I have been at Nematology for ten months from November, 2010. It was here that I completed my major and minor thesis. My first thesis is a joint project involving the modification of N-glycans, trying to produce human-like N-glycans in plants and silence the genes related to plant-specific N-glycans.
Compared to normal practical courses, doing your thesis demands that you work more or less independent and show the ability to solve the real-time academic problems. Luckily, I obtained many support from my supervisors, Arjen Schots and Maurice Henquet. Moreover, the weekly work discussions provided me a good opportunity to share my results with others and meanwhile to get many good ideas to improve my own project.
After finishing the first thesis, I continued to do a minor thesis at the same group. My second thesis is related to the production of human receptor proteins in plants, supervised by Arjen Schots and Ruud Wilbers. This was a real interdisciplinary project combining plant biotechnology with immunology. Thanks to the guidance of Ruud, I learnt many new experimental skills during this time.
I have to say that I really love the time spent at Nematology. Thanks to all my supervisors for their support and patience. Moreover, I met many people in this laboratory and they not only helped me a lot in my lab work, but created a wonderful atmosphere to work in the lab.