Track 19: Role of host innate immune responses and arbovirus innate immune evasion in transmissibility, host range and disease outcome
Erik Snijder (LUMC)
Marjolein Kikkert (LUMC); Martijn van Hemert (LUMC)
Leiden University Medical Centre
My name is Tessa, and I have been appointed for PhD position
19, “Role of host innate immune responses and arbovirus innate immune evasion in transmissibility, host range and disease outcome” at the Department of Medical Microbiology at Leiden University Medical Centre. I recently moved to Leiden, where I now live in the city centre. During the weekend, I like to play squash. Moreover, in my free time, I like to read or play board games with my friends or family. I also really enjoy playing escape rooms and even participated in one with my friends in the national championship last year.
I have a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences. During my studies, I was most interested in the infection, immunity and tolerance of subjects. Therefore, I decided to follow my final internship at the Department of Medical Microbiology at Leiden University Medical Centre, during which I got my first experiences in the virology field and also learned many molecular biology techniques. I really liked this type of work which encouraged me to apply for this particular PhD position. In addition, the main topic of this project includes immunology and the evasion of innate immunity, which is one of my main interests and also was the topic of a review I wrote. During my PhD I hope to become a more independent researcher. I think that working in this consortium will be great for my network and hopefully will result in fruitful collaborations!