Institute of Veterinary Biochemistry (WE03)


Oertzenweg 19b

14163 Berlin

Director: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Dr. Ralf Einspanier
Phone: +49 30 838 62225



The Institute of Veterinary Biochemistry works with modern biochemical, cell- and molecuarbiological methods on various mostly externally funded projects (DFG, BMBF, DAAD, EU) in interdisciplinary veterinarian research. The main focus of our research lies on

Biology of Reproduction: Physiology of the oviduct of farm animals, inflammatory processes in the bovine uterus, gamete/embryo-maternal interaction

In-vitroSystems: Establishment of new primary and permanent cell cultures from farm animals, risk assessment of genetically modified feed/food, delivery of nanomaterial to animal cells, development of alternatives for animal experimentation

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 in pigs

Cellular Response and Pathway Analysis:: Analysis of microRNAs and mRNA during malfunction of cells/tissues

The Institute is founder member of the interdisciplinary expert-network ReProTier ( 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.

Currently, we are supervising several dissertations in the above mentioned research fields. Besides selected master programs, we offer veterinarians as well as life scientists the opportunity of completing a doctoral thesis within the framework of the Ph.D. program "Biomedical Sciences" of the Dahlem Research School (DRS).

Teaching profile

Our dedicated teachers offer all relevant topics of Biochemistry for Veterinarians in the main lecture Biochemie I+II (2. + 3. Sem.). This lecture focuses on the topics amino acids and proteins, N-metabolism, enzymes, carbohydrates, lipids, biological oxidation, nucleic acids, digestion, vitamins, hormones. Complementing the subjects studied in the main lecture, students perform seven different experiments in the Practical Course in Biochemistry (Biochemisches Praktikum). An online examination in the electronic system Blackboard supports students in self-assessment before individual oral examinations. Elective subjects such as Principles of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology of Reproduction, Biotechnology in Veterinary Science, lectured in small groups, complete the biochemistry curriculum. Ph.D. students of the postgraduate Ph.D. program in Biomedical Sciences of the Dahlem Research School (DRS) may attend seminars on Current Biomedical Methods or Preparing Scientific Poster-Presentation.

Research profile

Current projects


Screening, identification purification of potential proteinous biomarkers. Subsequent assay development and validation of biomarker measurements in different body fluids and cell culture supernatants.