University of Calgary

Walter Herzog

  • Tier l CRC-Molec/Cell Biomech
  • Professor
  • Herzog Research Group
  • Director - Human Performance Lab
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Research Interests

Movement Science & Musculoskeletal Health:


Director, Human Performance Laboratory
Professor, Faculties of Kinesiology and Engineering
Adjunct Professor, Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Surgery
Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) for Cellular and Molecular Biomechanics


Born: February 19, 1955, Leuggern, Switzerland
Citizenship: Swiss, Canadian


1971-1974 High School Baden Graduated with Matura Diploma C (Natural Sciences Branch)
1974-1977 Federal Technical Institute Zurich Graduated with Diploma I in Physical Education
1977-1978 Federal Technical Institute Zurich Graduated with Diploma II in Physical Education (Biomechanics)
1979-1985 University of Iowa, Iowa City Graduated with Ph.D. degree in Biomechanics
1985-1987 The University of Calgary, Calgary Postdoc


My research is focused on the neuro-biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system with emphasis on mechanisms of muscle contraction focusing on the role of the structural protein titin, and the biomechanics of joints focusing on mechanisms of onset and progression of osteoarthritis. Expertise is in the area of growth, healing, and adaptation of soft (ligament, tendon, muscle, and articular cartilage) and hard (bone) tissues. Within this area we work experimentally and theoretically on the molecular/cellular, in vitro, in situ, and in vivo level. It also includes cell manipulation and mechanical testing and finite element modeling, continuum mechanics, simulations and theories of growth and adaptation.


Recent Awards and Honours
See Curriculum Vitae (PDF format) for a complete list

2018 Killam Prize in Engineering from Canada Council for the Arts for body of work in musculoskeletal biomechanics
2017 Geoffrey Dyson Career Award from the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports
2001-2022 Canada Research Chair in Cellular and Molecular Biomechanics, Tier I 
2011-2021 Killam Memorial Chair
2016-2019 Chair Person, 27th International Society of Biomechanics Conference to be hosted in Calgary in 2019
2016 Elected Honorary Member, Chilean Association for Human Movement Science
2015 Inaugural Fellowship - International Society of Biomechanics
2015 Kinesiology Outstanding Supervisor Award
2015 Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program Outstanding Supervisor Award
2013 Induction into the Royal Society of Canada Fellowship
2012 Izaak Walton Killam Graduate Supervision & Mentoring Award
2011 American Society of Biomechanics, Elected Fellow
2007-2009 President‑International Society of Biomechanics
 2006 Canadian Society for Biomechanics, Elected Fellow and Career Award
 2006 Winner, ASB Borelli Award, Premier Research Award of the American Society of Biomechanics
Presentation, Title: Of myosins, muscles and mechanisms of contraction
2003-2004 President, American Society for Biomechanics
 2003 Winner of the Inaugural Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Supervision, University of Calgary
 2002 Winner of the President's Circle Award for Excellence and Creativity in Scientific Research, University of Calgary 
2001 Inaugural Research excellence Award, Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB
1995-1997 President, Canadian Society for Biomechanics 


2019 Conference Chair,4th Rocky Mountain Muscle Symposium, Canmore AB
2019 Conference Chair, XXVII Congress of theInternational Society of Biomechanics, Calgary AB, July 31 - August 4, 2019
2017-2021 Vice-chair, Motor Control Group, International Society of Biomechanics
2016 Scientific Reviewer, 19th Biennal Meeting of the Canadian Society of Biomechanics, Hamilton ON, July 2016
2016-2018 Scientific Chair of Locomotion and Human Movement for the 8th World Congress of Biomechanics in Dublin, Ireland, July 2018
2016 Jim Hay Memorial Award Committee Member for the American Society of Biomechanics Conference, Raleigh NC, August 2016
2016 Scientific Committee member for Canadian Society of Biomechanics Conference, Hamilton ON, July 2016
2016 Scientific Advisory Board Committee member for the European Society of Biomechanics Conference in Lyon, France, July 2016
2016 Student Award Committee member for the European Society of Biomechanics Conference in Lyon, France, July 2016
2016 Borelli Career Award Committee member for the American Society of Biomchanics Conference, raleigh NC, August 2016
2016 International Scientific Committee member for the 16th International Conference on BioMedical Engineering, Singapore, December 2016
1990-present Reviewer, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
2016-present Editorial Board, Chiropractic & Manual Therapies
2015-present Editorial Board, The Current Issues of Sport Science (CISS)
2015-present Editorial Board, Journal of Functional Morphology and Kinesiology
2015-present Editorial Board, Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
2015-present Advisory Board, German Journal of Sport Sciences
2015-present Editorial Board, International Journal of Mechnical and Materials Engineering
2015-present Advisory Board, Sportwissenschaft Journal
2011-present Co-Editor in Chief, Journal of Sport and Health Science
2010-present Editorial Board, Muscles, Ligaments and Tendons Journal
2006-present International Board Member, Sportorthopaedie-Sporttraumatologie
2005-present Editorial Board, Sports-Orthopaedics and Sports-Traumatology
2005-present  Editorial Board, Molecular and Cellular Biomechanics
2004-present Associate Editor, exercise and Sports Science Reviews
2002-present Associate Editor, IEEE, Transactions in Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
2002-present Editorial Board, Journal of Biomechanics
1997-present Editorial Board, Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
1990-present Editorial Board, Journal of manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics
1990-present Editorial Board, Journal of the canadian Chiropractic Association
1995-present Editorial Board, Sportverletzung Sportschaden
2016-2019 Member, Nike Sport Research Advisory Board
2014-2016 Faculty Council Representative, The Office of the Chancellor and Senate, UofC
2015-2016 Chair, Porgram Advisory Committee for NSERC CREATE SUPPORT
2015-present Member, McCaig Executive Council
2014-2016 Member, Faculty Promotion Committee & Research and Sholarly Leave Committee, UofC
2014-present Member, Regional Advisory Council for Germany, Uof C's International Strategy Team
2014-2017 NAU Keck Foundation, Program Committee Member
2014-present Member, executive Committee of UCARE, Animal Resources Committee
2012-present Member, University Strategic Biomedical Engineering Committee, UofC
2012-present Member, Grant Submission SUPPORT Team, UofC
2000-present Member, Orthopaedic Research Society, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
1995-present Member, Biophysical Society
2017 Member, Brazilian Society of Biomechanics
2000-Lifetime Member, International Society of Biomechanics
1993-present Member, American Association for the Advancement of Science
1987-present Member, Canadian Society of Biomechanics
1983-present Member, American Society of Biomechanics
2004-present Member, European Society of Biomechanics
2013-present Member, European Society of Sport Science


2015-2022 CIHR - $345,834/year
2020-2025 NSERC - $138,000/year
2013-2021 Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation - $47,076/year
2011-2021 Killam Memorial Chair - $150,000/year
2011-2022 CIHR Canada Research Chair - $200,000/year
2020-2022 The Arthritis Society - $120,000/year
2018-2021 Alberta Spine Foundation - $75,000


More than 500 publications in scientific refereed journals, as well as author/editor of 6 books and over 50 book chapters, and over 900 refereed conference proceedings.
To view please see Walter Herzog's Curriculum Vitae.

Curriculum Vitae


  • PhD - Biomechanics
    University of Iowa, 1985
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