During my master thesis at nematology, I worked on studying the interactions of a nematode protein with a human cell line. The project was at a point where we had to improve current experiments and design new experiments from scratch.
This meant a lot had to be discovered through trial and error and most of the times results did not turn out the way we wanted. This did however give me the chance to try a lot different techniques such as: FACS, flow cytometry, confocal microscopy, qPCR and co-precipitation. Additionally I received the freedom to formulate my own theories and subsequently test them, allowing me to get a glimpse of what it’s really like to be a scientist. Overall, my time at nematology has been very educational and enjoyable. Nematology offers activities like thesis rings, where you improve your writing by giving feedback on other people’s thesis, and work discussions with the research group where you get an insight into how a research group functions. Besides work, nematology also has a nice social environment with friendly, helpful people and activities such as lasergaming and Christmas dinner. For me, a thesis at nematology has given me valuable experience as a scientist and is a thing I would recommend to anyone interested in the subject.