Anna is originally from Huntington Beach, California. She moved to the Midwest in the fall of 2011 to attend Iowa State University to obtain a bachelors in Animal Science. At Iowa State she worked in a swine nutritional physiology lab that encouraged her to go into swine nutrition (especially being from the concrete jungle that is Southern California). After graduation Anna moved up to Minnesota with her then fiancé to take a position at a small animal feed additive company focusing on feeding natural alternatives. After 1 1/2 years of working full-time and getting married, she went down to part-time in to be able to attend school full-time to obtain her master’s degree in Animal Science. Currently, Anna is keeping herself very busy with her on-going trial for her thesis. Her research focuses on fetal programming, supplementing mouse dams with a metabolite of leucine to reduce within-litter birth weight variation. If successful, Anna and her advisors hope to translate this into the swine industry. She plans to defend in fall 2018 and return to industry afterwards. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and their dog and going to all types of Minnesota sporting events.