MSc (by Research)
Florentine Timmer graduated from the University of Groningen in 2016 with a BSc in Biomedical Sciences. As part of her degree she assisted in a research project that looked into dietary supplements and their effects on the prevention of cognitive impairment and depression that occur in post-operative cognitive disorder (POCD). Moreover, she was also selected to participate in an exchange program with the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) for which she was awarded the Holland Scholarship.
In the subsequent year after graduation she moved to Oxford to start an internship in the Oppermann group (NDORMS) where she focused on the production of lentivirus as well as osteogenic differentiation mechanisms of periosteum mesenchymal stem cells (pMSCs). Specifically this internship involved learning basic research techniques including cell culture, bacterial culture, qPCR, RNA extraction, electrophoresis, colorimetric assays and cell viability assays.
Following her internship she was offered a place to study her MSc by Research in Molecular and Cellular Medicine at the University of Oxford under the supervision of Professor Udo Oppermann and Dr. Martin Philpott. The project focuses on the differentiation of induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSCs) into Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs) and hence aims to detail the molecular mechanisms involved in this process. For this research project more elaborate techniques such as RNA sequencing and CyTOF will be employed to compare these so-called iPSC-MSCs to human BM-MSCs. Ultimately, the aim is for these iPSC-MSCs to be used as an indefinite source of stem cells for the discovery of novel epigenetic drug targets.
Holland Scholarship (2015)
Financed by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science
Price awarded to study at the Chinese University of Hong Kong for a semester
VSBfonds Scholarship (2017)
Awarded by the VSBfonds
Price awarded to pursue a postgraduate (MSc) degree at the University of Oxford