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Prof. Dr.

Bertram Brenig

Senator of the Section Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences

Year of election: 2001
Section: Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences
City: Göttingen
Country: Germany
CV Bertram Brenig - Deutsch (pdf)


Bertram Brenig is interested in the structural and functional analysis of mammalian genes and genomes. He is investigating the cause of different economical important genetic defects in livestock and other domesticated animals.

So far his main focus was on porcine genes and their function, e.g. he currently analyses the molecular origin of porcine hernia inguinalis and scrotalis. Using whole genome scans he identified several chromosomal regions that are linked to this disorder. Fine mapping, positional cloning and candidate gene analysis are used for further elucidation.

However, in recent years he also started to look at genes in other species, e. g. cattle, dog, sheep, and buffalo. Especially in cattle, he is interested in the molecular analysis of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). The differences in oral uptake of prion protein between cattle and pig is studied in vivo and in vitro. He was the first to identify humoral microvesical encapsulated nucleic acids that are altered during a prion infection and can be used as diagnostic tool. These findings were used to develop the first ante mortem BSE test. Humoral nucleic acids are also studied in several other diseases, e. g. liver carcinoma in dog and pancreatic neoplasias in cat.


  • 2001 Fachtierarzt für Molekularbiologie und Biotechnologie
  • seit 1993 Professor für Molekularbiologie der Nutztiere und Direktor des Tierärztlichen Instituts an der Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
  • 1993 Habilitation an der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) München
  • 1987 Promotion an der LMU München
  • 1979-1984 Studium an der LMU Universität München und der Veterinärmedizinischen Universität Wien


  • seit 2020 Senator der Sektion Agrar- und Ernährungswissenschaften der Nationalen Akademie der Wissenschaften Leopoldina
  • 2006-2010 Präsident der International Society for Animal Genetics (ISAG)
  • 2003-2009 Senator der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
  • 2001-2005 Mitglied des wissenschaftlichen Beirats des Niedersächsischen Landesamts für Verbraucherschutz und Lebensmittelsicherheit (LAVES)
  • 2000-2006 Schatzmeister der International Society for Animal Genetics (ISAG)

Auszeichnungen und Mitgliedschaften

  • 2018 Ehrenprofessur der Moskauer Staatlichen Akademie für Veterinärmedizin und Biotechnologie, Russland
  • 2012 Friendship Award der Volksrepublik China
  • 2012 Lushan Friendship Award der Provinz Jiangxi, China
  • 2006 Wissenschaftspreis der Heinrich Stockmeyer-Stiftung
  • seit 2002 Mitglied der Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen
  • seit 2001 Mitglied der Nationalen Akademie der Wissenschaften Leopoldina




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