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


  • 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


Weikard, R.; Hadlich, F.; Kühn, Ch. (2013):
Identification of novel transcripts and noncoding RNAs in bovine skin by deep next generation sequencing. BMC Genomics 14 (1): 789-804
Tetens, J.; Widmann, P.; Kühn, Ch.; Thaller, G. (2013):
A genome-wide association study indicates LCORL/NCAPG as a candidate locus for withers height in German Warmblood horses. Anim Genet 44 (4): 467-471
Demasius, W.; Weikard, R.; Hadlich, F.; Müller, K. E.; Kühn, Ch. (2013):
Monitoring the immune response to vaccination with an inactivated vaccine associated to bovine neonatal pancytopenia by deep sequencing transcriptome analysis in cattle. Vet Res 44: 93
Widmann, P.; Reverter, A.; Fortes, M.; Weikard, R.; Suhre, K.; Hammon, H. M.; Albrecht, E.; Kühn, Ch. (2013):
A systems biology approach using metabolomic data reveals genes and pathways interacting to modulate divergent growth in cattle. BMC Genomics 14: 798-815
Weikard, R.; Widmann, P.; Buitkamp, J.; Emmerling, R.; Kühn, Ch. (2012):
Revisiting the quantitative trait loci for milk production traits on BTA6. Anim Genet 43 (3): 318-323
Hoehne, A.; Nürnberg, G.; Kühn, Ch.; Nürnberg, K. (2012):
Relationships between intramuscular fat content, selected carcass traits, and fatty acid profile in bulls using a F2-population. Meat Sci 90 (3): 629-635
Weikard, R.; Goldammer, T.; Brunner, R. M.; Kühn, Ch. (2012):
Tissue-specific mRNA expression patterns reveal a coordinated metabolic response associated with genetic selection for milk production in cows. Physiol Genomics 44 (14): 728-739
Krappmann, K.; Weikard, R.; Kühn, Ch. (2012):
Evaluation of a replacement method for mammary gland biopsies by comparing gene expression in udder tissue and mammary epithelial cells isolated from milk. Res Vet Sci 93 (2): 970-974
Krappmann, K.; Wurmser, C.; Repsilber, D.; Fries, R.; Kesting, U.; Kühn, Ch. (2012):
Evaluation of bovine milk residues from routine milk testing programs as DNA source for genotyping. J Dairy Sci 95 (9): 5436-5441
Krappmann, K.; Widmann, P.; Weikard, R.; Kühn, Ch. (2012):
Variants of the bovine retinoic acid receptor-related orphan receptor C gene are in linkage disequilibrium with QTL for milk production on chromosome 3 in a beef x dairy crossbreed population. Arch Tierzucht 55 (4): 346-355
Kühn, Ch. (2012):
Metabolomics in animal breeding. In: Genetics meets metabolomics : from experiments to systems biology (Karsten Suhre, Hrsg.) Springer, New York (978-1-4614-1688-3, eISBN 978-1-4614-1689-0): 107-124
Eberlein, A.; Kalbe, C.; Goldammer, T.; Brunner, R. M.; Kühn, Ch.; Weikard, R. (2011):
Annotation of novel transcripts putatively relevant for bovine fat metabolism. Mol Biol Rep 38 (5): 2975-2986
Widmann, P.; Nürnberg, K.; Kühn, Ch.; Weikard, R. (2011):
Association of an ACSL1 gene variant with polyunsaturated fatty acids in bovine skeletal muscle. BMC Genet 12: 96-109
Setoguchi, K.; Watanabe, T.; Weikard, R.; Albrecht, E.; Kühn, Ch.; Kinoshita, A.; Sugimoto, Y.; Takasuga, A. (2011):
The SNP c.1326T>G in the non-SMC condensin I complex, subunit G (NCAPG) gene encoding a p.Ile442Met variant is associated with an increase in body frame size at puberty in cattle. Anim Genet 42 (6): 650-655
Krappmann, K.; Weikard, R.; Gerst, S.; Wolf, I; Kühn, Ch. (2011):
A genetic predisposition for bovine neonatal pancytopenia is not due to mutations in the coagulation factor XI. Vet J 190 (2): 225-229
Brand, B.; Hartmann, A.; Repsilber, D.; Griesbeck-Zilch, B.; Wellnitz, O.; Kühn, Ch.; Ponsuksili, S.; Meyer, H. H. D.; Schwerin, M. (2011):
Comparative expression profiling of E. coli and S. aureus inoculated primary mammary gland cells sampled from cows with different genetic predispositions for somatic cell score. Genet Sel Evol 43: 24-41
Eberlein, A.; Kalbe, C.; Goldammer, T.; Brunner, R. M.; Kühn, Ch.; Weikard, R. (2010):
Analysis of struture and gene expression of bovine CCDC3 gene indicates a function in fat metabolism. Comp Biochem Phys B 156 (1): 19-25
Brand, B.; Baes, C.; Mayer, M.; Reinsch, N.; Seidenspinner, T.; Thaller, G.; Kühn, Ch. (2010):
Quantitative trait loci mapping of calving and conformation traits on Bos taurus autosome 18 in the German Holstein population . J Dairy Sci 93 (3): 1205-1215
Hammon, H. M.; Metges, C. C.; Schulz, A.; Junghans, P.; Steinhoff, J.; Schneider, F.; Pfuhl, R.; Bruckmaier, R. M.; Weikard, R.; Kühn, Ch. (2010):
Differences in milk production, glucose metabolism, and carcass composition of two Charolais x Holstein F2 families derived from reciprocal paternal and maternal grandsire crosses. J Dairy Sci 93 (7): 3007-3018
Lahann, P.; Voigt, J.; Kühn, Ch.; Pfuhl, R.; Metges, C. C.; Junghans, P.; Schönhusen, U.; Hammon, H. M. (2010):
Energy expenditure, urea kinetics, and body weight gain within a segregating resource family population. J Dairy Sci 93: 5118-5128