Mission

From left to right, Sohrab Shah, Sophie Thuault-Restituito, Simon Tavaré, Andrew Blumberg and Elham Azizi

The Herbert and Florence Irving Institute for Cancer Dynamics (IICD) is an interdisciplinary institute located on the Morningside Heights campus of Columbia University and focused on the interplay between mathematical sciences and cancer research, collaborating across disciplinary boundaries to develop aspects of science, engineering and the humanities that can improve understanding of cancer biology, origins, treatment and prevention. The IICD also maintains strong connections to members of the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center.

The Institute focuses on understanding the dynamics of cancer at different scales, from cells to patients to populations. Among our cancer research interests are tumor evolution, computational ‘omics, immunology and metabolism. We work on technologies for molecular annotation of tumors in three dimensions at single cell resolution. Our work is underpinned by strong statistical and data science research, including stochastic computation, bioinformatics and causal inference.