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.
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.
The movement to abolish clock-time changes each spring and fall is growing — and so is the scientific evidence. Experts say perennial standard time, or “wintertime,” is the best and safest option for public health.
By activating a small subset of the neurons involved in setting daily rhythms, biologist Erik Herzog in Arts & Sciences has unlocked a cure for jet lag in mice, as reported in a July 12 advance online publication of Neuron.
The century-old government convention of daylight saving time takes effect this weekend, but it can be hard for our bodies to handle. Washington University circadian rhythm expert Erik Herzog offers some tips to help us adjust.