During my studies I wanted to experience some time abroad. Via the Laboratory of Nematology I was lucky enough to find my MSc thesis the BOKU in Vienna. There I did a thesis on the so-called ‘plantibodies’, or plant-made antibodies.
As a plant biotechnology student I have always been fascinated by the versatility of plants, and this subject once again triggered my interest. I looked at immunoglobulin A and how plants assemble this protein in a different manner compared to mammalian cells. Then I tried strategies to enhance immunoglobulin A production in plants. During this thesis I was able to use a great deal of different techniques, many of which I did not do before. This project also challenged me to work independently and how to properly schedule your experiments. The friendly atmosphere in the lab contributed for me having a great time while working on my thesis. Sure, we all have had some bad days when your experiments failed (again) or you get stuck in your research. But hey, that is science right?
Doing a thesis abroad is really nice because you get to know an international group of scientists and have a taste of the scientific world outside WUR. I would always recommend it to other students looking for an international experience!