In 2019, I obtained a master’s degree in in Molecular Life Sciences from the Radboud University Nijmegen. Specializing in Chemistry of Life, I initially became acquainted with carbohydrate chemistry through my first master’s internship in the Boltje Research Group, focusing on the synthesis of fluorinated 3-deoxy-d-manno-octulosonic acid (Kdo) derivatives. After a short intermezzo abroad, courses and literature studies, I returned to the Boltje Research Group for a KIEM project in collaboration with Aduro Biotech. In this project, I completed a second master’s internship and and subsequently a brief time as research assistant on the synthesis of β-glucans. Following graduation, I spent half a year as a medicinal chemist in the Feiters research group (Synthetic Organic Chemistry, RU), working on the design of potential antimalarials.
As of September 2019, I am glad to be back in the Boltje Research Group as a PhD student. My research will be dedicated to the development of complex oligosaccharides with potential immunostimulating properties.
Without sugarcoating it: it’s good to be back in the world of carbohydrates; not forgetting the group’s ambitious and engaging environment which has driven me as a scientist.