Dr. rer. nat. Dirk Dannenberger

+49 38208 68-852
Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN)
Institute of Muscle Biology and Growth
Lipid metabolism and muscular adaptation Workgroup
Wilhelm-Stahl-Allee 2
18196 Dummerstorf

Research interests

  • Regulation of lipid metabolism in farm and model animals and (beef, pork, lamb, mice), lipodomics, metabolomics, meat quality
  • Effects of dietary (exogenous PUFAs) and genetic factors on lipid metabolism in farm animals
  • Mechanisms of de novo synthesis of fatty acids in phospholipids and triglycerides
  • Analytics (GC, GC-MS/MS, MALDI TOF MS, Ag+-HPLC, TLC, biochemical assays, micronutrients)

Curriculum Vitae

  • 2018-present: Group leader Lipid metabolism and muscular adaptation Workgroup
  • 2001-present: Scientist, Leibniz-Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN) Dummerstorf, Unit Function of bioactive lipids
  • 1992-1997: Postdoctoral Researcher, Baltic Sea Research Institute Warnemuende, Rostock
  • 1985-1989: Doctoral studies, Graduation (Dr. rer. nat.), University Rostock
  • 1985: Graduation (Dipl.-Chem.), Inorganic chemistry, University Rostock


  • Since 2012: Fat quality, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of Rostock (M.Sc.)
  • Since 2012: Fat Quality, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of Rostock (B.Sc.)


