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


Abu Risha, M.; Siengdee, P.; Dannenberger, D.; Wimmers, K.; Ponsuksili, S. (2021):
PUFA Treatment Affects C2C12 Myocyte Differentiation, Myogenesis Related Genes and Energy Metabolism. Genes-Basel 12 (2): 192,1-18
Abu Risha, M.; Ali, A.; Siengdee, P.; Trakooljul, N.; Haack, F.; Dannenberger, D.; Wimmers, K.; Ponsuksili, S. (2021):
Wnt signaling related transcripts and their relationship to energy metabolism in C2C12 myoblasts under temperature stress. PeerJ 9: e11625, 1-20
Iqbal, M. A.; Ali, A.; Hadlich, F.; Oster, M.; Reyer, H.; Trakooljul, N.; Sommerfeld, V.; Rodehutscord, M.; Wimmers, K.; Ponsuksili, S. (2021):
Dietary phosphorus and calcium in feed afects miRNA profles and their mRNA targets in jejunum of two strains of laying hens. Sci Rep-UK 11: 13534, 1-19
Ponsuksili, S.; Hadlich, F.; Reyer, H.; Oster, M.; Trakooljul, N.; Iqbal, M. A.; Sommerfeld, V.; Rodehutscord, M.; Wimmers, K. (2021):
Genetic background and production periods shape the microRNA profiles of the gut in laying hens. Genomics 113 (4): 1790-1801
Ponsuksili, S.; Oster, M.; Reyer, H.; Hadlich, F.; Trakooljul, N.; Rodehutscord, M.; Camarinha-Silva, A.; Bennewitz, J.; Wimmers, K. (2021):
Genetic regulation and heritability of miRNA and mRNA expression link to phosphorus utilization and gut microbiome. Open Biol 11 (2): 200182, 1-11
Gley, K.; Hadlich, F.; Trakooljul, N.; Haack, F.; Murani, E.; Gimsa, U.; Wimmers, K.; Ponsuksili, S. (2021):
Multi-Transcript Level Profiling Revealed Distinct mRNA, miRNA, and tRNA-Derived Fragment Bio-Signatures for Coping Behavior Linked Haplotypes in HPA Axis and Limbic System. Front Genet 12: 635794, 1-18
Abu Risha, M.; Ali, A.; Siengdee, P.; Trakooljul, N.; Dannenberger, D.; Wimmers, K.; Ponsuksili, S. (2021):
Insights into molecular pathways and fatty acid membrane composition during the temperature stress response in the murine C2C12 cell model. Sci Total Environ 807 (3): 151019, 1-13
Wang, XY.; Chen, J.; Murani, E.; D´Allesandro, E.; An, Y.; Chen, C.; Li, K.; Galeano, G.; Wimmers, K.; Song, C. (2021):
A 192 bp ERV fragment insertion in the first intron of porcine TLR6 may act as an enhancer associated with the increased expressions of TLR6 and TLR1. Mobile DNA-UK 12 (1): 20, 1-13
Chen, Cai; Zheng, Y.; Wang, Mengli; Murani, E.; D´Allesandro, E.; Moawad, A.; Wang, XY.; Wimmers, K.; Song, C. (2021):
SINE Insertion in the Intron of Pig GHR May Decrease Its Expression by Acting as a Repressor. Animals-Basel 11 (7): 1871, 1-13
Chen, C.; D´Allesandro, E.; Murani, E.; Zheng, Y.; Giosa, D.; Yang, R; Wang, XY.; Gao, B; Li, K.; Wimmers, K.; Song, C. (2021):
SINE jumping contributes to large-scale polymorphisms in the pig genomes. Mobile DNA-UK 12: 17, 1-17
Abousoliman, I.; Reyer, H.; Oster, M.; Murani, E.; Mohamed, I.; Wimmers, K. (2021):
Genome-Wide Analysis for Early Growth-Related Traits of the Locally Adapted Egyptian Barki Sheep. Genes-Basel 12 (8): 1243, 1-10
