Andrew M. Oster

Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics
Kingston 309
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  • Biomathematics
  • Computational Biology
  • Theoretical Neuroscience


Dr. Oster joined EWU in 2013

Previous Employment:

  • Lecturer, Department of Mathematics,
    Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, 2012-2013
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics,
    Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia, 2011-2012
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Group for Neural Theory,
    Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris, France, 2009-2011
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Mathematical Biosciences Institute,
    The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 2006-2009


  • Ph.D., Mathematics, University of Utah, 2006
    Dissertation title: Mathematical models of cortical development
  • M.S., Mathematics, University of Utah, 2002
  • B.S., Mathematics (minor in CS), Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, 2000

Primary Research Interests:

Computational neuroscience, mathematical physiology, biophysics of addiction, neurodevelopment

In addition, I am interested in business applications of mathematics relating to data science and scheduling.

Selected Publications:

  • A. M. Oster, P. Faure and B. S. Gutkin. ‘Mechanisms for multiple activity modes of VTA dopamine neurons.’ Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience (2015), DOI: 10.3389/fncom.2015.00095
  • A. M. Oster, B. Thomas, D. H. Terman, and C. P. Fall. ‘The low conductance mitochondrial permeability transition pore confers excitability and CICR wave propagation.’ J. Theor. Biol. (2011), DOI: 10.1016/j.jtbi.2010.12.023
  • P.C. Bressloff and A. M. Oster. ‘A theory for the alignment of cortical feature maps during development.’ Phys. Rev. E, 82, 021920 (2010).
  • A.M. Oster and P. C. Bressloff. ‘A developmental model of ocular dominance column formation on a growing cortex.’
    Bulletin of Mathematical Biology, 68, 73–98(2006)

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