Molecular Animal Breeding and Biotechnology

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Welcome to the Chair for Molecular Animal Breeding and Biotechnology

Our major fields of research are molecular mechanisms of growth regulation as well as biology and biotechnology of reproduction.

Transgenic mouse models are used for the functional analysis of ligands of the EGF-receptor family. In addition, ENU induced mouse mutants with alterations in clinical-chemical and hematological parameters are characterized phenotypically and genetically to identify the causal mutations and to establish novel disease models.

Studies related to biology of reproduction are primarily done in large animal models, i.e. cattle and pigs. In this area, we are particularly interested in the developmental biology of preimplantation embryos and in mechanisms of embryo-maternal communication.

In addition, biotechnologies of reproduction, such as somatic cell nuclear transfer, are used to study mechanisms of cellular reprogramming and for the generation of genetically modified large animal models for biomedical research.

Our facilities are located at the Gene Center Munich and at the Moorversuchsgut Badersfeld in Oberschleißheim.