Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Herzel

Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Herzel

Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin &
Institut für theoretische Biologie (ITB)
Philippstr. 13
10115 Berlin
Phone: +49 (30) 2093-98402
Fax: +49 (30) 2093-8801

Research Area

Theoretical Biology, Chronobiology, Nonlinear Dynamics

Position and Status

Professor of Theoretical Biology (C4)

Scholarships and awards

1986               Humboldt Prize for Ph.D. Thesis
1993 - 1996    Heisenberg fellowship

Academic Education

1984 - 1986   Ph.D. thesis with Werner Ebeling in Statistical Physics at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
1979 - 1984   Study of Physics at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin


University Degrees

2000   Habilitation (venia legendi) in Theoretical Physics at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
1986   Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
1984   Diploma in Physics, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin



2003 -            Professor of Theoretical Biology, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
1996 - 2003   Professor of Molecular and Cellular Evolution, Humboldt-Universität
1993 - 1996   Heisenberg fellow, University of Iowa and Technical University Berlin
1990 - 1993   Group leader Nonlinear Dynamics, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
1986 - 1990   Research assistant in Theoretical Biophysics, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and State University Moscow

2010 -            Editorial board member of Journal of Biological Rhythms, Biology Direct, Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience
2009 - 2011   Speaker of the BMBF-network “Colonet” (with Christine Sers)
2007 - 2009   Coordinator of IRTG “Genomics and Systems Biology”
2002 - 2013   Board member of SFB “Theoretical Biology”
1996              Co-founder “Institute for Theoretical Biology (ITB)”

  1. Isao T. Tokuda IT, Ono D, Ananthasubramaniam B, Honma S, Honma K-I, Herzel H (2015) Coupling Controls the Synchrony of Clock Cells in Development and Knockouts. Biophysical Journal 109: 2159-2170.
  2. Petzoldt AG, Lee YH, Khorramshahi O, Reynolds E, Plested AJ, Herzel H, Sigrist SJ (2014) Gating characteristics control glutamate receptor distribution and trafficking in vivo. Current Biology 24:2059-2065.
  3. Ananthasubramaniam B, Herzog ED, Herzel H (2014) Timing of neuropeptide coupling determines synchrony and entrainment in the mammalian circadian clock. PLoS Computational Biology 10:e1003565.
  4. Westermark PO, Herzel, H (2013) Mechanisms for 12h rhythm generation by the circadian clock. Cell Reports 3: 1228-1238.
  5. Abraham U, Granada AE, Westermark PO, Heine M, Kramer A, Herzel H (2010) Coupling governs entrainment range of circadian clocks. Molecular Systems Biology 6:438.
  6. Legewie S, Bluethgen N, Herzel H (2006) Mathematical modeling identifies inhibitors of apoptosis as mediators of positive feedbacks and bistability. PLoS Computational Biology 2:e120
  7. Bluethgen N, Herzel H (2003) How robust are switches in intracellular signaling cascades? Journal of Theoretical Biology 225:293-300.
  8. Fitch WT, Neubauer J, Herzel H (2002) Calls out of chaos: the adaptive significance of nonlinear phenomena in animal vocal production. Animal Behaviour 63:407-418.
  9. Mrowka R, Patzak A, Herzel H (2001) Is there a bias in proteome research? Genome Research 11: 1971-1973.
  10. Herzel H, Weiss O, Trifonov EN (1999) 10-11 bp sequence periodicities in complete genomes reflect protein structure and DNA folding. Bioinformatics 15: 187-193.