Interview with Bono Jimmink
Name: Bono Jimmink
From: The Netherlands
Studying: I am a Master student and started out studying the specialisation in Biochemistry. However, after the first semester my interests moved more towards organic chemistry, and it is courses from this specialisation that I have been following for the remaining three semesters.
Why did you choose to study chemistry?
I’ve always had an interest into the natural sciences and loved investigating things. I think chemistry is the perfect mix of fundamental knowledge and applications thereof, which makes it exciting for research.
How come you chose to study at Uppsala University?
After my Bachelors, I wanted to continue my studies in a foreign country. Sweden piqued my interest due to its rich culture and beautiful nature. After looking through different universities in Sweden, Uppsala University attracted me due to the interesting research groups and the quality of the work they publish.
What do you like most about studying in Uppsala?
The university is very nice, and the research groups have exciting topics. Moreover, there is a great student presence, with lots of activities. Of course this cannot be the case in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, but I got to enjoy it at the start of my Masters.
Can you tell us a little bit about your research?
Ever since taking the NMR II course at Uppsala University, I have been really interested in NMR research and its applications to various research fields. Over the summer I worked in Prof. Máté Erdélyi's group on a project involving NMR analysis of halogen bonding. I continued there for my Master thesis work, which I am currently conducting. I focus on investigating a ligand-enzyme interaction, within the framework of antibiotic resistance, using NMR-spectroscopy.
What do you want to do when you are finished with your studies?
My plan is to pursue a PhD, to continue the learning process of being a researcher.
THREE QUICK QUESTIONS
What is your favourite place in Uppsala?
Every so often I go running with friends to Gamla Uppsala. It is a really pretty way there, especially in the evenings under a starry sky with little light pollution.
What is the best student tradition?
Uppsala’s student nations have a range of great student traditions, though the gasque dinner parties have been the most memorable. These dinner parties focus on some of the most important things in life: good food, good company and loud singing.
What is your dream job?
I think, like most people pursuing a career in research, the ideal job would be one where there is ample freedom and funds to investigate interesting research topics!