Diego Navarro

Diego Navarro photo

288 Animal Sciences Laboratory
1207 W. Gregory Drive
Urbana, IL 61801
navarro3@illinois.edu

I grew up in Los Baños, Laguna, a small university town just south of Manila. I was exposed to the animal industry at a very young age because my family runs a small feed company that manufactures and distributes animal health and nutritional products in the Philippines. I wanted to get involved so I decided to pursue a BS in Agriculture at the University of the Philippines, Los Baños. I majored in Animal Sciences and specialized in Swine Production, but my classes have always been geared towards nutrition.

My undergraduate research focused on the effects of porcine peptone on the production performance of weanling pigs. Conducting this experiment made me realize that I wanted to continue working on similar research projects. I learned about Dr. Stein’s lab and their research and I instantly knew that I could not pass on the opportunity to work with him. I contacted Dr. Stein and expressed my desire to pursue my MS under his guidance, which led me to where I am today. I came to Illinois in August 2012 and worked on the amino acid digestibility and concentration of energy in processed soybean and rapeseed products fed to pigs. I earned my Master’s degree in May 2014 and I am currently pursuing my PhD working on the correlation between the physicochemical characteristics and the energetic value of dietary fiber in feed ingredients used in swine diets.

I am honored to be working with Dr. Stein and his research team. I believe my experiences here will prepare me for whatever challenges are thrown at me in the future.

Doctoral dissertation: 
Correlation between the physicochemical characteristics and energetic value of dietary fiber in feed ingredients included in swine diets (in progress)