Prof. Dr. agr. habil. Steffen Maak

+49 38208 68-852
Research Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN)
Institute of Muscle Biology and Growth
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


  • 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.)


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
Neumann, K.; Michaux, J.; Lebedev, V.; Yigit, N.; Colak, E.; Ivanova, N.; Poltoraus, A.; Surov, A.; Markov, G.; Maak, S.; Neumann, S.; Gattermann, R. (2006):
Molecular phylogeny of the Cricetinae subfamily based on the mitochondrial cytochrome b and 12S rRNA genes and the nuclear vWF gene. Mol. Phylogen. Evol. 39: 135-148
Maak, S.; Wicke, M.; Swalve, H. H. (2005):
Analysis of gene expression in specific muscles of swine and turkey. Archiv Fur Tierzucht-Archives of Animal Breeding 48: 135-140
Neumann, K.; Michaux, J. R.; Maak, S.; Jansman, H. A. H.; Kayser, A.; Mundt, G.; Gattermann, R. (2005):
Genetic spatial structure of European common hamsters (Cricetus cricetus) - a result of repeated range expansion and demographic bottlenecks. Mol. Ecol. 14: 1473-1483
Neumann, K.; Maak, S.; Fritzsche, P.; Gattermann, R. (2005):
Microsatellites for diversity studies in the golden hamster (Mesocricetus auratus). Mol. Ecol. Notes 5: 876-878
Melesse, A.; Maak, S.; von Lengerken, G. (2005):
The performance of naked neck and their F1 crosses with Lohmann White and New Hampshire chicken breeds under long-term heat stress conditions. Eth. J. Anim. Prod. 5: 91-106
Neumann, K.; Jansman, H.; Kayser, A.; Maak, S.; Gattermann, R. (2004):
Multiple bottlenecks in threatened western European populations of the common hamster Cricetus cricetus (L.). Conserv. Genet. 5: 181-193
Maak, S.; Jaesert, S.; Neumann, K.; von Lengerken, G. (2003):
Characterization of the porcine CDKN3 gene as a potential candidate for congenital splay leg in piglets. Genet. Sel. Evol. 35: S157-S165
Maak, S.; Melesse, A.; Schmidt, R.; Schneider, F.; von Lengerken, G. (2003):
Effect of long-term heat exposure on peripheral concentrations of heat shock protein 70 (Hsp70) and hormones in laying hens with different genotypes. British Poultry Science 44: 133-138
Maak, S.; Wimmers, K.; Weigend, S.; Neumann, K. (2003):
Isolation and characterization of 18 microsatellites in the Peking duck (Anas platyrhynchos) and their application in other waterfowl species. Mol. Ecol. Notes 3: 224-227
Rosner, F.; von Lengerken, G.; Maak, S. (2003):
The value of pig breeding herds in Germany and progress in improvement of meatiness and pork quality. Anim. Sci. Pap. Rep. 21: 153-161
Schwerin, M.; Maak, S.; Hagendorf, A.; von Lengerken, G.; Seyfert, H. M. (2002):
A 3 '-UTR variant of the inducible porcine hsp70.2 gene affects mRNA stability. Biochimica Et Biophysica Acta-Gene Structure and Expression 1578: 90-94
von Lengerken, G.; Maak, S.; Wicke, M. (2002):
Muscle metabolism and meat quality in pigs and poultry. Vet. Zootech. Lith. 20: 82-86
Maak, S.; Jaesert, S.; Neumann, K.; von Lengerken, G. (2002):
Rapid communication: Nucleotide sequence and physical mapping of the porcine cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor 3 (CDKN3) gene. J. Anim. Sci. 80: 1698-1699
Schwerin, M.; Maak, S.; Kalbe, C.; Fuerbass, R. (2001):
Functional promoter variants of highly conserved inducible hsp70 genes significantly affect stress response. Biochimica Et Biophysica Acta-Gene Structure and Expression 1522: 108-111
Maak, S.; Jaesert, S.; Neumann, K.; Yerle, M.; von Lengerken, G. (2001):
Isolation of expressed sequence tags of skeletal muscle of neonatal healthy and splay leg piglets and mapping by somatic cell hybrid analysis. Anim. Genet. 32: 303-307
Neumann, K.; Maak, S.; Stuermer, I. W.; von Lengerken, G.; Gattermann, R. (2001):
Low microsatellite variation in laboratory gerbils. J. Hered. 92: 71-74
Maak, S.; Jaesert, S.; Neumann, K.; Yerle, M.; von Lengerken, G. (2001):
Rapid communication: Chromosomal localization and partial cDNA sequence of the porcine ATP synthase, H+ transporting, mitochondrial F0 complex, subunit e (ATP5I) gene. J. Anim. Sci. 79: 1352-1353
Wicke, M.; Hahn, G.; Maak, S.; von Lengerken, G. (2001):
Sustainability in meat production. Fleischwirtschaft 81: 125-128