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

Albrecht, E.; Lembcke, C.; Wegner, J.; Maak, S. (2013):
Prenatal muscle fiber development and bundle structure in beef and dairy cattle. J Anim Sci 91 (8): 3666-3673
https://dx.doi.org/10.2527/jas.2013-6258
Melesse, A.; Maak, S.; Pingel, H.; Lengerken, G. von (2013):
Assessing the thermo-tolerance potentials of five commercial layer chicken genotypes under long-term heat stress environment as measured by their performance traits. J Anim Prod Adv 3 (8): 254-264
https://dx.doi.org/10.5455/japa.20120929125835
Melesse, A.; Maak, S.; Von Lengerken, G. (2012):
Productive and physiological adaptive responses of Ethiopian naked-neck chickens and their F1-crosses with commercial chicken breeds to high environmental temperature. SINET: Ethiop J Sci 35 (2): 107-116
Yang, X.; Liu, R.; Albrecht, E.; Dong, X.; Maak, S.; Zhao, R. (2012):
Breed-specific patterns of hepatic gluconeogenesis and glucocorticoid action in pigs. Arch Tierzucht 55 (2): 152-162
Hamada, M.; Albrecht, E.; El-Bagory, A.-R.; Edris, A.-B.; Hammon, H. M.; Nürnberg, G.; Maak, S. (2012):
Meat quality traits and muscle composition of cows differing in lactation performance. Arch Tierzucht 55 (1): 36-47
Albrecht, E.; Komolka, K.; Kuzinski, J.; Maak, S. (2012):
Agouti revisited: transcript quantification of the ASIP gene in bovine tissues related to protein expression and localization. Plos One 7 (4): 1-11
https://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0035282
Pfuhl, R.; Maak, S. (2011):
Das "vernetzte" Nutztier. Leibniz Nordost 12: 4-5"
Melesse, A.; Maak, S.; Von Lengerken, G. (2011):
Effects of genetic group x ambient temperature interactions on performance and physiological responses of Naked-neck chickens and their F1 crosses with Lohmann White and New Hampshire laying hens. J Anim Feed Sci 20 (4): 599-612
https://doi.org/10.22358/jafs/66218/2011
Melesse, A.; Maak, S.; Schmidt, R.; Von Lengerken, G. (2011):
Effect of long-term heat stress on some performance traits and plasma enzyme activities in Naked-neck chickens and their F1 crosses with commercial layer breeds. LIVEST SCI 141 (2-3): 227-231
https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.livsci.2011.06.007
Albrecht, E.; Gotoh, T.; Ebara, F.; Xu, T.; Viergutz, T.; Nürnberg, G.; Maak, S.; Wegner, J. (2011):
Cellular conditions for intramuscular fat deposition in Japanese Black and Holstein steers. Meat Sci 89 (1): 13-20
https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.meatsci.2011.03.012
Albrecht, E.; Gotoh, T.; Ebara, F.; Wegner, J.; Maak, S. (2011):
Technical note: Determination of cell-specific gene expression in bovine skeletal muscle tissue using laser microdissection and reverse-transcription quantitative polymerase chain reaction. J Anim Sci 89 (12): 4339-4343
https://dx.doi.org/10.2527/jas.2011-4039
Paulke, T.; Pfuhl, R.; Maak, S. (2011):
Rohnährstoffgehalt und sensorische Eigenschaften des M. longissimus verschiedener deutscher Schweineherkünfte. Zuchtungskunde 83 (6): 415-425
Melesse, A.; Maak, S.; Schmidt, R.; Von Lengerken, G. (2011):
Effect of long-term heat stress on key enzyme activities and T3 levels in commercial layer hens. Int J Livestock Prod 2 (7): 107-116
Albrecht, E.; Liu, Y.; Yang, X.; Zhao, R.; Jonas, L.; Maak, S. (2011):
Colocalization of myostatin and decorin in bovine skeletal muscle. Arch Tierzucht 54 (2): 147-156
Liang, J.; Zhang, X.; Zhao, R.; Maak, S.; Yang, X. (2011):
Effect of maternal protein restriction on lipid metabolism in Meishan piglets at weaning. LIVEST SCI 136 (2-3): 157-163
https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.livsci.2010.08.013
Melesse, A.; Maak, S.; Lengerken, G. von (2010):
Effect of long-term heat stress on egg quality traits of native naked neck chickens and their F1 crosses with Lohmann White and New Hampshire chicken breeds. Livestock Research for Rural Development 22 (4): 71
Maak, S.; Boettcher, D.; Komolka, K.; Tetens, J.; Wimmers, K.; Reinsch, N.; Swalve, H. H.; Thaller, G. (2010):
Exclusion of sequence polymorphisms in the porcine ITGA5 and MIR148B loci as causal variation for congenital splay leg in piglets. Anim Genet 41 (4): 447-448
https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2052.2010.02047.x
Muràni, E.; Ponsuksili, S.; Srikanchai, T.; Maak, S.; Wimmers, K. (2009):
Expression of the porcine adrenergic receptor beta 2 gene in longissimus dorsi muscle is affected by cis-regulatory DNA variation. Anim Genet 40 (1): 80-89
https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2052.2008.01811.x
Maak, S.; Boettcher, D.; Tetens, J.; Swalve, H. H.; Wimmers, K.; Thaller, G. (2009):
Expression of microRNAs is not related to increased expression of ZDHHC9 in hind leg muscles of splay leg piglets. Mol Cell Probe 24 (1): 32-37
https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mcp.2009.09.001
Maak, S.; Boettcher, D.; Tetens, J.; Wensch-Dorendorf, M.; Nürnberg, G.; Wimmers, K.; Swalve, H. H.; Thaller, G. (2009):
Identification of candidate genes for congenital splay leg in piglets by alternative analysis of DNA microarray data. Int J Biol Sci 5 (4): 331-337
https://dx.doi.org/10.7150/ijbs.5.331