As an ERASMUS student, I was working in the Laboratory of Nematology, doing my Bsc thesis. For almost 3 months I was investigating what is the influence of recently identified potential interactors on resistance protein Rx1 in potato.
Few proteins were predicted to interact with Rx1 and be involved in Rx1-mediated resistance against potato virus X (PVX). To check, what kind of influence they provide, I performed virus-induced gene silencing (VIGS) on Nicotiana benthamiana plants to knock out those genes and see, how it will affect Rx1-mediated resistance.
At the beginning I had not so much practical experience in lab, but during my research and with support from my supervisor Erik Slootweg and also other NEM members which were very helpful, I really improved my skills and theoretical knowledge. Also atmosphere at the lab was so nice and friendly and working there was a pleasure.