Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Cornelia Christiane Metges

Research Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN)
Head of working group Nutritional Physiology
Wilhelm-Stahl-Allee 2
18196 Dummerstorf

Research interests

  • Effect of pre- and early postnatal nutrition on growth and development in farm animals
  • Amino acid and energy metabolism
  • Nutrient and energy efficiency and emissions in farm animals

Curriculum Vitae

  • 2017: Professorship Biochemistry in Nutrition, University of Rostock
  • 2001-present: Director of Institute of Nutritional Physiology 'Oskar Kellner', Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN) Dummerstorf
  • 2002-present: Lecturer in Animal Nutrition and Feed Science, University of Rostock
  • 2001: Habilitation in Nutritional Physiology (Dr. rer. nat. habil.), University of Potsdam
  • 1995-1997: Visiting Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Clinical Research Center and Laboratory of Human Nutrition, Cambridge, USA
  • 1994-2001: Head, Working group 'Protein Metabolism', Dpt. Biochemistry and Physiology of Nutrition, German Institute of Human Nutrition (DIfE), Potsdam-Nuthetal
  • 1987-1994: Research Scientist, Chair of Nutrition Science, TU München
  • 1983-1987: Doctoral studies, TU München, Chair of General Chemistry and Biochemistry (1988; Doctorate in Agricultural Sciences; Dr. agr.), TU München
  • 1977-1983: Studies of Agricultural Sciences (Dipl.-Ing. agr.), TU München


  • Since 2012: „Stoffwechsel-, Leistungs- und Pathophysiologie, Experimentelle Methoden in der Ernährungsphysiologie“, Master course Animal Science, University of Rostock
  • Since 2012: „Anatomisch-physiologische Grundlagen und experimentelle Methoden der Tierernährung“, Master course Animal Science, University of Rostock
  • Since 2010: „Zell- u. Molekularbiologie in der Ernährungs-forschung“ (Energy and Macronutrient metabolism), Master course Ökotrophologie, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
  • Since 2003: „Biochemie des Intermediärstoffwechsels“, Bachelor course in Agricultural Sciences, University of Rostock
  • 1994-2001: „Biochemie und Physiologie der Ernährung“, Master course in Nutrition Science, University of Potsdam
  • 1989-1993: „Various Aspects of Human Nutrition“ in Nutrition Science, Chair of Nutrition Science, TU München


