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Curriculum Vitae

Prof. Heiner Niemann

Current position

Director and Professor; Head of Institute, Group leader

Academic education and scientific degrees



APL-Professor for Reproductive Biology


Promotion to Director and Professor at the Institut für Tierzucht (FAL)


Promotion to Scientific Director at the Institut für Tierzucht (FAL)


Habilitation (“Biotechnological studies on preimplantation embryos from cattle and swine”) and venia legendi in Reproductive Biology and member of faculty at Tierärztliche Hochschule Hannover, Germany


Habilitation at Veterinary University Hannover, Germany


Dr. med. Vet.

1979 - 1980

Doctoral fellow at the Institut für Tierzucht und Tierverhalten (FAL), Mariensee


Graduated in Veterinary Medicine, Tierärztliche Hochschule Hannover

1973 - 1978

Study of Veterinary Sciences, Tierärztliche Hochschule Hannover, Germany, including one semester at the Ecole National Veterinaire at Toulouse, France



Academic and research positions


Since 2008

Head of Institute of Farm Animal Genetics, FLI, Mariensee, Germany

2004 - 2007

Adjunct Professor Monash University Melbourne, Australia

Since 1987

Head of Department of Biotechnology, Institute of Farm Animal Genetics (FLI) (previous Institut of Animal Breeding and Husbandry (FAL) of the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut (FLI)), Mariensee, Germany

1985 – 1986

Visiting Professor at the Veterinary College Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA


Arpac International, Masterton, New Zealand





Additional information



International Embryo Transfer Society (IETS)
Society for the Study of Fertility (SSF, UK)
Society for the Study of Reproduction (SSR, USA)
Gesellschaft für Tierzuchtwissenschaft (GfT)
Standing committee International Conference on Pig Reproduction (ICPR).



Biotechnology award of the H.W. Schaumann Foundation, 1987,
Federation Fellowship of Australian Research Council (ARC) (Australia`s most prestigeous research award), 2007,
Election to the German National Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina, 2008,
Martin-Lerche research award of DVG (German Veterinary Society), 2012



Reviewer for

Numerous journals (>45), domestic and foreign research funding organizations, member of international evaluation committees, academic committees around the world




PCT AU 2004/01408, Isolation of stem cell-like cells and use thereof (together with W. Kues)



Lecturer in

Animal Biotechnology
Reproductive Biology in farm animals
Stem Cell Biology
Large Animal Models



Editorial Board memberships

Molecular Reproduction and Development (MRD)
Cellular Reprogramming (formerly: Cloning and Stem Cells)
PLOs One, J. Animal Science and Biotechnology

Cluster of excellence

Since 2007 PI and member of Steering Committee of Cluster of Excellence at Medical University Hannover (MHH), REBIRTH; From Regenerative Biology to Reconstructive Therapy