CRIPES member Mike has packed his bags and jetted off to Portugal this summer for his CUROP research internship at the Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources (CIBIO). Mike’s internship, supervised by Dr. Raquel Xavier, will allow him to complete a year-long study on freshwater fish parasites, first established at Danau Girang Field Centre, Malaysia.
“This is a great opportunity for me to experience working within a different research environment, taking advantage of new networking opportunities and learning about the current CIBIO research. For a small research institute there is a huge diversity of projects ranging from host-parasite interactions to human evolutionary genetics. My new colleagues have been both welcoming and extremely helpful. The small towns surrounding CIBIO are full of character, interesting history and amazing architecture. Let’s not forget Portuguese culture and the incredible cuisine! And finally the beach provides the perfect wind down after a full day of lab work!”