Vanessa Lagos

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 May 2018, I earned my Master’s degree with a thesis on the digestible calcium requirements by growing pigs. Currently, I am working on my Ph.D. where I am studying calcium digestibility and requirements by pigs.

I'm really grateful to Dr. Stein for this opportunity, what I have learned and what I will learn in this program 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)