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Leandro Lemgruber

Leandro is a Brazilian microscopist who loves science, cats and moving between continents. As a teenager, he was inspired by watching a scientist with a microscope save the day in the movie Outbreak. He studied biology, followed by an MSci and PhD in biophysics, at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, where he used different types of microscopy to characterise the structural organisation of parasitic protozoa. Leandro crossed the ocean to Germany to accompany his wife, and studied malaria parasites at the University of Heidelberg. He crossed the ocean again, to work at the Rockefeller University, New York, where he supported scientists on the use of electron microscopy in their research. Then he went back to Brazil and worked at the National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology, applying microscopy in the nanotechnology field, and enjoyed some time with friends and family. When Leandro got tired of sunshine, he made it all the way to Glasgow with his wife and two cats, where he started working at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Molecular Parasitology, coordinating the Imaging sector.