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PhD Student Interviews

Here you will find all interviews with NCOH PhD students. The One Health PACT PhD-students also belong to the group of NCOH PhD students. They can be found on the website of OHPACT.

Interview: CSI on nanoscale: ‘The body temperature tells me when the virus killed the bacteria’

In the last decade, bacteria-killing viruses have gained popularity as alternatives for antibiotics. Michèle Molendijk investigates the safety and efficiency of these bacteria killers as drugs.

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Interview: ‘I already knew I wanted to be a virologist when I was fifteen years old’

Scientists study viruses and ways to combat them in petri dishes containing a flat layer of cells. Danny Noack builds ‘tiny human tissues’ to study viruses in a more natural environment.

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Interview: ‘A lot of bacteria are resistant against the usual weapons, so we are trying to find new weak points to exploit’

In the battle against antibiotic resistance, Alexander Bakker is testing existing chemical compounds to see whether they can be used as antibiotics. These compounds were originally created to treat cancer and other diseases.

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Interview: ‘I will always have a soft spot for bacteria’

Understanding how bacteria adapt in order to survive is fundamentally interesting and can potentially help us to understand bacterial infections, says Eveline Ultee who researched how bacteria change their shape.

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Interview: ‘I am intrigued by the power of bacteria’

Antibiotics are classified based on their likelihood of inducing antibiotic resistance in bacteria, as tested in the lab. Aram Swinkels thinks there is another factor that should be taken into account: the lifespan of antibiotics.

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Interview: ‘As a virologist it is my duty to fight the coronavirus’

Shortly after starting her PhD research, the coronavirus pandemic hit and Melissa Thaler switched to coronavirus research. She is now trying to find a drug against this novel virus.

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Interview: Technician turns PhD student: “Now I am more focused on one subject”

By mapping out genetic information in a family tree Renate Hakse van der Honing will show similarities and differences between Hepatitis E virus subtypes that may be responsible for a more dangerous variant.

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Interview: ‘I should have been in Africa right now, catching mosquitoes for my research’

Michelle Schinkel’s PhD research is about the transmission of diseases by mosquitoes. Her ultimate goal is to find an insect-specific virus that inhibits the transmission of malaria and arboviruses to humans.

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