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Janeen Salak-Johnson

Janeen Salak-Johnson; Oklahoma State University; Department of Animal and Food Sciences; Faculty Page; Curriculum Vitae

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Temple Grandin Professorship

Associate Professor

Office: 208C Animal Science

Phone: 405.744.8858



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Dr. Salak-Johnson uses a multidisciplinary approach to understand the impact environment and stressors have on animal well-being. Her research interests include stress physiology, immunology, behavior, neuroscience, nutrition, microbiota, maternal-fetal reprogramming, and welfare in pigs and other food 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.

About Dr. Salak-Johnson

Dr. Janeen Salak-Johnson is an associate professor and Temple Grandin Professorship in animal behavior and well-being in the Oklahoma State University Department of Animal and Food Sciences. She joined the department in January 2018, after 18 years on the faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in animal science from Texas Tech University. Her independent research career began as a National Institute of Health (NIH) Postdoctoral training fellowship awarded in Psychoneuroimmunology at the University of Minnesota were she specialized in areas of immunology, virology, and drug addiction for three years. Then, she received a one year NIH-NSRA Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pain at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Salak-Johnson has an extremely active research program in stress and environmental physiology and animal well-being that integrates the interdisciplinary fields of stress, immunophysiology, behavior, neuroendocrinology, nutrition, and welfare. More recently, she has integrated the areas of gut-immune interactions, microbiome, and maternal-fetal interactions based on research outcomes on her already well-established research program. She works primarily with food animals, especially the pig in attempt to understand factors that affect animal well-being starting with the basic sciences and then translating this domain knowledge to solve welfare issues faced by modern-day agriculture. More specifically, starting with basic science to study the effects of environment and common stressors on the immune system, behavior, health, productivity, and well-being of food animals and the translational science to develop new strategies to improve animal health and well-being. Dr. Salak-Johnson also collaborates with those in the swine and cattle industries on animal care and welfare-related topics to develop management strategies that can be implemented to improve the well-being of food animals while sustaining animal agriculture.

She has authored or co-authored over 150 refereed publications, proceedings, and abstracts and given over 80 presentations in areas of stress physiology and animal well-being and animal behavior and care.

Animals Special Issue "Environment and Stressors on Animal Welfare"

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