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


Kaufmann, L. D.; Münger, A.; Rerat, M.; Junghans, P.; Görs, S.; Metges, C. C.; Dohme-Meier, F. (2011):
Energy expenditure of grazing cows and cows fed grass indoors as determined by the 13C bicarbonate dilution technique using an automatic blood sampling system. J Dairy Sci 94 (4): 1989-2000
Walther, T.; Dietrich, G.; Langhammer, M.; Kucia, M.; Hammon, H. M.; Renne, U.; Siems, W.- E.; Metges, C. C. (2011):
High-protein diet in lactation leads to a sudden infant-death-like syndrome in mice. Plos One 6 (3): 1-6
Kuhla, B.; Nürnberg, G.; Albrecht, E; Görs, S.; Hammon, H. M.; Metges, C. C. (2011):
Involvement of skeletal muscle protein, glycogen and fat metabolism in the adaptation on early lactation of dairy cows. J Proteome Res 10 (9): 4252-4262
Rehfeldt, C.; Lang, I. S.; Görs, S.; Hennig, U.; Kalbe, C.; Stabenow, B.; Brüssow, K.-P.; Pfuhl, R.; Bellmann, O.; Nürnberg, G.; Otten, W.; Metges, C. C. (2011):
Limited and excess dietary protein during gestation affects growth and compositional traits in gilts and impairs offspring fetal growth. J Anim Sci 89 (2): 329-341
Kuhla, B.; Görs, S.; Metges, C. C. (2011):
Hypothalamic orexin A expression and the involvement of AMPK and PPAR-gama signalling in energy restricted dairy cows. Arch Tierzucht 54 (6): 567-579
Lohrenz, A.; Duske, K.; Schönhusen, U.; Losand, B.; Seyfert, H.-M.; Metges, C. C.; Hammon, H. M. (2011):
Glucose transporters and enzymes related to glucose synthesis in small intestinal mucosa of mid-lactation dairy cows fed 2 levels of starch. J Dairy Sci 94 (9): 4546-4555
Steinhoff-Wagner, J.; Görs, S.; Junghans, P.; Bruckmaier, R.; Kanitz, E.; Metges, C. C.; Hammon, H. M. (2011):
Maturation of endogenous glucose production in preterm and term calves. J Dairy Sci 94 (10): 5111-5123
Metges, C. C.; Hammon, H. M.; Kuhla, B.; Röntgen, M.; Souffrant, W.-B. (2011):
International Oskar Kellner Symposium: Metabolic Flexibility in Animal and Human Nutrition, Warnemünde 9.-11.9.2011, Programme with Abstracts (Schriftenreihe / Leibniz-Institut für Nutztierbiologie, 19) : 1-143
Oster, M.; Muràni, E.; Metges, C. C.; Ponsuksili, S.; Wimmers, K. (2011):
A high protein diet during pregnancy affects hepatic gene expression of energy sensing pathways along ontogenesis in a porcine model. Plos One 6 (7): 1-12
Schönhusen, U.; Kuhla, B.; Rudolph, P.E.; Zitnan, R.; Albrecht, D.; Huber, K.; Voigt, J.; Hammon, H. M.; Metges, C. C. (2010):
Alterations in the jejunum of young goats caused by feeding soy protein-based diets. J Anim Physiol An N 94 (1): 1-14
Junghans, P.; Görs, S.; Lang, I. S.; Steinhoff, J.; Hammon, H. M.; Metges, C. C. (2010):
A simplified mass isotopomer approach to estimate gluconeogenesis rate in vivo using deuterium oxide. Rapid Commun Mass Sp 24 (9): 1287-1295
Sarr, O.; Louveau, I.; Kalbe, C.; Metges, C. C.; Rehfeldt, C.; Gondret, F. (2010):
Prenatal exposure to maternal low or high protein diets induces modest changes in the adipose tissue proteome of newborn piglets. J Anim Sci 88 (5): 1626-1641
Laeger, T.; Metges, C. C.; Kuhla, B. (2010):
Role of β-hydroxybutyric acid in the central regulation of energy balance. Appetite 54 (3): 450-455
Guilloteau, P.; Zabielski, R.; Hammon, H. M.; Metges, C. C. (2010):
Nutritional programming of gastrointestinal tract development. Is the pig a good model for man? . Nutr Res Rev 23 (1): 4-22
Chwalibog, A.; Metges, C. C.; Sawosz, E.; Grodzik, M.; Niemiec, T. (2010):
Incorporation of nitrogen isotope 15N into liver DNA during avian embryogenesis. A new approach for measuring the rate of DNA synthesis. J Anim Feed Sci 19 (2): 269-276
Metges, C. C. (2010):
Classical and post-genomic methods to study GIT function with emphasis on the pig. LIVEST SCI 133 (1-3): 10-19
Petzke, K.-J.; Fuller, B.; Metges, C. C. (2010):
Advances in natural stable isotope ratio analysis of human hair to determine nutritional and metabolic status. Curr Opin Clin Nutr 13 (5): 532-540
Shi, X.; Liu, X.; Metges, C. C.; Seyfert, H.-M. (2010):
C/EBP-beta drives expression of the nutritionally regulated promoter IA of the acetyl-CoA carboxylase-alpha gene in cattle. BBA-Gene Regul Mech 1799 (8): 561-567
Kuhla, B.; Kucia, M.; Görs, S.; Albrecht, D.; Langhammer, M.; Kuhla, B.; Metges, C. C. (2010):
Effect of a high-protein diet on food intake and liver metabolism during pregnancy, lactation and after weaning in mice. PROTEOMICS 10 (14): 2573-2588
Schönhusen, U.; Flöter, A.; Junghans, P.; Albrecht, E.; Petzke, K.-J.; Zitnan, R.; Guilloteau, P.; Metges, C. C.; Hammon, H. M. (2010):
Morphology, proliferation, and ribonucleic acid and fractional protein syntheses in the small intestinal mucosa of young goats fed soy protein-based diets with or without amino acid supplementation. J Dairy Sci 93 (9): 4165-4179