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

Goldammer, T.; Brunner, R. M.; Weikard, R.; Kühn, Ch.; Wimmers, K. (2007):
Generation of an improved cytogenetic and comparative map of Bos taurus chromosome BTA27. Chromosome Res 15 (2): 203-213
https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10577-006-1113-y
Kühn, Ch.; Weikard, R. (2007):
Multiple splice variants within the bovine silver homologue (SILV) gene affecting coat color in cattle indicate a function additional to fibril formation in melanophores. BMC Genomics 8: 335
https://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2164-8-335
Kühn, Ch.; Edel, C.; Thaller, G.; Weikard, R. (2007):
Dominance and parent-of-origin effects of coding and non-coding alleles at the acylCoA-diacylglycerol-acyltransferase (DGAT1) gene on milk production traits in German Holstein cows. BMC Genet 8 (1): 62
https://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2156-8-62
Hammon, H. M.; Bellmann, O.; Voigt, J.; Schneider, F.; Kühn, Ch. (2007):
Glucose-dependent insulin response and milk production in heifers within a segregating resource family population. J Dairy Sci 90 (7): 3247-3254
https://dx.doi.org/10.3168/jds.2006-748
Kühn, Ch. (2007):
Gene für die Gesundheit - Zucht auf Abwehrvermögen gegenüber Mastitis und hohe Milchleistung: ein unüberwindlicher Gegensatz? . Leibniz Nordost 5: 9-10
Schwerin, M.; Reinsch, N.; Fries, R.; Meyer, H. H. D.; Kühn, Ch. (2007):
Immunologische vs. nicht-immunologische Abwehrstrategien: auf der Suche nach genetischen Mechanismen, die die unterschiedliche Empfänglichkeit einer Kuh gegenüber Mastitis verursachen. Genomexpress 2: 20-22
Weikard, R.; Goldammer, T.; Laurent, P.; Womack, J.E.; Kühn, Ch. (2006):
A gene-based high-resolution comparative radiation hybrid map as a framework for genome sequence assembly of a bovine chromosome 6 region associated with QTL for growth, body composition, and milk performance traits. BMC Genomics 7: 53
https://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2164-7-53
Harder, B.; Bennewitz, J.; Reinsch, N.; Thaller, G.; Thomsen, H.; Kühn, Ch.; Schwerin, M.; Erhardt, G.; Förster, M.; Reinhardt, F.; Kalm, E. (2006):
Mapping of quantitative trait loci for lactation persistency traits in German Holstein dairy cattle. J Anim Breed Genet 123 (2): 89-96
https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1439-0388.2006.00577.x
Fürbaß, R.; Winter, A.; Fries, R.; Kühn, Ch. (2006):
Alleles of the bovine DGAT1 variable number of tandem repeat associated with a milk fat QTL at chromosome 14 can stimulate gene expression. Physiol Genomics 25 (1): 116-120
https://dx.doi.org/10.1152/physiolgenomics.00145.2005
Schwerin, M.; Kühn, Ch.; Ponsuksili, S.; Walz, C.; Goldammer, T. (2006):
Trait-associated expressed hepatic and intestine genes in cattle of different metabolic type - putative functional candidates for nutrient utilization. J Anim Breed Genet 123 (5): 1-8
https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1439-0388.2006.00601.x
Wimmers, K.; Kühn, Ch.; Ponsuksili, S. (2006):
Produktqualität und Genomanalyse: Rinderproduktion. Schriftenreihe der Akademie für Tiergesundheit 10: 172-180
Sorensen, B.; Kühn, Ch.; Teuscher, F.; Schneider, F.; Weselake, R.; Wegner, J. (2006):
Diacylglycerol acyltransferase (DGAT) activity in relation to muscle fat content and DGAT1 genotype in two different breeds of Bos taurus . Arch Tierzucht 49: 351-356
Weikard, R.; Pitra, Ch.; Kühn, Ch. (2006):
Amelogenin cross-amplification in the family Bovidae and its application for sex determination. Mol Reprod Dev 73 (10): 1333-1337
https://dx.doi.org/10.1002/mrd.20554
Weikard, R.; Pitra, Ch.; Kühn, Ch. (2006):
Amelogenin cross-amplification in bovine species, goat and sheep and its application for sex determination. In: 8. WCGALP, 13.-18.8.2006, Belo Horizonte, Brasilien. Proceedings (ISBN 85-60088-01-6) (Comm.18-07):
Kühn, Ch.; Weikard, R.; Reinhardt, F.; Thaller, G. (2006):
Effects of the bovine DGAT1 K232A and promoter VNTR loci on Somatic cell score and relative breeding value milk production in the German Holstein population. In: 8. WCGALP. Belo Horizonte/Brasilien (ISBN 85-60088-01-6) (Comm.22-02):
Kühn, Ch.; Weikard, R. (2006):
Investigation on the genetic background of coat colour inheritance in a Charolais x German Holstein F2 resource population. In: Proceedings 30. International Conference on Animal Genetics, 20.-25.08.06, Porto Seguro/Brasilien (ISBN 85-85584-03-3): D239
Sanders, Kirsten; Bennewitz, J.; Reinsch, N.; Thaller, G.; Prinzenberg, E.-M.; Kühn, Ch.; Kalm, E. (2006):
Characterization of the DGAT1 mutations and the CSN1 promoter in the German Angeln dairy cattle population. J Dairy Sci 89 (8): 3164-3174
https://dx.doi.org/10.3168/jds.S0022-0302(06)72590-5
Kühn, Ch.; Levéziel, H.; Renand, G.; Goldammer, T.; Schwerin, M.; Williams, J.L. (2005):
Genetic markers for beef quality. In: Indicators of milk and beef quality, EAAP Publ. 112 (J.F. Hocquette and S. Gigli, Hrsg.) Wageningen Academic Publishers, Wageningen, The Netherlands: 23-32
Weikard, R.; Kühn, Ch.; Goldammer, T.; Freyer, G.; Schwerin, M. (2005):
The bovine PPARGC1A gene: molecular characterization and association of an SNP with variation of milk fat synthesis. Physiol Genomics 21 (1): 1-13
https://dx.doi.org/10.1152/physiolgenomics.00103.2004
Kühn, Ch. (2005):
Molecular analysis of genetic variability affecting economically important traits in cattle (Habilitation) Universität Rostock, Rostock: 1-277