Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Klaus Wimmers

+49 38208 68-602
Research Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN)
Wilhelm-Stahl-Allee 2
18196 Dummerstorf

Research interests

  • inheritance and expression of traits related to productive adaptability and resilience in livestock
  • Trait-associated variation at the molecular levels of the genotype-phenotype map
  • Transcriptional response to exogenous stimuli and epigenetic basis of genotype-environment interaction

Curriculum Vitae

  • since 2016: director of the Leibniz-Institute for Farm Animal Biology & Professor "Animal Breeding and Genetics", Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Science, University Rostock
  • 2008-2016: adjunct Professor, University of Bonn
  • 2004-2016: head of Institute for Genome Biology of the Leibniz-Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN)
  • 2002: habilitation in Animal Breeding and Genetics, University of Bonn
    1996-2003: scientific coworker at the Institute of Animal science, University of Bonn
  • 1994: doctorate (Dr. rer. nat.)
  • 1990-1996: research fellow at the Institute of Animal production, TU Berlin
  • 1989: Study of veterinary science, FU Berlin


  • Lectures and seminars at the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Bonn and at the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of Rostock


Srikanchai, T.; Muràni, E.; Wimmers, K.; Ponsuksili, S. (2010):
Four loci differentially expressed in muscle tissue depending on water-holding capacity are associated with meat quality in commercial pig herds. Mol Biol Rep 37 (1): 595-601
Karol, A; Droegemuller, C.; Wimmers, K.; Schellander, K.; Leeb, T. (2010):
Molecular characterization of five porcine candidate genes for drip loss in pork. Anim Biotechnol 21 (2): 114-121
Naraballobh, W; Chomdej, S.; Muràni, E.; Wimmers, K.; Ponsuksili, S. (2010):
Annotation and in silico localization of the Affymetrix GeneChip Porcine Genome Array. Arch Tierzucht 53: 230-238
Wimmers, K.; Muràni, E.; Ponsuksili, S. (2010):
Pre- and postnatal differential gene expression with relevance for meat and carcass traits in pigs - a review. Anim Sci Pap Rep 28 (2): 115-122
Uddin, M. J.; Grosse-Brinkhaus, C; Cinar, U; Jonas, E; Tesfaye, D.; Tholen, E.; Jüngst, H.; Looft, C.; Ponsuksili, S.; Wimmers, K.; Phatsara, C.; Schellander, K. (2010):
Mapping of quantitative trait loci for mycoplasma and tetanus antibodies and interferon-gamma in a porcine F-2 Duroc x Pietrain resource population. Mamm Genome 21 (7): 409-418
Taubert, A.; Wimmers, K.; Ponsuksili, S.; Jimenez, C.A; Zahner, H.; Hermosilla, C. (2010):
Microarray-based transcriptional profiling of Eimeria bovis-infected bovine endothelial host cells . Vet Res 41 (5): 70
Ponsuksili, S.; Muràni, E.; Schwerin, M.; Schellander, K.; Wimmers, K. (2010):
Identification of expression QTL (eQTL) of genes expressed in porcine M. longissimus dorsi and associated with meat quality traits. BMC Genomics 11: 572
Wimmers, K. (2010):
Stand der funktionalen Genomanalyse bei Nutztieren - Nutzung von Mikroarray-Analysen in der molekularen Tierzucht . In: Das "gläserne" Tier : Ein- und Ausblicke in Genome und Gene von Haustieren Gemeinsames Symposium der Deutschen Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina und der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften (ÖAW) vom 10. bis 12.März 2010 in Wien (Nova Acta Leopoldina Band 113, Neue Folge Nummer 388) (Brem, G., Hrsg.) (978-3-8047-3028-1): 37-45"
