Rozemarijn van der Veen

Portrait Rozemarijn van der Veen
This programme has prepared me to become a researcher in a very broad manner.
Rozemarijn van der Veen
Molecular Mechanisms of Disease (research)
Study start date
Current role
Student Master Molecular Mechanisms of Disease (Radboud Universiteit)
Previous education
Molecular Life Sciences, Radboud University

Rozemarijn van der Veen 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?

This programme has prepared me to become a researcher in a very broad manner. Apart from learning about many different research fields, there is a major focus on scientific skills, such as working in a group and communicating your research. The focus on these type of skills makes this programme stand out to me and has given me an extra challenge.

What do you think about the atmosphere in class?

With a small group of highly motivated students, the atmosphere in the class was great! Not only did we bond as a group, but this also made classes very interactive and thereby more educational. Researchers were eager to lecture us and answer all of our questions.

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

The workload of this programme can be high, especially when all the students in your group are perfectionistic and willing to work extra hours on an assignment. Balancing this with taking rest and time off was the most challenging for me.

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

Currently, I am in the USA for an internship at the University of North Carolina in which I investigate a MAPK signalling pathway in yeast, using mathematical modelling and microscopy.

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

People with this degree are able to help obtain a better understanding of, and better treatments for many different diseases. Personally, I aim to become a fundamental researcher, providing basic insights that can be used in medical applications later on. Therefore, my next step is to find a fundamental PhD.