Vanessa Lagos

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My name is Vanessa Lagos, and I'm from Bogotá, Colombia. I'm a graduate of the National University of Colombia, where I earned a Bachelor's degree in Animal Science with a focus on swine production.

Since I was a child, I liked farming due to growing up close to a self-supply farm where my grandmother was born. There, they had a potato crop and some fruit trees. They also had cows and pigs. I always enjoyed that place and I began to see a future career for myself in agriculture.

As an undergraduate, I did an internship in ALIAR-LA FAZENDA, an agricultural enterprise dedicated to pork production, where I had the opportunity to learn about the handling and management of a swine farm. I came to Dr. Stein’s lab as a visiting scholar in 2015, and worked on some experiments related to energy and amino acid digestibility. After that, Dr. Stein accepted me as a student at the Division of Nutritional Sciences in the 5-year PhD program. During this time I will work on calcium digestibility and requirements.

I'm really grateful to Dr. Stein for this opportunity, and I’m sure that my time here will be very important for my personal and professional future. I hope to serve my country and my family, to whom I owe all of my achievements. I am thankful for their support.

Doctoral dissertation: 
Determining the calcium requirements for growing pigs (in progress)