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”


Mielenz, M.; Kuhla, B.; Hammon, H. M. (2013):
Abundance of adiponectin system and G-protein coupled receptor GPR109A mRNA in adipose tissue and liver of F2 offspring cows of Charolais x German Holstein crosses that differ in body fat accumulation. J Dairy Sci 96 (1): 278-289
Kuhla, B.; Metges, C. C. (2013):
Proteomic tools help understanding the metabolic adaptation to negative energy balance in dairy cows. In: Energy and protein metabolism and nutrition in sustainable animal production (EAAP Publication , 134) (James W. Oltjen et al., Hrsg.) Wageningen Academic Publ., (ISBN 978-90-8686-227-6, eISBN 978-90-8686-781-3): 213-221
Schäff, C. T.; Börner, S.; Hacke, S.; Kautzsch, U.; Sauerwein, H.; Spachmann, S. K.; Schweigel-Röntgen, M.; Hammon, H. M.; Kuhla, B. (2013):
Increased muscle fatty acid oxidation in dairy cows with intensive body fat mobilization during early lactation. J Dairy Sci 96 (10): 6449-6460
Laeger, T.; Sauerwein, H.; Tuchscherer, A.; Bellmann, O.; Metges, C. C.; Kuhla, B. (2013):
Concentrations of hormones and metabolites in cerebrospinal fluid and plasma of dairy cows during the periparturient period. J Dairy Sci 96 (5): 2883-2893
Börner, S.; Albrecht, E.; Schäff, C. T.; Hacke, S.; Kautzsch, U.; Derno, M.; Hammon, H. M.; Röntgen, M.; Sauerwein, H.; Kuhla, B. (2013):
Reduced AgRP activation in the hypothalamus of cows with high extent of fat mobilization after parturition. Gen Comp Endocr 193: 167-177
Derno, M.; Nürnberg, G.; Schön, P.-Ch.; Schwarm, A.; Röntgen, M.; Hammon, H. M.; Metges, C. C.; Bruckmaier, R. M.; Kuhla, B. (2013):
Short-term feed intake is regulated by macronutrient oxidation in lactating Holstein cows. J Dairy Sci 96 (2): 971-980
Börner, S.; Derno, M.; Hacke, S.; Kautzsch, U.; Schäff, C. T.; ThanThan, S.; Kuwayama, H.; Hammon, H. M.; Röntgen, M.; Weikard, R.; Kühn, C.; Tuchscherer, A.; Kuhla, B. (2013):
Plasma ghrelin is positively associated with body fat, liver fat and milk fat content, but not with feed intake of dairy cows after parturition. J Endocrinol 216 (2): 217-229
Kuhla, B. (2012):
Die Rolle von Carbonylen bei glycierungsabhängigen neurodegenerativen Prozessen und bei der neuronalen Kontrolle der Nahrungsaufnahme. Habilitationsschrift, Universität Rostock: 1-216
Schäff, C. T.; Albrecht, D.; Hammon, H. M.; Röntgen, M.; Metges, C. C.; Kuhla, B. (2012):
A longitudinal proteomic approach to investigate liver metabolism in periparturient dairy cows with different body fat mobilization. In: Farm Animal Proteomics : proceedings of the 3rd Managing Commitee Meeting and 2nd Meeting of the Working Groups 1,2 & 3 of COST Action FA1002 (Pedro Rodrigues, David Eckersall, Andre de Almeida, Hrsg.) Wageningen Academic Publishers, Wageningen (978-90-8686-195-8, 978-90-8686-751-6 eBook): 145-147
Schäff, C. T.; Boener, S.; Hacke, S.; Kautsch, U.; Albrecht, D.; Hammon, H. M.; Röntgen, M.; Kuhla, B. (2012):
Increased Anaplerosis, TCA Cycling, and Oxidative Phosphorylation in the Liver of Dairy Cows with Intensive Body Fat Mobilization during Early Lactation. J Proteome Res 11 (11): 5503-5514
Laeger, T.; Pöhland, R.; Metges, C. C.; Kuhla, B. (2012):
The ketone body β-hydroxybutyric acid influences agouti-related peptide expression via AMP-activated protein kinase in hypothalamic GT1-7 cells. J Endocrinol 213 (2): 193-203
Laeger, T.; Hammon, H. M.; Kuhla, B. (2012):
Beta-hydroxybutyric acid/glucose ratio dependent orexigenic signaling in hypothalamic GT1-7 cells. Proc. Soc. Nutr. Physiol. 21: 52-52
Laeger, T.; Görs, S.; Metges, C. C.; Kuhla, B. (2012):
Effect of feed restriction on metabolites in cerebrospinal fluid and plasma of dairy cows. J Dairy Sci 95 (3): 1198-1208
Metges, C. C.; Hammon, H. M.; Kuhla, B.; Röntgen, M.; Souffrant, W.-B. (2011):
International Oskar Kellner Symposium: Metabolic Flexibility in Animal and Human Nutrition, Warnemünde 9.-11.9.2011, Programme with Abstracts (Schriftenreihe / Leibniz-Institut für Nutztierbiologie, 19) : 1-143
Kuhla, B.; Görs, S.; Metges, C. C. (2011):
Hypothalamic orexin A expression and the involvement of AMPK and PPAR-gama signalling in energy restricted dairy cows. Arch Tierzucht 54 (6): 567-579
Niemann, H.; Kuhla, B.; Flachowsky, G. (2011):
Perspectives for feed-efficient animal production. J Anim Sci 89 (12): 4344-4363
Kuhla, B.; Nürnberg, G.; Albrecht, D.; Görs, S.; Hammon, H. M.; Metges, C. C. (2011):
Involvement of skeletal muscle protein, glycogen and fat metabolism in the adaptation on early lactation of dairy cows. J Proteome Res 10 (9): 4252-4262
Laeger, T.; Kuhla, B. (2011):
Feed restriction in dairy cows affects resistin levels in plasma and cerebrospinal fluid. Proc. Soc. Nutr. Physiol. 20: 141
Kuhla, B.; Görs, S.; Metges, C. C. (2011):
Changes of muscle amino acids, glycogen, and fat concentrations of dairy cows during the periparturient period . Proc. Soc. Nutr. Physiol. 20: 38
Kuhla, B.; Albrecht, D.; Bruckmaier, R. M.; Viergutz, T.; Nürnberg, G.; Metges, C. C. (2010):
Proteome and radioimmunoassay analyses of pituitary hormones and proteins in response to feed restriction of dairy cows. PROTEOMICS 10 (24): 4491-4500