Walter Herzog

PhD, Professor, Tier l CRC, Director of the Human Performance Lab

Faculty of Kinesiology


University of Calgary, 1987

PhD - Biomechanics

University of Iowa, 1985

Diploma II - Physical Education, Biomechanics

Federal Technical Institute Zurich, 1978

Diploma I - Physical Education

Federal Technical Institute Zurich, 1977

Contact information


Office: 403.220.8525


Kinesiology : KNB402


Research and teaching

Movement Science & Musculoskeletal Health

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Neuro-Biomechanics
  • Biomechanics


Herzog's 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 he works 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.


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


Walter Herzog CV

Citizenship: Swiss, Canadian

University article in UToday Prestigious Killam Prize awarded to Walter Herzog, pioneer in biomechanics. 

Neuromech TV Interview: It is not about papers, it is about people.  (Interview begins at one minute)


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.


2020-2021   International Scientific Committee Member, IUPESM World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering 2021 (WC2021), Singapore

2019-2022   Scientific Committee Member, European Society of Biomechnaics COngress, Warsaw, Poland 2022

2020-2022   Scientific Advisory Board Member, International oOngress on Science and Skiing (ICSS), Austria, 2022

2019   Young Investigator Award Committee Member, International Society in Science and Sports, Vuokatti, Finland, March 2019

2018-2019   Conference Chair,4th Rocky Mountain Muscle Symposium, Canmore AB

2017-2019   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

2016-2018   Scientific Reviewer/ Scientific Chair of Locomotion and Human Movement for the 8th World Congress of Biomechanics in Dublin, Ireland, July 2018

2016   Borelli Career Award Committee member for the American Society of Biomchanics Conference, raleigh NC, August 2016

2017-present   Reviewer, CIHR College of Reviewers

1990-present   Reviewer, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

2019-present   Editorial Board, BMC Biomedical Engineering

2016-present   Associate Editor, International Journal of Molecular Sciences

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

2016-2022   Member, Nike Sport Research Advisory Board

2019-present   Member, International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology 

2018-present   Co-Leader Human Mobility Group, Biomedical Engineering Calgary Initiative 

2017-present   Chair, SUPPORT: Training and Professional Development, University of Calgary 

2016-present   Elected Honorary Member, Chilean Association for Human Movement Science 

2014-present   Member, Osteoarthritis Research Society International

2015-present   Member, McCaig Executive Council

2013-present   Fellow, Royal Society of Canada

2014-present   Member, Regional Advisory Council for Germany, Uof C's International Strategy Team

2010-present   Member, American Physiological Society

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-present   Member, Brazilian Society of Biomechanics

2000-present   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


Current Grant Support 

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