Le Duc, D.; Lin, C.; Popkova, Y.; Yang, R; Akhil, V.; Cakir, M.; Grunewald, S.; Simon, N.; Dietz, A.; Dannenberger, D.; Garten, A.; Lemke, J.; Schiller, J.; Blüher, M.; Nono Nankam, P. A.; Rolle-Kampczyk, U.; von Bergen, M.; Kelso, J.; Schöneberg, T. (2021):
Reduced lipolysis in lipoma phenocopies lipid accumulation in obesity. Int J Obesity (https://doi.org/10.1038/s41366-020-00716-y)
Sharma, A.; Baddela, V. S.; Roettgen, V.; Vernunft, A.; Viergutz, T.; Dannenberger, D.; Hammon, H. M.; Schoen, J.; Vanselow, J. (2020):
Effects of dietary fatty acids on bovine oocyte competence and granulosa cells. Front Endocrinol 11: 87, 1-12
Engel, K. M.; Dzyuba, B.; Ninhaus-Silveira, A.; Verissomo-Silveira, R.; Dannenberger, D.; Schiller, J.; Steinbach, C.; Dzyuba, B. (2020):
Sperm lipid composition in early diverged fish species: Internal vs. external mode of fertilization. Biomolecules 10: 172, 1-25
Suchý, T.; Zieschang, C.; Popkova, Y.; Kaczmarek, I.; Weiner, J.; Liebing, A. D.; Çakir, M. V.; Landgraf, K.; Gericke, M.; Pospisilik, J. A.; Körner, A.; Heiker, J. K.; Dannenberger, D.; Schiller, J.; Schöneberg, T.; Liebscher, V.; Thor, D. (2020):
The repertoire of Adhesion G protein-coupled receptors in adipocytes and their functional relevance. Int J Obesity (https://doi.org/doi.org/10.1038/s41366-020-0570-2)
Dannenberger, D.; Möller, R.; Westphal, L.; Moritz, T.; Dähne, M.; Grunow, B. (2020):
Fatty acid composition in blubber, liver, and muscle of marine mammals in the southern Baltic Sea. Animals-Basel 10: 1509, 1-12
Dahl, N.; Albrecht, E.; Dannenberger, D.; Uken, K.L.; Hammon, H. M.; Maak, S. (2020):
Consequences of maternal essential fatty acid and conjugated linoleic acid supplementation on the development of calf muscle and adipose tissue. Animals-Basel 10 (9): 1598, 1-18
Schindler, M.; Dannenberger, D.; Nuernberg, G.; Pendzialek, S.; Grybel, K.; Seeling, T.; Santos, A. (2020):
Embryonic fatty acid metabolism in diabetic pregnancy: the difference between embryoblasts and trophoblasts. Mol Hum Reprod : 837-849
Kruse, M.; Kemper, M.; Gancheva, S.; Osterhoff, M.; Dannenberger, D.; Markgraf, D.F.; Machmann, J.; Hierholzer, J.; Roden, M.; Pfeiffer, H. (2020):
Dietary rapeseed oil supplementation reduces hepatic steatosis in obese men - A randomized controlled trial. Mol Nutr Food Res 64: 2000419, 1-13
Liermann, W.; Viergutz, T.; Uken, K.L.; Vogel, L.; Gnott, M.; Dannenberger, D.; Tuchscherer, A; Kienberger, H.; Rychlik, M.; Tröscher, A.; Hammon, H. M. (2020):
Influences of maternal conjugated linoleic acid and essential fatty acid supply during late pregnancy and early lactation on T and B cell subsets in mesenteric lymph nodes and the small intestine of neonatal calves. Front Vet Sci 7: 604452, 1-8
Vogel, L.; Gnott, M.; Kröger-Koch, C.; Dannenberger, D.; Tuchscherer, A; Tröscher, A.; Kienberger, H.; Rychlik, M.; Starke, A.; Bachmann, L.; Hammon, H. M. (2020):
Effects of abomasal infusion of essential fatty acids together with conjugated linoleic acid in late and early lactation on performance, milk and body composition, and plasma metabolites in dairy cows. J Dairy Sci 103 (8): 7431-7450
Gnott, M.; Vogel, L.; Kröger-Koch, C.; Dannenberger, D.; Tuchscherer, A; Tröscher, A.; Trevisi, E.; Stefaniak, T.; Jawor, P.; Starke, A.; Mielenz, M.; Bachmann, L.; Hammon, H. M. (2020):
Changes in fatty acids in plasma and association with the inflammatory response in dairy cows abomasally infused with essential fatty acids and conjugated linoleic acid during late and early lactation. J Dairy Sci 103 (12): 11889-11910
Uken, K.L.; Schäff, C.; Vogel, L.; Gnott, M.; Dannenberger, D.; Görs, S.; Tuchscherer, A; Tröscher, A.; Liermann, W.; Hammon, H. M. (2020):
Modulation of colostrum composition and fatty acid status in neonatal calves by maternal supplementation with essential fatty acids and conjugated linoleic acid starting in late lactation. J Dairy Sci (https://doi.org//10.3168/jds.2020-19627)
Kalbe, C.; Priepke, A.; Nürnberg, G.; Dannenberger, D. (2019):
Effects of long-term microalgae supplementation on muscle microstructure, meat quality, and fatty acid composition in growing pigs. J Anim Physiol An N 103 (2): 574-582
Möller, R.; Dannenberger, D.; Nürnberg, G.; Strucken, E.-M.; Brockmann, G. A. (2019):
Relationship between fatty acid profile of hair and energy availability of lactating primiparous cows. J Dairy Res 86 (1): 77-84
Sharma, A.; Baddela, V. S.; Becker, F.; Dannenberger, D.; Viergutz, T.; Vanselow, J. (2019):
Elevated free fatty acids affect bovine granulosa cell function: a molecular cue for compromised reproduction during negative energy balance. Endocr Connect 8 (5): 493-505
Schiavon, S.; Cecchinato, A.; Pegolo, S.; Dannenberger, D.; Tagliapietra, F.; Bittante, G. (2019):
Dose response of rumen-protected conjugated linoleic acid supplementation to fattening bulls and heifers on growth, and carcass and meat quality. J Anim Physiol An N 103: 997-1005
Liu, Y; Albrecht, E.; Dannenberger, D.; Hammon, H. M.; Kühn, Ch.; Sauerwein, H.; Yang, R; Zhao, Z; Maak, S. (2019):
Retinol binding protein 4 abundance in plasma and tissues is related to body fat deposition in cattle. Sci Rep-UK 9: 8056, 1-13
Liebig, M.; Dannenberger, D.; Vollmar, B.; Abshagen, K. (2019):
Endogenously increased n-3 PUFA levels in fat-1 transgenic mice do not protect from non-alcoholic steatohepatitis. Hepatobil Surg Nutr 8 (5): 447-458
Engel, K. M.; Sampels, S.; Dzyuba, B.; Podhorec, P.; Policar, T.; Dannenberger, D.; Schiller, J. (2019):
Swimming at different temperatures: The lipid composition of sperm from three freshwater fish species determined by mass spectrometry and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Chem Phys Lipids 221: 65-72
Liebig, M.; Dannenberger, D.; Vollmar, B.; Abshagen, K. (2019):
n-3 PUFAs reduce tumor load and improve survival in a NASH-tumor mouse model. Ther Adv Chronic Dis 10: 2040622319872118, 1-16