PD Dr. med. vet. Harald Michael Hammon

Research Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN)
Head of working group Metabolic Health
Wilhelm-Stahl-Allee 2
18196 Dummerstorf

Research interests

  • Metabolic and endocrine regulation of growth, development and energy metabolism in cattle
  • Dairy nutrition (calf, cow)

Curriculum Vitae

  • 04/2004-present:
    Senior Scientist and deputy head at the Institute of Nutritional Physiology (“Oskar-Kellner)”, Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN), Dummerstorf, Germany; Head of the Endocrine Metabolic Regulation Unit
  • 04/1998-03/2004: Scientist at the Division of Nutrition Pathology, Institute of Animal Breeding, University of Bern, Switzerland
  • 12/2003: Habilitation in Animal Physiology at the University of Bern, Venia docendi for Animal Physiology
  • 09/2001-05/2002: Residence at the Department of Animal Science, Purdue University, IN, US
  • 01/1994-03/1998: Post Doc at the Division of Nutrition Pathology, Institute of Animal Breeding, University of Bern, Switzerland
  • 02/1993-12/1993: Veterinary practice (large animals), Feuchtwangen, Germany
  • 04/1991-12/1992: Doctoral Thesis at the Division of Nutrition Pathology, Institute of Animal Breeding, University of Bern, Switzerland
  • 09.01.1991: Approbation as veterinary doctor
  • 1985-1990: Study of veterinary medicine at the Ludwig-Maximilian-University of Munich


Physiology and anatomy in farm animals and metabolic performance at the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (AUF), University of Rostock


