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.)


Widmann, P.; Reverter, A.; Fortes, M.; Weikard, R.; Suhre, K.; Hammon, H. M.; Albrecht, E.; Kühn, Ch. (2013):
A systems biology approach using metabolomic data reveals genes and pathways interacting to modulate divergent growth in cattle. BMC Genomics 14: 798-815
Nebendahl, C.; Krüger, R.; Görs, S.; Albrecht, E.; Martens, K.; Hennig, S.; Storm, N.; Höppner, Wolfgang; Pfuhl, R.; Metzler-Zebeli, B. U.; Hammon, H. M.; Metges, C. C. (2013):
Effects on transcriptional regulation and lipid droplet characteristics in the liver of female juvenile pigs after early postnatal feed restriction and refeeding are dependent on birth weight. Plos One 8 (11): 1-19
Albrecht, E.; Komolka, K.; Kuzinski, J.; Maak, S. (2012):
Agouti revisited: transcript quantification of the ASIP gene in bovine tissues related to protein expression and localization. Plos One 7 (4): 1-11
Angulo, J.; Mahecha, L.; Nürnberg, K.; Nürnberg, G.; Dannenberger, D.; Olivera, M.; Boutinaud, M.; Leroux, C.; Albrecht, E.; Bernard, L. (2012):
Effects of polyunsaturated fatty acids from plant oils and algae on milk fat yield and composition are associated with mammary lipogenic and SREBF1 gene expression. Animal 6 (12): 1961-1972
Kuzinski, J.; Zitnan, R.; Albrecht, E.; Viergutz, T.; Röntgen, M. (2012):
Modulation of vH+-ATPase is part of the functional adaptation of sheep rumen epithelium to high-energy diet. Am J Physiol-Reg I 303 (9): R909-R920
Wei, S.; Duarte, M. S.; Du, M.; Paulino, P.; Jiang, Z.; Albrecht, E.; Fernyhough-Culver, M.; Zan, L.; Hausman, G. J.; Dodson, M. V. (2012):
Bovine mature adipocytes readily to a proliferative state. Tissue Cell 44 (6): 385-390
Hamada, M.; Albrecht, E.; El-Bagory, A.-R.; Edris, A.-B.; Hammon, H. M.; Nürnberg, G.; Maak, S. (2012):
Meat quality traits and muscle composition of cows differing in lactation performance. Arch Tierzucht 55 (1): 36-47
Yang, X.; Liu, R.; Albrecht, E.; Dong, X.; Maak, S.; Zhao, R. (2012):
Breed-specific patterns of hepatic gluconeogenesis and glucocorticoid action in pigs. Arch Tierzucht 55 (2): 152-162
Angulo, J.; Hiller, B.; Albrecht, E.; Olivera, M.; Mahecha, L.; Nürnberg, G.; Dannenberger, D.; Nürnberg, K. (2012):
Effect of different dietary fats on protein expression of sterol regulatory element-binding protein 1 (SREBP-1) in mammary gland tissue of lactating cows. LIVEST SCI 143 (2-3): 300-304
Kucia, M.; Langhammer, M.; Görs, S.; Albrecht, E.; Hammon, H. M.; Nürnberg, G.; Metges, C. C. (2011):
High-protein diet during gestation and lactation affects mammary gland mRNA abundance, milk composition and pre-weaning litter growth in mice. Animal 5 (2): 268-277
Albrecht, E.; Liu, Y.; Yang, X.; Zhao, R.; Jonas, L.; Maak, S. (2011):
Colocalization of myostatin and decorin in bovine skeletal muscle. Arch Tierzucht 54 (2): 147-156
Liu, Y.; Wang, J.; Li, R.; Yang, X.; Sun, Q.; Albrecht, E.; Zhao, R. (2011):
Maternal dietary protein affects transcriptional regulation of myostatin gene distinctively at weaning and finishing stages in skeletal muscle of Meishan pigs. Epigenetics-US 6 (7): 899-907
Albrecht, E.; Gotoh, T.; Ebara, F.; Wegner, J.; Maak, S. (2011):
Technical note: Determination of cell-specific gene expression in bovine skeletal muscle tissue using laser microdissection and reverse-transcription quantitative polymerase chain reaction. J Anim Sci 89 (12): 4339-4343
Albrecht, E.; Gotoh, T.; Ebara, F.; Xu, T.; Viergutz, T.; Nürnberg, G.; Maak, S.; Wegner, J. (2011):
Cellular conditions for intramuscular fat deposition in Japanese Black and Holstein steers. Meat Sci 89 (1): 13-20
Setoguchi, K.; Watanabe, T.; Weikard, R.; Albrecht, E.; Kühn, Ch.; Kinoshita, A.; Sugimoto, Y.; Takasuga, A. (2011):
The SNP c.1326T>G in the non-SMC condensin I complex, subunit G (NCAPG) gene encoding a p.Ile442Met variant is associated with an increase in body frame size at puberty in cattle. Anim Genet 42 (6): 650-655
Lösel, D.; Kremer, P.; Scholz, A. M.; Albrecht, E. (2010):
Comparison of a GE Lunar DPX-IQ and a Norland XR-26 dual energy X-ray absorptiometry scanner for body composition measurements in pigs - in vivo. Arch Tierzucht 53 (2): 162-175
Schönhusen, U.; Flöter, A.; Junghans, P.; Albrecht, E.; Petzke, K.-J.; Zitnan, R.; Guilloteau, P.; Metges, C. C.; Hammon, H. M. (2010):
Morphology, proliferation, and ribonucleic acid and fractional protein syntheses in the small intestinal mucosa of young goats fed soy protein-based diets with or without amino acid supplementation. J Dairy Sci 93 (9): 4165-4179
Weikard, R.; Altmaier, E; Suhre, K.; Weinberger, K.; Hammon, H. M.; Albrecht, E.; Setoguchi, K.; Takasuga, A.; Kühn, Ch. (2010):
Metabolic profiles indicate distinct physiological pathways affected by two loci with major divergent effect on Bos taurus growth and lipid deposition. Physiol Genomics 42A (2): 79-88
Kühn, Ch.; Eberlein, A.; Altmaier, E; Suhre, K.; Weinberger, K.; Hammon, H. M.; Albrecht, E.; Pfuhl, R.; Weikard, R. (2010):
Molecular genetic dissection and phenotypic characterization of major Loci affecting pre-and postnatal growth in steers. In: 9th World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production (Gesellschaft for Tierzuchtforschung e.V:, Hrsg.) Leipzig (978-3-00
Kuzinski, J.; Zitnan, R.; Viergutz, T.; Albrecht, E.; Schweigel, M. (2010):
Nutrition-dependent adaptation processes in ovine rumen. Schriftenreihe / Leibniz-Institut für Nutztierbiol 16: 31-34