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

+49 38208 68-693
Research Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN)
Institute of Nutritional Physiology "Oskar Kellner"
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


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
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
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
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
Metges, C. C. (2005):
Effects of pre- and postnatal exposure to maternal low and high dietary protein levels on body mass development and energy expenditure in rat progeny. Arch Tierzucht 48 (Sp.Iss.): 63-67
Metges, C. C.; Petzke, K.-J.; Backes, G.; Elsner, A.; Junghans, P.; Derno, M.; Nürnberg, G.; Hennig, U. (2005):
Response to lysine in a wheat gluten diet in adult minipigs after short-and long-term dietary adaptation as assessed with an indicator amino acid oxidation and balance technique. J Anim Sci 83 (4): 833-841
Petzke, K.-J.; Boeing, H.; Metges, C. C. (2005):
Choice of dietary protein of vegetarians and omnivores is reflected in their hair protein 13C and 15N abundance. Rapid Commun Mass Sp 19 (11): 1392-1400
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
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
Voigt, J.; Kanitz, W.; Schneider, F.; Becker, F.; Schönhusen, U.; Metges, C. C.; Hagemeister, H.; Precht, D. (2005):
Ernährung der Hochleistungsmilchkuh. Forschungsreport (1): 32-35
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
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
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
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
Junghans, P.; Kaehne, T.; Beyer, M.; Metges, C. C.; Schwerin, M. (2004):
Dietary protein-related changes in hepatic transcription correspond to modifications in hepatic protein expression in growing pigs. J Nutr 134 (1): 43-47
Hennig, U.; Metges, C. C.; Berk, J.; Tuchscherer, A.; Kwella, M. (2004):
Relative ileal amino acid flows and microbial counts in intestinal effluents of Goettingen Minipigs and Saddleback pigs are not different. J Anim Sci 82 (7): 1976-1985
Loh, G.; Metges, C. C. (2004):
Der Einsatz von Präbiotika in der Schweinefütterung - ein Überblick. REKASAN 11 (21/22): 101-103
Metges, C. C. (2004):
Bedeutung und Möglichkeiten der Erzeugung nährstoffangereicherter Lebensmittel tierischer Herkunft. Ernahrungs-Umschau 51 (12): 484-490
Bos, C.; Metges, C. C.; Gaudichon, C.; Petzke, K.-J.; Pueyo, M.E.; Moren, C.; Everwand, J.; Benamouzig, R.; Tomé, D. (2003):
Postprandial kinetics of dietary amino acids are the main determinant of their metabolism after soy or milk protein ingestion in humans. J Nutr 133 (5): 1308-1315
Freyse, E.-J.; Gießmann, T.; Petzke, K.-J.; Knospe, S.; Engel, G.; Heinke, P.; Metges, C. C.; Siegmund, W. (2003):
Effects of fatty acids on hepatic amino acid catabolism and fibrinogen synthesis in young healthy volunteers. Am J Physiol-Endoc M 285 (1): E54-E62