I am Carlijn Alblas and I am currently completing the Biotechnology study programme with a major in Forensic Sciences at Van Hall Larenstein in Leeuwarden. During my internship at Microbial Analysis, the sister company of Bioclear earth, I will be working on the development of new assays for the identification of MIC related micro-organisms in different types of samples, such as water, soil or pigging debris. MIC stands for microbiologically influenced corrosion and is a worldwide problem. Micro-organisms can quickly influence the corrosion process in several different ways and can cause a lot of damage. Therefore, it is important to research which composition of micro-organisms is present in a sample. This can be done by detecting certain MIC-related targets in the genome of micro-organisms. If more of these targets are known, more accurate research is possible, and the influence of up to this point unknown groups of micro-organisms can be investigated. This will also allow us to make a risk inventory.
So far, the internship has been very instructive. I am learning more and more about molecular techniques and I like the fact that there are several other interns doing research. It is great to be part of a company that helps identify and tackle problems by thinking in terms of solutions on the basis of natural processes. I hope to be able to contribute to this and I am excited to see my results!
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