Project 4: Development of a biological reference material
Host Institution: Ghent University, Belgium
I’m Cláudio Pinheiro and I’m ESR 4. I was born in Lisbon (Portugal) where I also completed my bachelor’s degree in Biology at the University of Lisbon. Afterwards, I continued my studies and obtained my master’s degree in Biotechnology at FCT (NOVA University). During my master thesis, I focused on DNA damage and DNA repair pathways and started to develop myself as a scientist. I quickly learned that science is a constant pursuit of knowledge with the unravelling of new and exciting things every day (and that really fascinated me). I considered myself to be a very friendly person with a very outgoing personality. I’m driven by the possibility of contributing to the improvement of science worldwide and with a constant learning process in between. Therefore, pursuing a PhD was a natural step for me and the TRAIN-EV was (undoubtedly) the best place to do it.
Why are you doing a PhD?
For me, doing a PhD is an opportunity to outgrow myself and deepen my knowledge in a specific area of interest. It’s a one in a lifetime chance to learn from the best in the field and fulfil one of my dreams.
I love practising sports. I practised competitive swimming for more than 10 years and I feel that it’s very important to maintain a healthy lifestyle throughout our lives.