Prof. Dr. agr. habil. Steffen Maak

+49 38208 68-852
Leibniz 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

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
Paulke, T.; Pfuhl, R.; Maak, S. (2011):
Rohnährstoffgehalt und sensorische Eigenschaften des M. longissimus verschiedener deutscher Schweineherkünfte. Zuchtungskunde 83 (6): 415-425
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
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
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
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
Pfuhl, R.; Maak, S. (2011):
Das "vernetzte" Nutztier. Leibniz Nordost 12: 4-5"
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
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.; 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
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
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
Schubert-Schoppmeyer, A; Fiedler, I.; Nürnberg, G.; Jonas, E; Ender, K.; Maak, S.; Rehfeldt, C. (2008):
Simulation of giant fibre development in biopsy samples from pig longissimus muscle. Meat Sci 80 (4): 1297-1303
Rehfeldt, C.; Fiedler, I.; Schubert-Schoppmeyer, A.; Nürnberg, G.; Jonas, E; Ender, K.; Maak, S. (2008):
Simulation of giant fibre development in biopsy samples from pig longissimus muscle. In: Proc. Int. Congress of Meat Science & Technology, 10-15 August 2008, Cape Town, South Africa : -6.22
Boettcher, D.; Schmidt, R.; Rehfeldt, C.; Thaller, G.; Swalve, H. H.; Maak, S. (2008):
Evaluation of MAFbx Expression as a Marker for Congenital Splay Leg in Piglets. In: Animal Genomics for Animal Health (M.-H. Pinard, C. Gay, P.-P. Pastoret, B. Dodet, Hrsg.) Karger, Basel (1424-6074) (132): 301-306
Maak, S.; Neumann, Karsten; Swalve, H. (2007):
Polymorphic, putative regulatory elements at the MYF5/MYF6 loci and expression analysis in neonatal piglets. Arch Tierzucht 60 (Special Issue): 44-48
Böttcher, D..; Swalve, H.; Maak, S. (2007):
Mapping of the SMC6 gene to porcine chromosome 3. Arch Tierzucht 50 (4): 418-420
Böttcher, D..; Paul, S.; Bennewitz, J; Swalve, H.; Thaller, G.; Maak, S. (2007):
Exclusion of NFYB as candidate gene for congenital splay leg in piglets and radiation hybrid mapping of further five homologous porcine genes from human chromosome 12 (HSA12). Cytogenet Genome Res 118 (1): 67-71
Jokubka, R.; Maak, S.; Kerziene, S.; Swalve, H. H. (2006):
Association of a melanocortin 4 receptor (MC4R) polymorphism with performance traits in Lithuanian White pigs. J. Anim. Breed. Genet. 123: 17-22
Maak, S.; Neumann, K.; Swalve, H. H. (2006):
Identification and analysis of putative regulatory sequences for the MYF5/MYF6 locus in different vertebrate species. Gene 379: 141-147