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.; Komolka, K.; Ponsuksili, S.; Gotoh, T.; Wimmers, K.; Maak, S. (2016):
Transcriptome profiling of Musculus longissimus dorsi in two cattle breeds with different intramuscular fat deposition. Genomics Data 7: 109-111
Komolka, K.; Ponsuksili, S.; Albrecht, E.; Kühn, Ch.; Wimmers, K.; Maak, S. (2016):
Gene expression profile of Musculus longissimus dorsi in bulls of a Charolais X Holstein F2-cross with divergent intramuscular fat content. Genomics Data 7: 131-133
Campos, C. F.; Duarte, M. S.; Guimaraes, S. E. F.; Verardo, L. L.; Wei, S.; Du, M.; Jiang, Z.; Bergen, W. G.; Hausman, G. J.; Fernyhough-Culver, M.; Albrecht, E.; Dodson, M. V. (2016):
Animal model and the current understanding of molecule dynamics of adipogenesis (review). Animal 10 (6): 927-932
Nebendahl, C.; Görs, S.; Albrecht, E.; Krüger, R.; Martens, K.; Giller, K.; Hammon, H. M.; Rimbach, G.; Metges, C. C. (2016):
Early postnatal feed restriction reduces liver connective tissue levels and affects H3K9 acetylation state of regulated genes associated with protein metabolism in low birth weight pigs. J Nutr Biochem 29: 41-55
Albrecht, E.; Kuzinski, J.; Komolka, K.; Gotoh, T.; Maak, S. (2015):
Localization and abundance of early markers of fat cell differentiation in the skeletal muscle of cattle during growth - Are DLK1-positive cells the origin of marbling flecks?. Meat Sci 100: 237-245
Hamada, M.; Albrecht, E.; El-Bagory, A.-R.; Edris, A.-B.; Hammon, H. M.; Nürnberg, G.; Maak, S. (2015):
Changes of muscle fibre profile and fat cell size around first parturition in cows differing in lactation performance. LIVEST SCI 175: 121-127
Albrecht, E.; Norheim, F.; Thiede, B.; Holen, T.; Ohashi, T.; Schering, L.; Lee, S.; Brenmoehl, J.; Thomas, S.; Drevon, C. A.; Erickson, H. P.; Maak, S. (2015):
Irisin - a myth rather than an exercise-inducible myokine. Sci Rep-UK 5: 1-10
Widmann, P.; Reverter, A.; Weikard, R.; Suhre, K.; Hammon, H. M.; Albrecht, E.; Kühn, Ch. (2015):
Systems biology analysis merging phenotype, metabolomic and genomic data identifies Non-SMC Condensin I Complex, Subunit G (NCAPG) and cellular maintenance processes as major contributors to genetic variability in bovine feed efficiency. Plos One 10 (4):
Will, K.; Schering, L.; Albrecht, E.; Kalbe, C.; Maak, S. (2015):
Differentiation of bovine satellite cell-derived myoblasts under different culture conditions. IN VITRO CELL DEV-AN 51 (9): 885-889
Guo, J.; Liu, Z.; Sun, H.; Huang, Y.; Albrecht, E.; Zhao, R.; Yang, X. (2015):
Lipopolysaccharide challange significantly influences lipid metabolism and proteome of white adipose tissue in growing pigs. Lipids Health Dis 14: 68, 1-11
Schering, L.; Albrecht, E.; Liu, S.; Kühn, Ch.; Wimmers, K.; Maak, S. (2015):
Molekulare Ursachen einer differenten Expression von THRSP im bovinen Skelettmuskel. In: 16th Day of the Doctoral Student : abstracts, 13 May 2014 Dummerstorf (Schriftenreihe / Leibniz-Institut für Nutztierbiologie , 24) (Christa Kühn, Gunther Viereck, H
Komolka, K.; Albrecht, E.; Wimmers, K.; Michal, J. J.; Maak, S. (2014):
Molecular heterogeneities of adipose depots - potential effects on adipose-muscle cross- talk in humans, mice and farm animals. J Genomics 2: 31-44
Shirouchi, B.; Albrecht, E.; Nürnberg, G.; Maak, S.; Samadmanivong, O.; Nakamura, Y.; Sato, M.; Gotoh, T.; Nürnberg, K. (2014):
Fatty acid profiles and adipogenic gene expression of various fat depots in Japanese Black and Holstein steers. Meat Sci 96 (1): 157-164
Ci, L.; Sun, H.; Huang, Y.; Guo, J; Albrecht, E.; Zhao, R.; Yang, X. (2014):
Maternal dietary fat affects the LT muscle fatty acid composition of progeny at weaning and finishing stages in pigs. Meat Sci 96 (3): 1141-1146
Komolka, K.; Albrecht, E.; Schering, L.; Brenmoehl, J.; Hoeflich, A.; Maak, S. (2014):
Locus characterization and gene expression of bovine FNDC5: is the myokine irisin relevant in cattle?. Plos One 9 (1): 1-11
Brenmoehl, J.; Albrecht, E.; Komolka, K.; Schering, L.; Langhammer, M.; Hoeflich, A.; Maak, S. (2014):
Irisin is elevated in skeletal muscle and serum of mice immediately after acute exercise. Int J Biol Sci 10 (3): 338-349
Börner, S.; Albrecht, E.; Schäff, C.; Hacke, S.; Kautzsch, U.; Derno, M.; Hammon, H. M.; Röntgen, M.; Sauerwein, H.; Kuhla, B. (2013):
Reduced AgRP activation in the hypothalamus of cows with high extent of fat mobilization after parturition. Gen Comp Endocr 193: 167-177
Wei, S.; Du, M.; Jiang, Z.; Duarte, M. S.; Fernyhough-Culver, M.; Albrecht, E.; Will, K.; Zan, L.; Hausman, G. J.; Elabd, E.; Bergen, W. G.; Basu, U.; Dodson, M. V. (2013):
Bovine dedifferentiated adipose tissue (DFAT) cells : DFAT isolation. Adipocyte 2 (3): 148-159
Albrecht, E.; Lembcke, C.; Wegner, J.; Maak, S. (2013):
Prenatal muscle fiber development and bundle structure in beef and dairy cattle. J Anim Sci 91 (8): 3666-3673
Dodson, M. V.; Boudina, S.; Albrecht, E.; Bucci, L.; Fernyhough-Culver, M.; Wei, S.; Bergen, W. G.; Amaral, A. J.; Moustaid-Moussa, N.; Poulos, S.; Hausman, G. J. (2013):
A long journey to effective obesity treatments: is there light at the end of the tunnel?. Exp Biol Med 238 (5): 491-501