Prof. Dr. agr. habil. Steffen Maak

+49 38208 68-852
Research Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN)
Institute of Muscle Biology and Growth
Director
Wilhelm-Stahl-Allee 2
18196 Dummerstorf

Research interests

  • Biology of skeletal muscle tissue in farm animals
  • Meat quality in farm animals
  • Adipokines and myokines as mediators of quantity and quality of skeletal muscle tissue

Curriculum Vitae

  • 2007-present: Director of the Institute for Muscle Biology and Growth, Leibniz-Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN) Dummerstorf
  • 2001: Habilitation (Dr. agr. habil.)
  • 1991-2007: Postdoctoral Researcher, Assistant Professor, Senior Researcher, Institute of Animal Breeding and Husbandry, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg
  • 1988-1991: Doctoral studies, Graduation (Dr. agr.), University Leipzig
  • 1988: Graduation (Dipl.-Ing. agr.) in Animal Science, University Leipzig

Teaching

  • Since 2012: Product Quality, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University Rostock (B.Sc.)
  • Since 2011: Product Quality, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University Rostock (M.Sc.)
  • Since 2010: Molecular Biology in Animal Science, Faculty of Natural Sciences III, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg (M.Sc.)
  • Since 1996: Poultry Breeding, Veterinary Faculty, University Leipzig (Veterinarian)
  • 1991-2007: Animal Breeding and Husbandry, Product Quality, Animal Physiology, Agricultural Faculty, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, University Anhalt (B.Sc./M.Sc.)

