As part of my study program in Molecular Life Sciences, I followed several courses given by the Nematology department (e.g. Basics of Infectious diseases, Host-Parasite Interactions).
In that time, I got particularly interested in the widely used model organism C. elegans. That’s why I conducted my Master thesis with the C. elegans group of the Laboratory of Nematology. My project focused on aging in C. elegans. I looked into linking the decline in movement during aging with the lifespan. I worked on identifying a pattern in the changes in movement that could be used to predict the end of life. I learned a lot, especially about working with very large data-sets, which required me to get acquainted with the programming language “R”.The project was relatively new, and my supervisors gave me a lot of freedom to work on the questions that I found interesting. However, I was never left alone with problems. I could ask for help at any time. Overall during my thesis, the C. elegans group provided me with the perfect mix of freedom, responsibility and support!