Andrew Sundstrom

Andrew Sundstrom


I'm a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Ravi Iyengar Lab at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. I want to understand cells and tissues through, and as, computation.

My training is in computer science (B.A. from Cornell University in 1993, and M.S. from the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences in 2008) and computational biology (Ph.D. from the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences in 2013), and over the past 25 years, I've cultivated interests in a number of problems in the nexus of computation and biology.

Refereed Journal Papers

[6] Andrew Sundstrom, Dafna Bar-Sagi, Bud Mishra. "Simulating Heterogeneous Tumor Cell Populations". PLoS ONE, 11(12): e0168984 (28 Dec 2016). [doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0168984] [pmid: 28030620] [article: pdf]

[5] Andrew Sundstrom, Elda Grabocka, Dafna Bar-Sagi, Bud Mishra. "Histological image processing features induce a quantitative characterization of chronic tumor hypoxia". PLoS ONE, 11(4): e0153623 (19 Apr 2016). [doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0153623] [pmid: 27093539] [article: pdf]

[4] Justin Jee, Andrew Sundstrom, Steven E. Massey, Bud Mishra. "What can information-asymmetric games tell us about the context of Crick's 'frozen accident'?" Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 10(88):20130614 (6 Nov 2013). Published online before print 28 Aug 2013. [doi: 10.1098/rsif.2013.0614] [pmid: 23985735] [article: pdf] [supplementary material #1: pdf], [supplementary material #2: pdf], [supplementary material #3: pdf], [supplementary material #4: pdf], [supplementary material #5: pdf]

[3] Andrew Sundstrom, Silvio Cirrone, Salvatore Paxia, Carlin Hsueh, Rachel Kjolby, James K. Gimzewski, Jason Reed, Bud Mishra. "Image analysis and length estimation of biomolecules using AFM". IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine, 16(6):1200-1207 (Nov 2012). Published online before print 29 Jun 2012. [doi: 10.1109/titb.2012.2206819] [pmid: 22759526] [article: pdf] [supplementary material: pdf]

[2] Jason Reed, Carlin Hsueh, Miu-Ling Lam, Rachel Kjolby, Andrew Sundstrom, Bud Mishra, and James K. Gimzewski. "Identifying individual DNA species in a complex mixture by precisely measuring the spacing between nicking restriction enzymes with atomic force microscope". Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 9(74):2341-2350 (7 Sep 2012). Published online before print 28 March 2012. [doi: 10.1098/rsif.2012.0024] [pmid: 22456455] [article: pdf] [supplementary material: doc]

[1] Hao Wu, Kevin J. Kim, Kshama Mehta, Salvatore Paxia, Andrew Sundstrom, Thomas Anantharaman, Ali I. Kuraishy, Tri Doan, Jayati Ghosh, April D. Pyle, Amander Clark, William Lowry, Guoping Fan, Tim Baxter, Bud Mishra, Yi Sun, Michael A. Teitell. "Copy number variant analysis of human embryonic stem cells". Stem Cells, 26(6):1484-1489 (Jun 2008). Published online before print 27 Mar 2008. [doi: 10.1634/stemcells.2007-0993] [pmid: 18369100] [article: pdf] [supplementary material #1: pdf] [supplementary material #2: pdf]

Ph.D. Dissertation

"Toward a computational solution to the inverse problem of how hypoxia arises in metabolically heterogeneous cancer cell populations". Accepted 23 Sep 2013 (readers: Profs. Bud Mishra, Dafna Bar-Sagi, and Leslie Greengard; auditors: Profs. Ravi Iyengar and Ernest Davis). [ProQuest] [pdf]

Masters Thesis

"Measuring biomolecules: an image processing and length estimation pipeline using atomic force microscopy to measure DNA and RNA with high precision". Accepted 22 Sep 2008 (readers: Profs. Bud Mishra and Davi Geiger). [Stockholm] [pdf]


Methods and Systems for Measuring a Property of a Macromolecule. Filed 28 Jul 2010 (U.S. Application Pending: 12/817,004) with Jason Reed and Bud Mishra


Molecular Cancer Therapeutics, since 2009
Journal of Nanoparticle Research, since 2013

Technical Reviewer

Perl Best Practices, by Damian Conway. O'Reilly Media, 2005.

Honors & Awards

NIH NIDA T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Training in Drug Abuse Research (2014-present)
NYU Henry M. MacCracken Fellowship (2008-2013)
NSF IGERT Fellowship (2008-2011)

Academic & Professional Habitats

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (2014-present)
Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences (2004-2014)
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (2009)
Morgan Stanley (1998-2007)
IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center (1996-1998)
Nortel Networks (1994-1996)
Prime Factors, Inc. (1992)
Cornell University (1989-1993)

Geographic Habitats

New York, New York (1996-present)
Dallas, Texas (1993-1996)
Ithaca, New York (1989-1993)
Eugene, Oregon (1977-1989)
Salem, Oregon (1970-1977)

Academic & Professional Activities

I manage the Courant Institute Linked-In group, and here is my Linked-In page.
I am a member of the ACM (since 1997), IEEE (since 1997), AAAS (since 1999), and NYAS (since 2008).
Here is my Google Scholar profile, here is my page, and here is my ResearchGate page.

Artistic Activities

I am a lapsed student of Ed Young in the Cheng Man-ch'ing school of t'ai chi ch'uan, and of Nicki Orbach at the Art Students League of New York, though my involvement with the Tiffany Mills Company has proven integral since its inception in 1995.

Obligatory Trivia

My Erdos number is 4...

  1. Janos Pach, Harold Shapiro, Donald Newman
  2. Jacob Schwartz
  3. Bud Mishra
  4. Andrew Sundstrom

...which is almost a Colbert number; now, if my brother-in-law can score me a credited role in a film with him, then my Bacon number will plummet from Infinity to 2...

  1. Sean Patrick Reilly
  2. Andrew Sundstrom

...and then my Erdos-Bacon number will drop from Infinity to 6, placing me into direct rivalry with Natalie Portman.



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