Mário Monteiro

Mário Monteiro
Chemistry Professor

Born in Lisbon.
Raised in Aldeias, Serra da Estrela.
Lived in Toronto.
Based in Guelph.

My integration wasn’t easy. It’s a very sensitive age to change from an environment like that of the Serra to a city environment when you are fourteen. In high school, English was always very hard. And so I focused more on the sciences. Where it’s not required to have very strong English skills – Mário Monteiro.

Born in Lisbon and raised in a mountainous village near Gouveia, Serra da Estrela, in a land of shepherds, Mário Monteiro immigrated to Toronto with his parents when he was a child in 1981. Despite facing integration problems as an English as a Second Language student in high school, Monteiro became an accomplished biochemist, a professor at the University of Guelph, and one of the world’s fifty most influential vaccine developers according to the World Congress of Vaccines.


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