Bishwo Pokharel is a PhD student under the supervision of Dr. Alexandra Harlander. He completed his undergraduate degree in Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry from the Tribhuvan University, Nepal. After that he joined the University of Manitoba to do his Masters in Animal Science where he got exposed to well-equipped research facilities related to animal farming, feed production and biotechnology, particularly with swine and poultry. This developed his interest towards research work related to nutrition, animal health and behaviour. After completing his Masters, he joined the Harlander lab where he spends most of his time understanding the behaviour of laying hens especially in regards of their preference over different kind of litters and how they make decisions individually vs in a group setting. He is also involved in observing behavioural responses of laying hens exposed to different concentrations of gases, especially ammonia. Apart from research activities, Bishwo is a big fan of soccer and likes to play soccer in his spare time.