Edgar Huitema

Division of Plant Sciences

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Dirk van Vugt

Research Interests

My name is Dirk van Vugt, and I recently joined the Huitema lab for my internship of 5 months. This internship is part of my education Life Science at the University of Arnhem and Nijmegen (HAN). Here I study for my Bachelor programme and need to do two internships as a part of study. My internship at the Huitema lab is my first experience in the Plant Pathology, with a challenging assignment and learning more about Life Science every day.

My project's focus around the devastating Phytophthora capsici lays in the search for possible interacting plant proteins of the Crinkler effectors in Phytophthora capsici. This involves screenings with constructs in the Yeast-2-Hybrid system, which already showed promising results in the last two months.

Next to this assignment, I will attempt to create new methods for specific pull downs and detection of proteins during infection of Phytophthora capsici. Here will I try novel TAGS and methods, to create more efficient methods helping to achieve our research aims.