Testimonial Jelle van Keimpema

With my interest being in medical biotechnology, I first did not expect to end up doing my BSc thesis at nematology. However, at the course Basics of Infectious Diseases I got to know about a research that was going on with nematodes, involving vaccination of cows. I was immediately interested and got the opportunity to work at the laboratory of Nematology to help with this research.

Jelle van Keimpema
My thesis allowed me to really do my own research for the first time
Jelle van Keimpema

My focus was on a protein secreted by Cooperia oncophora. During my time in the laboratory I tried to produce this protein in its native form. The objective was to prevent the cleavage of this protein, which happened when Nicotiana benthamiana was used as a production system. To reach my goal, I learned a lot about modern techniques used in the laboratory. Additionally, I expanded my background knowledge on glycosylation of proteins, which was used to try to prevent the cleavage of target protein.

Altogether, I had a very nice time at the laboratory of Nematology. My thesis allowed me to really do my own research for the first time, instead of following a protocol for a course practical taking 1-2 weeks. The atmosphere at Nematology is very pleasant, allowing you to work properly, but also enjoy your time.