Meet the Members: Guilherme

Meet the Members: Guilherme

 Today we’re interviewing Guilherme, our fearless Laboperator Fullstack Engineer from Brazil, who crushes bugs with no mercy and plays heavy metal until the power cuts!

Tell us about yourself? 

Hello, I’m Guilherme, a Brazilian on an adventure in Berlin. I’m a video game enthusiast, bass player and D&D Dungeon Master in my free time. I have a quirky sense of humour and most of the time even my friends don’t get the jokes I make, but I keep joking anyway. I love music from all different genres and my friends often say I’m a walking song database because I have a song lyric ready for every occasion.

I’m passionate about gaming and usually pick single-player story-driven games that allow me to explore new worlds. I also read a lot about mythology as it’s a topic that has interested me since I was a kid and all my pets that have unfortunately stayed in Brazil, (at least for now), are named after goddesses (Isis, Aphrodite and Freyja).

Fun Fact

When I was young, I was part of a band that used to play heavy metal covers, and for some reason, we ended up playing in a church for a June Festival. We rocked so hard that the whole building’s electricity went down (or maybe it was just the thunderstorm that was happening at the same time…). After the electricity came back, we resumed playing and everyone enjoyed it, even though the music we were playing was nothing like the traditional music that is typically played at the June Festival!

Wildcard Question

If you could go anywhere in the world on holiday, where would you go and why?

I’d probably go to Hobbiton village in New Zealand. The Lord of the Rings was the first big trilogy of books that I read when I was younger and I also enjoyed the movie adaptations (though we don’t talk about the hobbit movies). It would be really nice for me to be able to visit Hobbiton and feel closer to the world that left such a strong mark on me. Also, New Zealand is a beautiful country, so there’d be lots to look at and explore!

Why did you join Labforward? 

Since I was a kid I always had an interest in Biology and Chemistry and so the lab environment has always appealed to me. During high school, whenever we had a class that involved going to the lab I was incredibly excited. My first college attempt was Environmental Engineering and I had some classes with lab practices, but I found out quite quickly that there’s lots of paper involved in lab work which didn’t appeal to me, so I dropped out of Environmental Engineering and started with software development instead, which has suited me much better! I have still kept up contacts in the lab though, and one of my friends who works as a researcher in Brazil, has described to me her struggles in the lab. The idea of joining Labforward therefore, a company that is helping labs automate their processes and help them go digital, really appealed to me.

What is your main role?

What is your main role?

I’m a Fullstack Engineer on the application team of Laboperator. This means that I’m responsible for adding new features, crushing bugs with no mercy and writing beautiful tests to improve quality and help users have a good experience with our product. Some of the features I have worked on involve defining files for workflow steps, so they can be more dynamic and adjusted on the fly. To help our team life, I also worked on improving the performance of our backend automated tests by 40%, so we can deliver features faster.

Since I started working with software development, I’ve been in a constant flux of either loving or hating working with code, because one small typo or missing bracket tends to break everything, but love always wins and I really enjoy every minute spent coding.

What excites you about your job?

What excites you about your job?

I love seeing the whole company working towards the objective of making labs more productive, automated and less prone to error. I’m part of a great team with good technical challenges and I can see the direct impact of the features we develop on the daily work of scientists. Scientific research is getting better and faster every day and I’m super happy to be a part of this development.

I also relish working for Labforward, as it is a company that is super diverse, with people from all around the world. It’s awesome because people with different backgrounds add different perspectives and that helps create a better, more competitive product overall, and, of course, a great environment to work. My team, for example, has members from six countries, on four different continents!