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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
1989-1991 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 Mathematics and Natural Sciences, UoC
since 2018 UoC Vice Rector for Academic Career and Equal Opportunities


Honours, Distinctions and Community Services

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)
2008-2016 Member of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
(DFG) Study Section Neurosciences
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
since 2019 Vice-President of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes


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 – since 2015:


  • Berg EM, Hooper SL, Schmidt J, Büschges A (2015). A leg-local neural mechanism mediates the decision to search in stick insect. Current Biology 25, 2012–2017
  • Gruhn M, Rosenbaum P, Bockemühl T, Büschges A (2016) Body Side-specific Control of Motor Activity during Turning in a Walking Animal. eLife 10.7554/eLife.13799
  • Mantziaris C, Bockemühl T, Holmes P, Daun S, Büschges A (2017) Intersegmental influences 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 and Neuropeptidomic Analysis of the Stick Insect, Carausius morosus. 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 mechanical stimuli. J Neurophysiol 120: 1807–1823.
  • von Twickel A, Guschlbauer C, Hooper SL, Büschges A (2019) Swing Velocity Profiles of Small Limbs Can Arise from Transient Passive Torques of the Antagonist Muscle Alone. Current Biology 29(1):1-12.e7.
  • Dinges GF, Chockley AS, Bockemühl T, Ito K, Blanke A, Büschges A (2020) Location and arrangement of campaniform sensilla in Drosophila melanogaster . J Comp Neurol 1–21.
  • Bidaye SS, Laturney M, Chang AK, Liu Y, Bockemühl T, Büschges A, Scott K (2020) Two Brain Pathways Initiate Distinct Forward Walking Programs in Drosophila. Neuron Aug 12: S0896-6273(20)30576-6. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2020.07.032


Reviews/Books (selected):

  • 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
  • Mantziaris C, Bockemühl T, Büschges A (2020) Central pattern generating networks in insect locomotion. Dev Neurobiol 80(1-2):16-30