Publications

Liu, Y.; Albrecht, E.; Schering, L.; Kühn, C.; Yang, R; Zhao, Z; Maak, S. (2018):
Agouti signaling protein and its receptors as potential molecular markers for intramuscular and body fat deposition in cattle. Front Physiol 9: 172, 1-13
https://doi.org/10.3389/fphys.2018.00172
Komolka, K.; Albrecht, E.; Gotoh, T.; Maak, S. (2017):
Abundance of beige and brown adipocyte markers in different adipose depots of cattle at 26 months of age. Advances in Animal Biosciences 8 (s1): s38-s41
https://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S2040470017001662
Schering, L.; Albrecht, E.; Komolka, K.; Kühn, C.; Maak, S. (2017):
Increased expression of thyroid hormone responsive protein (THRSP) is the result but not the cause of higher intramuscular fat content in cattle. Int J Biol Sci 13 (5): 532-544
https://dx.doi.org/10.7150/ijbs.18775
Albrecht, E.; Schering, L.; Liu, Y.; Komolka, K.; Kühn, C.; Wimmers, K.; Gotoh, T.; Maak, S. (2017):
Factors influencing bovine intramuscular adipose tissue development and cellularity. J Anim Sci 95 (5): 2244-2254
https://dx.doi.org/10.2527/jas.2016.1036
Komolka, K.; Ponsuksili, S.; Albrecht, E.; Kühn, C.; 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
https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gdata.2015.12.023
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
https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gdata.2015.12.014
Schering, L.; Hoene, M.; Kanzleiter, T.; Jähnert, M.; Wimmers, K.; Klaus, S.; Eckel, J.; Weigert, C.; Schürmann, A.; Maak, S.; Jonas, W.; Sell, H. (2015):
Identification of novel putative adipomyokines by a cross-species annotation of secretomes and expression profiles. Arch Physiol Biochem 121 (5): 194-205
https://dx.doi.org/10.3109/13813455.2015.1092044
Schering, L.; Albrecht, E.; Liu, S.; Kühn, C.; Wimmers, K.; Maak, S. (2015):
Molekulare Ursachen einer differenten Expression von THRSP im bovinen Skelettmuskel. In: 16th Day of the Doctoral Student : abstracts, 13 May 2014 Dummerstorf (Schriftenreihe / Leibniz-Institut für Nutztierbiologie , 24) (Christa Kühn, Gunther Viereck, Hrsg.): 17-20
Will, K.; Schering, L.; Albrecht, E.; Kalbe, C.; Maak, S. (2015):
Differentiation of bovine satellite cell-derived myoblasts under different culture conditions. IN VITRO CELL DEV-AN 51 (9): 885-889
https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11626-015-9916-9
Albrecht, E.; Norheim, F.; Thiede, B.; Holen, T.; Ohashi, T.; Schering, L.; Lee, S.; Brenmoehl, J.; Thomas, S.; Drevon, C. A.; Erickson, H. P.; Maak, S. (2015):
Irisin - a myth rather than an exercise-inducible myokine. Sci Rep-UK 5: 1-10
https://dx.doi.org/10.1038/srep08889
Hamada, M.; Albrecht, E.; El-Bagory, A.-R.; Edris, A.-B.; Hammon, H. M.; Nürnberg, G.; Maak, S. (2015):
Changes of muscle fibre profile and fat cell size around first parturition in cows differing in lactation performance. LIVEST SCI 175: 121-127
https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.livsci.2015.02.015
Albrecht, E.; Kuzinski, J.; Komolka, K.; Gotoh, T.; Maak, S. (2015):
Localization and abundance of early markers of fat cell differentiation in the skeletal muscle of cattle during growth - Are DLK1-positive cells the origin of marbling flecks?. Meat Sci 100: 237-245
https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.meatsci.2014.10.012
Brenmoehl, J.; Albrecht, E.; Komolka, K.; Schering, L.; Langhammer, M.; Hoeflich, A.; Maak, S. (2014):
Irisin is elevated in skeletal muscle and serum of mice immediately after acute exercise. Int J Biol Sci 10 (3): 338-349
https://dx.doi.org/10.7150/ijbs.7972
Loan, H. T. P.; Muràni, E.; Maak, S.; Ponsuksili, S.; Wimmers, K. (2014):
UBXN1 polymorphism and its expression in porcine M. longissimus dorsi are associated with water holding capacity. Mol Biol Rep 41 (3): 1411-1418
https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11033-013-2985-5
Komolka, K.; Albrecht, E.; Schering, L.; Brenmoehl, J.; Hoeflich, A.; Maak, S. (2014):
Locus characterization and gene expression of bovine FNDC5: is the myokine irisin relevant in cattle?. Plos One 9 (1): 1-11
https://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0088060
Shirouchi, B.; Albrecht, E.; Nürnberg, G.; Maak, S.; Samadmanivong, O.; Nakamura, Y.; Sato, M.; Gotoh, T.; Nürnberg, K. (2014):
Fatty acid profiles and adipogenic gene expression of various fat depots in Japanese Black and Holstein steers. Meat Sci 96 (1): 157-164
https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.meatsci.2013.06.027
Komolka, K.; Albrecht, E.; Wimmers, K.; Michal, J. J.; Maak, S. (2014):
Molecular heterogeneities of adipose depots - potential effects on adipose-muscle cross- talk in humans, mice and farm animals. J Genomics 2: 31-44
https://dx.doi.org/10.7150/jgen.5260
Huynh, L. T. P.; Muràni, E.; Maak, S.; Ponsuksili, S.; Wimmers, K. (2013):
UBE3B and TRIP12 polymorphisms and transcript abundance are associated with water holding capacity of porcine m. longissimus dorsi . Schriftenreihe / Leibniz-Institut für Nutztierbiol 21: 27-30
Loan, H. T. P.; Muràni, E.; Maak, S.; Ponsuksili, S.; Wimmers, K. (2013):
Novel SNPs of the porcine TRIP12 are associated with water holding capacity of meat. Czech J Anim Sci 58 (11): 525-533
Huynh, L. T. P.; Muràni, E.; Maak, S.; Ponsuksili, S.; Wimmers, K. (2013):
UBE3B and ZRANB1 polymorphisms and transcript abundance are associated with water holding capacity of porcine M. longissimus dorsi. Meat Sci 95 (2): 166-172
https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.meatsci.2013.04.033