Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Klaus Wimmers

+49 38208 68-602
Leibniz 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


Graczyk, M.; Reyer, H.; Wimmers, K.; Szwaczkowski, T. (2017):
Detection of the important chromosomal regions determining production traits in meat-type chicken using entropy analysis. Brit Poultry Sci 58 (4): 358-365
Sell-Kubiak, E.; Wimmers, K.; Reyer, H.; Szwaczkowski, T. (2017):
Genetic aspects of feed efficiency and reduction of environmental footprint in broilers: a review. J Appl Genet 58 (4): 487-498
Reyer, H.; Shirali, M.; Ponsuksili, S.; Muràni, E.; Varley, P. F.; Jensen, J.; Wimmers, K. (2017):
Exploring the genetics of feed efficiency and feeding behaviour traits in a pig line highly selected for performance characteristics. Mol Genet genomics 292 (5): 1001-1011
Horodyska, J.; Hamill, R.; Varley, P. F.; Reyer, H.; Wimmers, K. (2017):
Genome-wide association analysis and functional annotation of positional candidate genes for feed conversion efficiency and growth rate in pigs. Plos One 12 (6): e0173482
Reyer, H.; Oster, M.; Magowan, E.; Dannenberger, D.; Ponsuksili, S.; Wimmers, K. (2017):
Strategies towards improved feed efficiency in pigs comprise molecular shifts in hepatic lipid and carbohydrate metabolism. Int J Mol Sci 18 (8): 1674, 1-15
Reyer, H.; Zentek, J.; Männer, K.; Youssef, I. M. I.; Aumiller, T.; Weghuber, J.; Wimmers, K.; Mueller, A. S. (2017):
Possible molecular mechanisms by which an essential oil blend from star anise, rosemary, thyme, and oregano and saponins increase the performance and ileal protein digestibility of growing broilers. J Agr Food Chem 65 (32): 6821-6830
Reyer, H.; Varley, P. F.; Muràni, E.; Ponsuksili, S.; Wimmers, K. (2017):
Genetics of body fat mass and related traits in a pig population selected for leanness. Sci Rep-UK 7: 9118, 1-9
Borowska, A.; Reyer, H.; Wimmers, K.; Varley, P. F.; Szwaczkowski, T. (2017):
Detection of pig genome regions determining production traits using an information theory approach. LIVEST SCI 205: 31-35
Rahmatalla, S. A.; Arends, D.; Reissmann, M.; Ahmed, A. S.; Wimmers, K.; Reyer, H.; Brockmann, G. A. (2017):
Whole genome population genetics analysis of Sudanese goats identifies regions harboring genes associated with major traits. BMC Genet 18 (1): 92, 1-10
Jaeger, A.; Hadlich, F.; Kemper, N.; Lübke-Becker, A.; Muràni, E.; Wimmers, K.; Ponsuksili, S. (2017):
MicroRNA expression profiling of porcine mammary epithelial cells after challenge with Escherichia coli in vitro. BMC Genomics 18: 660, 1-14
Liu, X; Trakooljul, N.; Hadlich, F.; Muràni, E.; Wimmers, K.; Ponsuksili, S. (2017):
Mitochondrial-nuclear crosstalk, haplotype and copy number variation distinct in muscle fiber type, mitochondrial respiratory and metabolic enzyme activities. Sci Rep-UK 7: 14024, 1-12
Ponsuksili, S.; Trakooljul, N.; Hadlich, F.; Haack, F.; Muràni, E.; Wimmers, K. (2017):
Genetic architecture and regulatory impact on hepatic microRNA expression linked to immune and metabolic traits. Open Biol 7 (11): 170101, 1-11
Deniskova, T.; Dotsev, A. V.; Bagirov, V.A.; Wimmers, K.; Reyer, H.; Brem, G.; Zinovieva, N. (2017):
Biodiversity assessment in interspecies hybrids of the genus ovis using STR and SNP markers. Agricultural Biology 52 (2): 251-260
Kharzinova, V.; Dotsev, A. V.; Solovieva, A. D.; Fedorov, V.; Okhlopkov, I. M.; Wimmers, K.; Reyer, H.; Brem, G.; Zinovieva, N. (2017):
Population-genetic characteristics of domestic reindeer of Yakutia based on whole-genome SNP analysis. Agricultural Biology 52 (4): 669-678
Medvedev, D.G.; Dotsev, A.V.; Okhlopkov, I. M.; Deniskova, T.E.; Reyer, H.; Wimmers, K.; Brem, G.; Bagirov, V.A.; Zinovieva, N. (2017):
Genetic characteristics of Kodar snow sheep using SNP markers. Contemp Probl Ecol+ 10 (6): 591-598
Klasvogt, S.; Zuschratter, W.; Schmidt, A.; Kröber, A.; Vorwerk, S.; Wolter, R.; ISermann, B.; Wimmers, K.; Rothkötter, H.-J.; Nossol, C. (2017):
Air-liquid interface enhances oxidative phosphorylation in intestinal epithelial cell line IPEC-J2. Cell death discov 3: 17001, 1-7
Oster, M.; Nuchchanart, W.; Trakooljul, N.; Muràni, E.; Zeyner, A.; Wirthgen, E.; Hoeflich, A.; Ponsuksili, S.; Wimmers, K. (2016):
Methylating micronutrient supplementation during pregnancy influences foetal hepatic gene expression and IGF signalling and increases foetal weight. Eur J Nutr 55 (4): 1717-1727
Görres, A.; Ponsuksili, S.; Wimmers, K.; Muràni, E. (2016):
Genetic variation of the porcine NR5A1 is associated with meat color. J APPL Genet 57 (1): 81-89
Albrecht, E.; Komolka, K.; Ponsuksili, S.; Gotoh, T.; Wimmers, K.; Maak, S. (2016):
Transcriptome profiling of Musculus longissimus dorsi in two cattle breeds with different intramuscular fat deposition. Genomics Data 7: 109-111
Komolka, K.; Ponsuksili, S.; Albrecht, E.; Kühn, Ch.; Wimmers, K.; Maak, S. (2016):
Gene expression profile of Musculus longissimus dorsi in bulls of a Charolais X Holstein F2-cross with divergent intramuscular fat content. Genomics Data 7: 131-133