Hi, I am Martina Surá-de Jong, lecturer biotechnology and researcher at Van Hall Larenstein, University of Applied Sciences in Leeuwarden. I work and live in the Netherlands since august 2014, but I come originally from the Czech Republic. I obtained my MSc and PhD in the field of microbiology at the University
of Chemistry and Technology in Prague and after that I started working at this university as a postdoc and later as an assistant professor. During this time I also worked for The Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, was an advisor for the GMO (genetically modified organisms) committee for the Ministry of the Environment and editor of the Czech journal “Bioprospect”. My research domain includes microbiology, plant-microbe interactions, phytoremediation and preparation of genetically modified plants for increased phytoremediation abilities.
Currently I am leading a research project of Esther Nederhof about the effects of two diets; the Dutch consensus diet and the Paleolithic diet. It is known that a diet can play an important role in composition and function of gut microflora. And that there is a connection between gut microflora and human body functions. Our aim is therefore to study the effect of these two diets on physical and psychological symptoms and composition of bacteria in the guts.
On the 6th of December I visited the MyMicroZoo symposium “Kriebels in je buik” in Leiden. I wrote a blog about the symposium and would like to invite you to read it: http://wp.me/p4Ju6T-aB