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Testimonial Laura de Rond

In March 2015, I started my BSc thesis at the Laboratory of Nematology under supervision of Lotte Westerhof. The initial aim was creating gene knockouts of glycosyltransferases in Nicotiana benthamiana.

You have to think about every single step you want to carry out and deal with the problems you encounter
Laura de Rond

August 2015

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In March 2015, I started my BSc thesis at the Laboratory of Nematology under supervision of Lotte Westerhof. The initial aim was creating gene knockouts of glycosyltransferases in Nicotiana benthamiana. While working on my thesis I experienced that performing your own scientific research takes way more time than just following a practical course. You have to think about every single step you want to carry out and deal with the problems you encounter.  Although the planning that I had made at the beginning of my thesis was a little bit enthusiastic, I finally ended with nice results. During the practical work, the guidance was very well. Everyone in the laboratory was willing to help. Since I performed a lot of PCRs and did a lot of cloning I am now (almost) experienced myself. Besides all the experiences in the lab I also learned a lot about giving and receiving feedback during the work discussions and thesis rings. Especially the thesis ring helped me writing a good scientific report and also giving appropriate feedback to others. The LMA group in which I did my thesis, was very nice. Before the weekly word discussions we always went for lunch at the ''Restaurant of the Future''. In this way you also get to know each other in another way. Overall, there is a great atmosphere in the Laboratory of Nematology. I enjoyed the coffee breaks, which contained a lot of delicious homemade cakes. In conclusion, I learned a lot and had a great time!