Ping Ren is pursing his PhD degree in Animal Science with an emphasis in Sow Nutrition with Dr. Samuel Baidoo, with plans to present his final defense this Fall. His research focuses on investigation of different feeding levels and housing systems on sow and litter performance, nutrient digestibility and definition of hunger using science-based physiological indicators using pregnant gilts as a model. In addition to his research, Ping also served as a teaching assistant for the graduate course "Current Concepts in Animal Nutrition". During his time with the program, Ping was awarded the prestigious MnDRIVE Global Food Ventures Graduate Scholarship and CFANS Alumni Society Scholarship. He was also a member of Phi Kappa Phi. Ping is also active in scientific meetings. He won the PhD poster competition 3rd place in the 2014 ASAS Midwestern meeting.
Ping grew up in Changzhou city, Jiangsu province, China. He received his MS in Animal Nutrition at China Agricultural University in 2011. After he completed his MS, he worked as a research assistant in Novus China R&D Center, Beijing for six months and then he moved to a leading feed company, DBN Technology Group as Technical Manager for about 3 months. He started his PhD program at the University of Minnesota in August of 2012 and is looking forward to graduating at the end of the month.
In his spare time, Ping enjoys reading the Bible, listening to hymns and working out.