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.)


Möller, R.; Nürnberg, G.; Albrecht, E.; Ruth, W.; Brockmann, G. A.; Dannenberger, D. (2019):
A method for analyzing fatty acids in cattle hair, with special emphasis on lauric and myristic acid. Eur J Lipid Sci Tech 121 (11): 1900143, 1-7
Stehr, M.; Grashorn, M.; Dannenberger, D.; Tuchscherer, A; Gauly, M.; Metges, C. C.; Daş, G. (2019):
Resistance and tolerance to mixed nematode infections in relation to performance level in laying hens. Vet Parasitol 275: 108925, 1-12
Popkova, Y.; Dannenberger, D.; Schiller, J.; Engel, K. M. (2019):
Differences in the lipid pattern during maturation of 3T3-L1 adipocytes investiged by thin-layer chromatography, gas chromatography, and mass spectrometric approaches. Anal Bioanal Chem (https://doi.org/10.1007/s00216-019-02243-w)
Dannenberger, D.; Tuchscherer, M.; Nürnberg, G.; Schmicke, M.; Kanitz, E. (2018):
Sea buckthorn pomace supplementation in the diet of growing pigs - effects on fatty acid metabolism, HPA activity and immune status. Int J Mol Sci 19 (2): 596, 1-12
Reyer, H.; Oster, M.; Magowan, E.; Muráni, E.; Sauerwein, H.; Dannenberger, D.; Kuhla, B.; Ponsuksili, S.; Wimmers, K. (2018):
Feed-efficient pigs exhibit molecular patterns allowing a timely circulation of hormones and nutrients. Physiol Genomics 50 (9): 726-734
Möller, R.; Dannenberger, D.; Nürnberg, G.; Ruth, W.; Brockmann, G. A. (2018):
Untersuchung zur standardisierten Analyse von Fettsäuren im Rinderhaar. In: Abschlussveranstaltung Verbundprojekt optiKuh, 30. - 31.01.2018 : Tagungsband (Schriftenreihe der Bayerischen Landesanstalt für Landwirtschaft) (ISSN 1611-4159): 130-132
Dannenberger, D.; Nürnberg, G.; Nürnberg, K.; Will, K.; Schauer, N.; Schmicke, M. (2017):
Effects of diets supplemented with n-3 or n-6 PUFA on pig muscle lipid metabolites measured by non-targeted LC-MS lipidomic profiling. J Food Compos Anal 56: 47-54
Meusel, A.; Popkova, Y.; Dannenberger, D.; Schiller, J. (2017):
A high-resolution NMR approach combined to MALDI-TOF-MS to estimate the positional distribution of acyl-linked unsaturated fatty acids in triacylglycerols. Food Anal Method 10 (7): 2497-2506
MacKintosh, S.; Richardson, I.; Kim, EJ; Dannenberger, D.; Coulmier, D.; Scollan, N. D. (2017):
Addition of an extract of lucerne (Medicago sativa L.) to cattle diets - Effects on fatty acid profile, meat quality and eating quality of the M. longissimus muscle. Meat Sci 130: 69-80
Engel, K. M.; Schiller, J.; Müller, K.; Dannenberger, D.; Jakop, U. (2017):
The phospholipid composition of kangaroo spermatozoa verified by mass spectrometric lipid analysis. Lipids 52 (10): 857-869
Reyer, H.; Oster, M.; Magowan, E.; Dannenberger, D.; Ponsuksili, S.; Wimmers, K. (2017):
Strategies towards improved feed efficiency in pigs comprise molecular shifts in hepatic lipid and carbohydrate metabolism. Int J Mol Sci 18 (8): 1674, 1-15
Schiavon, S.; Pellattiero, E.; Cecchinato, A.; Tagliapietra, F.; Dannenberger, D.; Nürnberg, K.; Nürnberg, G.; Bittante, G. (2016):
The influence of different sample preparation procedures on the determination of fatty acid profiles of beef subcutaneous fat, liver and muscle by gas chromatography. J Food Compos Anal 50: 10-18
Gallardo, M. A.; Cárcamo, J. G.; Hiller, B.; Nürnberg, G.; Nürnberg, K.; Dannenberger, D. (2015):
Expression of lipid metabolism related genes in subcutaneous adipose tissue from Chilota lambs grazing on two different pasture types. Eur J Lipid Sci Tech 117 (1): 23-30
Popkova, Y.; Meusel, A.; Breitfeld, J.; Schleinitz, D.; Hirrlinger, J.; Dannenberger, D.; Kovacs, P.; Schiller, J. (2015):
Nutrition-dependent changes of mouse adipose tissue compositions monitored by NMR, MS, and chromatographic methods. Anal Bioanal Chem 407 (17): 5113-5123
Nürnberg, K.; Nürnberg, G.; Priepke, A.; Dannenberger, D. (2015):
Sea buckthorn pomace supplementation in the finishing diets of pigs - are there effects on meat quality and muscle fatty acids?. Arch Tierzucht 58 (1): 107-113
Scollan, N. D.; Dannenberger, D.; Nürnberg, K.; Richardson, I.; MacKintosh, S.; Hocquette, J.-F.; Moloney, A. (2014):
Enhancing the nutritional and health value of beef lipids and their relationship with meat quality. Meat Sci 97 (3): 384-394
Dannenberger, D. (2014):
ProSafeBeef - Sicherheit und Qualität bei Rindfleisch. Fleischrinder Journal (2): 6-8
Gallardo, M. A.; Dannenberger, D.; Rivero, J.; Pulido, R.; Nürnberg, K. (2014):
Fatty acid profile of plasma, muscle and adipose tissues in Chilota lambs grazing on two different low quality pasture types in Chiloé Archipelago (Chile). Anim Sci J 85 (11): 935-941
Eibisch, M.; Popkova, Y.; Süß, R.; Schiller, J.; Dannenberger, D. (2014):
Evaluation of a commercial enzymatic test kit regarding the quantitative analysis of different free fatty acids. Anal Bioanal Chem 406 (28): 7401-7405
Dannenberger, D.; Nürnberg, K.; Nürnberg, G.; Priebke, A. (2014):
Impact of dietary protein level and source of polyunsaturated fatty acids on lipid metabolism-related protein expression and fatty acid concentrations in porcine tissues. J Agr Food Chem 62 (51): 12453-12461