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: ‘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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Interview: ‘Bacteria fascinate me: they are tiny but have enormous impact’

Many studies focus on health and disease from a human, animal or environmental perspective. Kitty Exel realised during her studies that it is important to adopt an integrated approach. “This is why I am excited to study the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus, which infects both cattle and humans.”


Interview: ‘Our models could be used for many different infections, including the coronavirus’

In the middle of a global pandemic, Bastiaan van der Roest is working on transmission trees: pathways that show how an infection spreads. The resulting models can potentially be used by policymakers to prevent or extinguish infections.


Interview: ‘I like to uncover what lives where and under which conditions’

Sam Boerlijst has started in track 15 of One Health Pact: Experimental work on effects of global change scenarios on vector population parameters – At LUMC.