As a student of MSc Plant Biotechnology I decided to do my MSc thesis in the Department of Nematology. During my time in the Nematology I was supervised by Erik Slootweg and Aska Goverse. The project I was offered to work on promoted deep understanding of the plant defence responses, the area of science I am dedicated to.
My project involved the use of cloning techniques and proteomics methods (mainly co-immunoprecipitation) supported by functional bioassays. The weekly work discussions encouraged me to work harder and always provided some constructive feedback from the members of my research group. Experience I have gained in Nematology greatly convinced me to pursue a scientific career and prepared me for the next step, doctoral research.
Nematology is a great place to study and work. The working environment is excellent; all staff members are always willing to help and are very open to the students. One of the best things of this place is the large amount of ‘social events’, including activities like barbeques, lab outings and Christmas dinners.
You work, you study, you have fun. Once you have been there, you always come back!