Dr Gustavo Chemale

Head of the Forensic Genetics laboratory, Brazil National Institute of Criminalistics, Brazilian Federal Police.

"I did not know Aberystwyth before I arrived in 2001 to do part of my PhD in the Molecular Parasitology lab, funded by a Brazilian studentship, but my time there was certainly an excellent experience for me, both academically and intellectually. The town is amazing, with its history and nature - located by the coast is great for those who enjoy the outdoors and sea. We would also gather some friends for barbecues on the beach. It is a great place to make friends from all over the world.

In 2005 I again joined AU as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Prof Peter Brophy´s lab. After this I returned to Brazil with a job with the Federal Police as a Forensic Scientist. I learned a lot in Aber during my PhD and Postdoctoral training: besides all the molecular techniques, I use a lot of what I learned at IBERS in my job today. I would say: Enjoy your time in Aber! It is a great place to keep a good balance between study and life. Wales is a great country and you get to know people from different countries! You will find it very interesting and enriching."