PD Dr. rer. nat. Joachim Weitzel

+49 38208 68-752
Forschungsinstitut für Nutztierbiologie (FBN)
Institut für Fortpflanzungsbiologie
Abteilung Reproduktionsbiochemie
Wilhelm-Stahl-Allee 2
18196 Dummerstorf


  • Reproduktionsbiologie
  • Endokrinologie
  • Biochemie


  • 2007–heute: Abteilungsleiter Reproduktionsbiochemie am Leibniz Institut für Nutztierbiologie (FBN) Dummerstorf im Institut für Fortpflanzungsbiologie
  • 2006-2007: Universitätsklinikum Charité, Berlin, Institut für Experimentelle Endokrinologie
  • 1997-2006: Universität Hamburg, Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf, Zentrum für Experimentalmedizin, Abteilung Biochemie und Molekulare Zellbiologie


Universität Rostock: Bachelor "Agrarwissenschaften", Master "Nutztierwissenschaften"


Daş, G.; Vernunft, A.; Görs, S.; Kanitz, E.; Weitzel, J. M.; Brüssow, K.-P.; Metges, C. C. (2016):
Acute effects of general anesthesia with propofol, pentobarbital or isoflurane plus propofol on plasma metabolites and hormones in adult pigs. J Anim Sci 94 (12): 5182-5191
Stoldt, A.-K.; Derno, M.; Daş, G.; Weitzel, J. M.; Wolffram, S.; Metges, C. C. (2016):
Influence of rutin and rutin-containing buckwheat seeds on methane emission in lactating dairy cows. In: Energy and protein metabolism and nutrition : 5th EAAP International Symposium on Energy and Protein Metabolism and Nutrition, Krakow, Poland, 12-15 September 2016 (EAAP publication , 137) (Jacek Skomiał, Hélène Lapierre, Hrsg.) Wageningen Academic Publishers, Wageningen (978-90-8686-286-3) (137): 265-266
Richter, C.; Viergutz, T.; Schwerin, M.; Weitzel, J. M. (2015):
Prostaglandin E Synthase Interacts with Inducible Heat Shock Protein 70 After Heat Stress in Bovine Primary Dermal Fibroblast Cells. Cytom Part A 87 (1): 61-67
Gruse, J.; Görs, S.; Otten, W.; Weitzel, J. M.; Wolffram, S.; Metges, C. C.; Hammon, H. M. (2015):
Effects of oral quercetin supplementation on glucose metabolism in newborn dairy calves fed colostrum or a milk-based formula. Schriftenreihe / Leibniz-Institut für Nutztierbiol 23: 5-8
Stoldt, A.-K.; Derno, M.; Nürnberg, G.; Weitzel, J. M.; Otten, W.; Starke, A.; Wolffram, S.; Metges, C. C. (2015):
Effects of a 6-wk intraduodenal supplementation with quercetin on energy metabolism and indicators of liver damage in periparturient dairy cows. J Dairy Sci 98 (7): 4509-4520
Gruse, J.; Görs, S.; Tuchscherer, A; Otten, W.; Weitzel, J. M.; Metges, C. C.; Wolffram, S.; Hammon, H. M. (2015):
The effects of oral quercetin supplementation on splanchnic glucose metabolism in 1-week-old calves depend on diet after birth. J Nutr 145 (11): 2486-2495
Weitzel, J. M.; Vernunft, A.; Krüger, B.; Plinski, C.; Viergutz, T. (2014):
LOX-1 regulates estrogenesis via intracellular calcium release from bovine granulosa cells. Cytom Part A 85 (1): 88-93
Langhammer, M.; Michaelis, M.; Hoeflich, A.; Sobczak, A.; Schön, J.; Weitzel, J. M. (2014):
High fertility phenotypes: two outbred mouse models exhibit substantially different molecular and physiological strategies warranting improved fertility. Reproduction 147 (4): 427-433
