Peng Ji, Ph.D.

Peng Ji

Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition
Assistant Nutritionist in Agricultural Experiment Station

3145 Meyer Hall | Lab: 3329 Meyer Hall
  • B.S., Animal Science, Shenyang Agricultural University
  • M.S., Animal Science and Technology, China Agricultural University
  • Ph.D., Animal Sciences, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Research Interests

Perinatal period is a critical window of brain development that is featured with robust neuronal growth as well as greater vulnerability to environmental insults.       

I am interested in evaluating the opportunities and the risks of nutritional factors in modulating neuronal resilience to early-life adverse events (e.g. infection and stress). Domestic piglet is used as translational model of human infants in our studies. We utilize molecular techniques, behavioral tests, disease-challenge models to integrate pathophysiology, neuroimmunology and cognition. In this way, we are able to evaluate how diet induced peripheral “signals” (e.g. metabolites and humoral profiles) exert their function in central nervous system during health and disease.

Selected Publications

Ji, P., K. M. Schachtschneider, L. B. Schook, R. R. Walker, and R. W. Johnson. 2016. Peripheral Viral Infection Induced Microglial Sensome Genes and Enhanced Microglial Cell Activity in the Hippocampus of Neonatal Piglets. Brain Behav. Immun. doi:10.1016/j.bbi.2016.02.010. [PubMed]

Ji, P., H. A. Tucker, R. E. Clark, M. Miura, and C. S. Ballard. 2016. Short communication: Effect of on-farm feeding practices on rumen protected lysine products. J. Dairy Sci. 99:1242-1246. [PubMed]

Dann, H. M., S. M. Fredin, K. W. Cotanch, R. J. Grant, C. Kokko, P. Ji, and K. Fujita. 2015. Effects of corn-based reduced-starch diets using alternative carbohydrate sources on performance of lactating Holstein cows. J. Dairy Sci. 98:4041-4054. [PubMed]

Ji, P., J. K. Drackley, M. J. Khan, and J. J. Loor. 2014. Overfeeding energy upregulates PPARγ-controlled adipogenic networks and inducible adipocytokines in visceral and subcutaneous adipose depots of Holstein cows. J. Dairy Sci. 97:3431-3440. [PubMed]

Ji, P., J. K. Drackley, M. J. Khan, and J. J. Loor. 2014. Inflammation- and lipid metabolism-related gene network signatures in visceral and subcutaneous adipose depots of dairy cows. J. Dairy Sci. 97:3441-3448. [PubMed]

Osorio, J. S., P. Ji, J. K. Drackley, D. Luchini, and J. J. Loor. 2014. Smartamine M and MetaSmart supplementation during the peripartal period alter hepatic expression of gene networks in 1-carbon metabolism, inflammation, oxidative stress, and the growth hormone-insulin-like growth factor 1 axis pathways. J. Dairy Sci. 97:7451-7464. [PubMed]

Osorio, J. S., E. Trevisi, P. Ji, J. K. Drackley, D. Luchini, G. Bertoni, D. Luchini, and J. J. Loor. 2014. Biomarkers of inflammation, metabolism, and oxidative stress in blood, liver, and milk reveal a better immunometabolic status in peripartal cows supplemented with Smartamine M or MetaSmart. J. Dairy Sci. 97:7437-7450. [PubMed]

Osorio, J. S., P. Ji, J. K. Drackley, D. Luchini, and J. J. Loor. 2013. Supplemental Smartamine M or MetaSmart during the transition period benefit postpartal cow performance and blood neutrophil function. J. Dairy Sci. 96:6248-6263. [PubMed]

Ji, P., J. S. Osorio, J. K. Drackley and J. J. Loor. 2012. Overfeeding a moderate energy diet prepartum does not impair bovine adipose tissue insulin signal transduction and induces marked changes in gene network expression during the peripartal period. J. Dairy Sci. 95:4333-4351. [PubMed]

P. Chen, P. Ji, and S. Li. 2008. Effects of Feeding Extruded Soybean, Ground Canola Seed and Whole Cottonseed on Rumen Fermentation, Performance and Milk Fatty Acid Profile in Early Lactation Dairy Cows. Asian-Aust. J. Anim. Sci. 21: 204-213.