I am Jenifer S. Sundar from India, pursuing my Masters in Plant Biotechnology. Under the supervision of Katharina Jovic, I studied the combined effects of heat stress and a toxin, fluorodeoxyuridine (FUdR), in Caenorhabditis elegans.
Together, these two factors improved lifespan in C. elegans in certain strains. The target of my project was to find the genomic regions responsible for this trait. The thesis phase was very interesting for me. I have never done research on my own before, and in these past 6 months I developed a lot of skills: writing, presentations, discussions, planning, and many more. The members of the C. elegans group were very supportive throughout and the lab experience with them was fun. We also had peer review groups nicely named as “Thesis rings”. This was a new experience to know what your peers thought about your work. The students in the group were cool and it was a total win-win situation for everyone. I felt bad to miss the Nematology group and will already be back for a minor thesis soon :-)