Main Research Focus

Scientists of the Institute of Veterinary Biochemistry conduct basic research projects with innovative methods in veterinarian research. The main focus our projects are:

  • Biology of Reproduction: Physiology of the oviduct of farm animals, inflammatory processes in the bovine uterus, gamete/embryo-maternal interaction
  • In-vitro Systems: Risk assessment of genetically modified feed/food, new epithelial cell cultures from domestic animals, delivery of nanomaterial to animal cells
  • Diagnostics and Bioassays: Proteome/transcriptome profiling, biomarker discovery and validation
  • Feed-mediated Reactions within the Gastro-Intestinal Tract: Impact of probiotica, trace elements and host-pathogen interactions
  • Cellular Response and Pathway Analysis: Analysis of microRNAs and mRNA (miR-Q), inter- and intra-cellular signalling
  • Risk Assessment of GM Food and Feed

One of its main goals is to bundle a broad spectrum of different scientific skills of several university and non-university-affiliated research institutions for representing results in reproductive medicine.

Research Fields

Together with national and international partners we realize several external funding projects, mostly financed by the German Research Foundation (DFG), the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) an the EU-Commission.

On the basis with third-party funded projects, questions to fertility of milk or high-performance cows are examined. We are studying how a dialogue between the embryo and the female reproductive systems occurs.

Most modern techniques from the spectrum of molecular biological methods are used for the analysis of cell-cell-signaling and the affected pathways and how they influence reaction cascades.

For studies on signal-transmitting channels we use own cell culture models that replace animal experimentation. They are used for the research of e.g. adaptation processes of the gastro-intestinal tract during dietary changes as well as risk assessments of genetically modified animal feed.

For the rapid recording of joint illnesses of horses and dogs, we investigate the different physiological parameters of blood serum and joint liquid for diagnostic relevance.

Within a collaborative research group feed-derived changes of small regulating RNAs (miRNA) are characterized in the intestine.