Doing my thesis at the Laboratory of Nematology has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my bachelor studies. As a biotechnology student I never imagined I could have the option of doing my thesis at Nematology.
After my initial thesis interview, I quickly realised the department was leading the way in plant based production of proteins. I was able to secure a project that aligned with my interests, whilst providing me with new challenges. Not only was I able to learn many new techniques, but I was also conducting novel experiments no one had attempted before. My thesis project involved the production and identification of nematode immunomodulators and other enzymes in plants. I was able to work independently and my supervisor provided a safe environment where I could grow as a scientist. The level of freedom I was given to develop and test my own theories ultimately added to the great learning experience during my thesis. Students are also encouraged to present and discuss own results through work discussions and thesis ring peer reviews. The department itself feels warm and welcoming, with all staff members more than willing to assist you. Nematology frequently organize fun social activities adding to the already great working atmosphere.
The 6 months I’ve spent at Nematology have been very intellectually stimulating, filled with fun and memorable moments that I will cherish forever. I would highly recommend any (plant)biotechnologist or molecular biologist interested in immunology or plant based protein production to do their thesis at the Department of Nematology.