Dr.-Ing. Nina Melzer

+49 38208 68-902
Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN)
Institute of Genetics and Biometry
Statistics in Genomics Unit
Wilhelm-Stahl-Allee 2
18196 Dummerstorf

Research interests

  • Statistical learning methods
  • Modeling of the Genotype-Phenotype Map
  • Quantitative genetics
  • animal social behavior

Curriculum Vitae

  • 2020-present: Senior scientist at the Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN) Dummerstorf, Institute of Genetics and Biometry, Statistics in Genomics Unit
  • 2016-2020: Leader of Junior Research Group “Phenotyping of Animal Welfare”, Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN) Dummerstorf, Institute of Genetics and Biometry, Livestock Genetics and Breeding Unit. The junior research group was part of the Phenomics Joint Project “PHÄNOMICS” and was funded by the BMBF (Grant No.: 0315536G) and by the FBN.
  • 2016: Three-month research stay at the University of Guelph, Department of Animal Biosciences, Canada (Topic: "Analysis of genomic inbreeding in dairy cattle using Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS)"; funded by the DFG (Grant No.: ME 4746/1-1) and FBN)
  • 2013-2015: PostDoc at the Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN) Dummerstorf, Institute of Genetics and Biometry
  • 2014: Engineering Doctorate, Dr.-Ing. (Bioinformatics). Thesis: "Investigating possibilities to predict milk phenotypes in Holstein Friesian cows based on a more complex model of the genotype-phenotype map" at the University Rostock, Germany
  • 2010: Research assistant at the University of Rostock, Institute of Computer Science
  • 2008-2013: PhD student at the Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN) Dummerstorf, Institute of Genetics and Biometry
  • 2006: Diploma in Bioinformatics. Topic: "Differentielle Korrelation von Mikroarray-Daten"/"Differential correlation of microarray data" at the Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle (Saale), Germany

Publications

Fóris, B.; Haas, H.; Langbein, J.; Melzer, N. (2021):
Familiarity influences social networks in dairy cows after regrouping. J Dairy Sci 140 (3): 3485-3494
Fóris, B.; Zebunke, M.; Langbein, J.; Melzer, N. (2019):
Comprehensive analysis of affiliative and agonistic social networks in lactating dairy cattle groups. Appl Anim Behav Sci 210: 60-67
Fóris, B.; Thompson, A. J.; von Keyserlingk, M. A. G.; Melzer, N.; Weary, D. (2019):
Automatic detection of feeding- and drinking-related agonistic behavior and dominance in dairy cows. J Dairy Sci 102 (10): 9176-9186
Forutan, M.; Ansari Mahyari, S.; Baes, C.; Melzer, N.; Schenkel, F.; Sargolzaei, M. (2018):
Inbreeding and runs of homozygosity before and after genomic selection in North American Holstein cattle. BMC Genomics 19 (1): 98, 1-12
Melzer, N.; Langbein, J. (2018):
Digitalisierung im Rinderstall : Neue Technologien zur automatischen, tierindividuellen Erfassung des Verhaltens im Laufstall. Leibniz Nordost 2018 (26): 8-9
Makanjuola, B.; Miglior, F.; Melzer, N.; Sargolzaei, M.; Maltecca, C.; Fleming, A.; Marras, G.; Schenkel, F.; Baes, C. (2018):
Genomic inbreeding estimation from whole genome sequence compared to medium density genomic data estimates. In: Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Volume Molecular Genetics 3, 2018 (http://www.wcgalp.org/system/
Zebunke, M.; Kreiser, M.; Melzer, N.; Langbein, J.; Puppe, B. (2018):
Better, not just more - contrast in qualitative aspects of reward facillitates impulse control in pigs. Front Psychol 9: 2099, 1-12
Fóris, B.; Zebunke, M.; Langbein, J.; Melzer, N. (2018):
Evaluating the temporal and situational consistency of personality traits in adult dairy cattle. Plos One 13 (10): e0204619
Kreiser, M.; Puppe, B.; Langbein, J.; Melzer, N.; Zebunke, M. (2018):
Der Einfluss des Alters auf Diskriminierungslernen und Impulskontrolle bei Schweinen. In: Aktuelle Arbeiten zur artgemäßen Tierhaltung 2018 : Vorträge anlässlich der 50. Internationalen Arbeitstagung Angewandte Ethologie bei Nutztieren der Deutschen Veter
Zebunke, M.; Nürnberg, G.; Melzer, N.; Puppe, B. (2017):
The backtest in pigs revisited—Inter-situational behaviour and animal classification. Appl Anim Behav Sci 194: 7-13
Melzer, N.; Trißl, S.; Nürnberg, G. (2017):
Short communication: Estimating lactation curves for highly inhomogeneous milk yield data of an F2 population (Charolais × German Holstein). J Dairy Sci 100 (11): 9136-9142
Kreiser, M.; Melzer, N.; Puppe, B.; Zebunke, M. (2017):
Der Einfluss von qualitativ und quantitativ unterschiedlichen Belohnungen auf die Impulskontrolle bei Schweinen. In: Aktuelle Arbeiten zur artgemäßen Tierhaltung 2017 : Vorträge anlässlich der 49. Internationalen Arbeitstagung "Angewandte Ethologie bei Nu
Fóris, B.; Zebunke, M.; Langbein, J.; Melzer, N. (2016):
Individual and within-group personality measurements in dairy cattle. Schriftenreihe / Leibniz-Institut für Nutztierbiol 25: 5-8
Fóris, B.; Zebunke, M.; Langbein, J.; Melzer, N. (2016):
Using Social Network Analysis to study affiliative and agonistic relationships in dairy cattle. In: Aktuelle Arbeiten zur artgemäßen Tierhaltung 2016 KTBL, Darmstadt (978-3-945088-25-8) (511): 264-266
Wittenburg, D.; Melzer, N.; Reinsch, N. (2015):
Genomic additive and dominance variance of milk performance traits. J Anim Breed Genet 132 (1): 3-8
Melzer, N. (2014):
Investigating possibilities to predict milk phenotypes in Holstein Friesian cows based on a more complex model of the genotype-phenotype map. Dissertation, Universität Rostock (urn:nbn:de:gbv:28-diss2014-0195-4): i-xxvi, 1-181
Strunz, S.; Kacprowski, T.K.; Melzer, N.; Friedrich, J.; de la Fuente, A. (2014):
A Core Transcriptional Regulatory Network in Cows. In: Proceedings of the 10th World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production (American Society of Animal Science, Hrsg.) (https://asas.org/docs/default-source/wcgalp-poster): 653
Wittenburg, D.; Melzer, N.; Willmitzer, L.; Lisec, J.; Kesting, U.; Reinsch, N.; Repsilber, D. (2013):
Milk metabolites and their genetic variability. J Dairy Sci 96 (4): 2557-2569
Melzer, N.; Wittenburg, D.; Hartwig, S.; Jakubowski, S.; Kesting, U.; Willmitzer, L.; Lisec, J.; Reinsch, N.; Repsilber, D. (2013):
Investigating associations between milk metabolite profiles and milk traits of Holstein cows. J Dairy Sci 96 (3): 1521-1534
Melzer, N.; Wittenburg, D.; Repsilber, D. (2013):
Integrating milk metabolite profile information for the prediction of traditional milk traits based on SNP information for Holstein cows. Plos One 8 (8): 1-10