Dr. Janeen Salak-Johnson joined the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in November of 1999. Dr. Salak-Johnson hails from Pittsburg, Pennsylvania and is considered a transplant resident of Texas as well as a prominent alumna of The Texas Tech University where she garnered her status as a Ph.D. graduate. Her background focuses primarily within the fields of Animal Sciences, Neuroscience and Immunological Sciences which she currently uses to assess the welfare of production swine in various housing milieus and their environment.
Mainly, Dr. Salak-Johnson has an extremely active research program in Stress and Environmental Physiology and Animal Well-being, using a multidisciplinary approach to understand the impact environment and stressors have on animal well-being. More specifically, sow housing, prenatal stress, mechanism of stress effects on immune status and behavior of swine. Dr. Salak-Johnson also collaborates with those in the Dairy and Beef Cattle industries on related topics to create an approach that can be utilized by all production animals in agriculture. Her interests lie in the field of enhancing the animal welfare of swine by, as aforementioned, analyzing the stress physiology and environmental physiology and their impacts on the production animals.
One of the reasons Dr. Salak-Johnson is highly interested in animal welfare and behavior is because of her knowledge of the many different variables that can affect the health of an animal. She is now in the process of integrating applied sciences into a field of Animal Sciences that uses Observational Studies to assess what needs to be done in order to improve the welfare of housed production animals of which her extensive background in neuroscience and immunology has enabled her to properly assess and implement many changes in the field of Agriculture.