Prof Herbert Herzog

Laboratory Head - Eating Disorders

Prof Herbert Herzog

Since completing my PhD studies in 1989 the achievements of my research have been recognised by awards of the prestigious Erwin Schrödinger Postdoctoral Fellowship (1991), my Habilitation at the Free University in Berlin (1996), the award of a Wellcome Trust Fellowship (1999), the appointment to NHM

Research Level

Senior Principal Research Fellow


Since completing my PhD studies in 1989 the achievements of my research have been recognised by awards of the prestigious Erwin Schrödinger Postdoctoral Fellowship (1991), my Habilitation at the Free University in Berlin (1996), the award of a Wellcome Trust Fellowship (1999), the appointment to NHMRC Senior Research Fellow in 2002 and promotion to NHMRC Principal Research Fellow in 2007 and 2011 and promotion to NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow in 2016,  my appointment as Director of the Neuroscience Program at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in 2005. Over the years I have developed and established myself as a world leader in obesity research with a special focus on neuropeptides that control energy homeostasis centrally as well as peripherally.

My achievements have been recognised through invitations to present keynote and plenary lectures at numerous national and international conferences as well as invitations to present at seminar series of different national and international organisations including industry. I have received the ‘Victor Mutt Award” from the International Regulatory Peptide Society in 2009 and was invited to give the ANS plenary lecture in 2010, the highest reward given by the society.

My commitment is to undertake high-quality research in the neurobiology area with a specific focus on determining the fundamental processes that can lead to the development of type 2 diabetes, obesity or the other extreme anorexia, to translate this into potential health outcomes for affected individuals with these conditions. To do this I am continuously developing novel sophisticated transgenic and knockout mouse models and investigate them with an integrated physiology approach and also link this to human studies. I am also interested in how homeostatic processes that regulate bodyweight are coordinated with other homeostatic processes in the body, like the one that control bone mass. I am a great believer in collaborative approaches combining the expertise from different research areas ranging from basic science to clinical studies to maximise the increase in knowledge on complex systems.

Currently I am actively involved in four national and eight international research collaborations. The later ones have attracted a considerable amount of funding from international granting bodies including the Human Frontiers Science Program, Wellcome Trust and the Japanese Government.

Awards and Honours

NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow
Wellcome Trust Visiting Fellowship
Research Fellowship from the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science
Barbara Ell Lecture
ANS Plenary Lecture
Victor Mutt Award (International Society for Regulatory Peptides)
Barbara Ell Seminar Series Lecturer
Erwin Schrodinger Fellowship


2005 - Leadership Development Program, Melbourne Business School - Australia
1996 - Doctor of Science, Free University of Berlin - Germany
1989 - PhD, University of Innsbruck - Austria
1986 - BSc, University of Innsbruck - Austria

Selected Publications

Chi Kin Ip, Lei Zhang, Aitak Farzi, Ireni Clarke, Felicia Reed, Yan-Chuan Shi, Ronaldo Enriquez, Yue Qi, Chris Dayas, Bret Graham, Denovan Begg, Jens C Brüning, Nicola J Lee, Diana Hernandez-Sanchez, Gopana Gopalasingam,Julia Koller, Ramon Tasan, Günther Sperk & Herbert Herzog. (2019) Amygdala NPY circuits promote the development of accelerated obesity under chronic stress conditions. Cell Metabolism, in press.

Seiki Fujiwara, Dennis Lex, Hiroyuki Takao, Masahiro Gando, Ryujiro Hara, Herbert Herzog, Akihiko Yoshimura, Hitoshi Okamura, Josef M. Penninger, Arthur S. Slutsky, Stefan Uhlig, Keiji Kuba, & Yumiko Imai (2018) Pulmonary phagocyt-derived NPY and Y1 receptor axis controls the pathology of severe influenza virus infection. Nature Microbiology,  Nov 19. doi: 10.1038/s41564-018-0289-1

Zhang, L., Ip, CK., Lee, I-Chieh J., Reed, F., Qi, Y., Karl, T., Low, JK., Baldock, P.A. & Herzog, H. (2018) Diet-induced adaptive thermogenesis requires Neuropeptide FF receptor-2 signalling. Nat Commmun.  Nov 9;9(1):4722. doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-06462-0

Farzi, A., Lau, Ip, CK., Qi, Y., Shi, YC., Zhang, L., Tasan, R., Sperk, & Herzog, H. (2018) Opposing effects of arcuate nucleus and lateral hypothalamic CART neurons on energy expenditure. elife, Aug 21;7. pii: e36494.

