Prof. Dr. agr. habil. Steffen Maak

Research Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN)
Head of Competence area Nutrition and Metabolism
Head of working group Muscle-Fat Crosstalk
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.)


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
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
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
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
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
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
Böttcher, D..; Swalve, H.; Maak, S. (2007):
Mapping of the SMC6 gene to porcine chromosome 3. Arch Tierzucht 50 (4): 418-420
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
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.; 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.; 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