Börner, S.; Albrecht, E.; Schäff, C. T.; 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
Schönhusen, U.; Junghans, P.; Flöter, A.; Steinhoff-Wagner, J.; Görs, S.; Schneider, F.; Metges, C. C.; Hammon, H. M. (2013):
First-pass uptake and oxidation of glucose by the splanchnic tissue in young goats fed soy protein-based milk diets with or without amino acid supplementation. J Dairy Sci 96 (4): 2400-2412
Derno, M.; Nürnberg, G.; Schön, P.-Ch.; Schwarm, A.; Röntgen, M.; Hammon, H. M.; Metges, C. C.; Bruckmaier, R. M.; Kuhla, B. (2013):
Short-term feed intake is regulated by macronutrient oxidation in lactating Holstein cows. J Dairy Sci 96 (2): 971-980
Börner, S.; Derno, M.; Hacke, S.; Kautzsch, U.; Schäff, C. T.; ThanThan, S.; Kuwayama, H.; Hammon, H. M.; Röntgen, M.; Weikard, R.; Kühn, C.; Tuchscherer, A.; Kuhla, B. (2013):
Plasma ghrelin is positively associated with body fat, liver fat and milk fat content, but not with feed intake of dairy cows after parturition. J Endocrinol 216 (2): 217-229
Hötger, K.; Hammon, H. M.; Weber, F. M.; Görs, S.; Tröscher, A.; Bruckmaier, R. M.; Metges, C. C. (2013):
Supplementation of conjugated linoleic acid in dairy cows reduces endogenous glucose production during early lactation. J Dairy Sci 96 (4): 2258-2270
Hammon, H. M.; Steinhoff-Wagner, J.; Flor, J.; Schönhusen, U.; Metges, C. C. (2013):
Role of colostrum and colostrum components on glucose metabolism in neonatal calves. J Anim Sci 91 (2): 685-695
Weber, F. M.; Hametner, C.; Tuchscherer, A.; Losand, B.; Kanitz, E.; Otten, W.; Singh, S. P.; Bruckmaier, R. M.; Becker, D.; Kanitz, W.; Hammon, H. M. (2013):
Variation in fat mobilization during early lactation differently affects feed intake, body condition, and lipid and glucose metabolism in high-yielding dairy cows. J Dairy Sci 96 (1): 165-180
Schwarm, A.; Viergutz, T.; Kuhla, B.; Hammon, H. M.; Schweigel-Röntgen, M. (2013):
Fuel feeds function: energy balance and bovine peripheral blood mononuclear cell activation. Comp Biochem Phys A 164 (1): 101-110
Michalski, J. P.; Kowalczyk, B.; Voigt, J.; Hammon, H. M.; Czauderna, M.; Metges, C. C. (2012):
Efficiency of endogenous urea 15N nitrogen incorporation into bacterial and milk protein of goats fed diets with three different protein levels. J Anim Feed Sci 21 (4): 599-612
Koch, C.; Hammon, H. M. (2012):
Metabolische Programmierung bei Rindern? Was bedeutet dies?. Nutztierpraxis 43: 10-13
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
Steinhoff-Wagner, J.; Hammon, H. M. (2012):
Anpassung des Glucosestoffwechsels bei Kälbern nach der Geburt. Zuchtungskunde 84 (3): 226-241
Hammon, H. M.; Steinhoff-Wagner, J.; Schönhusen, U.; Metges, C. C.; Blum, J. W. (2012):
Energy metabolism in the newborn farm animal with emphasis on the calf: Endocrine changes and responses to milk-born and systemic hormones. DOMEST ANIM ENDOCRIN 43 (2): 171-185
Schäff, C. T.; Albrecht, D.; Hammon, H. M.; Röntgen, M.; Metges, C. C.; Kuhla, B. (2012):
A longitudinal proteomic approach to investigate liver metabolism in periparturient dairy cows with different body fat mobilization. In: Farm Animal Proteomics : proceedings of the 3rd Managing Commitee Meeting and 2nd Meeting of the Working Groups 1,2 & 3 of COST Action FA1002 (Pedro Rodrigues, David Eckersall, Andre de Almeida, Hrsg.) Wageningen Academic Publishers, Wageningen (978-90-8686-195-8, 978-90-8686-751-6 eBook): 145-147
Schäff, C. T.; Boener, S.; Hacke, S.; Kautsch, U.; Albrecht, D.; Hammon, H. M.; Röntgen, M.; Kuhla, B. (2012):
Increased Anaplerosis, TCA Cycling, and Oxidative Phosphorylation in the Liver of Dairy Cows with Intensive Body Fat Mobilization during Early Lactation. J Proteome Res 11 (11): 5503-5514
Sawitzky, M.; Zeissler, A.; Langhammer, M.; Bielohuby, M.; Stock, K. F.; Hammon, H. M.; Görs, S.; Metges, C. C.; Stoehr, B. J. M.; Bidlingmaier, M.; Fromm-Dornieden, C.; Baumgartner, B. G.; Christ, B.; Brenig, B.; Binder, G.; Metzger, F.; Renne, U.; Hoeflich, A. (2012):
Phenotype selection reveals coevolution of muscle glycogen and protein and PTEN as a gate keeper for the accretion of muscle mass in adult female mice. Plos One 7 (6): 1-13
Laeger, T.; Hammon, H. M.; Kuhla, B. (2012):
Beta-hydroxybutyric acid/glucose ratio dependent orexigenic signaling in hypothalamic GT1-7 cells. Proc. Soc. Nutr. Physiol. 21: 52-52
Metges, C. C.; Hammon, H. M.; Kuhla, B.; Röntgen, M.; Souffrant, W.-B. (2011):
International Oskar Kellner Symposium: Metabolic Flexibility in Animal and Human Nutrition, Warnemünde 9.-11.9.2011, Programme with Abstracts (Schriftenreihe / Leibniz-Institut für Nutztierbiologie, 19) : 1-143
Steinhoff-Wagner, J.; Görs, S.; Junghans, P.; Bruckmaier, R. M.; Kanitz, E.; Metges, C. C.; Hammon, H. M. (2011):
Maturation of endogenous glucose production in preterm and term calves. J Dairy Sci 94 (10): 5111-5123
Lohrenz, A.; Duske, K.; Schönhusen, U.; Losand, B.; Seyfert, H.-M.; Metges, C. C.; Hammon, H. M. (2011):
Glucose transporters and enzymes related to glucose synthesis in small intestinal mucosa of mid-lactation dairy cows fed 2 levels of starch. J Dairy Sci 94 (9): 4546-4555