Meet student Maarten Swart
WHAT YEAR ARE YOU AND WHAT IS YOUR PHD ON?
I am a full-time 4th and final year DPhil student at the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology in Professor Claudia Monaco’s group, investigating the role of heparan sulfate proteoglycans on macrophages in rheumatoid arthritis.
WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND? AND WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO A DPHIL AT THE KENNEDY INSTITUTE?
I completed my undergraduate degree in Biopharmaceutical Sciences in 2014 and a two-year masters in 2016 at Leiden University (the Netherlands). During my masters, I did a research project at the Kennedy Institute in the Monaco group focussing on macrophage function in atherosclerosis. I then applied for a DPhil under Dr Linda Troeberg and Prof. Claudia Monaco as I wanted to expand my molecular biology and immunological skills.
WHAT IS IT LIKE TO BE A DPHIL STUDENT AT NDORMS?
People are very friendly and always willing to help if you have a problem and need advice. I found it very useful to discuss my project outside my own group to get ideas for future experiments.
WHAT IS IT LIKE TO BE A DPHIL STUDENT AT OXFORD?
There are plenty of clubs and societies in Oxford. I joined the swimming team when I started my DPhil and still really enjoy their training sessions and activities. I also highly recommend getting involved in college activities where you meet people outside your own field.