In period 3, 4 and in the afternoons of period 5 in 2011, I did my BSc thesis at the Nematology chair group. While Arjen Schots and Geert Smant had given some lectures during the course Frontiers in Medical and Veterinary Biology, I was enthusiastic about the subject of nematodes which evade the host by suppressing the immune system.
When I was looking for a BSc thesis and I couldn’t find anything, I contacted Arjen and Geert and they were very willing to help me finding a thesis that matched my interest. I did my BSc thesis on venom allergen-like proteins of parasitic nematode and the effect they have on extracellular proteases of human and murine immune cells. During my thesis we were looking for interactors of the excretions of parasitic nematodes in dendritic cells and macrophages and what effect the excretions have on the immune cells. José Lozano and Geert Smant were my supervisors, but everyone in the lab was very helpful.
The chair group of Nematology was a very nice place to work. I learned a lot about writing articles and interpret the results and conclude things from that. Furthermore I obtained a lot of laboratory techniques. It was a good experience to see what doing research means. I really enjoyed working at the PNI lab, not only because of everyone’s enthusiasm, but also because of the nice coffee breaks, lots of cake and the “gezelligheid”. Thanks to everyone!