PD Dr. rer. nat. habil. Björn Kuhla

+49 38208 68-693
Research Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN)
Institute of Nutritional Physiology "Oskar Kellner"
Metabolism Efficiency Unit
Wilhelm-Stahl-Allee 2
18196 Dummerstorf

Research interests

  • Neuronal and metabolic control of feed intake
  • Links between feed efficiency, diet and methane production
  • Metabolic adaptation to environmental heat

Curriculum Vitae

  • 2013-present: Director of 'Fuel Sensing Unit', Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN) Dummerstorf, Institute of Nutritional Physiology "Oskar Kellner"
  • 2009-2012: Leader of Junior Research Group „Feed Intake Regulation“, Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN) Dummerstorf
  • 2006-present: Scientist at the Institute of Nutritional Physiology “Oskar Kellner”, Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN) Dummerstorf
  • Habilitation and venia legendi in Biochemistry
  • Post Doc at the Agricultural Research Centre of the Bayer AG Monheim, University of Leipzig, and Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland
  • Diploma and Doctoral Degree in Chemistry
  • Secondary education and apprenticeship for animal production


  • Anatomic-Physiological Basics and Methods in Animal Nutrition
  • Metabolism and performance physiology
  • Practical Course “Isolation of RNA from plant leaves”


Weitzel, J. M.; Viergutz, T.; Albrecht, D.; Bruckmaier, R. M.; Schmicke, M.; Tuchscherer, A.; Koch, F.; Kuhla, B. (2017):
Hepatic thyroid signaling of heat-stressed late pregnant and early lactating cows. J Endocrinol 234 (2): 129-141
Rischewski, J.; Bielak, A.; Nürnberg, G.; Derno, M.; Kuhla, B. (2017):
Rapid communication: Ranking dairy cows for methane emissions measured using respiration chamber or GreenFeed techniques during early, peak, and late lactation. J Anim Sci 95 (7): 3154-3159
Aguinaga Casañas, M.; Schäff, C. T.; Albrecht, E.; Hammon, H. M.; Kuhla, B.; Röntgen, M.; Nürnberg, G.; Mielenz, M. (2017):
Short communication: Free fatty acid receptors FFAR1 and FFAR2 during the peripartal period in liver of dairy cows grouped by their postpartum plasma beta-hydroxybutyrate concentrations. J Dairy Sci 100 (4): 3287-3292
Sorg, D.; Mühlbach, S.; Rosner, F.; Kuhla, B.; Derno, M.; Meese, S.; Schwarm, A.; Kreuzer, M.; Swalve, H. H. (2017):
The agreement between two next-generation laser methane detectors and respiration chamber facilities in recording methane concentrations in the spent air produced by dairy cows. Comput Electron Agr 143: 262-272
Gerrits, W. J. J.; Labussière, E.; Dijkstra, J.; Reynolds, C.; Metges, C. C.; Kuhla, B.; Lund, M. S.; Weisbjerg, M. (2017):
Letter to the Editor: Recovery test results as a prerequisite for publication of gaseous exchange measurements. J Anim Sci 95 (12): 5175-5175
Bielak, A.; Derno, M.; Tuchscherer, A.; Hammon, H. M.; Susenbeth, A.; Kuhla, B. (2016):
Body fat mobilization in early lactation influences methane production of dairy cows. Sci Rep-UK 6: 28135, 1-13
Kuhla, B.; Metges, C. C.; Hammon, H. M. (2016):
Endogenous and dietary lipids influencing feed intake and energy metabolism of periparturient dairy cows. DOMEST ANIM ENDOCRIN 56 (Suppl.): S2-S10
Koch, F.; Lamp, O.; Eslamizad, M.; Weitzel, J. M.; Kuhla, B. (2016):
Metabolic response to heat stress in late-pregnant and early lactation dairy cows: implications to liver-muscle crosstalk. Plos One 11 (8): e0160912, 1-19
Friedrichs, P.; Sauerwein, H.; Huber, K.; Locher, L. F.; Rehage, J.; Meyer, U.; Dänicke, S.; Kuhla, B.; Mielenz, M. (2016):
