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


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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Kuhla, B.; Albrecht, D.; Kuhla, B.; Metges, C. C. (2009):
Proteome analysis of fatty liver in feed-deprived dairy cows reveals interaction of fuel sensing, calcium, fatty acid, and glycogen metabolism. Physiol Genomics 37 (2): 88-98
Guilloteau, P.; Zabielski, R.; Hammon, H. M.; Metges, C. C. (2009):
Adverse effects of nutritional programming during prenatal and early postnatal life, some aspects of regulation and potential prevention and treatments – review. J Physiol Pharmacol 60 (Suppl. 3): 17-35
Metges, C. C.; Peters, M.; Sauerwein, H.; Ooster, A.; Ponsuksili, S.; Altmann, S.; Oster, M.; Rehfeldt, C.; Wimmers, K. (2009):
Fetal Programming: Mütterliche Ernährung und Merkmalsausprägung der Nachkommen beim Schwein. Genomexpress (1.09): 11-13
Duske, K.; Hammon, H. M.; Langhof, A.K.; Bellmann, O.; Losand, B.; Nürnberg, K.; Nürnberg, G.; Sauerwein, H.; Seyfert, H.-M.; Metges, C. C. (2009):
Metabolism and lactation performance in dairy cows fed a diet containing rumen-protected fat during the last twelve weeks of gestation . J Dairy Sci 92 (4): 1670-1684
Metges, C. C. (2009):
Early nutrition and later obesity: animal models provide insights into mechanisms. Adv Exp Med Biol 646: 105-112
Görs, S.; Kucia, M.; Langhammer, M.; Junghans, P.; Metges, C. C. (2009):
Technical note: Milk composition in mice—Methodological aspects and effects of mouse strain and lactation day. J Dairy Sci 92 (2): 632-637
Löhrke, B.; Derno, M.; Hammon, H. M.; Metges, C. C.; Melcher, J.; Viegutz, T.; Jentsch, W.; Zühlke, Hartmut (2008):
Nutritional level and energetic source are determinants of elevated circulatory lipohydroperoxide concentration. Brit J Nutr 99 (6): 1255-1265
Metges, C. C.; Hammon, H. M. (2008):
Metabolische Programmierung bei Nutztieren. Übersichten zur Tierernährung 36: 1-29
Rehfeldt, C.; Kalbe, C.; Block, J.; Nürnberg, G.; Stabenow, B.; Metges, C. C. (2008):
Long-term effects of low and high protein feeding to pregnant sows on offspring at market weight. In: Proc. Int. Congress of Meat Science & Technology, 10-15 August 2008, Cape Town, South Africa , 7B.15. (Int. Congress Meat Science & Technology /CD, Hrsg.): 7B.15
Hennig, U.; Hackl, W.; Priepke, A.; Tuchscherer, A.; Souffrant, W.-B.; Metges, C. C. (2008):
Comparison of ileal apparent, standardized and true digestibilities of amino acids in pigs fed wheat and lupine seeds. Livest Prod Sci 118 (1): 61-71
Hammon, H. M.; Metges, C. C.; Junghans, P.; Becker, D.; Bellmann, O.; Schneider, F.; Nürnberg, G.; Dubreuil, P.; Lapierre, H. (2008):
Metabolic changes and net portal flux in dairy cows fed a ration containing rumen-protected fat as compared to a control diet. J Dairy Sci 91 (1): 208-217