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


Kuhla, B.; Nürnberg, G.; Albrecht, D.; Görs, S.; Hammon, H. M.; Metges, C. C. (2011):
Involvement of skeletal muscle protein, glycogen and fat metabolism in the adaptation on early lactation of dairy cows. J Proteome Res 10 (9): 4252-4262
Walther, T.; Dietrich, G.; Langhammer, M.; Kucia, M.; Hammon, H. M.; Renne, U.; Siems, W.- E.; Metges, C. C. (2011):
High-protein diet in lactation leads to a sudden infant-death-like syndrome in mice. Plos One 6 (3): 1-6
Steinhoff-Wagner, J.; Görs, S.; Junghans, P.; Bruckmaier, R. M.; Kanitz, E.; Metges, C. C.; Hammon, H. M. (2011):
Intestinal glucose absorption but not endogenous glucose production differs between colostrum- and formula-fed neonatal calves. J Nutr 141 (1): 48-55
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
Kühn, C.; 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 (978-3-00-031608-1) (CD):
Weikard, R.; Altmaier, E; Suhre, K.; Weinberger, K.; Hammon, H. M.; Albrecht, E.; Setoguchi, K.; Takasuga, A.; Kühn, C. (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
Aschenbach, J. R.; Kristensen, N.B.; Donkin, S. S.; Hammon, H. M.; Penner, G.B. (2010):
Gluconeogenesis in dairy cows: The secret of making sweet milk from sour dough. IUBMB Life 62 (12): 869-877
Lohrenz, A.; Duske, K.; Schneider, F.; Nürnberg, K.; Losand, B.; Seyfert, H.-M.; Metges, C. C.; Hammon, H. M. (2010):
Milk performance and glucose metabolism in dairy cows fed rumen-protected fat during mid-lactation. J Dairy Sci 93 (12): 5867-5876
Lahann, P.; Voigt, J.; Kühn, C.; Pfuhl, R.; Metges, C. C.; Junghans, P.; Schönhusen, U.; Hammon, H. M. (2010):
Energy expenditure, urea kinetics, and body weight gain within a segregating resource family population. J Dairy Sci 93: 5118-5128
Hammon, H. M.; Metges, C. C.; Schulz, A.; Junghans, P.; Steinhoff, J.; Schneider, F.; Pfuhl, R.; Bruckmaier, R. M.; Weikard, R.; Kühn, C. (2010):
Differences in milk production, glucose metabolism, and carcass composition of two Charolais x Holstein F2 families derived from reciprocal paternal and maternal grandsire crosses. J Dairy Sci 93 (7): 3007-3018
Metges, C. C.; Hammon, H. M. (2010):
Hochleistungssportler im Kuhstall - Energiedefizit moderner Milchkühe. Hundkatzepferd 3: 44-47
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
Guilloteau, P.; Zabielski, R.; Hammon, H. M.; Metges, C. C. (2010):
Nutritional programming of gastrointestinal tract development. Is the pig a good model for man? . Nutr Res Rev 23 (1): 4-22
Junghans, P.; Görs, S.; Lang, I. S.; Steinhoff, J.; Hammon, H. M.; Metges, C. C. (2010):
A simplified mass isotopomer approach to estimate gluconeogenesis rate in vivo using deuterium oxide. Rapid Commun Mass Sp 24 (9): 1287-1295
Schönhusen, U.; Kuhla, B.; Rudolph, P.E.; Zitnan, R.; Albrecht, D.; Huber, K.; Voigt, J.; Hammon, H. M.; Metges, C. C. (2010):
Alterations in the jejunum of young goats caused by feeding soy protein-based diets. J Anim Physiol An N 94 (1): 1-14
Hammon, H. M.; Stürmer, G.; Schneider, F.; Tuchscherer, A.; Blum, H.; Engelhard, T.; Genzel, A.; Staufenbiel, R.; Kanitz, W. (2009):
Performance and metabolic and endocrine changes with emphasis on glucose metabolism in high-yielding dairy cows with high and low fat content in liver after calving. J Dairy Sci 92 (4): 1554-1566
Guilloteau, P.; Zabielski, R.; Hammon, H. M.; Metges, C. C. (2009):
Adverse effects of nutritional programming during prenatal and early postnatal life, some aspects of regulation and potential prevention and treatments – review. J Physiol Pharmacol 60 (Suppl. 3): 17-35
Hammon, H. M.; Kuhla, B.; Schweigel, M. (2009):
Energiedefizit moderner Milchkühe im Visier. Leibniz Nordost 2009 (8): 10-11
Duske, K.; Hammon, H. M.; Langhof, A.K.; Bellmann, O.; Losand, B.; Nürnberg, K.; Nürnberg, G.; Sauerwein, H.; Seyfert, H.-M.; Metges, C. C. (2009):
Metabolism and lactation performance in dairy cows fed a diet containing rumen-protected fat during the last twelve weeks of gestation . J Dairy Sci 92 (4): 1670-1684
Löhrke, B.; Derno, M.; Hammon, H. M.; Metges, C. C.; Melcher, J.; Viegutz, T.; Jentsch, W.; Zühlke, Hartmut (2008):
Nutritional level and energetic source are determinants of elevated circulatory lipohydroperoxide concentration. Brit J Nutr 99 (6): 1255-1265