Expression of metabolic sensing receptors in adipose tissues of periparturient dairy cows with differing extent of negative energy balance. Animal 10 (4): 623-632
Lamp, O.; Derno, M.; Nürnberg, G.; Metges, C. C.; Kuhla, B. (2016):
Intravenous lipid infusion affects methane production apart from reducing dry matter intake in late lactation German Holstein cows. In: Energy and Protein metabolism and nutrition : 5th EAAP International Symposium, Krakow, Poland, 12-15 September 2016 (EAAP Publication , 137) (Jacek Skomial, Helene Lapierre, Hrsg.) Wageningen Academic Publishers, Wageningen (978-90-8686-286-3): 255-256
Koch, F.; Lamp, O.; Kuhla, B. (2016):
Heat stress involves activation of pAMPK and FOXO3 regulating glycolysis and proteolysis in the skeletal muscle of dairy cows. In: Energy and protein metabolism and nutrition : 5th EAAP International Symposium, Krakow, Poland, 12-15 September 2016 (EAAP Publication , 137) (Jacek Skomial, Helene Lapierre, Hrsg.) Wageningen Academic Publishers, Wageningen (978-90-8686-286-3): 99-100
Görs, S.; Kuhla, B.; Krattenmacher, N.; Thaller, G.; Metges, C. C. (2016):
Analytical refinements of the methane indicator archaeol in bovine feces, rumen fluid and feedstuffs. J Dairy Sci 99 (11): 9313-9318
de Haas, Y.; Garnsworthy, P. C.; Kuhla, B.; Negussie, E.; Pszczola, M.; Wall, E.; Lassen, J. (2016):
Genetic control of greenhouse gas emissions. Advances in Animal Biosciences 7 (2): 196-199
Vanselow, J.; Vernunft, A.; Koczan, D.; Spitschak, M.; Kuhla, B. (2016):
Exposure of lactating dairy cows to acute pre-ovulatory heat stress affects granulosa cell-specific gene expression profiles in dominant follicles. Plos One 11 (8): e0160600, 1-19
Weber, F. M.; Schäff, C. T.; Kautzsch, U.; Börner, S.; Erdmann, S.; Görs, S.; Röntgen, M.; Sauerwein, H.; Bruckmaier, R. M.; Metges, C. C.; Kuhla, B.; Hammon, H. M. (2016):
Insulin-dependent glucose metabolism in dairy cows with variable fat mobilization around calving. J Dairy Sci 99 (8): 6665-6679
Engelke, S. W.; Das, G; Derno, M.; Kuhla, B.; Metges, C. C. (2016):
Delineation of relationships between feed composition, methane emission and milk fatty acids in cows – prerequisite for the development of an indirect methane indicator. In: Energy and protein metabolism and nutrition : 5th EAAP International Symposium on Energy and Protein Metabolism and Nutrition, Krakow, Poland, 12-15 September 2016 (EAAP publication , 137) (Jacek Skomiał, Hélène Lapierre, Hrsg.) Wageningen Academic Publishers, Wageningen (978-90-8686-286-3): 259-260
Kuhla, A.; Ludwig, S. C.; Kuhla, B.; Münch, G.; Vollmar, B. (2015):
Advanced glycation end products are mitogenic signals and trigger cell cycle reentry of neurons in Alzheimer's disease brain. Neurobiol Aging 36 (2): 753-761
Kuhla, B.; Laeger, T.; Husi, H.; Mullen, W. (2015):
Cerebrospinal fluid prohormone processing and neuropeptides stimulating feed intake of dairy cows during early lactation. J Proteome Res 14 (2): 823-828
Eslamizad, M.; Lamp, O.; Derno, M.; Kuhla, B. (2015):
The control of short-term feed intake by metabolic oxidation in late-pregnant and early lactating dairy cows exposed to high ambient temperatures. Physiol Behav 145: 64-70
Schwarm, A.; Schweigel-Röntgen, M.; Kreuzer, M.; Ortmann, S.; Gill, F.; Kuhla, B.; Meyer, U.; Lohölter, M.; Derno, M. (2015):
Methane emission, digestive characteristics and faecal archaeol in heifers fed diets based on silage from brown midrib maize as compared to conventional maize. Arch Anim Nutr 69 (3): 159-176