I started my Bachelor Thesis at the Laboratory of Nematology, not knowing what I could expect from it. Already, before I could even begin with my own research, I was introduced to the ‘nematology’ culture: lunches, work discussions, thesis rings and of course the great variety of cakes during coffee breaks.
I soon started working on my project about glyco-engineering in plants to produce Kappa-5, a glycoprotein from Schistosoma mansoni eggs. However, after many PCR’s and E.coli transformations the project seemed hopeless. Eventually, this became one of my best learning experiences, as science does not always gives us satisfying moments. After reviewing the situation, my supervisor suggested to perform some smaller experiments to review certain aspects of the production of helminth-derived T2 RNAses in plants. So, I got my act together again and started on these new projects, which turned out to be quite successful. Afterwards, I wrote my report and gave a final presentation on my findings to the whole department and this already marked the end of my time at the Laboratory of Nematology. Looking back at my time there, I really felt at home as everyone was so nice and helpful to me. Time also passed by so quickly during my thesis, which made me feel like I could do a lot more than I had done. I can honestly say, even though I had some ups and downs along the way, that I enjoyed my time there and that I have learned so much from not only my thesis, but from the whole department as well. Finally, to anyone who is looking for a challenge and a great group; I would advise you to come take a look at the Laboratory of Nematology!