Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Ulrike Gimsa

+49 38208 68-802
Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN)
Institute of Behavioural Physiology
Psychophysiology Unit
Wilhelm-Stahl-Allee 2
18196 Dummerstorf

Research interests

  • Stress-induced immunomodulation in farm and model animals
  • Immunology
  • Neurobiology

Curriculum Vitae

  • 2012: Professor for Immunology at the University of Rostock
  • 2006-present: Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN) Dummerstorf, Institute of Behavioural Physiology
  • 2005: venia legendi (Privatdozent) in immunology from University of Rostock
  • 2004: D.Sc. degree (habilitation; facultas docendi) in immunology at the University Clinic Charité, Berlin
  • 1995: Ph.D. in cell biology
  • 1991: M.Sc. degree in biophysics from Humboldt University of Berlin


  • Lecture series: "Basics and application of immunological analytical methods", University of Rostock, Institute of Biosciences, Master programme
  • Lectures: "Immunoglobulins" University of Rostock, Institute of Biosciences, Bachelor programme


Peters, E.M.J.; Schedlowski, M.; Watzl, C.; Gimsa, U. (2021):
Stress und Covid-19: Ein narrativer Review über neuroendokrin-immune Mechanismen, die eine Abwehr von SARS-CoV-2 verbessern könnten. Psychother Psych Med (
Peters, E.M.J.; Schedlowski, M.; Watzl, C.; Gimsa, U. (2021):
To stress or not to stress: Brain-behavior-immune interaction may weaken or promote the immune response to SARS-CoV-2. Neurobiol Stress 14: 100296, 1-11
Martorell Ribera, J.; Nipkow, M.; Viergutz, T.; Brunner, R. M.; Bochert, R.; Koll, R.; Goldammer, T.; Gimsa, U.; Rebl, A. (2020):
Early response of salmonid head-kidney cells to stress hormones and toll-like receptor ligands. Fish Shellfish Immun 98: 950-961
Bornhöfft, K.; Martorell Ribera, J.; Viergutz, T.; Venuto, M.; Gimsa, U.; Galuska, S. P.; Rebl, A. (2020):
Characterization of sialic acid-binding immunoglobulin-type lectins in fish reveals teleost-specific structures and expression patterns. Cells-Basel (
Meese, S.; Ulbrich, S. E.; Bollwein, H.; Bruckmaier, R.; Wellnitz, O.; Kreuzer, M.; Röntgen, M.; Gimsa, U.; Schwarm, A. (2020):
Methane emission, metabolism, and performance of Holsten dairy cows with low, medium, and high lymphocyte proleferation during transition. J Dairy Sci 103 (5): 4367-4377
Brückmann, R.; Tuchscherer, M.; Tuchscherer, A; Gimsa, U.; Kanitz, E. (2020):
Early-life maternal deprivation predicts stronger sickness behaviour and reduced immune responses to acute endotoxaemia in a pig model. Int J Mol Sci 21 (15): 5212,1-22
Martorell Ribera, J.; Venuto, M.; Otten, W.; Brunner, R. M.; Goldammer, T.; Rebl, A.; Gimsa, U. (2020):
Time-dependent effects of acute handling on the brain monoamine system of the Salmonid Coregonus maraena. Front Neurosci 14: 1293, 1-18
Gimsa, U.; Tuchscherer, A; Gimsa, J.; Tuchscherer, M. (2018):
Assessing immune competence in pigs by immunization with tetanus toxoid. Animal 12 (1): 116-121
Meese, S.; Gimsa, U.; Röntgen, M.; Weitzel, J. M.; Tuchscherer, A; Miersch, C.; Vernunft, A.; Viergutz, T.; Kreuzer, M.; Schwarm, A. (2018):
