Dr. agr. Elke Albrecht

+49 38208 68-852
Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN)
Institute of Muscle Biology & Growth
Cellular Interactions Unit
Wilhelm-Stahl-Allee 2
18196 Dummerstorf

Research interests

  • Biology of skeletal muscle tissue in farm animals
  • Meat quality in farm animals
  • Marbling and intramuscular adipogenesis
  • Interactions between muscle and fat cells

Curriculum Vitae

  • 2005–present: Scientist, Institute of Muscle Biology and Growth, FBN
  • 1998–2005: Post Doc position, Division Medical Biology, Department of Pathology, Medical Faculty, University of Rostock, Germany
  • 1992–1998: PhD position, Research Unit Muscle Biology and Growth, FBN
  • 1988–1992: Research study, Division of Biotechnology, Technical University of Dresden
  • 1988: Graduation (Dip.-Ing.) in Food Engineering and Biotechnology, Technical University of Dresden


  • since 2014: Methods for characterization of skeletal muscle tissue,Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University Rostock (M.Sc.)


Albrecht, E.; Schering, L.; Buck, F.; Vlach, K.; Schober, H.; Drevon, C. A.; Maak, S. (2020):
Irisin – still chasing shadows. Mol Metab 34: 124-135
Yu, X.; Fang, X.; Gao, M.; Mi, J.; Zhang, X.; Xia, L.; Zhao, Z.; Albrecht, E.; Maak, S.; Yang, R (2020):
Isolation and identification of bovine preadipocytes and screening of microRNAs associated with adipogenesis. Animals-Basel 10 (5): 818, 1-14
Nolte, W.; Weikard, R.; Brunner, R. M.; Albrecht, E.; Hammon, H. M.; Reverter, A.; Kühn, Ch. (2020):
Identification and annotation of potential function of regulatory antisense long non-coding RNAs related to feed efficiency in Bos taurus bulls. Int J Mol Sci 21 (9): 3292,1-14
Knaust, J.; Weikard, R.; Albrecht, E.; Brunner, R. M.; Günther, J.; Kühn, Ch. (2020):
Indication of premelanosome protein (PMEL) expression outside of pigmented bovine skin suggests functions beyond eumelanogenesis. Genes-Basel 11 (7): 788,1-13
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
Zhao, Y.; Albrecht, E.; Sciascia, Q. L.; Li, Z.; Görs, S.; Schregel, J.; Metges, C. C.; Maak, S. (2020):
Effects of oral glutamine supplementation on early postnatal muscle morphology in low and normal birth weight piglets. Animals-Basel 10 (11): 1976, 1-20
Zitnan, R.; Albrecht, E.; Kalbe, C.; Miersch, C.; Revajova, V.; Levkut, M.; Röntgen, M. (2019):
Muscle characteristics in chicks challenged with Salmonella Enteritidis and the effect of preventive application of the probiotic Enterococcus faecium. Poultry Sci 98 (5): 2014-2025
Koch, F.; Thom, U.; Albrecht, E.; Weikard, R.; Nolte, W.; Kuhla, B.; Kühn, Ch. (2019):
Heat stress directly impairs gut integrity and recruits distinct immune cell populations into the bovine intestine. P Natl Acad Sci USA 116 (21): 10333-10338
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
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
Nolte, W.; Weikard, R.; Brunner, R. M.; Albrecht, E.; Hammon, H. M.; Kühn, Ch. (2019):
Biological network approach for the identification of regulatory long non-coding RNAs associated with metabolic efficiency in cattle. Front Genet 10: 1130, 1-19
Liu, Y; Fang, X.; Zhao, Z.; Li, j; Albrecht, E.; Schering, L.; Maak, S.; Yang, R (2019):
Polymorphisms of the ASIP gene and the haplotype are associated with fat deposition traits and fatty acid composition in Chinese Simmental steers. ARCH ANIM BREED 62 (1): 135-142
Liu, Y.; Albrecht, E.; Schering, L.; Kühn, Ch.; Yang, R; Zhao, Z; Maak, S. (2018):
Agouti signaling protein and its receptors as potential molecular markers for intramuscular and body fat deposition in cattle. Front Physiol 9: 172, 1-13
Revajova, V.; Herich, R; Levkut, M.; Zitnan, R.; Albrecht, E.; Röntgen, M.; Levkutova, M.; Karaffova, V.; Sevcikova, Z.; Paulovicova, E.; Levkut, M. (2018):
Immunolocalization of Na+/K+-ATPase and proliferative activity of enterocytes after administration of glucan in chickens fed T-2 toxin. Acta Vet Brno 87 (4): 371-377
Brenmoehl, J.; Ohde, D.; Albrecht, E.; Walz, C.; Tuchscherer, A; Hoeflich, A. (2017):
Browning of subcutaneous fat and higher surface temperature in response to phenotype selection for advanced endurance exercise performance in male DUhTP mice. J Comp Physiol B 187 (2): 361-373
Albrecht, E.; Schering, L.; Liu, Y.; Komolka, K.; Kühn, Ch.; Wimmers, K.; Gotoh, T.; Maak, S. (2017):
Factors influencing bovine intramuscular adipose tissue development and cellularity. J Anim Sci 95 (5): 2244-2254
Huang, Y.; Gao, S.; Chen, J.; Albrecht, E.; Zhao, R.; Yang, X. (2017):
Maternal butyrate supplementation induces insulin resistance associated with enhanced intramuscular fat deposition in the offspring. Oncotarget 8 (8): 13073-13084
Schering, L.; Albrecht, E.; Komolka, K.; Kühn, Ch.; Maak, S. (2017):
Increased expression of thyroid hormone responsive protein (THRSP) is the result but not the cause of higher intramuscular fat content in cattle. Int J Biol Sci 13 (5): 532-544
Aguinaga Casañas, M.; Schäff, C.; Albrecht, E.; Hammon, H. M.; Kuhla, B.; Röntgen, M.; Nürnberg, G.; Mielenz, M. (2017):
Short communication: Free fatty acid receptors FFAR1 and FFAR2 during the peripartal period in liver of dairy cows grouped by their postpartum plasma beta-hydroxybutyrate concentrations. J Dairy Sci 100 (4): 3287-3292
Komolka, K.; Albrecht, E.; Gotoh, T.; Maak, S. (2017):
Abundance of beige and brown adipocyte markers in different adipose depots of cattle at 26 months of age. Advances in Animal Biosciences 8 (s1): s38-s41