getting merchandise from Mendeley helps me to introduce Mendeley more widely. Also, I really want to get research funding.

What researcher would you like to work with or meet, dead or alive?

There is no specific researcher, but I would like to meet and collaborate with researchers in the same field.

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned this week?

SARS-CoV-2, COVID 19, Education and Colaboration during COVID-19 pandemic.

What is the best part about working in research?

Carrying out the research process and writing scientific papers.

And the most challenging part about working in research?

The research process.

What is the one thing you want people to know about Mendeley?

Mendeley is a magic tool for a researcher, not only as a reference manager tool, but also as social media for researchers who can connect with other researchers around the world and help to promote their publications.

Do you have any advice for young researchers? 

Research is useful when published and Mendeley helps simplify the publication process. Mendeley brings research to life so you can impact tomorrow, and I absolutely agree with it, so use Mendeley for your scientific papers.


Interested in becoming a Mendeley Advisor yourself? Find out more about the Advisor Community here.

Advisor of the Month: William Hoyos

What is your name and job title?

William Hoyos, Ph.D. student in engineering

Where do you work/study?

Universidad EAFIT

How did you get into your field?

First, I studied bacteriology, then I studied systems engineering. I realized the application of engineering to medical problems and decided to pursue a PhD in engineering with an emphasis on artificial intelligence in medicine. Currently, I work on artificial intelligence models for dengue prediction and prescription.

Where do you do your best work?

I believe that my best work is in the application of engineering in medical problem solving. Besides, I am very good at sharing my knowledge with others. It gives me satisfaction and allows me to continue learning.

How long have you been using Mendeley? 

About 7 years.

What were you using prior to Mendeley?

I was using EndNote.

Why did you decide to become an Advisor?

I love to teach. I like to share my knowledge with others. I am always willing to share new tools that make the research process easier for my co-workers. I am commonly demonstrating new features released by Mendeley.

What researcher would you like to work with or meet, dead or alive?

I would like to meet Andrew Ng. World pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence. Ng co-founded Coursera and deeplearning.ai.

What book are you reading at the moment?

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, by Yuval Noah Harari.

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned this week?

The application of fuzzy cognitive maps to assess causality in infectious diseases such as dengue.

What is the best part about working in research?

The positive impact your results generate for humanity.

And the most challenging part about working in research?

Getting funding for research.

What is the one thing you want people to know about Mendeley?

A wonderful tool for research. A platform with capabilities to link researchers, organize bibliographic references, share knowledge, among other powerful features of Mendeley.

Do you have any advice for young researchers? 

Yes, have passion and love for what they do. I think these are the two fundamental pillars of success in research.


Interested in becoming a Mendeley Advisor yourself? Find out more about the Advisor Community here.

Advisor of the Month: Adilson Rocha Ferreira

What is your name and job title?

My name is Adilson Rocha Ferreira and I am a researcher and teacher.

Where do you work/study?

Currently, I work at the Education Department of the State of Alagoas, in the Northeast of Brazil, a region well known for its beautiful beaches, natural beauty and a warrior and struggling people since its origins. As a PhD student in Education, I study at the Federal University of Alagoas, Postgraduate Program in Education, Education Center.

How did you get into your field?

I entered the Federal University of Alagoas in the Physical Education Degree course in 2009, finishing it in 2013, and since then I have been improving at other levels. In 2016 I concluded the Specialization Course in Media in Education and then the Master in Education. I am currently a PhD student in Education and in the Pedagogy course as well. In 2015, I obtained approval in a contest to provide places for elementary school teachers and since then I have been teaching Physical Education classes for students from 7 to 12 years old in public schools of the State Department of Education of Alagoas.

Where do you do work the best?

I believe that my best job is to develop research on digital technologies applied in the fields of education and health, with an emphasis on conventional digital games, exergames and gamification, in order to think other ways to learn, teach and exercise with the support of these technologies.

How long have you been using Mendeley?

Around the year 2016, at the beginning of the Master of Education course, I found Mendeley and since then I can’t live without it.

What were you using prior to Mendeley?

Prior to Mendeley, I had never used any other reference manager, I used to manage files in folders and elaborate citations and references manually, based on several manuals. From the experience with Mendeley, I was able to find others, but none of them captivated me as much as Mendeley!

Why did you decide to become an Advisor?

Being part of the Mendeley team was what most instigated me to become a Mendeley Advisor, as it is very gratifying to contribute to Elsevier with feedbacks and promote Mendeley demonstrations for different groups in the academic community.

What researcher would you like to work with or meet, dead or alive?

Currently I already work with researchers in whom I always dreamed of working together, such as Deise Juliana Francisco, Neiza de Lourdes Frederico Fumes, Fernando Silvio Cavalcante Pimentel, Lynn Rosalina Gama Alves, Flávio Anderson Pedrosa de Melo and César Augusto Otero Vaghetti. However, going further, I would like to meet and work with James Paul Gee, Humberto Maturana, Francisco Varela and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, who are scholars on which I base my research.

What book are you reading at the moment?

Silver, C., & Lewins, A. (2014). Using software in qualitative research: a step-by-step guide. 55 City Road, London: SAGE Publications Ltd.

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned this week?

I am learning to play guitar. So any note or sound that I manage to make at that initial moment seems to me to be incredible achievements.

What is the best part about working in research?

For me, the best part of working as a team is to learn from the different skills that a team brings together, so that by collaborating with my skills I can learn and develop other skills.

And the most challenging part about working in research?

I continue to follow the same line of reasoning: deal with the difference! Respecting the adversary and knowing how far one can go are challenges that must be managed in group work.

What is the one thing you want people to know about Mendeley?

I would like everyone to know, especially those who are starting courses in higher education, that there is no longer a need to create countless folders and get lost in the middle of several files. With Mendeley, you can collect articles and similar items in one place, in the cloud, and carry with you wherever you go with just a Mendeley account.

Do you have any advice for young researchers?

Be organized in your readings by including Mendeley in your workflow. At first it may seem like extra work, but in the future, it will save many hours of your academic readings and writings.


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