The Laboratory of Nematology hosted me for six months while I was working on my master thesis. Under the supervision of Arjen Schots I investigated the immuno-modulating properties of the white button mushroom, Agaricus bisporus, on the murine immune system.
I chose the laboratory of Nematology because it provided me with the chance to “feed” my innate curiosity for the mechanisms of action and the ways of dealing with the immune system. Through my project, all the theoretical information given during lectures became a part of me while working in the lab. My project also taught me that there is beauty in science but it comes with a big prize! Hidden challenges are around the corner to test your perseverance and confidence, two abilities that I gained! However, the most important skills that I acquired during my thesis at nematology was the ability to cooperate, critically think and receive as well as give useful feedback.
Being a part of the team, the “nema family”, I met not only accomplished scientists but also beautiful people. So, I could say that our interaction contributed in my improvement as a scientist but most important as a human being. Double win!