Professor Marco Thiel

Professor Marco Thiel

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Professor Marco Thiel
Professor Marco Thiel

Contact Details

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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

Applied Mathematics; Mathematical Modelling; Data Analysis; Dynamical Systems Theory; Recurrences; Mathematics of Distance Inequalities; Network Theory; Computational Mathematics

Current Research

Mathematical Modelling; Data Analysis; Data Based Modelling; Mathematics of Distance Inequalities;


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 4514 Modelling Theory
PX 5001 Project in Modelling Complex Systems
PX 5501 Nonlinear Dynamics I & II

TBC Data Science: from data to insight

Further Info

Admin Responsibilities

Deputy Director of the Institute for Complex Systems and Mathematical Biology



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  • Nawrath, J, Romano, MC, Thiel, M, Kiss, IZ, Wickramasinghe, M, Timmer, J, Kurths, J & Schelter, B 2010, 'Distinguishing Direct from Indirect Interactions in Oscillatory Networks with Multiple Time Scales', Physical Review Letters, vol. 104, no. 3, 038701. [Online] DOI:
  • Van Leeuwen, P, Geue, D, Thiel, M, Lange, S, Cysarz, D, Romano, MC, Kurths, J & Grönemeyer, DHW 2010, Fetal maternal heart rate entrainment under controlled maternal breathing. in 17th International Conference on Biomagnetism Advances in Biomagnetism - Biomag2010. vol. 28, pp. 262-265, 17th International Conference on Biomagnetism Advances in Biomagnetism, Biomag2010, Dubrovnik, Croatia, 28/03/10. [Online] DOI:
  • Brackley, CA, Ebenhoeh, O, Grebogi, C, Kurths, J, de Moura, A, Romano, MC & Thiel, M 2010, 'Introduction to Focus Issue: Dynamics in Systems Biology', Chaos, vol. 20, no. 4, 045101. [Online] DOI:
  • Brackley, CA, Romano, MC, Grebogi, C & Thiel, M 2010, 'Limited resources in a driven diffusion process', Physical Review Letters, vol. 105, no. 7, 078102. [Online] DOI:
  • Thiel, M, Kurths, J, Romano, MC, Karolyi, G & de Moura, APS (eds) 2010, Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos: Advances and Perspectives. Understanding Complex Systems, Springer-Verlag, Dordrecht, Netherlands. [Online] DOI:
  • Brackley, CA, Romano, MC & Thiel, M 2010, 'Slow sites in an exclusion process with limited resources', Physical Review. E, Statistical, Nonlinear and Soft Matter Physics, vol. 82, no. 5 Pt 1, 051920. [Online] DOI:
  • Komalapriya, C, Romano , MC, Thiel, M, Schwarz, U, Kurths, J, Simonotto, J, Furman, M, Ditto, WL & Carney, PR 2009, 'Analysis of high-resolution microelectrode EEG recordings in an animal model of spontaneous limbic seizures', International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos, vol. 19, no. 2, pp. 605–617. [Online] DOI:
  • Komalapriya, C, Thiel, M, Romano , MC & Kurths, J 2009, Dynamically Reconstructed Trajectories. in S Rajashekar & M Daniel (eds), Nonlinear Dynamics. Narosa, New Delhi, pp. 257-260.
  • Romano , MC, Thiel, M, Kurths, J, Mergenthaler, K & Engbert, R 2009, 'Hypothesis test for synchronization: Twin surrogates revisited', Chaos, vol. 19, no. 1, 015108. [Online] DOI:
  • Van Leeuwen, P, Geue, D, Thiel, M, Cysarz, D, Lange, S, Romano , MC, Wessel, N, Kurths, J & Groenemeyer, DH 2009, 'Influence of paced maternal breathing on fetal–maternal heart rate coordination', PNAS, vol. 106, no. 33, pp. 13661-13666. [Online] DOI:
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