Prof. Dr. med. vet. Christa Kühn

+49 38208 68-702
Research Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN)
Institute of Genome Biology
Genome Physiology Unit
Wilhelm-Stahl-Allee 2
18196 Dummerstorf

Research interests

  • Genome analysis
  • Animal breeding and genetics
  • Molecular genetics
  • Disease resistance

Curriculum Vitae

  • 2018-present: Head of Institute of Genome Biology
  • 2014-present: Professor for Genetics of Disease Resistance at the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Science at the University Rostock
  • 2013-present: Director of the Genome Physiology Unit, Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN) Dummerstorf, Institute of Genome Biology
  • 2013: Call for Professor for Genetics of Disease Resistance at the University of Rostock
  • 2012: Vice Chair Research and Development at the Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN) Dummerstorf
  • 2011: Call for Professor for Animal genetics and pathogenetics at the Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen
  • 2008: Authorization to provide post-gradual veterinary qualification in „Molecular Biology“
  • 2005: Habilitation at the Faculty for Agricultural and Environmental Sciences of the University of Rostock
  • 2004-2012: Team leader „QTL regions“, Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN) Dummerstorf, Institute of Molecular Biology
  • 1992-present: Scientist in the Institute of Molecular Biology at the Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN) Dummerstorf
  • 1991-1992: Veterinary practitioner with focus on farm animals (cattle, pig, sheep, horse) in the veterinary centre M. Schibalski, Quakenbrück, Germany
  • 1990: Post-doc at the Veterinary University Hanover
  • 1989: Promotion to Dr. med. vet. at the Veterinary University Hannover and approbation
  • 1987: Final Veterinary State Examination at the Veterinary University Hanover

Professional Activities

  • 2011-present: Member of the Editorial Board for Animal Genetics
  • 2010-present: Editor for the Journal of Dairy Science
  • 2011-present: Treasurer of the Gesellschaft für Tierzuchtwissenschaften (GfT)
  • 2009-present: Associate Editor for Genetics, Selection, Evolution
  • 2006-2011: Editor for ANIMAL

Teaching

  • since 2004: Teaching at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Science at the University Rostock within Diplome and Master courses for Biology and for Diversity and Evolution
  • since 2003: Teaching at the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Science at the University Rostock within Bachelor and Master courses in Agricultural Science, Agricultural Ecology and Animal Science

