Hello everyone, first post of my “open kitchen science” research initiative. I am very excited to announce that I have started working at the Free University of Amsterdam, within the Host-Microbiome group of Prof. Remco Kort at the Microbiology department. I will keep a regular update on the progress here. Currently I am still finding my way around in the labs, looking for chemicals, getting the right strains and looking what equipment is available. I will also start filling the website with background information on metabolism of vaginal microbes and the question I want to answer with my experiments.