I started my Master Thesis at the department of nematology under direct supervision of Lotte Westerhof halfway march doing research on knocking out b-hexosaminidases of N. benthamiana with CRISPR-Cas9.
Two years ago I conducted my Bachelor thesis in the department of nematology as well and thus I could be called a ‘repeat offender’. Although I kind of knew my way around, it was nice to see some changes. The thesis rings were something new to me and were a great learning experience. Not only did I learn where my mistakes were in writing, but also on how to properly give feedback. Initially my project seemed straightforward and without many challenges, but as often happens, research does not stay that way.
One of the best part of my thesis was the feeling my work contributes to the bigger project of the department (LMA) and science. Another really nice aspect of doing my thesis at nematology was that my supervisor was there for me when I needed help or had questions, which contributes to a nice learning atmosphere. When the project started getting challenging everyone who had the ability to help was there to help with ideas or encouragement, which makes this one of the most student friendly labs.
Although the biggest part of the experience consists of learning, there is also a lot of fun. Having participated in the camping trip (BOEKEL!!), the barbeque, the lab outing, Friday beers and many more… it is safe to say that friendships were made and that even far from home I found another one here at nematology. Needless to say, being a repeat offender shows how much fun one can have while learning.