Barth, C. A.; Metges, C. C. (2008):
Nutzung von Rapsprotein in der Humanernährung. UFOP Schriften (32): 1-9
Kuhla, B.; Rudolph, P.E.; Albrecht, D.; Schönhusen, U.; Zitnan, R.; Tomek, W.; Huber, K.; Voigt, J.; Metges, C. C. (2007):
Intestinal mucosa proteome analysis in goat kids fed milk or soy protein based diets. In: Vichy, France 9-13 September, 2007 ( EAAP publication No. 124): 305-306
Beyer, M.; Jentsch, W.; Kuhla, B.; Wittenburg, H.; Kreienbring, F.; Scholze, H.; Metges, C. C. (2007):
Effects of dietary energy intake during gestation and lactation on milk yield and composition of first, second and fourth parity sows. Arch Anim Nutr 61 (6): 452-468
Kuhla, B.; Kuhla, B.; Rudolph, P.E.; Albrecht, D.; Metges, C. C. (2007):
Proteomics analysis of hypothalamic response to energy restriction in dairy cows. PROTEOMICS 7 (19): 3602-3617
Kuhla, B.; Rudolph, P.E.; Albrecht, D.; Schönhusen, U.; Zitnan, R.; Tomek, W.; Huber, K.; Voigt, J.; Metges, C. C. (2007):
A milk diet partly containing soy protein does not change growth but regulates jejunal proteins in young goats. J Dairy Sci 90 (9): 4334-4345
Eberhard, M.; Hennig, U.; Kuhla, B.; Brunner, R. M.; Kleessen, B.; Metges, C. C. (2007):
Effect of inulin supplementation on selected gastric, duodenal, and caecal microbiota and short chain fatty acid pattern in growing piglets. Arch Anim Nutr 61 (4): 235-246
Hennig, U.; Kuhla, B.; Souffrant, W.-B.; Tuchscherer, A.; Metges, C. C. (2007):
Partial dehulling of barley effect the concentrations of both gross and ileal digestible amino acids in pigs. LIVEST SCI 109 (1-3): 129-131
Hammon, H. M.; Metges, C. C. (2007):
Möglichkeiten der Beeinflussung der Fettzusammensetzung beim Nutztier - sinnvoll und machbar? Wo sind die Grenzen?. In: Proc. of the German Nutrition Society (9): 54-58
Junghans, P.; Voigt, J.; Jentsch, W.; Metges, C. C.; Derno, M. (2006):
The 13C bicarbonate dilution technique to determine energy expenditure in young bulls validated by indirect calorimetry. Livest Prod Sci 110 (3): 280-287
Petzke, K.-J.; Feist, T.; Fleig, W.E.; Metges, C. C. (2006):
Nitrogen isotopic composition in hair protein is different in liver cirrhotic patients. Rapid Commun Mass Sp 20 (19): 2973-2978
Hennig, U.; Kuhla, B.; Souffrant, W.-B.; Tuchscherer, A.; Metges, C. C. (2006):
Effect of partial dehulling of two- and six-row barley varietiies on precaecal digestibility of amino acids in pigs. Arch Anim Nutr 60 (3): 206-217
Loh, G.; Eberhard, M.; Brunner, R. M.; Hennig, U.; Kuhla, B.; Kleessen, B.; Metges, C. C. (2006):
Inulin alters the intestinal microbiota and short-chain fatty acid concentrations in growing pigs regardless of their basal diet. J Nutr 136 (5): 1198-1202
Metges, C. C.; Eberhard, M.; Petzke, K.-J. (2006):
Synthesis and absorption of intestinal microbial lysine in humans and non-ruminant animals and impact on human estimated average requirement of dietary lysine. Curr Opin Clin Nutr 9 (1): 37-41
Metges, C. C.; Petzke, K.-J. (2005):
Utilization of essential amino acids synthesized in the intestinal microbiota of monogastric mammals. Brit J Nutr 94 (5): 621-622
Derno, M.; Jentsch, W.; Schweigel, M.; Kuhla, B.; Metges, C. C.; Matthes, H.-D. (2005):
Measurements of heat production for estimation of maintenance energy requirements of Hereford steers. J Anim Sci 83 (11): 2590-2597
Petzke, K.-J.; Friedrich, M; Metges, C. C.; Klaus, S. (2005):
Long term dietary high protein intake upregulates tissue specific gene expression of uncoupling proteins 1 and 2 in rats. Eur J Nutr 44 (7): 414-421
Metges, C. C. (2005):
Longterm effects of pre- and postnatal exposure to low and high dietary protein levels - Evidence from epidemiological studies and controlled animal experiments. Adv Exp Med Biol 569: 64-68
Voigt, J.; Kanitz, W.; Schneider, F.; Becker, D.; Schönhusen, U.; Metges, C. C.; Hagemeister, H.; Precht, D. (2005):
Ernährung der Hochleistungsmilchkuh. Forschungsreport (1): 32-35
Metges, C. C.; Hammon, H. M. (2005):
Nutritional programming: Prenatal nutritional effects on the regulation of growth and metabolism. J Anim Feed Sci 14 (Supp.1): 15-30
Petzke, K.-J.; Boeing, H.; Klaus, S.; Metges, C. C. (2005):
Carbon and nitrogen stable isotopic composition of hair protein and amino acids can be used as biomarkers for animal-derived dietary protein intake in humans. J Nutr 135 (6): 1515-1520