Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Klaus Wimmers

Research Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN)
Head of Working Group Physiological Genomics
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 Research 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 Research 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


Wimmers, K.; Kumar, K.G.; Schellander, K.; Ponsuksili, S. (2008):
Porcine IL12A and IL12B gene mapping, variation and evidence of association with lytic complement and blood leucocyte proliferation traits. INT J IMMUNOGENET 35 (1): 75-85
Ponsuksili, S.; Jonas, E; Muràni, E.; Phatsara, C.; Srikanchai, T.; Walz, C.; Schwerin, M.; Schellander, K.; Wimmers, K. (2008):
Trait correlated expression combined with expression QTL analysis reveals biological pathways and candidate genes affecting water holding capacity of muscle. BMC Genomics 9: 367
Liu, G.; Kim, EJ; Jonas, E; Wimmers, K.; Ponsuksili, S.; Muràni, E.; Phatsara, C.; Tholen, E.; Jüngst, H.; Tesfaye, D.; Ji Lan Chen, J.L; Schellander, K. (2008):
Combined line-cross and half-sib QTL analysis in Duroc-Pietrain population. Mamm Genome 19 (6): 429-438
Phatsara, C.; Jonas, E; Yammuen-art, S; Buschbell, K; Tesfaye, D.; Ponsuksili, S.; Tholen, E.; Jüngst, H.; Schellander, K.; Wimmers, K. (2008):
Physiological interactions between the endocrine and immune systems shown in gene analysis in pigs. Developments in Biologicals 132: 161-167
Ponsuksili, S.; Muràni, E.; Wimmers, K. (2008):
Porcine genome-wide gene expression in response to tetanus toxoid vaccine. Developments in Biologicals 132: 185-195
Wimmers, K.; Jonas, E; Schreinemachers, H.-J.; Tesfaye, D.; Ponsuksili, S.; Tholen, E.; Jüngst, H.; Schellander, K.; Phatsara, C. (2008):
Verification of chromosomal regions affecting the innate immunity in pigs using linkage mapping.. Developments in Biologicals 132: 279-286
Jonas, E; Schreinemachers, H.-J.; Kleinwächter, T.; Ün, G.; Oltmanns, I.; Tetzlaff, S.; Jennen, D.; Tesfaye, D.; Ponsuksili, S.; Muràni, E.; Jüngst, H.; Tholen, E.; Schellander, K.; Wimmers, K. (2008):
QTL for the heritable inverted teat defect in pigs. Mamm Genome 19 (2): 127-138
Rebl, A.; Anders, E.; Wimmers, K.; Goldammer, T. (2008):
Characterization of Dehydrodolichyl diphosphate synthase gene in rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). Comp Biochem Biophys B 152 (3): 260-265
Thumdee, P.; Ponsuksili, S.; Muràni, E.; Nganvongpanit, K.; Gehrig, B; Tesfaye, D.; Gilles, M.; Hoelker, M; Jennen, D.; Griese, J.; Schellander, K.; Wimmers, K. (2007):
Expression of the prion protein gene (PRNP) and cellular prion protein (PrPc) in cattle and sheep foetuses and maternal tissues during pregnancy. Gene Expression 13 (4-5): 283-297
Wimmers, K. (2007):
Defektgene beim Schwein: Stand der molekulargenetischen Charakterisierung und Perspektiven. Zuchtungskunde 80: 35-42
Mörlein, D; Link, G; Muràni, E.; Wimmers, K.; Wicke, M. (2007):
Evaluation of three pig crossbreed types with respect to strategies to improve the meat quality: MHS genotype rather than crossbreed type influences drip loss. Arch Tierzucht 50 (6): 605-618
Muràni, E.; Ponsuksili, S.; Wimmers, K. (2007):
Investigation of genetic and epigenetic mechanisms underlying stage- and breed-specific differences in the transcription of SPP1 gene during porcine myogenesis. Arch Tierzucht 50: 49-56
Nguyen Khang Thi Kim, K.; Jennen, D.; Ponsuksili, S.; Muràni, E.; Tholen, E.; Tesfaye, D.; Mennicken, L.; Hoelker, M.; Schellander, K.; Wimmers, K. (2007):
Association of the FADS2 gene with ω-6 and ω-3 PUFA concentration in the egg yolk of Japanese quail. Anim Biotechnol 18 (3): 189-201
Wimmers, K.; Muràni, E.; te Pas, M.F.W.; Chang, K.; Davoli, R.; Merks, J.W.M.; Henne, H.; Muraniova, M.; Da _Costa, N; Harlizius, B.; Schellander, K.; Böll, I; Braglia, S.; de Wit, A.; Cagnazzo, M; Fontanesi, L; Prins, D; Ponsuksili, S. (2007):
Associations of functional candidate genes derived from gene expression profiles of prenatal porcine muscle tissue with meat quality and muscle deposition. Anim Genet 38 (5): 474-484
Muràni, E.; Muraniova, M.; Ponsuksili, S.; Schellander, K.; Wimmers, K. (2007):
Identification of genes differentially expressed during prenatal development of skeletal muscle in two pig breeds differing in muscularity. BMC Dev Biol 7: 109
Liu, G.; Jennen, D.; Tholen, E.; Jüngst, H.; Kleinwächter, T.; Hölker, M.; Tesfaye, D.; Muràni, E.; Ponsuksili, S.; Wimmers, K. (2007):
A genome scan reveals QTL for growth, fatness, leanness and meat quality in a Duroc-Pietrain resource population. Anim Genet 38 (3): 241-252
Phatsara, C.; Jennen, D.; Ponsuksili, S.; Muràni, E.; Tesfaye, D.; Schellander, K.; Wimmers, K. (2007):
Molecular genetic analysis of porcine mannose-binding lectin genes, MBL1 and MBL2, and their association with complement activity. INT J IMMUNOGENET 34 (1): 55-63
Tetzlaff, S.; Ponsuksili, S.; Muràni, E.; Schellander, K.; Wimmers, K. (2007):
SNP analysis, genotyping and mapping of the porcine PTHR 1 gene to chromosome 13. Arch Tierzucht 50 (3): 320-321
Ponsuksili, S.; Muràni, E.; Walz, C.; Schwerin, M.; Wimmers, K. (2007):
Pre- and postnatal hepatic gene expression profiles of two pig breeds differing in body composition: insight into pathways of metabolic regulation. Physiol Genomics 29 (3): 267-279
Goldammer, T.; Brunner, R. M.; Weikard, R.; Kühn, C.; Wimmers, K. (2007):
Generation of an improved cytogenetic and comparative map of Bos taurus chromosome BTA27. Chromosome Res 15 (2): 203-213