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

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
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