Dr. rer. nat. Bianka Grunow

+49 38208 68-852
Research Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN)
Institute of Muscle Biology & Growth
Wilhelm-Stahl-Allee 2
18196 Dummerstorf

Research interests

Examination of skeletal muscles in fish

  • Examination of the key processes in skeletal muscle development from embryo to adult fish
  • Investigation of meat quality in economically important species
  • Establishment of in vitro test systems from various tissues of different fish species

Professional Activities

Myogenesis in evolution: We will analyse possible similarities and differences of myogenesis in evolutionary diverse fish lineages.

Third-party projects:

Fish flesh quality: Establishment of sensory, physico-chemical and chemical measurement techniques for the supervision and the comparison of fish fillet in local fish species.

Third-party projects:

Establishment of cell cultures from fish tissue e.g. for the investigation of the effects of climate change on cell physiology


Noguera, P. A.; Grunow, B.; Klinger, M.; Lester, K.; Collet, B.; Del-Pozo, J. (2017):
Atlantic salmon cardiac primary cultures: An in vitro model to study viral host pathogen interactions and pathogenesis. PLoS One 12: e0181058
Grunow, B.; Kirchhoff, T.; Moritz, T. (2016):
Stem cell expression and development of trunk musculature of lesser-spotted dogfish (Scyliorhinus canicula) reveal differences between sharks and teleosts. Acta Zool 98: 214-220
Grunow, B.; Mohamet, L.; Shiels, H. A. (2015):
Generating an in vitro 3D cell culture model from zebrafish larvae for heart research. J. Exp. Biol. 218: 1116-1121
Grunow, B.; Kirchhoff, T.; Lange, T.; Moritz, T.; S., H. (2015):
Histochemistry on vibratome sections of fish tissue: a comparison of fixation and embedding methods. . Aquat Biol 23: 251-263
Gebert, M.; Lüllwitz, L.; Grunow, B. (2014):
Neue Rohstoffe aus dem Bioreaktor- Fischzellkulturen für die Produktion von Fischmehl und Omega-3-Fettsäuren. . Foodlab 1: 16-19
Mehnert, J. M.; Brandenburger, M.; Grunow, B. (2013):
Electrophysiological characterization of spontaneously contracting cell aggregates obtained from rainbow trout larvae with multielectrode arrays. Cell Physiol Biochem 32: 1374-1385
Grunow, B.; Böhmert, B.; Fechner, K. (2013):
Specificity of antibodies established from mammals in rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). . J. Appl. Ichthyol. 29: 1129-1133
Grunow, B.; Schmidt, M.; Klinger, M.; Kruse, C. (2012):
Development of an in vitro cultivated, spontaneously and long-term contracting 3D heart model as a robust test system. J Cell Sci Ther 3: 1000116
Grunow, B. (2012):
Herzmodell: Herstellung von spontan kontrahierenden Kardiomyozytenverbände und deren Anwendung in der Herzforschung. . Südwestdeutscher Verlag für Hochschulschriften AG Co. KG 1-144
Grunow, B.; Wenzel, J.; Terlau, H.; Langner, S.; Gebert, M.; Kruse, C. (2011):
In vitro developed spontaneously contracting cardiomyocytes from rainbow trout as a model system for human heart research. Cell Physiol Biochem 27: 1-12
Grunow, B.; Noglick, S.; Kruse, C.; Gebert, M. (2011):
Isolation of Cells from Atlantic sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus oxyrinchus) and Optimization of Culture Conditions. Aquat Biol 14: 67-75
Grunow, B.; Ciba, P.; Rakers, S.; Klinger, M.; Anders, E.; Kruse, C. (2010):
In vitro expansion of autonomously contracting, cardiomyogenic structures from rainbow trout Oncorhynchus mykiss. J. Fish Biol. 76: 427-434
Grunow, B.; Wenzel, J.; Gebert, M.; Kruse, C. (2010):
In vitro generated autonomously contracting cardiomyocytes from rainbow trout as a model system for human heart research. . J. Biotechnol. 150: 6-7
Rakers, S.; Grunow, B.; Gebert, M.; Kruse, C. (2009):
Fish Cells grown in vitro are able to build Organoid-like Bodies and can be used for 3D-Cell Cultures. . European Aquaculture Society Special Publication 507-508
Grunow, B. (2006):
Langjährige und saisonale Entwicklung des Phytoplanktons im Oderästuar. IKZM-Oder-Bericht 28: 1-75
Schernewski, G.; Hoffmann, J.; Löser, N.; Dreisand, M.; Stavenhagen, P.; Grunow, B. (2006):
Measuring the progress and outcomes of Integrated Coastal and Ocean Management: The German Oder Estuary case study. IKZM-Oder Bericht 21: 1-41