Danilo Diedrichs, Ph.D.



Assistant Professor of Mathematics
On Faculty since 2012

Office: SCI 175
Phone: (630)752-7302


Ph.D. Applied Mathematical and Computational Sciences, University of Iowa, 2012.

Certificate in Computational Cell Biology, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories, Cold Spring Harbor, NY, 2010.

M.S., Mathematics, University of Iowa, 2009.

EPF Diploma, Civil Engineering, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) Lausanne, Switzerland, 1997.

Swiss Maturité, Science, Latin and Modern Languages, Collège Rousseau, Geneva, Switzerland, 1992.

About Danilo Diedrichs

The focus of Dr. Diedrichs' research is mathematical modeling; he specializes in nonlinear dynamical systems, bifurcation theory and catastrophe theory.  His modeling approaches are used in the analysis, control and design of complex interacting networks in cell biology, biochemistry, ecology, epidemiology and supply chain logistics.  As a civil engineer, Dr. Diedrichs has done research in structural engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, where he developed a mathematical model for the composite resistance of multi-span wood-concrete beams.

Raised and educated in Switzerland, Dr. Diedrichs is fluent in five languages, he holds a U.S. customs broker's license and private pilot's license. He has extensive professional experience in engineering and intermodal (sea/rail/road) international supply chain logistics gathered throughout his 10-year-long career prior to coming to Wheaton College.

Dr. Diedrichs' other interests include playing the piano and remaining active outdoors.  In the summer, he enjoys hiking, biking and swimming, and in the winter, skiing and ice skating.  He is an amateur ice dancer and competes in freestyle figure skating at the USFSA adult gold level.

Office Hours

Monday: 3:15-5:00 pm
Tuesday: 1:00-2:30 pm
Wednesday: 3:15-5:00 pm
Thursday: 2:30-3:30 pm

Or by appointment

Courses Taught

  • Math 101 - Quantitative Skills
  • Math 231 - Calculus I
  • Math 232 - Calculus II
  • Math 245 - Linear Algebra
  • Math 301 - Introduction to Upper Level Math
  • Math 302 - Applied Project
  • Math 331 - Vector Calculus
  • Math 333 - Differential Equations
  • Math 364 - Mathematical Modeling
  • Math 385 - Applied Topics: Numerical Analysis and Mathematical Modeling
  • Math 485 - Advanced Topics in Mathematics: Partial Differential Equations

Professional Memberships

  • Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)
  • Mathematical Association of America (MAA)


Applied mathematics, computational science, mathematical modeling, dynamical systems, applications of mathematics in biology, ecology, epidemiology and business.

Selected Publications, Invited and Contributed Talks

Diedrichs D, Phelps K, Isihara P, Quantifying Communication Effects in Disaster Response Logistics: A Multiple Network System Dynamics Model, Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Vol. 6(1):24-45, 2016. (PDF)

Diedrichs D, Isihara P, Buursma D, The Schedule Effect: Can Recurrent Peak Infections be Reduced without Vaccines, Quarantines or School Closings?, Mathematical Biosciences, 248C:46-53, 2014. (PDF)

Arensdorf AM, Diedrichs D, Rutkowski DT, Regulation of the Transcriptome by ER Stress: Non-Canonical Mechanisms and Physiological Consequences, Frontiers in Genetics, 4:256, 2013. (PDF)

Curtu R, Diedrichs D, Small-Scale Modeling Approach and Circuit Wiring of the Unfolded Protein Response in Mammalian Cells, Advances in Computational Biology, Springer 2010. (PDF)

Diedrichs D, Reverse Engineering of the Unfolded Protein Response using Polynomial Dynamical Systems, Joint Mathematics Meetings, San Diego, CA, Jan. 9, 2013.

Brenner C, Diedrichs D, Mayer A, Mathematical Modeling of NAD+ Metabolism in Saccaromyces Cerevisiae, University of Iowa Summer Research Symposium, Jul. 26, 2012.

Curtu R, Diedrichs D, A Mathematical Model for the Unfolded Protein Response to Stress in the Endoplasmic Reticulum of Mammalian Cells, Joint Mathematics Meetings, Boston, MA, Jan. 7, 2012.

Diedrichs D, ODE Modeling of Biochemical and Protein Interaction Networks in Systems Biology, Vigre Heartland Mathematics REU, Iowa City, IA, June 21, 2011.

Curtu R, Diedrichs D, Dynamical Switch in the Model of the Unfolded Protein Response in Mammalian Cells, SIAM Conference in Applications of Dynamical Systems, Snowbird, UT, May 24, 2011.

Diedrichs D, Using Random Walks to Model the Dynamics of the Cytoskeleton, Mathematical Biology Seminar, Iowa City, IA, Feb. 11, 2011.

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