Laura Akkerman

Portretfoto Laura Akkerman
Teachers are very enthusiastic to answer questions or to help out when looking for an internship. The community-like feeling between students is also of great added value for
Name
Laura Akkerman
Programme
Molecular Mechanisms of Disease (research)
Country of previous education
The Netherlands
Study start date
Study end date
Current role
Student Master Molecular Mechanisms of Disease (Radboud University)
Previous education
Molecular Life Sciences, Wageningen University

Laura Akkerman is a masterstudent of Molecular Mechanisms of Disease at Radboud University. 

What do you like about the programme/specialisation and why? How has the programme/specialisation challenged you? Did you experience things that were especially difficult?

MMD is quite a broad program, which I very much appreciate because I did not yet know which area of the Biomedical sciences I would like most. Compared to my Bachelor's, the pace of the courses was a lot higher, which was challenging at times but also very rewarding.

What do you think about the atmosphere in class?

I had not expected that even while a lot of education was online, personal contact between students and teachers was possible. Teachers are very enthusiastic to answer questions or to help out when looking for an internship. The community-like feeling between students is also of great added value for me.

What do you find most challenging in your Master’s? Have you encountered any obstacles?

I think it is quite a general trait of MMD students to want to do everything and be good at everything they do. This can be physically and mentally very demanding. I am in the process of learning to prioritize the things that I find most important.

Are you currently doing an internship? Or what is your thesis about?

My first internship was about malaria parasites and how they replicate in human red blood cells. In a few months, I will start my second internship, which will be about the immunology of bats.

Why do you think is it important that that there are people out there with this degree? What are your plans once you have received your Master's degree?

In my view, MMD is the perfect preparation for a PhD in the Biomedical sciences. I am learning to be critical, plan and perform experiments, perform well under pressure, etc. After my Master's, I plan on doing a PhD in the field of Medical microbiology.