Meet Bioinsight's New Interns

Bioinsight went to summer market for reinforcements, counting now with 5 new interns in our team. Ana Simões, Diana Vieira and Joana Santos are at our office in Odivelas while Bárbara Freitas and Mafalda Moreira are at Aveiro’s Office. Let’s know them better.

Ana graduated in the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the University of Coimbra and decided to follow Biology inspired by her teacher during “field work, practical classes in universities, […] interesting lab work and scientific articles debates at the beginning of every classes”.

In her academic record, Ana already has several internships: at the UC Herbarium; at the FREELab (Sweetwater Ecology Lab) of the Functional Ecology Center of the UC; and at the NEMATOLab (Nematology Lab) also of the Functional Ecology Center of the UC.

During this internship at Bioinsight, Ana expects to expand her experience and “get to know the kind of work carried out by a biologist outside the academic context and acquire on-the-ground and office knowledge”, so she can build a new step in her education and so she can achieve her goal to “work on the botany field, specifically in biodiversity and/or in vegetal biotechnology, in a lab or in a company like Bioinsight ”.

As for Joana, it was the “fascination for the diversity of life forms and the concern for management and protection of the aquatic ecosystems and its resources” that led her to pursue biology at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon. She graduated and completed her master´s degree in Marine Ecology at this faculty. She was involved with MARE – “Centro de Ciências do Mar e do Ambiente”, where she participated in several projects, such as: the “Ecological Impact of a European eel Restocking Experiment” project; the ETAR Monitoring Project; and the PROMAR Project – “PELSA – Sustainable management of the eel fishing at Santo André lagoon”.

At Bioinsight Joana hopes to challenge herself and acquire knowledge so she can “contribute in the best possible way for the natural resources management, highlighting its importance and reconciling its sustainability with its exploitation”.

In Diana’s case, it was her love for nature and her will to learn more about the aquatic environment, that led her to graduate in Aquatic Sciences at the Institute of Biomedical Sciences Abel Salazar – University of Porto, and to get her master’s degree in Marine Biology and Conservation at the University Institute of Psychological, Social and of Life Sciences, Lisbon (ISPA).

During her academic path, Diana developed various professional skills by means of several internships: at the vivarium of the Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research; at the Portuguese Task Group for the Extension of the Continental Shelf; and at the Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organisation.

At Bioinsight Diana hopes to get experience and, mainly, “learn new tools and expand the knowledge acquired over my academic education” so she can manage to achieve her goals of “contributing for application of science as a tool to help the resolution of environmental issues”.

Bárbara holds a degree in Biology by the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto. She chose this area of sciences driven by her will to “learn more about the way beings live and to find out how they are related and their evolution”.

Over her academic education Bárbara attended several extracurricular activities such as small courses, workshops and internships, like the one in SPEA for the Life+Berlengas project. Besides that, she also had an internship in a project where she contributed to learn how seabirds use the Douro River Estuary.

So far, in this internship at Bioinsight, Bárbara already had the opportunity to help in various fieldwork activities related to impact monitoring, where she performed detectability tests and bat monitoring. But it’s not over, she keeps working and learning so she can fulfill her purpose of acquire a “notion of how it’s like to work in the biology field in a corporate context rather than an academic one”.

Finally, last but not least, Mafalda always felt attracted to nature and for the “logic inherent to life”. It was this and for being such a wide field, with very interesting areas, that led her to choose the Biology degree at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto.

To enhance her knowledge, mainly in the marine biology, genetic and conservation field, Mafalda already counts with several curricular and extracurricular internships on her curriculum.

In the near future, Mafalda hopes to build a good work in the course of her master’s theses. In the long run her goal is to keep on the track of the things she loves, “work close to nature and, some day, bring something useful for the balance between her and society”.

As for Bioinsight, we feel proud to be part of the promising path of these youngsters and to have such an important role in their professional and personal evolution. We are unquestionably being part of the future of the biology in Portugal and in the rest of the world.

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