I have performed my bachelor thesis at the Nematology department of the WUR. My thesis project evolved around the production of a receptor fused to a fluorescent protein and its expression in mammal cells.
By use of these receptors screening could be performed on the glycosylation pattern of plant-expressed glycoproteins. During my thesis I got a lot more confidence in performing experiments without constant supervision as in practical’s. I have experienced the Nematology department as an educational and very pleasant work environment. Not only was I always able to receive help when I needed it, but there were always people in for a nice conversation. On sunny days it was always nice to sit outside during the lunchbreak with the rest of the department and to enjoy the nice weather.
Of course my thesis was not only relaxing and I sometimes struggled with the writing of my report. I was aided in writing my report by the peer-reviews that I received from fellow students during the thesis rings. Thanks to the thesis rings I learned how much there is to learn from fellow students and their method of writing.
Although I realized during my thesis that there may be a lot of setbacks in scientific research I am glad that I was able to choose the nematology department to spend the last two periods of the year at!