Dr Volker Herzig

Senior Research Officer

Institute for Molecular Bioscience
+61 7 334 62018


I am a Senior Research Officer at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB), UQ. My focus of research is the biodiscovery of novel arthropod venom components, in particular venom peptides, for potential applications in basic science, medicine and agriculture. For this purpose, I have compiled the world's largest collection of arachnid venoms (currently comrpising venoms from 520 spiders and 130 scorpions). These venoms are currently utilized in a wide range of collaborative research projects all around the world - please contact me if you have an interesting molecular target or target organism that could benfit from screening a diverse collection of arachnid venoms.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, T�bingen


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  • Doctor Philosophy

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Featured Publications

Book Chapter

  • Fry, B. G., Undheim, E. A. B., Jackson, T. N. W., Georgieva, D., Vetter, I., Calvete, J. J., Schieb, H., Cribb, B. W., Yang, D. C., Daly, N. L., Manchadi, M. L. Roy, Gutierrez, J. M., Roelants, K., Lomonte, B., Nicholson, G. M., Dziemborowicz, S., Lavergne, V., Ragnarsson, L., Rash, L. D., Mobli, M., Hodgson, W. C., Casewell, N. R., Nouwens, A., Wagstaff, S. C., Ali, S. A., Whitehead, D. L., Herzig, V., Monagle, P., Kurniawan, N. D., Reeks, T. and Sunagar, K. (2015). Research methods. In Venomous reptiles and their toxins: evolution, pathophysiology and biodiscovery (pp. 153-214) New York, NY, United States: Oxford University Press.

  • Smith, Jennifer J., Lau, Carus Ho Yee, Herzig, Volker, Ikonomopoulou, Maria P., Rash, Lachlan D. and King, Glenn F. (2015). Therapeutic applications of spider-venom peptides. In Glenn F. King (Ed.), Venoms to Drugs: Venom as a Source for the Development of Human Therapeutics (pp. 221-244) Cambridge, United Kingdom: Royal Society of Chemistry.. doi:10.1039/9781849737876-00221

  • Herzig, Volker and King, Glenn F. (2013). The Neurotoxic Mode of Action of Venoms from the Spider Family Theraphosidae. In Wolfgang Nentwig (Ed.), Spider Ecophysiology (pp. 203-215) Heidelberg, Germany: Springer-Verlag. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-33989-9_15

  • Herzig, V. and King, G. F. (2010). Addendum: Spider toxins and their potential for insect control. In Lawrence I. Gilbert and Sarjeet S. Gill (Ed.), Insect pharmacology: Channels, receptors, toxins and enzymes (pp. 119-123) London, U.K.: Academic Press.

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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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