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Dr. Charalampos Mantziaris

Research interests

I am interested in the central neuronal mechanisms that contribute to the coordination between the legs of the stick insect and how they can influence the sensory reflexes and vice versa. I am also particularly interested in oscillatory neural networks and the coupling mechanisms between them. In my experiments I use intra- and extracellular neurophysiological methods and microscopy.


  • Since 2018: University of Cologne, Research assistant (postdoc) at the Büschges Lab
  • 2013 - 2018: University of Cologne, Doctorate in Zoology, Supervisor: Prof. Ansgar Büschges
  • 2011 - 2013: University of Cologne, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Master of Science (M. Sc.) in Biological Sciences
  • 2004 - 2009: Aristoteles University of Thessaloniki, Department of Biology, Bachelor of Science (B. Sc.) in Biology, Focus: Molecular Biology, Genetics and Biotechnology


  • Daun S, Mantziaris C, Tóth T, Büschges A, Rosjat N. 2019. Unravelling intra- and intersegmental neuronal connectivity between central pattern generating networks in a multi-legged locomotor system. PLoS One. 

  • Goldammer J, Mantziaris C, Büschges A, Schmidt J. 2018. Calcium imaging of CPG-evoked activity in efferent neurons of the stick insect. PLoS One.

  • Mantziaris C, Bockemühl T, Büschges A. 2020. Central pattern generating networks in insect locomotion. Dev Neurobiol.

  • Mantziaris C, Bockemühl T, Holmes P, Borgmann A, Daun S, Bueschges A. 2017. Intra- and intersegmental influences among central pattern generating networks in the walking system of the stick insect. J Neurophysiol.