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


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
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. (2004):
Bedeutung und Möglichkeiten der Erzeugung nährstoffangereicherter Lebensmittel tierischer Herkunft. Ernahrungs-Umschau 51 (12): 484-490
Loh, G.; Metges, C. C. (2004):
Der Einsatz von Präbiotika in der Schweinefütterung - ein Überblick. REKASAN 11 (21/22): 101-103
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
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
Metges, C. C.; Lehmann, L.; Boeuf, S.; Petzke, K.-J.; Mueller, A.; Rickert, R.; Franke, W.; Steinhart, H.; Nürnberg, G.; Klaus, S. (2003):
Cis-9,trans-11 and trans-10,cis-12 CLA affect lipid metabolism differently in primary white and brown adipocytes of djungarian hamsters. Lipids 38 (11): 1133-1142
Souffrant, W.-B.; Metges, C. C. (2003):
Progress in research on energy and protein metabolism. In: Proceedings Symposium on Energy and Protein Metabolism and Nutrition, Rostock-Warnemünde 2003 Wageningen Academic Publishers,: 1-840
Petzke, K.-J.; Friedrich, M; Metges, C. C.; Klaus, S. (2003):
Long-term dietary protein intake affects uncoupling protein mRNA gene expression in liver and muscle of rats. In: Progress in research on energy and protein metabolism. EAAP Publication (W.B. SOUFFRANT, C.C. METGES, Hrsg.) (109): 65-68
Metges, C. C.; Loh, G. (2003):
Intestinal microbial amino acid synthesis and its importance for the amino acid homeostasis of the monogastric host. Special article. In: . In: Progress in research on energy and protein metabolism . EAAP Publication (W.B. SOUFFRANT, C.C. METGES, Hrsg.) (109): 579-592
Hennig, U.; Backes, G.; Petzke, K.-J.; Elsner, A.; Junghans, P.; Derno, M.; Nürnberg, G.; Metges, C. C. (2003):
Lysine requirement in adult miniature pigs estimated by an indicator amino acid oxidation method. In: Progress in research on energy and protein metabolism, EAAP Publication (W.B. SOUFFRANT, C.C. Metges, Hrsg.) (109): 701-704
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
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
Backes, G.; Hennig, U.; Petzke, K.-J.; Elsner, A.; Junghans, P.; Nürnberg, G.; Metges, C. C. (2002):
Contribution of intestinal microbial lysine to lysine homeostasis is reduced in minipigs fed a wheat gluten-based diet. Am J Clin Nutr 76 (6): 1317-1325
Schwerin, M.; Dorroch, U.; Beyer, M.; Swalve, H.; Metges, C. C.; Junghans, P. (2002):
Dietary protein modifies hepatic gene expression associated with oxidative stress responsiveness in growing pigs. FASEB J 16: 1322-1324
Petzke, K.-J.; Daenzer, M.; Backes, G.; Metges, C. C. (2002):
Analysis of stable nitrogen and carbon isotope enrichment in biological samples by GC-C-IRMS with special reference to amino acids. In: Recent Res. Devel. Anal. Biochem. (ISBN 81-7895-054-5) (2): 45-65
Gaudichon, C.; Bos, C.; Moren, C.; Petzke, K.-J.; Mariotti, F.; Everwand, J.; Benamouzig, R.; Daré, S.; Tomé, D.; Metges, C. C. (2002):
Ileal losses of nitrogen and amino acids in humans and their importance to the assessment of amino acid requirements. Gastroenterology 123 (1): 50-59
Metges, C. C.; Daenzer, M.; Petzke, K.-J.; Elsner, A. (2002):
Low-abundance plasma and urinary [15N]urea enrichments analyzed by gas chromatography/combustion/isotope ratio mass spectrometry. J Mass Spectrom 37 (5): 489-494
Daenzer, M.; Ortmann, S.; Klaus, S.; Metges, C. C. (2002):
Prenatal high protein exposure decreases energy expenditure and increases adiposity in young rats. J Nutr 132 (2): 142-144
Daenzer, M.; Petzke, K.-J.; Bequette, B.J.; Metges, C. C. (2001):
Whole-body nitrogen and splanchnic amino acid metabolism is different in rats fed mixed diets containing casein or its corresponding amino acid mixture. J Nutr 131 (7): 1965-1972