Metges, C. C.; Görs, S.; Lang, I. S.; Hammon, H. M.; Brüssow, K.-P.; Weitzel, J. M.; Nürnberg, G.; Rehfeldt, C.; Otten, W. (2014):
Low and high dietary protein: carbohydrate ratios during pregnancy affect materno-fetal glucose metabolism in pigs. J Nutr 144 (2): 155-163
Vernunft, A.; Viergutz, T.; Plinski, C.; Weitzel, J. M. (2014):
Postpartum levels of 8-iso-prostaglandin F2α in plasma and milk phospholipid fractions as biomarker of oxidative stress in first-lactating dairy cows. PROSTAG OTH LIPID M 112: 34-38
Weitzel, J. M.; Vernunft, A.; Krüger, B.; Plinski, C.; Viergutz, T. (2014):
Inactivation of the LOX-1 pathway promotes the Golgi apparatus during cell differentiation of mural granulosa cells. J Cell Physiol 229 (12): 1946-1951
Michaelis, M.; Sobczak, A.; Weitzel, J. M. (2014):
In vivo microinjection and electroporation of mouse testis. J Visualized Experiments 23 (90): 1-8
Vernunft, A.; Löhrke, B.; Tuchscherer, A; Weitzel, J. M.; Viergutz, T. (2013):
Anti-Müller-Hormonkonzentrationen in der Follikelflüssigkeit von antralen Follikeln und ihre Beziehungen zu funktionalen Merkmalen der Follikelentwicklung bei Stuten. Berl Munch Tierarztl 126 (1/2): 77-82
Vernunft, A.; Weitzel, J. M.; Viergutz, T. (2013):
Corpus luteum development and its morphology after aspiration of a preovulatory follicle is related to size and steroid content of the follicle in dairy cows. Vet Med-Czech 58 (4): 221-229
Michaelis, M.; Langhammer, M.; Hoeflich, A.; Reinsch, N.; Schön, J.; Weitzel, J. M. (2013):
Initial characterization of an outbreed mouse model for male factor (in)fertility. Andrology 1 (5): 772-778
Gohlke, A.; Ingelmann, C. -J.; Nürnberg, G.; Weitzel, J. M.; Hammon, H. M.; Görs, S.; Starke, A.; Wolffram, S.; Metges, C. C. (2013):
Influence of 4-week intraduodenal supplementation of quercetin on performance, glucose metabolism, and mRNA abundance of genes related to glucose metabolism and antioxidative status in dairy cows. J Dairy Sci 96 (11): 6986-7000
Metges, C. C.; Lang, I. S.; Hennig, U.; Brüssow, K.-P.; Kanitz, E.; Tuchscherer, M.; Schneider, F.; Weitzel, J. M.; Steinhoff-Ooster, A.; Sauerwein, H.; Bellmann, O.; Nürnberg, G.; Rehfeldt, C.; Otten, W. (2012):
Intrauterine growth retarded progeny of pregnant sows fed high protein:low carbohydrate diet is related to metabolic energy deficit. Plos One 7 (2): 1-10
Chang, L.; Schwarzenbach, H.; Meyer-Staeckling, S.; Brandt, B.; Mayr, G. W.; Weitzel, J. M.; Windhorst, S. (2011):
Expression regulation of the metastasis-promoting protein InsP3-kinase-A in tumor cells. Mol Cancer Res 9 (4): 497-506
Weitzel, J. M.; Iwen, K. A. (2011):
Coordination of mitochondrial biogenesis by thyroid hormone. Mol Cell Endocrinol 342 (1-2): 1-7
Löhrke, B.; Weitzel, J. M.; Krüger, B.; Xu, T.; Vernunft, A.; Viergutz, T. (2011):
Lectin-like oxidized low-density lipoprotein receptor-1 (LOX-1) activity decreases estrogenesis in ovarian granulosa cells. Cytom Part A 79 (9): 669-671