Mijke Sweers: "The working environment at Nematology is very open, friendly and flexible"
I have really enjoyed doing my Master thesis at the laboratory of Nematology! The working environment at Nematology is very open, friendly and flexible. As long as you communicate clearly, everything is possible; both planning-wise and experiments-wise.
My thesis was about the production of antifreeze glycoproteins in Nicotiana benthamiana. It turned out to be a lot more difficult than expected, and therefore the scope of my thesis also ended up being a bit different than expected. I look back at this as being a fun challenge to tackle, not at all stressful!
As I was recovering from a concussion during my thesis, my time planning had to be a lot different from a usual thesis. I could not work full days, and my workload capacity would differ from day to day. At first I thought that this would be a bit of a problem, but my supervisors Alex and Arjen were very supportive and open-minded. This gave me the space to recover, while still getting everything out of my thesis and learning loads of new things. Additionally, I have really appreciated the discussions about unexpected results within the LMA group and through that have learned a lot about doing research. I would definitely recommend doing your thesis at Nematology!