Genetics of Metabolic and Reproductive Disorders


Head of the Group

Prof. Dr. Mathias Treier

89: Max-Rubner-House

Room 2.01

Tel. 9406-3460



  • Stem cells - the magic path to immortality?


  • Can a kidney cilium "smell" glucose?


  • Does a Western diet make us lazy?


  • A girl is a girl - or isn't (s)he?


Fundamental questions that, in spite of all the scientific progress that has been made, are still unanswered.


In our group, we study various aspects of mammalian physiology, from the single cell stage to the complex interplay between organs, that enable an organism to maintain homeostasis. Step by step we move forward in understanding how mammalian physiology is orchestrated to allow an organism to survive in a changing metabolic environment.


To gain insight into our work start browsing our homepage.


If you get inspired and want to join us in our quest, check out the job options or contact us directly!




(Picture on the left shows the sexual reprogramming that is induced by silencing of the FoxL2 gene that we published in Cell 2009. In the left panel is an ovary of a wildtype female mouse showing the typical female granulosa cells (close-up: lower left). After knock out of FoxL2 (right panel) in these cells, they take on the characteristics of Sertoli cells (close-up: lower right) that, however, are normally found in testes of male mice.)