Prof. Dr. Christiane Thiel

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Department of Psychology
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Cluster of Excellence Hearing4all
Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg
26111 Oldenburg

Christiane Thiel

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Christiane Thiel

Date of Birth: 26.03.1969 (3 children *2001, *2004, *2007)

Department of Psychology
School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
26111 Oldenburg 

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Office: A07 0–59


1995 - 1999

PhD in Biological Psychology, University of Düsseldorf, Germany

1988 - 1994

Studies in Psychology and Neuroscience, Universities of Koblenz-Landau (Germany), Düsseldorf (Germany) and Sheffield (UK)

Academic Appointments


Visiting Professor Department of Psychiatry, Vanderbilt University School of  Medicine, US

since 2005

Full professor (Cognitive Neurobiology), University of Oldenburg

2001 - 2005 Senior Scientist, Cognitive Neurology, Institute of Medicine, Research Centre Jülich, Germany
1999 - 2001 Visiting Scientist, Wellcome Department of Imaging Neuroscience, UCL, London, UK
1995 - 1999 Research Assistant, University of Düsseldorf, Germany

Selected professional activities, honors

since 2022 Vice President for Research and Transfer, University of Oldenburg
since 2021 Member of the Governing Board of the German Neuroscience Society (NWG)
since 2021 Director of the Neuroimaging Unit at Oldenburg University
since 2020 Member of the Advisory Board of the Center of Brain, Behavior and Metabolism, University of Luebeck

since 2020

Member of Review Board Psychology, German Research Association (DFG)

since 2018 Member of the Board of Directors of the Cluster of Excellence “Hearing4all”
2016 - 2019

Dean of Research, Medical Faculty, University of Oldenburg

2015 - 2018

Member of the Board of Directors of the Research Centre for Neurosensory Science at the Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg

2013 - 2016 Head of the Ethics Committee of the Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
2013 Call to University of Düsseldorf (declined)
since 2013 Member of AcademiaNet
2011 - 2022 DGPs - member of the Ethics Committee and Data Security Task Force
2009 - 2022 Member of the Senate of the Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
2005 Call to LMU Munich (declined)
1989 - 2004 Scholarship of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes

5 representative publications

Spindler M, Thiel CM. Hypothalamic microstructure and function are related to body mass, but not mental or cognitive abilities across the adult lifespan. Geroscience. 2022 Jul 27. doi: 10.1007/s11357-022-00630-3.

Viering T, Hoekstra PJ, Philipsen A, Naaijen J, Dietrich A, Hartman CA, Buitelaar JK, Hildebrandt A, Gießing C, Thiel CM. Functional network topology of the right insula affects emotion dysregulation in hyperactive-impulsive attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Sci Rep. 2021 Jul 22;11(1):15045. doi:10.1038/s41598-021-94426-8.

Ahrens S, Thiel CM. Effects of Nicotine on Task Switching and Distraction in Non-smokers. An fMRI Study. Neuroscience. 2020 Sep 15;444:43-53. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2020. 07.029. Epub 2020 Jul 25.

Puschmann S, Steinkamp S, Gillich I, Mirkovic B, Debener S, Thiel CM. The Right  Temporo-parietal Junction Supports Speech Tracking During Selective Listening: Evidence from Concurrent EEG-fMRI. J Neurosci. 2017 Nov 22;37(47):11505-11516. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1007-17.2017.

Giessing C, Thiel CM, Alexander-Bloch AF, Patel AX, Bullmore ET. Human brain functional network changes associated with enhanced and impaired attentional task performance. J Neurosci. 2013 Apr 3;33(14):5903-14. doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.4854-12.2013

Third party funding (last 5 years)

2022 - 2027

RTG 2783 Neuromodulation of motor and cognitive function in brain health and disease (DFG, main applicant Thiel, total 6 Mio €)

2021 - 2024

SPP 2317 Metascientific programme to analyse and optimize replicability in the behavioural, social and cognitive sciences. Subproject METEOR (Thiel PI, 56 k€)

2019 - 2025 Hearing4all. Medicine, basic research and engineering solutions for personalized hearing care (H4A 2.0) EXC1077 (DFG, Thiel PI + Research Thread Leader, total 41.641 k€)
2018 - 2019 Hearing aid use, audiovisual integration and speech performance: probing the interplay (Thiel Co-Applicant, Hearing IRC Research Grant, 137 k€)
2017 - 2020 Cholinergic and dopaminergic modulation of cognitive flexibility and stability (Thiel Main Applicant, DFG, 297 k€)
2016 - 2018 Hearing4all 2.0 preparation: Lower Saxonian Initiative and competition (Thiel Co-Applicant, Ministry of Science and Education Lower Saxony, 1000 k€)
2012 - 2017 Cluster of Excellence “Hearing4all” EXC1077. (DFG, Thiel PI+ Task Group Leader, total 28.000 k€)
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