My name is Meta van Ruijven and together with Erik Slootweg, I worked on a project concerning a resistance protein in potato, conferring resistance against a nematode, Globodera pallida. The elicitor-induced cell death response of this resistance protein was thought to be dependent on its location and interaction with another protein, which might function as a cytoplasmic retention factor.
This is a project on a molecular level, but various topics on various levels are studied at different groups within the laboratory of nematology. During my research, I have learned a lot from all aspects of the thesis. Setting up small experiments, discussing multiple explanations, observing the results with an objective point of view and correctly writing your findings accordingly. Erik and Aska were my supervisors and they helped me a lot with getting some structure in my thesis. In addition to the feedback from the friendly supervisors at nematology, feedback for your writing skills is provided at thesis rings. These are weekly gatherings with fellow students at which parts of everyone’s report is read and discussed. Of course the improvements and tips for your own thesis parts are welcome to receive, but the general tips given to others are convenient as well. I learned a lot, now hopefully you will not catch me on an English mistake in this tiny text ;). Weekly presentations are given by students, as well as employers at nematology, to give insight in their research. This creates awareness for the topics that are studied and contribute in my opinion to the open and equal environment. Lunches and coffee breaks are collective and often accompanied with cake, for any possible reason. Every year, a Christmas lunch is organized and everyone brings food. I made some mini Bigmacs, as presented on the picture. Obviously they were not that tasty, luckily there were enough citizens to consume later in the evening, during the game Weerwolven. I enjoyed my stay at the department and I am grateful for the nice atmosphere and everything that I have learned during my thesis.