Institute of Veterinary Physiology (WE02)


Oertzenweg 19b
Building 11 — Room 0.09
14163 Berlin

Director: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jörg R. Aschenbach
Phone: +49 30 838 62600



The Institute of Veterinary Physiology is dedicated to the discovery and description of life processes in farm and pet animals. Research is primarily focused on the physiology of the gastrointestinal tract and metabolism in farm animals. Of interest are the structure-function relationships of barrier and transport mechanisms in different segments of the gastrointestinal tract, as well as the influence of microbiota and feed additives on such processes. A second main focus is the metabolism physiology of high-yielding dairy cows. The investigations on magnesium transport finally build an important bridge between transport and metabolism physiology. The scientific approach is integrative from the level of a single molecule to the whole organism, and applies a broad spectrum of methods (e.g. electrophysiological, tracer and molecular biology techniques).


Teaching profile

Scientific teaching is a didactic mixture of cell- and organ-centered exploration of physiological principles on the one hand and integrative analyses of control and homeostasis mechanisms on the other hand. The comprehension of physiological processes is directly employed to elucidate the weak points of a system and to explain the pathophysiological processes that may lead its failure. Teaching is dedicated to undergraduate and graduate courses for veterinarians and agricultural scientists, as well as to veterinary continuing education on physiological and pathophysiological topics. In undergraduate teaching of veterinarians, we are proud to support a steadily growing repertoire of attractive e-learning offers.

Research profile

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