I did my Master thesis at Nematology under the supervision of Koen Varossieau. I worked on the interaction between a secreted protein from Meloidogyne incognita and apoplastic proteins from Nicotiana benthamiana.
Using this secreted protein M. incognita is able to suppress the immune system of plants. This interaction could therefore give important insights in the prevention of infection by nematodes.
During my work at Nematology I really learned how to be an independent scientist. I got a lot of freedom to think of my own experiments and most of the time felt more like an equal than a student. Of course everyone was also happy to help you when needed and I felt more than welcome in the lab. The atmosphere at Nematology is therefore also really great. There won’t be any lunch breaks where you will be bored, as there are always funny conversations. After a while the department of Nematology felt more like a group of friends than my working space.
So Nematology offered me the perfect combination of fun and having drinks together, but also a great learning environment.