PD Dr. rer. nat. Joachim Weitzel

+49 38208 68-752
Research Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN)
Institute of Reproductive Biology
Reproductive Biochemistry Unit
Wilhelm-Stahl-Allee 2
18196 Dummerstorf

Research interests

  • Reproductive Biology
  • Endocrinology
  • Biochemistry

Curriculum Vitae

  • 2007–present: Head of the Reproductive Biochemistry Unit, Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN) Dummerstorf, Institute of Reproductive Biology
  • 2006-2007: Charité, University Medicine Berlin, Institute of Experimental Endocrinology
  • 1997-2006: University of Hamburg, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Center for Experimental Medicine, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Cell Biology


University of Rostock: Bachelor "Agrarwissenschaften", Master "Nutztierwissenschaften"


Weitzel, J. M.; Iwen, K. A. (2011):
Coordination of mitochondrial biogenesis by thyroid hormone. Mol Cell Endocrinol 342 (1-2): 1-7
Löhrke, B.; Weitzel, J. M.; Krüger, B.; Xu, T.; Vernunft, A.; Viergutz, T. (2011):
Lectin-like oxidized low-density lipoprotein receptor-1 (LOX-1) activity decreases estrogenesis in ovarian granulosa cells. Cytom Part A 79 (9): 669-671
Ebeling, S.; Töpfer, D.; Weitzel, J. M.; Meinecke, B. (2011):
Bone morphogenetic protein-6 (BMP-6): mRNA expression and effect on steroidogenesis during in vitro maturation of porcine cumulus oocyte complexes. Reprod Fert Develop 23: 1034-1042
Rajkovic, M.; Iwen, K. A.; Hofmann, P. J.; Harneit, A.; Weitzel, J. M. (2010):
Functional cooperation between CREM and GCNF directs gene expression in haploid male germ cells. Nucleic Acids Res 38 (7): 2268-2278
Löhrke, B.; Xu, T.; Weitzel, J. M.; Krüger, B.; Goldammer, T.; Viergutz, T. (2010):
N-acetylcysteine impairs survival of luteal cells through mitochondrial dysfunction. Cytom Part A 77 A (4): 310-320
Kota, V.; Rai, P.; Weitzel, J. M.; Middendorff, R.; Bhande, S.; Shivaji, S. (2010):
Role of glycerol-3-phosphate dehydrogenase 2 in mouse sperm capacitation. Mol Reprod Dev 77 (9): 773-783
Taleux, N.; Guigas, B.; Dubouchaud, H.; Moreno, M.; Weitzel, J. M.; Goglia, F.; Favier, R.; Leverve, X. (2009):
High expression of thyroid hormone receptors and mitochondrial glycerol-3-phosphate dehydrogenase in the liver is linked to enhanced fatty acid oxidation in Lou/C, a rat strain resistant to obesity. J Biol Chem 284 (7): 4308-4316
Wulf, A.; Harneit, A.; Weitzel, J. M. (2008):
T3-mediated gene expression is independent of PGC-1alpha. Mol Cell Endocrinol 270 (1-2): 57-63
Wulf, A.; Harneit, A.; Kröger, M.; Kebenko, M.; Wetzel, M.; Weitzel, J. M. (2008):
T3-mediated expression of PGC-1alpha via a far upstream located thyroid hormone response element. Mol Cell Endocrinol 287 (1-2): 90-95
Schweizer, U.; Weitzel, J. M.; Schomburg, L. (2008):
Think globally: act locally. New insights into the local regulation of thyroid hormone availability challenge long accepted dogmas. Mol Cell Endocrinol 289 (1-2): 1-9
Wulf, A.; Wetzel, M.; Kebenko, M.; Kröger, M.; Harneit, A.; Merz, J.; Weitzel, J. M. (2008):
The role of thyroid hormone receptor DNA binding in negative thyroid hormone-mediated gene transcription. J Mol Endocrinol 41 (1): 25-34
Weitzel, J. M. (2008):
To bind or not to bind - how to down-regulate target genes by liganded thyroid hormone receptor?. Thyroid Res 1 (1): 4-4