Regulation of intestinal and renal transport of calcium and phosphorous
After graduating in 2003 and a year working in microbiology, Mirja Wilkens started her doctoral research study at the Institute for Physiology, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover. The thesis entitled “Structural and functional studies of the ovine transepithelial calcium transport” was finished in 2006. Although she has also worked on horses, poultry and rats, her main interests have always been vitamin D metabolism and calcium homoeostasis of different ruminant species as summarised in her habituation thesis “Comparative studies on calcium homoeostatic mechanisms in ruminants: Effects of alimentary interventions, lactation and administration of different vitamin D metabolites” that was published in 2016. To address these topics, she combines clinical and feeding trials, balance as well as expression studies and functional investigations of calcium transport mechanisms. In recognition of the importance of her contributions to the field she received the Award for Innovative Veterinary Medicine by the J. & G. Bruns Foundation in 2016 and the Henneberg-Lehmann-Award by the University of Göttingen in 2018.
Her keynote address on "Regulation of intestinal and renal transport of calcium and phosphorous in ruminants" will take place during the ISRP 2019 session "Absorption and Secretion".