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The University of Aberdeen Institute for Complex Systems and Mathematical Biology
Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics
Department of Physics
Old Aberdeen Meston Building Room MT 340


2004 PhD in Nonlinear Dynamics (Mathematical Physics/Applied Mathematics)

2004-2006 Post-Doc, University of Potsdam (Germany)

2006-2010 RCUK Academic Research Fellow (UoA)

2010-2011 Lecturer

2011-2013 Senior Lecturer

2013-2016 Reader

2016-        Professor


Research Interests

Dynamical Systems Theory; Recurrences; Mathematical Modelling; Hypothesis Testing; Surrogates; Mathematics of Distance Inequalities; Network Theory; Emergent Properties; Synchronisation; Gene Expression; Bacterial Responses to Multiple Stresses; Computational Neuroscience

Current Research

Mathematics of Distance Inequalities; Mathematical Modelling; Gene Expression; Bacterial Stress Responses


Bjoern Schelter; Celso Grebogi; Geoffrey Robinson; Maria Carmen Romano; Klaus Lehnertz

Research Grants

  • ''Combinatorial Responses of Fungal Pathogens to Their Human Hosts: an Integrative Systems Biology Approach,'' A. Brown, G. Coghill, N. Gow, K. Haynes, A. Moura, M. Romano, J. Stark, and M. Thiel, SABR/BBSRC, 2007-2012, £5,750,000 (fec)
  • ''Ribosomal Traffic Flow on the mRNA as a Regulator of Cellular Protein Production: an Integrated Modelling and Experimental Analysis,'' M. Romano, M. Thiel, I. Stansfield and C. Grebogi, BBSRC, 2009-2011, £679,344 (fec)

Teaching Responsibilities

PX 1511 The Physical Universe 2 (Electromagnetism)
PX 4514 Modelling Theory
PX 5001 Project in Modelling Complex Systems
PX 5501 Nonlinear Dynamics II / Time Series Analysis

Further Info

Admin Responsibilities

Deputy Director of the Institute for Complex Systems and Mathematical Biology



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Contributions to Journals


  • Cecchini, G., Thiel, M., Schelter, B. & Sommerlade, L. (in press). 'Improving Network Inference: The Impact of False Positive and False Negative Conclusions about the Presence or Absence of Links'. Journal of Neuroscience Methods.
  • Shiells, H., Thiel, M., Wischik, C. & Schelter, B. (2017). 'The effect of latent confounding processes on the estimation of the strength of causal influences in chain-type networks'. Medical Research Archives , vol 5, no. 9, 1298.
    [Online] AURA: document.pdf
  • Zou, Y., Donner, RV., Thiel, M. & Kurths, J. (2016). 'Disentangling regular and chaotic motion in the standard map using complex network analysis of recurrences in phase space'. Chaos, vol 26, no. 2, 023120.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1063/1.4942584
  • Heldt, FS., Brackley, CA., Grebogi, C. & Thiel, M. (2015). 'Community control in cellular protein production: consequences for amino acid starvation'. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical & Engineering Sciences, vol 373, no. 2056, 20150107.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1098/rsta.2015.0107
    [Online] AURA: postprint.pdf
  • Chandrasekaran, K., Kaloriti, D., Tillmann, AT., Yin, Z., Herrero De Dios, C., Jacobsen, MD., Belmonte, RC., Cameron, G., Haynes, K., Grebogi, C., de Moura, APS., Gow, NAR., Thiel, M., Quinn, J., Brown, AJP. & Romano, MC. (2015). 'Integrative Model of Oxidative Stress Adaptation in the Fungal Pathogen Candida albicans'. PLoS ONE, vol 10, no. 9, 0137750.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0137750
    [Online] AURA: Integrative_Model_of_Oxidative_Stress.pdf
  • Mader, W., Mader, M., Timmer, J., Thiel, M. & Schelter, B. (2015). 'Networks: On the relation of bi- and multivariate measures'. Scientific Reports, vol 5, 10805.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1038/srep10805
    [Online] AURA: srep10805.pdf
  • Tillmann, AT., Strijbis, K., Cameron, G., Radmaneshfar, E., Thiel, M., Munro, CA., MacCallum, DM., Distel, B., Gow, NAR. & Brown, AJP. (2015). 'Contribution of Fdh3 and Glr1 to Glutathione Redox State, Stress Adaptation and Virulence in Candida albicans'. PloS one, vol 10, no. 6, e0126940.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0126940
    [Online] AURA: PlosOne_0126940.pdf
  • Elsegai, H., Shiells, H., Thiel, M. & Schelter, B. (2015). 'Network inference in the presence of latent confounders: The role of instantaneous causalities'. Journal of Neuroscience Methods, vol 245, pp. 91-106.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1016/j.jneumeth.2015.02.015
  • Sommerlade, L., Thiel, M., Mader, M., Mader, W., Timmer, J., Platt, B. & Schelter, B. (2015). 'Assessing the strength of directed influences among neural signals: An approach to noisy data'. Journal of Neuroscience Methods, vol 239, pp. 47-64.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1016/j.jneumeth.2014.09.007
    [Online] AURA: Observational_Noise.pdf
  • Sommerlade, L., Mader, M., Mader, W., Timmer, J., Thiel, M., Grebogi, C. & Schelter, B. (2014). 'Optimized spectral estimation for nonlinear synchronizing systems'. Physical Review. E, Statistical, Nonlinear and Soft Matter Physics, vol 89, no. 3, 032912.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.89.032912
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