Working Group Fish Genetics

Research in our group is focused on analyses of genome biological, molecular, and cellular principles of adaptation capacity and immune response of aquaculture and stocking fishes. 

Using comprehensive genomic tools, we detect molecular and functional variations of gene regulation in fish under optimal and challenge conditions, which contributes to identify genetic causes of different adaptation capacity of fish.

Based on identified molecular indicators of stress detection, we will develop simple diagnostically procedures useful for breeding approaches of aquaculture fish.

Our motivation is the development of guide lines for the generation of regional and robust fish breeding lines kept under conditions considering fish welfare as well as optimal fish production.

Research aims:

  • Comparative structural and functional annotation of salmonid genomes, such as rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss), Baltic whitefish (Coregonus maraena) – see "Aquakultur in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern" (in German), and Percids, such as pike-perch.
  • Identification and evaluation of molecular bio-indicators detecting stress in fish and development of indicator based tools for determination of stress levels of fish generally usable in different aquaculture systems.
  • Understanding gene and protein regulatory processes of fish coping with stress and diseases on cellular level using fish cell models for in-vitro analyses. 


Dr. agr. Ronald Brunner
Genetics and Genomics
+49 38208 68-734 | E-Mail
E-Mail +49 38208 68-734
Dr. rer. nat. Alexander Rebl
Genetics and Genomics
+49 38208 68-721 | E-Mail
E-Mail +49 38208 68-721
Dr. rer. nat. Marieke Verleih
Genetics and Genomics
+49 38208 68-721 | E-Mail
E-Mail +49 38208 68-721

Supervised Doctoral Candidates

Doret Rosie van Muilekom, M.Sc.
Genetics and Genomics
+49 38208 68-715 | E-Mail
E-Mail +49 38208 68-715
Meh Jabeen
Genetics and Genomics