Zinovieva, N. A.; Sheiko, I. P.; Dotsev, A. V.; Sheiko, R. I.; Mikhailova, M. E.; Sermyagin, A. A.; Abdelmanova, A. S.; Kharzinova, V. R.; Reyer, H.; Wimmers, K.; Sölkner, J.; Pleshanov, N. V.; Brem, G. (2021):
Genome-wide SNP analysis clearly distinguished the Belarusian Red cattle from other European cattle breeds. Anim Genet 52 (5): 720-724
Deniskova, T.E.; Petrov, S. N.; Sermyagin, A. A.; Dotsev, A. V.; Fornara, M. S.; Reyer, H.; Wimmers, K.; Bagirov, V.A.; Brem, G.; Zinovieva, N. A. (2021):
A search for genomic variants associated with body weight in sheep based on high density SNP genotypes analysis. Agricultural Biology 56 (2): 279-291
Pan, Z.; Yao, Y.; Hongwei, Y.; Cai, Z.; Wang, Y.; Bai, L.; Kern, C.; Halstead, M.; Chanthavixay, G.; Trakooljul, N.; Wimmers, K.; Sahana, G.; Su, G.; Lund, M. S.; Fredholm, M.; Karlskov-Mortensen, P.; Ernst, C. W.; Ross, P.; Tuggle, C. K.; Fang, L.; Zhou, H. (2021):
Pig genome functional annotation enhances the biological interpretation of complex traits and human disease. Nat Commun 12: 5848, 1-15
Brenmoehl, J.; Walz, C.; Caffier, C.; Brosig, E.; Walz, C.; Ohde, D.; Trakooljul, N.; Langhammer, M.; Ponsuksili, S.; Wimmers, K.; Zettl, U. K.; Höflich, A. (2021):
Central Suppression of the GH/IGF Axis and Abrogation of Exercise-Related mTORC1/2 Activation in the Muscle of Phenotype-Selected Male Marathon Mice (DUhTP). Cells-Basel 10 (12): 3418, 1-19
Oster, M.; Reyer, H.; Trakooljul, N.; Weber, F. M.; Xi, L.; Muráni, E.; Ponsuksili, S.; Rodehutscord, M.; Bennewitz, J.; Wimmers, K. (2020):
Ileal transcriptome profiles of Japanese quail divergent in phosphorus utilization. Int J Mol Sci 21: 2762, 1-13
Oster, M.; Reyer, H.; Keiler, J.; Ball, E.; Mulvenna, C.; Muráni, E.; Ponsuksili, S.; Wimmers, K. (2020):
Comfrey (Symphytum spp.) as an alternative field crop contributing to closed agricultural cycles in chicken feeding. Sci Total Environ 742: 140490, 1-9
Li, Z.; Kanitz, E.; Tuchscherer, M.; Tuchscherer, A.; Metges, C. C.; Trakooljul, N.; Wimmers, K.; Murani, E. (2020):
A natural Ala610Val substitution causing glucocorticoid receptor hypersensitivity aggravates consequences of endotoxemia. Brain Behav Immun 90: 174-183
Wubuli, A.; Gerlinger, Ch.; Reyer, H.; Oster, M.; Murani, E.; Trakooljul, N.; Ponsuksili, S.; Wolf, P.; Wimmers, K. (2020):
Reduced phosphorus intake throughout gestation and lactation of sows is mitigated by transcriptional adaptations in kidney and intestine. BMC Genomics 21: 626, 1-11
Sommerfeld, V.; Omotoso, A. O.; Oster, M.; Reyer, H.; Camarinha-Silva, A.; Hasselmann, M.; Huber, K.; Ponsuksili, S.; Seifert, J.; Stefanski, V.; Wimmers, K.; Rodehutscord, M. (2020):
Phytate degradation, transcellular mineral transporters, and and mineral utilization by two strains of laying hens as affected by dietary phosphorus and calcium. Animals 10 (10): 1736, 1-21