D´Eath, R.; Turner, S.P.; Kurt, E.; Thölking, L.; Looft, H; Wimmers, K.; Muràni, E.; Klont, R.; Foury, A.; Ison, S.; Lawrence, A.; Mormède, P. (2010):
Pigs' aggressive temperament affects pre-slaughter mixing aggression, stress and meat quality. Animal 4: 604-616
Wimmers, K.; Muràni, E.; Ponsuksili, S. (2010):
Expression QTL and their applications in genetic improvement in farm animals.
Wimmers, K.; Muràni, E.; Ponsuksili, S. (2010):
Functional genomics and genetical genomics approaches towards elucidating networks of genes affecting meat performance in pigs. Briefings in Functional Genomics 9: 251-258
Wimmers, K.; Dolle, K.; Leeb, T.; Schellander, K.; Brunner, R. M.; Muràni, E.; Ponsuksili, S. (2010):
Identification of porcine candidate genes for water-holding capacity using QTL-region-specific BAC-arrays. In: Proceedings of the 9th World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production (Gesellschaft für Tierzuchtwissenschaften e.V., Hrsg.) (978-00-031608) (2010): 455
Laenoi, W.; Uddin, M. J.; Cinar, U; Grosse-Brinkhaus, C; Tesfaye, D.; Jonas, E; Scholz, A. M.; Tholen, E.; Looft, C.; Wimmers, K.; Phatsara, C.; Sauerwein, H.; Schellander, K. (2010):
QTL mapping for leg weakness related traits in a Duroc x Pietrain F2 resource population. In: Proceedings of the 9th World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production (Gesellschaft für Tierzuchtwissenschaften e.V., Hrsg.) (978-3-00-031608-1) (2010): 724
Maak, S.; Boettcher, D.; Tetens, J.; Wensch-Dorendorf, M.; Nürnberg, G.; Wimmers, K.; Swalve, H. H.; Thaller, G. (2009):
Identification of candidate genes for congenital splay leg in piglets by alternative analysis of DNA microarray data. Int J Biol Sci 5 (4): 331-337
Tetzlaff, S.; Chomdej, S.; Jonas, E; Ponsuksili, S.; Muràni, E.; Phatsara, C.; Schellander, K.; Wimmers, K. (2009):
Association of parathyroid hormone-like hormone (PTHLH) and its receptor (PTHR1) with the number of functional and inverted teats in pigs. J Anim Breed Genet 126 (3): 237-241
Tetzlaff, S.; Jonas, E; Phatsara, C.; Muràni, E.; Ponsuksili, S.; Schellander, K.; Wimmers, K. (2009):
Evidence for association of lymphoid enhancer-binding factor-1 (LEF1) with the number of functional and inverted teats in pigs. Cytogenet Genome Res 124 (2): 139-146
Tetzlaff, S.; Muràni, E.; Schellander, K.; Ponsuksili, S.; Wimmers, K. (2009):
Differential expression of growth factors and their receptors points out their involvement in the inverted teat defect in pigs. J Anim Sci 87 (11): 3451-3457
Metges, C. C.; Peters, M.; Sauerwein, H.; Ooster, A.; Ponsuksili, S.; Altmann, S.; Oster, M.; Rehfeldt, C.; Wimmers, K. (2009):
Fetal Programming: Mütterliche Ernährung und Merkmalsausprägung der Nachkommen beim Schwein. Genomexpress (1.09): 11-13
Maak, S.; Boettcher, D.; Tetens, J.; Swalve, H. H.; Wimmers, K.; Thaller, G. (2009):
Expression of microRNAs is not related to increased expression of ZDHHC9 in hind leg muscles of splay leg piglets. Mol Cell Probe 24 (1): 32-37
Rehfeldt, C.; Mau, M.; Wimmers, K. (2009):
Chapter7. Regulatory aspects of fetal growth and muscle development relating to postnatal growth and carcass quality in pigs. In: Managing Prenatal Development to Enhance Livestock Productivity (Paul L. Greenwood, Alan W. Bell, Philip E. Vercoe, Gerrit J. Viljoen, Hrsg.) Springer, The Netherlands, IAEA, (978-90-481-3134-1): 203-241