Dan Columbus, PhD
Dan is originally from Sarnia, Ontario. He moved to Guelph, Ontario to pursue a BSc degree in Animal Biology with aspiration of career in veterinary medicine. During his undergraduate studies, Dan developed an interest in agriculture and specifically for swine. He gained practical experience in agriculture working on the University of Guelph research farms in the feed mill, station operations, poultry research unit, equine research unit, and, finally, in the swine unit where he eventually started a position as Research Technician with Dr. Kees de Lange. It was during this time that he developed a passion for research and decided to pursue graduate studies in swine nutrition. After completing both his MSc and PhD at Guelph, Dan moved to Houston, Texas to complete postdoctoral studies, using his knowledge of swine nutrition and physiology to pursue studies using the pig as a model for nutrition interventions in low-birth weight infants. Eventually Dan tired of the heat and humidity of Houston and decided to move to the cooler climate of Saskatoon where he became Research Scientist in Nutrition at Prairie Swine Centre. Dan’s interest in swine nutrition stems from the dual-benefits of research in the pig, being able to provide knowledge to improve both swine production and human health and the added benefit of working with a wide range of collaborators in both fields of research. He particular enjoys instilling this love for swine research in his students and seeing them succeed in their graduate programs and careers.