Executive Vice President and Chief Data Officer, Mount Sinai Health System
Andrew Kasarskis, PhD, Executive Vice President and Chief Data Officer of the Mount Sinai Health System, is responsible for supporting the patient care, education, research, and innovation missions of the Mount Sinai Health System, which includes the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. His mandate is to create value from the data assets of the large and diverse organization.
From 2011 to 2019, Dr. Kasarskis built the Icahn Institute for Genomics and Multiscale Biology, now the Icahn Institute for Data Science and Genomic Technology as Co-Director with Eric Schadt, PhD. At the same time, he served as Vice Chair of the Department of Genetics and Genomic Sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. As a Professor in the Department of Genetics and Genomic Sciences and the Icahn Institute, Dr. Kasarskis continues to lead collaborative projects that seek to identify biomarkers from a systems understanding of biology and develop new therapeutics. His research focuses on creating and applying technology to diverse areas, including pathogen surveillance, autoimmune conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease and asthma, viral infections, and primary prevention of chronic disease.
Dr. Kasarskis has two decades of experience managing research and technology development projects in software engineering, drug development, human and mouse genetics, and other biological research applications. Prior to joining Mount Sinai, he was Senior Director at Pacific Biosciences, where he developed medical and research applications for the company’s Single-Molecule Real Time (SMRT) sequencing technology. He served as Scientific Director of Genetics at Merck Research Laboratories and contributed to the launch of Sage Bionetworks, a not-for-profit medical research organization that works to advance human health by openly applying systems biology to biomedical research. Additionally, Dr. Kasarskis worked at Stanford University to develop genome databases, including the Gene Ontology, the Stanford Microarray Database, and the Saccharomyces Genome Database. He was also Senior Product Manager for genome databases and software at DoubleTwist, Inc., a genomic information and bioinformatics analysis company.
His published work includes book chapters and peer-reviewed articles spanning the fields of genetics, genomics, systems biology, bioinformatics, infectious disease, sleep, and several human disorders.
Dr. Kasarskis holds a PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology from UC Berkeley as well as a BS in Biology and a BA in Chemistry from the University of Kentucky.