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Testimonial Marilyn M. Murindahabi

My name is Marilyn M. Murindahabi, I am a MSc student in Medical biotechnology. At the end of my first year for my MSc, I had my first appointment with Arjen Schots to have an idea on my thesis research. Then he recommended me to Jan Kammenga for my further research.

As every living species, worms eat, can adapt to some physical conditions and they could even sneeze ...
Marilyn M. Murindahabi

December 2011

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Then he recommended me to Jan Kammenga for my further research. It is was not the first time I heard about the word “nematology” and I could not imagine that I would be working for my first time with C. elegans. As every living species, worms eat, can adapt to some physical conditions and they could even sneeze as it was found very recently. Within the NEMADAPT project, many natural-isolates of C. elegans as well as bacteria were isolated from France in Orsay and Santeuil by the group of Marie-Anne Félix. My research study was based on the analysis of response of those lines to different bacteria and also to analyse the gene expression of some selected lines destined to create RIL population after exposure to different bacteria.

It was a great and delighted experience to work in the Nematology lab. I am very glad that the opportunity was given to me to first meet and then work on the subject that was very interesting and also  to work with the people in the chair group. The atmosphere was really warm, always someone to guide you. My acknowledgement goes out to Jan Kammenga who gave me this opportunity to work on the research; Rita Volkers who guided me during the period I spent working in the Laboratory of Nematology to do research and who gave good advices on how to write a thesis; Basten Snoek who helped me with the statisticals and also  showed me how to extract the most relevant information and Joost Riksen who more than once took loads of work out of my hands, when I had a lot of to do. I would recommend anyone, whose interests in some way overlap with the Laboratory of Nematology to spend time studying at the this Chair group.