I came to Wageningen as an exchange student, with a plan to stay for a year. But before that year was at its end I had already immersed myself in thesis work in the LMA group at the Laboratory of Nematology, and plans changed.
My thesis project was an exciting journey from plant biotechnology to immunology and back again. With Lotte Westerhof as my supervisor we aimed to improve the production of recombinant human interleukin-10 in N. benthamiana by modifying the structure of the protein itself. Although, the research set up seemed straightforward in the beginning, it took us on an unexpected and curious journey into fundamental functions of the plant cell. When you are lucky enough, science takes you to places you could not have imagined.
The supportive, enthusiastic and professional working environment at the LMA made a great impression to me. Here it was never about just working on your own thesis, but at the same time learning a great deal about how science is made. The Nema-family adopted the new students with ease and created a uniquely warm and friendly atmosphere, that I will surely miss.
Life goes on, and so goes the story started with thesis. I will continue working on plant cells and recombinant proteins in my doctoral studies. After all, what you catch at Nematology - just does not seem to wear off that easily.