Charmaine Espinosa

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I am from the Philippines. I grew up in a rural place north of Manila where I was exposed to simple agricultural living. I learned then that raising livestock was a profitable business enterprise. Unfortunately, my family had no prior knowledge in managing and raising livestock animals. This opportunity made me realize that I am inclined and interested in life science-related topics and issues.

My growing interest in livestock farming led me to pursue a degree in Swine Nutrition. I graduated from the University of the Philippines at Los Baños in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, majoring in Swine Nutrition. I had taken basic nutrition courses and conducted experiments on “The effects of Moringa oleifera as supplemental feed for gestating-lactating sows” which served as my undergraduate thesis. At the same university, I recently earned my Master’s degree in Animal Sciences major in Animal Nutrition and minor in Biochemistry. For my Master’s thesis I determined “The effect of supplementing α-galactosidase on the energy value of soybean meal and production performance of nursery pigs” through the supervision of Dr. Rommel C. Sulabo.

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Dr. Hans H. Stein for accepting me to become part of his team. Being a part of his team is truly an honor and I am looking forward to know more about swine nutrition and research.

Master's thesis: 
The effect of supplementing α-galactosidase on the energy value of soybean meal and production performance of nursery pigs
Doctoral dissertation: 
Nutritional value of Cu hydroxychloride fed to pigs (in progress)