Short CV/Education and training

  • 1998 – 2003
    Studied biology at Mainz University and Leibniz University Hannover, Germany

  • 2003 – 2007
    Doctoral studies in neuroscience at the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Germany, and the Université Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France (project: The inner ear and torpidity)

  • 2007 – 2009
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health, University of Aberdeen, Great Britain (project: Mechanisms of seasonal body mass regulation)

  • 2009 – 2011
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Marie Curie), Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health (project: The influence of thyroid hormones in the hypothalamus on body mass)

  • 2011 – 2012
    Research associate, University of Hamburg, Germany

  • Since 2012
    Emmy Noether group leader, University of Hamburg (project: Molecular mechanisms of seasonal adaptations)

Selected publications

  • Herwig A, de Vries EM, Bolborea M, Wilson D, Mercer JG, Ebling FJ, Morgan PJ, Barrett P. Hypothalamic ventricular ependymal thyroid hormone deiodinases are an important element of circannual timing in the Siberian hamster (Phodopus sungorus). PLoS One 2013; doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0062003. Print 2013.

  • Herwig A, Petri I, Barrett P. Hypothalamic gene expression rapidly changes in response to photoperiod in juvenile Siberian hamsters (Phodopus sungorus). J Neuroendocrinol 2012 24:991-998.

  • Nilaweera K*, Herwig A*, Bolborea M, Campbell G, Mayer CD, Morgan PJ, Ebling FJP, Barrett P. Photoperiodic regulation of glycogen metabolism, glycolysis and glutamine synthesis in tanycytes of the Siberian hamster suggests novel roles of tanycytes in hypothalamic function. Glia 2011; 59:1695-1705.

    * These authors contributed equally to this work.

  • Bouma HR, Kroese FGM, Kok JW, Talaei F, Boerema AS, Herwig A, Draghiciu O, van Buiten A, Epema AH, van Dam A, Strijkstra AM, Henning RH. Low body temperature governs the decline of circulating lymphocytes during hibernation through sphingosine-1-phosphate. PNAS 2011; 108:2052-2057.

  • Herwig A, Wilson D, Logie TJ, Morgan PJ, Mercer JG and Barrett P. Photoperiod and acute energy deficits interact on components of the thyroid hormone system in hypothalamic tanycytes of the Siberian hamster. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol 2009; 296: 1307-1315.

  • Herwig A, Ross AW, Morgan PJ and Barrett P. Hypothalamic thyroid hormone energy balance regulation. Review. Obesity Facts 2008; 1:71-79.

  • Herwig A, Revel FG, Saboureau M, Steinlechner S and Pévet P. Daily torpor, hibernation and the circadian clock. Hypometabolism in Mammals. Hibernation, Torpor and Cryobiology, 2008; 1:125-133.

  • Herwig A, Saboureau M, Pévet P and Steinlechner S. Daily torpor affects the molecular machinery of the circadian clock in Djungarian hamsters (Phodopus sungorus). Eur J Neurosci 2007; 26:2739-2746.

  • Herwig A, Ivanova EA, Lydon H, Barrett P, Steinlechner S and Loudon AS. Histamine H3 receptor and orexin A expression during daily torpor in the Djungarian hamster (Phodopus sungorus). Neuroendocrinol 2007; 19:1001-1007.

  • Revel FG*, Herwig A*, Garidou ML, Dardente H, Menet JS, Masson-Pévet M, Simonneaux V, Saboureau M and Pévet P. The circadian clock of European hamsters (Cricetus critcetus) stops ticking during hibernation. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2007; 104(34):13816-13820.

    * These authors contributed equally to this work.

  • Herwig A, Pévet P, Bothorel B, Steinlechner S, Saboureau M. Trans-pineal microdialysis in the Djungarian hamster (Phodopus sungorus): a tool to study seasonal changes of circadian clock activities. J Pineal Res. 2006; 40(2):177-183.


Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Spokesperson of the section Physiology in the Deutsche Zoologische Gesellschaft (German Zoological Association)

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