Publications

Friedrich, J.; Brand, B.; Ponsuksili, S.; Graunke, K. L.; Langbein, J.; Knaust, J.; Kühn, Ch.; Schwerin, M. (2016):
Detection of genetic variants affecting cattle behaviour and their impact on milk production: a genome-wide association study. Anim Genet 47 (1): 12-18
Heuer, C.; Scheel, C.; Tetens, J.; Kühn, Ch.; Thaller, G. (2016):
Genomic prediction of unordered categorical traits: an application to subpopulation assignment in German Warmblood horses. Genet Sel Evol 48: 13, 1-16
Knaust, J.; Hadlich, F.; Weikard, R.; Kühn, Ch. (2016):
Epistatic interactions of at least three loci determine the “rat-tail” phenotype in cattle. Genet Sel Evol 48: 26, 1-12
Demasius, W.; Weikard, R.; Hadlich, F.; Buitkamp, J.; Kühn, Ch. (2016):
A novel RNAseq–assisted method for MHC class I genotyping in a non-model species applied to a lethal vaccination-induced alloimmune disease. BMC Genomics 17: 365, 1-15
Kühn, Ch. (2016):
Angeborenes und erworbenes Immunsystem - wichtige Modulatoren der Tiergesundheit?. In: Die postgenomische Ära: die Renaissance des Phänotyps : 26. Hülsenberger Gespräche 2016, Hamburg, 07. bis 08. Juni 2016 (Schriftenreihe der H. Wilhelm Schaumann Stiftung) Hamburg: 124-129
Kühn, Ch.; Viereck, G. (2016):
17th Day of the Doctoral Student : abstracts, 8 November 2016 Dummerstorf (Schriftenreihe / Leibniz-Institut für Nutztierbiologie , 25) (ISSN 0946-1981): 1-40
Kromik, A.; Ulrich, R.; Kusenda, M.; Tipold, A.; Stein, V. M.; Hellige, M.; Dziallas, P.; Hadlich, F.; Widmann, P.; Goldammer, T.; Baumgärtner, W.; Rehage, J.; Segelke, D.; Weikard, R.; Kühn, Ch. (2015):
The mammalian cervical vertebrae blueprint depends on the T (brachyury) gene. Genetics 199 (3): 873-883
Widmann, P.; Reverter, A.; Weikard, R.; Suhre, K.; Hammon, H. M.; Albrecht, E.; Kühn, Ch. (2015):
Systems biology analysis merging phenotype, metabolomic and genomic data identifies Non-SMC Condensin I Complex, Subunit G (NCAPG) and cellular maintenance processes as major contributors to genetic variability in bovine feed efficiency. Plos One 10 (4): e0124574, 1-22
Weikard, R.; Demasius, W.; Hadlich, F.; Kühn, Ch. (2015):
Different blood cell-derived transcriptome signatures in cows exposed to vaccination pre- or postpartum. Plos One 10 (8): e0136927, 1-24
Kromik, A.; Kusenda, M.; Tipold, A.; Stein, V. M.; Rehage, J.; Weikard, R.; Kühn, Ch. (2015):
Vertebral and spinal dysplasia, a novel dominantly inherited congenital defect in Holstein cattle. Vet J 204 (3): 287-292
Schering, L.; Albrecht, E.; Liu, S.; Kühn, Ch.; Wimmers, K.; Maak, S. (2015):
Molekulare Ursachen einer differenten Expression von THRSP im bovinen Skelettmuskel. In: 16th Day of the Doctoral Student : abstracts, 13 May 2014 Dummerstorf (Schriftenreihe / Leibniz-Institut für Nutztierbiologie , 24) (Christa Kühn, Gunther Viereck, Hrsg.): 17-20
Kühn, Ch.; Viereck, G. (2015):
16th Day of the Doctoral Student : abstracts, 4 November 2016 Dummerstorf (Schriftenreihe / Leibniz-Institut für Nutztierbiologie , 24) (ISSN 0946-1981): 1-44
Demasius, W.; Weikard, R.; Kromik, A.; Wolf, C.; Müller, K. E.; Kühn, Ch. (2014):
Bovine neonatal pancytopenia (BNP): novel insights into the incidence, vaccination-associated epidemiological factors and a potential genetic predisposition for clinical and subclinical cases. Res Vet Sci 96 (3): 537-542
Kühn, Ch. (2014):
Vorarbeiten zur Einführung der genomischen Selektion bei Pferden. In: 7. Pferde-Workshop "Neue Herausforderungen für die Pferdezucht und -haltung", 18. und 19. Februar 2014 in Uelzen (DGfZ-Schriftenreihe , 64) : 136-140"
Weikard, R.; Demasius, W.; Hadlich, F.; Kühn, Ch. (2014):
Divergent transcriptome signature in blood of cows exposed to vaccination pre- or postpartum. In: Proceedings / Xth World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Vancouver, August 17-22, 2014 (http://wcgalp.com/) ( (https://asas.org/docs/default-source/wcgalp-post): 537-540
Kühn, Ch.; Weikard, R.; Widmann, P. (2014):
Metabolomics: a pathway for improved understanding of genetic modulation of mammalian growth and tissue deposition. In: Proceedings / Xth World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Vancouver, August 17-22, 2014 (https://asas.org/wcgalp-proceedings/genetics-of-trait-complexes-growth-and-development): 134
Knaust, J.; Weikard, R.; Kühn, Ch. (2014):
Evidence of a locus on BTA5 involved in the expression of the "rat-tail" phenotype in the SEGFAM-population. In: 15th Day of the Doctoral Student : abstracts, 13 May 2014 Dummerstorf (Schriftenreihe / Leibniz-Institut für Nutztierbiologie , 23) : 29-32"
Kühn, Ch.; Viereck, G. (2014):
15th Day of the Doctoral Student : abstracts, 13 May 2014 Dummerstorf (Schriftenreihe / Leibniz-Institut für Nutztierbiologie, 23) (ISSN 0946-1981): 1-36
Börner, S.; Derno, M.; Hacke, S.; Kautzsch, U.; Schäff, C. T.; ThanThan, S.; Kuwayama, H.; Hammon, H. M.; Röntgen, M.; Weikard, R.; Kühn, Ch.; 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
Tetens, J.; Baes, C.; Kühn, Ch.; Reinsch, N.; Thaller, G. (2013):
Angiopoietin-2 (ANGPT2) as a candidate gene for somatic cell score in German Holstein cattle. J Dairy Sci 96 (8): 5388-5397