Erik Herzog

Professor, Department of Biology

Erik Herzog

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Erik Herzog is a chronobiologist and neuroscientist who studies the molecules, cells and circuits that underlie daily rhythms in physiology and behavior. He has discovered a wide array of the mechanisms underlying how circadian clocks regulate physiology, behavior and health.

Herzog’s research is focused on: determining how neurons release neuropeptides that synchronize circadian cells; testing the role of maternal and fetal circadian tissues in timing birth; establishing the ionic basis for daily rhythms in neuronal excitability; and mapping the connections and cell types that underlie daily rhythms as a function of age, sex and the seasons.

Herzog serves as the president of the Society for Research on Biological Rhythms and the director of the St. Louis Neuroscience Pipeline, a National Institutes of Health-funded initiative to increase diversity in the neurosciences.

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Washington People: Erik Herzog

Washington People: Erik Herzog

Erik Herzog, professor of biology in Arts & Sciences, studies the molecules, cells and circuits of mammalian circadian timing. He also supports and encourages younger neuroscience researchers, from elementary school all the way through doctoral programs.