Rodney W. Johnson

Head of Animal Sciences

116 Animal Sciences Laboratory
1207 W. Gregory Drive
Urbana, IL 61801

Dr. Rodney Johnson is professor and head of the University of Illinois Department of Animal Sciences. His research in animal sciences investigates how perinatal insults such as infection, nutrient deficiency, and birth weight affect brain and cognitive development; and how aging results in inflammation in the brain and deterioration of brain health and behavior. A special focus is on how infection and diet influences the communication between the immune system and brain. Dr. Johnson grew up on a crop and livestock farm in west-central Illinois. He earned a B.S. from Truman State University and a M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. After postdoctorate training at Iowa State University, he joined the University of Illinois faculty in 1993. Dr. Johnson has published over 135 peer reviewed papers, is past Director of the University of Illinois Division of Nutritional Sciences, and is a University Scholar.