During my master studies (MSc Medical Biotechnology) I have never considered myself as a genetics- or programming-oriented person. After a lucky coincidence I encountered Lisa van Sluijs and Mark Sterken, who work on viral infections in C. elegans.
Conducting my first MSc thesis on the topic of virology beforehand, I saw this as an intriguing way to see a different perspective of host-virus interactions. Upon interviewing for the position, I was immediately decided this is the challenge I wanted to take up. Laboratory novelties and the challenges of learning a new programming language can be stressful, but the support and motivational approach from Lisa and Mark made it an exciting process. Upon working on the project titled “Inter-sex transcriptomics profiling of Orsay virus infected C. elegans” I got the sense of independence and competence, and at times, even felt like a professional researcher already. Coffee and lunch breaks were full of interesting conversations and laughing with staff and fellow students of Laboratory of Nematology. This led to learning many new things about the field. After finishing my minor MSc thesis in Laboratory of Nematology, I do consider myself a genetics and “R” enthusiast. I will always cherish this opportunity and would highly recommend it to any student looking for new challenges.