Walter Herzog

Professor, Tier l CRC-Molec/Cell Biomech, HPL Director

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 800 refereed conference proceedings. To view please see his CV above. 


See CV above 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

2012-2022 - 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 


Professional Affiliations

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

2019  Conference Chair, XXVII Congress of the International 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  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, Program 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



Current Grant Support 

2015-2022  CIHR - $345,834/year

2013-2018  NSERC - $115,200/year

2013-2017  Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation - $46,226/year

2011-2021  Killam Memorial Chair - $150,000/year

2011-2022  CIHR Canada Research Chair - $200,000/year