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Published on Oct 11, 2012
Often considered a nuisance by people in summer, the fruit fly has been incredibly useful for the understanding of human biology. Its biology is quite similar to mammals, but more simple and easier to study. My dream is to find out how the immune system is involved in disease, using the fruit fly, and to be able to translate these findings to human biology.
Rosalind Franklin's research was key in three men getting the Nobel Prize for solving the structure of DNA. She was not in a very enviable position, in a work environment of men who were not used to work together with women, and commented on her looks and personality. It is admirable she managed to do as well as she did. Some decades later, things have changed: women are supported more, and RF fellowships in Groningen are a very important boost for the careers of women.