Mark Pekker, Ph.D.

Professor, Mathematical Science


301 Sparkman Drive
Shelby Center
Room 201N
Huntsville, AL 35899
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Curriculum Vitae

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  • Ph.D., Mathematics, Cornell University, 1982
  • M.A., Mathematics, Cornell University, 1981
  • M.S., Physics/Mathematics, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Russia, 1971

Honors & Awards

  • NIH Special Volunteer program, "Development of testable and predictive mathematical and MATLAB models related to the physiology and pathophysiology of catecholamine systems."
  • Distinguished Research/Creative Achievement Award, UAH
  • Invited participation in Workshop "Calcium dynamics in Cells", IMA, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
  • Invited participation in Workshop on Numerical Methods for Bifurcation Problems and Large-Scale Dynamical Systems, IMA, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.
  • Invited participation in Workshop "Issues in the Computation of Bifurcations and Singularities in Dynamical Systems, IMA, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.
  • Invited participation in Academy of Consciousness Studies, Princeton University
  • Invited participation in the AMS-IMS-SIAM Joint Summer Research Conference "Systems of coupled oscillators", University of Washington, Seattle, WA, NSF.
  • Motoyama-Bentov 1990 Fellowship, The Motoyama Life Physics Institute, Tokyo, Japan
  • Visiting Membership to participate in the program on Dynamical Systems and their Applications, IMA, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.
  • Cornell University Fellowship


  • Numerical aspects of bifurcation theory
  • Numerical linear algebra
  • Computational/System Physiology and Medicine
  • Mathematical modeling in holistic and alternative medicine
  • Numerical Linear Algebra
  • Numerical Bifurcation Analysis
  • Applications to science, including Computational Biology, Systems Biology, and Engineering
  • Scientific computing and applied dynamical systems
  • Understanding complicated dynamics (e.g. chaos) in physical systems governed by ordinary or partial differential equations in terms of bifurcation theory
  • Global bifurcations (homoclinic and heteroclinic orbits)

Recent Publications

  • Selivanov VA, Friedman M, Schumaker MF, Cascante M, Trucco M, Votyakova TV, 'Multistationary and Oscillatory Modes of Free Radicals Generation by the Mitochondrial Respiratory Chain Revealed by a Bifurcation Analysis, PLoS Comput Biol. 2012, 8(9): e1002700.

  • Max Myakishev-Rempel, Istvan Stadler, Philip Brondon, David R. Axe, Mark Friedman, Frances Barg Nardia, Raymond Lanzafame, “A preliminary study of the safety of red light phototherapy of tissues harboring cancer”, Photomedicine and Laser Surgery, 30, No 9, (2012) 551-558. 3. D. Bindel, M. Friedman, W. Govaerts, J. Hughes, and Yu.A. Kuznetsov, “Numerical computation of bifurcations in large equilibrium systems in MATLAB”, J. Comput. Appl. Math., 261 (2014), 232-248.

  • M. Pekker, “Numerical bifurcations methods for studying large parametrized nonlinear problems”, Izv VUZ Electromekh, No. 4(540) (2015), 5-11.

  • H.J. de Blank, Yu.A. Kuznetsov, M.J. Pekker (formerly M.J. Friedman), D.W.M. Veldman, “Degenerate Bogdanov-Takens bifurcations in a one-dimensional transport model of a fusion plasma”, Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena, 331 (09/2016), 13-26.

  • David S. Goldstein, Mark J. Pekker (formerly Mark J. Friedman), Graeme Eisenhofer, Yehonatan Sharabi, “Computational modeling reveals multiple abnormalities of myocardial noradrenergic function in Lewy body diseases”, JCI Insight. 2019;4(16) JCI Insight -Volume 4, Issue 16 :e130441. Computational modeling reveals multiple abnormalities of myocardial noradrenergic function in Lewy body diseases. Impact Factor 6.014.

  • Rudolf Hoermann; Mark J Pekker; John E M Midgley; Rolf Larisch; Johannes W Dietrich, “Triiodothyronine Secretion in Early Thyroid Failure: The Adaptive Response of Central Feedforward Control”, Eur J Clin Invest**. 2019 Dec 9:e13192. doi: 10.1111/eci.13192. [Epub ahead of print] Impact factor:2.784.

  • Bindel, D., Govaerts, W., Hughes, J., Kuznetsov, Yu.A., Pekker, M., Veldman, D., Oct. 2015. CL_MATCONTL2015p0: continuation toolbox in MATLAB.