Lee, N.J., Zhang, L., Clarke, I.M., Enriquez, R.F., Ali, N., Brzozowska, M., Lee, I.C., Laybutt, R.D., Rogers, M., Center, J.R., Baldock, P.A. & Herzog, H. (2018) Osteoglycin, a novel coordinator of bone and glucose homeostasis. Mol Metabolism May 8. pii: S2212-8778(18)30295-3. – Highlighted in Nature Review Endocrinology

Lau, J., Farzi, A., Qi, Y.,  Heilbronn, R., Mietzsch, M., Shi, Y.C. &  Herzog, H. (2018) CART neurons in the arcuate nucleus and lateral hypothalamic area exert differential controls on energy homeostasis. Molecular Metabolism. Jan;7:102-118.

Loh K, Shi YC, Walters S, Bensellam M, Lee K, Dezaki K, Nakata M, Ip CK, Chan JY, Gurzov EN, Thomas HE, Waibel M, Cantley J, Kay TW, Yada T, Laybutt DR, Grey ST, Herzog H. (2017) Inhibition of Y1 receptor signaling improves islet transplant outcome. Nat Commun. 2017 Sep 8;8(1):490.

Wang, Q.P.,  Simpson, S.J., Herzog, H. & Neely, G.G. (2017) Chronic Sucralose or L-Glucose Ingestion does not Suppress Food Intake. Cell Metabolism.   1;26(2):279-280.

Loh, K., Zhang,  L., Brandon, A.,  Wang, Q.,  Begg, D.,  Qi,  Y.,  Fu, M.,  Kulkarni, R.,  Teo, J.,  Baldock, P.,  Bruning, JC.,  Cooney, G.,  Neely, G. &  Herzog, H. (2017) Insulin Controls Food Intake and Energy Balance via NPY Neurons. Molecular Metabolism. 12;6(6):574-584

Wang, Q.P.,  Lin, Y.Q., Zhang, L., Wilson, Y.A.,  Oyston,  L.J.,  Cotterell, J., Qi, Y.,  Khuong, T.M., Bakhshi, N., Planchenault, Y.,  Browman, D.T., Lau, M.T., Cole, T.A.,  Wong, N.,  Simpson, S.J., Cole, A.R.,  Penninger, J.M., Herzog, H*. & Neely, G.G*. (2016) Artificial sweeteners promote food intake through a neuronal fasting response. Cell Metabolism. 24(1):75-90. *co-correspondent

Shi, Y.C., Loh, K., Bensellam, M., Zhai, L., Lee, K., Lau, K., Cantley, K.J., Laybutt, D.R., & Herzog, H. (2015) Pancreatic PYY is critical in the control of insulin secretion and glucose homeostasis in mice. Endocrinology, 156(9):3122-36. (Cover)

Lee, N.J., Nguyen, A.D., Enriquez, R.F., Luzuriaga, J., Bensellam, M., Rogers, M., Laybutt, D.R., Baldock, P.A., Herzog, H. (2015) NPY signalling in osteoblasts controls glucose homeostasis. Molecular Metabolism. 4(3), 164-174.

Yulyaningsih, E., Loh, K., Lin, S., Lau, J., Zhang, L., Shi, Y., Berning, B.A., Enriquez, R., Driessler, F., Macia, L., Khor, E.C., Qi, Y., Baldock, P., Sainsbury, A., Herzog, H. (2014) Pancreatic polypeptide controls energy homeostasis via Npy6r signaling in the suprachiasmatic nucleus in mice. Cell Metabolism. 19(1), 58-72.

Zhang, L., Lee, I-C.J, Enriquez, R.F., Lau, J., Vähätalo, L.H., Baldock, P.A., Savontaus, E., Herzog, H. (2014) Stress- and diet-induced fat gain is controlled by NPY in catecholaminergic neurons. Molecular Metabolism. 3(5), 581-591.

Shi, Y-C., Lau, J., Lin, Z., Zhang, H., Zhai, L., Sperk, G., Heilbronn, R., Mietzsch, M., Weger, S., Huang, X-F., Baldock, P., Ernriquez, R., Zhang, L. Sainsbury, A., Herzog, H.*, Lin, S*. (2013) Arcuate NPY controls sympathetic output and BAT function via a relay of tyrosine hydroxylase neurons in the PVN. Cell Metabolism. 17(2), 236-48. *equal last authors

Macia, L., Yulyaningsigh, E., Pangon, L., Nguyen, A.D., Lin, S., Shi, YC., Zhang, L., Bijker, M., Grey, S., Mackay, F., Sainsbury, A., Herzog, H. (2012) Neuropeptide Y1 receptor in immune cells regulates inflammation and insulin resistance associated with diet-induced obesity. Diabetes. 61(12), 3228-3238.

