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Prof. Dr. Ansgar Büschges

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Prof. Dr. Ansgar Büschges


Institute of Zoology
University of Cologne
Biocenter Cologne
Zülpicher Strasse 47b
50674 Cologne

Tel: 0221-470-2607
Fax: 0221-470-4889


Birthday: April 1st, 1961 in Aldekerk/Germany; married; 2 children

Education and Affiliations

1986 Diploma thesis in the Department of Biological Cybernetics of Prof. Dr. H. Cruse at the Fac. of Biologie at the University of Bielefeld
1986-1989 Graduate student in the Department of Animal Physiology with Prof. Dr. U. Bässler, Division of Biology at the Univ. of Kaiserslautern
1989 Dissertation (PhD / Dr. rer. nat.) at the University of Kaiserslautern
1989 Postdoctoral fellow, Dept. of Animal Physiology with Prof. Dr. U. Bässler
1989-1991 Postdoctoral Fellow in the Fac. of Medicine, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, with Prof. Dr. K.G. Pearson
1991-1997 Research Associate (C1) in the Department of Animal Physiology in the Division of Biology at the University of Kaiserslautern
1995 Habilitation for Zoology
1997-1998 Visiting scientist at the Nobel Institute for Neurophysiology with Prof. Dr. S. Grillner, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
since 1998 Head of the Department of Animal Physiology at the Institute for Zoology at the University of Cologne
Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study Berlin; convenor of the special research group on „Neural Control of Locomotion“
2011-2014   Dean of Research of the Faculty of Math. and Natural Sciences,UoC
2014-2017 Dean of the Faculty of Math. and Natural Sciences, UoC
since 2018 Vice Rector for Academic Staff of the UoC



1989-1991 Fellowship of Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research
1997-1998 Heisenberg-Fellow of the DFG
1997-1998 Research Fellowship of the Axel-Wenner-Gren-Foundation
2001-2002 Daimler-Chrysler-Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study Berlin
2010 Offer from the TU Munich (declined)
2007-2015 Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), guest advisor of the Zoology Study Section (FK Zoologie, 203)
since 2012 Member of the Academy of Sciences and Arts of the Province of North-Rhine-Westfalia
since 2012 Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Biozentrum Würzburg
since 2015 Member of the Directorate (Vorstand) of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes
Ad hoc Reviewing for Scientific Journals:
Acta Physiologica Scandinavica, Adaptive Behavior, BioScience, Biological Cybernetics, Current Biology, European Journal of Neuroscience, Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, Frontiers in Invertebrate Physiology, Frontiers in Physiology, Frontiers in Decision Making, Journal of Comparative Physiology A, Journal of Neuroscience Methods, Journal of Physiology (Paris), Nature, Nature Neuroscience, Naturwissenschaften, Neuroscience, Neuroscience Research, PLoS ONE, PNAS, The Journal of Experimental Biology, The Journal of Neurobiology, The Journal of Neuroscience, Theory in Biological Sciences, Trends in Neurosciences

Regular Reviewing Duties for International Science Funding Agencies:
CNRS Evaluation Committee, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (Excellence Initiative, GRK, SFB, SPP), BBSRC (London, U.K.), FWF (Austria), GIF (Isreal), GREAT LAKES FISHERY COMMISSION (CDN), The Welcome Trust (London, U.K.), NSF (USA), United-States-Israel BSF (Jerusalem, Israel)

Member of Editorial Boards of Scientific Journals:
The Journal of Neurophysiology (Editorial Board); Biological Cybernetics (Editorial Board); Frontiers in Neuroscience (Review Editor), Frontiers in Physiology (Review Editor), Journal of Comparative Physiology A (Advisory Board Member)

Selected original publications – past three years:

  • Rosenbaum R, Schmitz J, Schmidt J, Büschges A (2015) Task-dependent Modification of Leg Motor Neuron Synaptic Input Underlying Changes in Walking Direction and Walking Speed. J. Neurophysiol. 114, 1090-1101
  • Schmitz J, Gruhn M, Büschges A (2015). The role of leg touchdown for the control of locomotor activity in the walking stick insect.J. Neurophysiol.113, 2309-2320.
  • Berg EM, Hooper SL, Schmidt J, Büschges A (2015). A leg-local neural mechanism mediates the decision to search in stick insect. Current Biology25, 2012–2017
  • GruhnM, Rosenbaum P, Bockemühl T, BüschgesA (2016) Body Side-specific Control of Motor Activity during Turning in a Walking Animal.eLife 10.7554/eLife.13799
  • Berendes V, Zill SN, Büschges A, Bockemühl T (2016) Speed-dependent interplay between local pattern-generating activity and sensory signals during walking in Drosophila.J. Exp. Biol. 219: 3781-3793
  • Mantziaris C, Bockemühl T, Holmes P, Daun S, Büschges A (2017) Intersegmentalinfluences between central pattern generating networks in the walking system of the stick insect. J. Neurophysiol.118: 2296-2310
  • Ryczko D, Grätsch S, Schläger L, Keuyalian A, Boukhatem Z, Garcia C, Auclair F, Büschges A, Dubuc R (2017) Nigral glutamatergic neurons control the speed of locomotion.J.Neurosci.37(40):9759-9770.
  • Liessem S, Ragionieri L, Neupert S, Büschges A, Predel R (2018) Transcriptomic andNeuropeptidomic Analysis of the Stick Insect, Carausiusmorosus.J. Proteome Res. 17(6): 2192-2204.
  • Zill SN, Dallmann CJ, Büschges A, Chaudhry S, Schmitz J (2018) Force dynamics and synergist muscle activation in stick insects: the effects of using joint torques as mechanicalstimuli. J.Neurophysiol.120: 1807–1823.

Reviews/Books (selected):

  • Buschmann A, Ewald A, von Twickel A, Büschges A (2015) Controlling legs for locomotion—insights from robotics and neurobiology. Bioinspir.Biomim. 10, 041001
  • Hooper SL, Büschges A (2017) Neurobiology of Motor Control – Fundamental Concepts and New Directions. S.L. Hooper & A. Büschges (eds.) Wiley Blackwell
  • Biday SS, Bockemühl T,Büschges A(2018) Six-legged walking in insects: how CPGs, peripheral feedback, and descending signals generate coordinated and adaptive motor rhythms.J.Neurophysiol.119: 459-475