Effect of immune modulators and lactation number on in vitro proliferation of lymphocytes from non-pregnant dairy heifers and cows. Can J Anim Sci 98 (4): 898-901
Gimsa, J.; Titipornpun, K.; Stubbe, M.; Gimsa, U. (2018):
Combined detection of AC-electrokinetic effects: experiments with three-axial chicken red blood cells. Electrophoresis 39 (17): 2253-2261
Wang, S.; Meese, S.; Ulbrich, S. E.; Bollwein, H.; Röntgen, M.; Gimsa, U.; Schwarm, A. (2018):
Effect of immune modulators on in vitro activation and proliferation of peripheral blood mononuclear cells from multiparous Holstein cows peripartum. J Anim Physiol An N 102 (6): 1515-1520
Gimsa, U.; Tuchscherer, M.; Kanitz, E. (2018):
Psychosocial stress and immunity - what can we learn from pig studies?. Front Behav Neurosci 12: 64, 1-9
Gimsa, U.; Ho, C. S.; Hammer, S. (2017):
Preferred SLA class I/class II haplotype combinations in German Landrace pigs. Immunogenetics 69 (1): 39-47
Badstübner, K.; Gimsa, U.; Weber, I.; Tuchscherer, A; Gimsa, J. (2017):
Deep brain stimulation of hemiparkinsonian rats with unipolar and bipolar electrodes for up to 6 weeks: behavioral testing of freely moving animals. Parkinsons Dis-US 2017: 5693589, 1-18
Gimsa, J.; Gimsa, U. (2017):
The influence of insulating and conductive ellipsoidal objects on the impedance and permittivity of media. J Electrostat 90: 131-138
Wirthgen, E.; Kunze, M.; Goumon, S.; Walz, C.; Höflich, C.; Spitschak, M.; Brenmoehl, J.; Kanitz, E.; Tuchscherer, M.; Otten, W.; Gimsa, U.; Schön, P.- C.; Manteuffel, C.; Tuchscherer, A; Pfuhl, R.; Metges, C. C.; Stabenow, B.; Erdmann, S.; Schluricke, K.; Faucitano, L.; Hoeflich, A. (2017):
Interference of stress with the somatotropic axis in pigs - lights on new biomarkers. Sci Rep-UK 7: 12055, 1-13
Schindler, N.; Mayer, J.; Saenger, S.; Gimsa, U.; Walz, C.; Ohde, D.; Wirthgen, E.; Tuchscherer, A; Russo, V. C.; Frank, M.; Kirschstein, T.; Metzger, F.; Hoeflich, A. (2017):
Phenotype analysis of male transgenic mice overexpressing mutant IGFBP-2 lacking the Cardin-Weintraub sequence motif: reduced expression of synaptic markers and myelin basic protein in the brain and a lower degree of anxiety-like behaviour. Growth Horm IG
Gimsa, J.; Sleigh, R.; Gimsa, U. (2016):
The riddle of Spinosaurus aegyptiacus' dorsal sail. Geol Mag 153 (3): 544-547
Meese, S.; Ulbrich, S. E.; Bollwein, H.; Bruckmaier, R.; Wellnitz, O.; Kreuzer, M.; Röntgen, M.; Gimsa, U.; Schwarm, A. (2016):
Untersuchung zur Interaktion von Methanemission und Immunantwort bei hochleistenden Milchkühen in der Frühlaktation. In: Umdenken in der Eiweißversorgung der Nutztiere : Prof. Dr. Michael Kreuzer zum 60-igsten Geburtstag gewidmet : Tagungsbericht, 11. Mai
Meese, S.; Ulbrich, S. E.; Bollwein, H.; Bruckmaier, R.; Wellnitz, O.; Kreuzer, M.; Röntgen, M.; Gimsa, U.; Schwarm, A. (2016):
Relation of leukocyte activation and proliferation to feed efficiency in peripartal cows. In: Energy and protein metabolism and nutrition : 5th EAAP International Symposium on Energy and Protein Metabolism and Nutrition, Krakow, Poland, 12-15 September 20