Cox, H.M., Iain, R., Tough, R.I., Woolston, A.M., Zhang, L., Nguyen, A.D., Sainsbury, A. Herzog H (2010) Peptide YY is critical for Gpr119-induced activation of gastrointestinal mucosal responses.  Cell Metabolism. 11(6), 532-542.

Johnen, H., Lin, S., Kuffner, T., Brown, D.A., Tsai, V.W.W., Bauskin, A.R., Wu, L., Pankhurst, G., Jiang, L., Junankar, S., Hunter, M., Fairlie, W.D., Lee, N.J., Enriquez, R.F., Baldock, P.A., Corey, E., Apple, F.S., Murakami, M.M., Lin, E.J., Wang, C., During, M.J., Sainsbury, A., Breit, S.N.* & Herzog, H.* (2007) Tumour-induced anorexia and weight loss are mediated by the TGF-b superfamily cytokine MIC-1. Nat. Med. 13(11), 1333-1340. *equal last authors

Kuo, L.E., Kitlinska, J.B., Tilan, J.U., Li, L., Baker, S.B., Johnson, M.D., Lee, E.W., Burnett, M.S., Fricke, S.T., Kvetnansky, R.K., Herzog, H., Zukowska, Z. (2007) Neuropeptide Y acts directly in the periphery on fat tissue and mediates stress-induced obesity and metabolic syndrome. Nat. Med. 13(7), 803-11.

Batterham, R.L., Chivers, J.E., Kapoor, S., Heffron, H., Le Roux, C.W., Thomas, L., Bell, J.D., Herzog, H., Withers, D.J. (2006) Critical role for peptide YY in protein-mediated satiation and body weight regulation. Cell Metabolism. 4(3), 223-233.

Sainsbury, A., Bergen, H.T., Boey, D., Bamming, D., Cooney, G., Lin, S., Couzens, M., Stroth, N., Lee, N.J., Herzog, H. (2006) Y2Y4 receptor double knockout protects against obesity due to a high-fat diet or Y1 receptor deficiency in mice. Diabetes. 55(1), 19-26.

Wheway, J., Mackay, C.R., Newton, R., Sainsbury-Salis, A., Boey, D., Mackay, F.* & Herzog, H.* (2005) A fundamental bimodal role for neuropeptide Y1 receptor in the immune system. J. Exp. Med. 202(11), 1527-38. *equal last authors

Karl, T., Schwarzer, C., Lin, S., Sainsbury, A., Boey, D. Couzens, M., von Hörsten, S., Herzog, H. (2004) Y1 receptors regulate aggressive behavior by modulating sertonin pathways. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA (Track II). 101, 12742-12747.

Sainsbury, A., Schwarzer, C., Couzens, M., Herzog, H. (2002) Y2 receptor deletion attenuates the diabetic syndrome of genetically obese ob/ob mice. Diabetes. 51(12), 3420-3427.

Batterham, R., Cowley, M., Small, C., Herzog, H., Cohen, M., Dakin, C., Wren, A., Brynes, A., Low, M., Ghatei, M., Cone, R., Bloom, S. (2002) Gut hormone, PYY3-36 physiologically inhibits food intake. Nature.  418, 650-654.

Sainsbury, A., Schwarzer, C., Couzens, M., Fetissov, S., Fürtinger, S., Jenkins, A., Cox, H.M., Sperk, G., Hökfelt, T., Herzog, H. (2002) Important role of hypothalamic Y2 receptors in body weight regulation revealed in conditional knockout mice. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA (Track II). 99, 8938-8943.

Sainsbury, A., Schwarzer, C. Couzens, M., Jenkins, A., Oakes, S.R., Ormandy, C.J., Herzog, H. (2002) Y4 receptor knockout rescues fertility in ob/ob mice. Genes Dev. 16, 1077-1088.

Baldock, P.A., Sainsbury, A., Couzens, M., Enriquez, R.F., Gardiner, E.M., Herzog, H. (2002) Hypothalamic Y2 receptors regulate bone formation. J. Clin. Invest. 109, 915-921.