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

+49 38208 68-693
Leibniz 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


Sawitzky, M.; Zeissler, A.; Langhammer, M.; Bielohuby, M.; Stock, K. F.; Hammon, H. M.; Görs, S.; Metges, C. C.; Stoehr, B. J. M.; Bidlingmaier, M.; Fromm-Dornieden, C.; Baumgartner, B. G.; Christ, B.; Brenig, B.; Binder, G.; Metzger, F.; Renne, U.; Hoeflich, A. (2012):
Phenotype selection reveals coevolution of muscle glycogen and protein and PTEN as a gate keeper for the accretion of muscle mass in adult female mice. Plos One 7 (6): 1-13
Tuchscherer, M.; Otten, W.; Kanitz, E.; Gräbner, M.; Tuchscherer, A; Bellmann, O.; Rehfeldt, C.; Metges, C. C. (2012):
Effects of inadequate maternal dietary protein:carbohydrate ratios during pregnancy on offspring immunity in pigs. BMC Vet Res 8: 232-243
Schäff, C.; Albrecht, D.; Hammon, H. M.; Röntgen, M.; Metges, C. C.; Kuhla, B. (2012):
A longitudinal proteomic approach to investigate liver metabolism in periparturient dairy cows with different body fat mobilization. In: Farm Animal Proteomics : proceedings of the 3rd Managing Commitee Meeting and 2nd Meeting of the Working Groups 1,2 & 3 of COST Action FA1002 (Pedro Rodrigues, David Eckersall, Andre de Almeida, Hrsg.) Wageningen Academic Publishers, Wageningen (978-90-8686-195-8, 978-90-8686-751-6 eBook): 145-147
Hammon, H. M.; Steinhoff-Wagner, J.; Schönhusen, U.; Metges, C. C.; Blum, J. W. (2012):
Energy metabolism in the newborn farm animal with emphasis on the calf: Endocrine changes and responses to milk-born and systemic hormones. DOMEST ANIM ENDOCRIN 43 (2): 171-185
Petzke, K.-J.; Metges, C. C. (2012):
Practical recommendations for the reduction of memory effects in compound-specific 15N/14N-ratio analysis of enriched amino acids by gas chromatography/combustion/isotope ratio mass spectrometry. Rapid Commun Mass Sp 26 (2): 195-204
Berger, L. M.; Wein, S.; Blank, R.; Metges, C. C.; Wolffram, S. (2012):
Bioavailability of the flavonol quercetin in cows after intraruminal application of quercetin aglycone and rutin. J Dairy Sci 95 (9): 5047-5055
Mickiewicz, M.; Zabielski, R.; Grenier, B.; Le Normand, L.; Savary, G.; Holst, J. J.; Oswald, I. P.; Metges, C. C.; Guilloteau, P. (2012):
Structural and functional development of small intestine in intrauterine growth retarded porcine offspring born to gilts fed diets with differing protein ratios throughout pregnancy. J Physiol Pharmacol 63 (3): 225-239
Derno, M.; Langhammer, M.; Renne, U.; Hennig, U.; Kuhla, S.; Nürnberg, G.; Klaus, S.; Brockmann, G. A.; Metges, C. C. (2012):
Mice long-term selected for high body mass are more susceptible to body fat deposition in response to a high fat diet due to insufficient increase in heat production. Arch Tierzucht 55 (6): 633-646
Michalski, J. P.; Kowalczyk, J.; Voigt, J.; Hammon, H. M.; Czauderna, M.; Metges, C. C. (2012):
Efficiency of endogenous urea 15N nitrogen incorporation into bacterial and milk protein of goats fed diets with three different protein levels. J Anim Feed Sci 21 (4): 599-612
Altmann, S.; Muràni, E.; Metges, C. C.; Schwerin, M.; Wimmers, K.; Ponsuksili, S. (2012):
Effect of gestational protein deficiency and excess on hepatic expression of genes related to cell cycle and proliferation in offspring from late gestation to finishing phase in pig. Mol Biol Rep 39 (6): 7095-7104
Altmann, S.; Muràni, E.; Schwerin, M.; Metges, C. C.; Wimmers, K.; Ponsuksili, S. (2012):
Somatic cytochrome c (CYCS) gene expression and promoter-specific DNA methylation in a porcine model of prenatal exposure to maternal dietary protein excess and restriction. Brit J Nutr 107 (6): 791-799
Altmann, S.; Muràni, E.; Schwerin, M.; Metges, C. C.; Wimmers, K.; Ponsuksili, S. (2012):
Maternal dietary protein restriction and excess affects offspring gene expression and methylation of non-SMC subunits of condensin I in liver and skeletal muscle. Epigenetics-US 7 (3): 239-252
Oster, M.; Muràni, E.; Metges, C. C.; Ponsuksili, S.; Wimmers, K. (2012):
A gestational high protein diet affects the abundance of muscle transcripts related to cell cycle regulation throughout development in porcine progeny. Plos One 7 (3): 1-9
Oster, M.; Muràni, E.; Metges, C. C.; Ponsuksili, S.; Wimmers, K. (2012):
A low protein diet during pregnancy provokes a lasting shift of hepatic expression of genes related to cell cycle throughout ontogenesis in a porcine model. BMC Genomics 13 (1): 93-107
Oster, M.; Muràni, E.; Metges, C. C.; Ponsuksili, S.; Wimmers, K. (2012):
Transcriptional response of skeletal muscle to a low-protein gestation diet in porcine offspring accumulates in growth- and cell cycle-regulating pathways. Physiol Genomics 44 (16): 811-818
Kanitz, E.; Otten, W.; Tuchscherer, M.; Gräbner, M.; Brüssow, K.-P.; Rehfeldt, C.; Metges, C. C. (2012):
High and low protein: carbohydrate dietary ratios during gestation alter maternal-fetal cortisol regulation in pigs. Plos One 7 (12): 1-11
Kucia, M.; Langhammer, M.; Görs, S.; Albrecht, E.; Hammon, H. M.; Nürnberg, G.; Metges, C. C. (2011):
High-protein diet during gestation and lactation affects mammary gland mRNA abundance, milk composition and pre-weaning litter growth in mice. Animal 5 (2): 268-277
Steinhoff-Wagner, J.; Görs, S.; Junghans, P.; Bruckmaier, R.; Kanitz, E.; Metges, C. C.; Hammon, H. M. (2011):
Intestinal glucose absorption but not endogenous glucose production differs between colostrum- and formula-fed neonatal calves. J Nutr 141 (1): 48-55
Vanselow, J.; Kucia, M.; Langhammer, M.; Koczan, D.; Rehfeldt, C.; Metges, C. C. (2011):
Hepatic expression of the GH/JAK/STAT/IGF pathway, acute-phase response signalling and complement system are affected in mouse offspring by prenatal and early postnatal exposure to maternal high-protein diet. Eur J Nutr 50 (8): 611-623
Kuhla, B.; Görs, S.; Metges, C. C. (2011):
Changes of muscle amino acids, glycogen, and fat concentrations of dairy cows during the periparturient period . Proc. Soc. Nutr. Physiol. 20: 38