Natal van Riel (1973) is Associate Professor in Systems Biology and Metabolic Diseases at the Department of Biomedical Engineering of the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). He was trained in system identification and control engineering at the Department of Electrical Engineering, TU/e (MSc degree in 1995).
In 2000 he obtained a PhD degree in Molecular Cell Biology from Utrecht University (Prof. Verrips; Netherlands) for research on integrating computational modelling and experiments to study cell metabolism. The research was carried out in the Biotechnology group of Unilever Research Vlaardingen. From 2000 to 2003 he worked in the Department of Electrical Engineering of TU/e investigating the application of system and control theory to understand biological processes.
In 2003 he was appointed as Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the same university and initiated Systems Biology research in Eindhoven. This research was expanded when he joined the group of Prof. Hilbers in 2006 to lead the Computational Systems Biology research program, investigating complex, multi-factorial diseases.
In 2014 he was appointed as Associate Professor. In 2014 he was a visiting scholar of the Department of Bioengineering at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) in the group of Prof. Palsson.
His current research focuses on metabolic network modelling, methods for model parametrization and analysis of dynamic models, and applications in Metabolic Syndrome and associated diseases such as Type 2 Diabetes.