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


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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Ponsuksili, S.; Muràni, E.; Phatsara, C.; Schwerin, M.; Schellander, K.; Wimmers, K. (2010):
Expression quantitative trait loci analysis of genes in porcine muscle by quantitative real-time RT-PCR compared to microarray data. Heredity 105 (3): 309-317
Muràni, E.; Ponsuksili, S.; D´Eath, R.; Turner, S.P.; Evans, G.; Foury, A.; Kurt, E.; Thölking, L.; Klont, R.; Mormède, P.; Wimmers, K. (2010):
Transcriptional profiling of the adrenal gland for the identification of genes and pathways associated with stress response and aggressive behaviour. In: 32th ISAG conference proceedings (International Society for Animal Genetics, Hrsg.): 108
Muràni, E.; Ponsuksili, S.; D´Eath, R.; Turner, S.P.; Kurt, E.; Evans, G.; Thölking, L.; Klont, R.; Foury, A.; Mormède, P.; Wimmers, K. (2010):
Association of HPA axis-related genetic variation with stress reactivity and aggressive behaviour in pigs. BMC Genet 11 (74): 1-11
Verleih, M.; Rebl, A.; Köllner, B.; Korytar, T.; Kotterba, G.; Anders, E.; Wimmers, K.; Goldammer, T. (2010):
Molecular characterization of PRR13 and its tissue-specific expression in rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). Fish Physiol Biochem 36 (4): 1271-1276
Maak, S.; Boettcher, D.; Komolka, K.; Tetens, J.; Wimmers, K.; Reinsch, N.; Swalve, H. H.; Thaller, G. (2010):
Exclusion of sequence polymorphisms in the porcine ITGA5 and MIR148B loci as causal variation for congenital splay leg in piglets. Anim Genet 41 (4): 447-448
Srikanchai, T.; Muràni, E.; Phatsara, C.; Schwerin, M.; Schellander, K.; Ponsuksili, S.; Wimmers, K. (2010):
Association of ZYX polymorphisms with carcass and meat quality traits in commercial pigs. Meat Sci 84 (1): 159-164
Muràni, E.; Ponsuksili, S.; Seyfert, H.-M.; Shi, X.; Wimmers, K. (2009):
Dual effect of a single nucleotide polymorphism in the first intron of the porcine Secreted phosphoprotein 1 gene: allele-specific binding of C/EBP beta and activation of aberrant splicing. BMC Mol Biol 10 (96): 1-11
Ponsuksili, S.; Muràni, E.; Phatsara, C.; Schwerin, M.; Schellander, K.; Wimmers, K. (2009):
Porcine muscle sensory attributes associate with major changes in gene networks invoving CAPZB, ANKDR1, and CTBP2. Funct Integr Genomic 9 (4): 455-471
Rebl, A.; Anders, E.; Wimmers, K.; Goldammer, T. (2009):
Cloning and tissue-specific expression of a delta-COP homologue in a freshwater and a brackish water-adapted strain of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). Genes Genet Syst 84 (3): 239-243
Rebl, A.; Köllner, B.; Anders, E.; Wimmers, K.; Goldammer, T. (2009):
Peptidylarginine deiminase gene is differentially expressed in freshwater and brackish water rainbow trout. Mol Biol Rep 37 (5): 2333-2339
Muràni, E.; Ponsuksili, S.; Srikanchai, T.; Maak, S.; Wimmers, K. (2009):
Expression of the porcine adrenergic receptor beta 2 gene in longissimus dorsi muscle is affected by cis-regulatory DNA variation. Anim Genet 40 (1): 80-89
Wimmers, K.; Muràni, E.; Schellander, K.; Ponsuksili, S. (2009):
QTL for traits related to humoral immune response estimated from data of a porcine F2 resource population. INT J IMMUNOGENET 36 (3): 141-151
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