Alexander Casti

Assistant Professor

Gildart Haase School of Computer Sciences and Engineering, University College

Alexander Casti, Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the FDU Metropolitan campus, earned his Ph.D. in applied mathematics from Columbia University. After completing his doctoral thesis with the renowned astrophysicist Edward Spiegel, Dr. Casti transitioned into the field of Computational Neuroscience for his postdoctoral work at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. Since then, he has conducted research and published in the areas of theoretical and experimental neuroscience, with a particular focus on modeling the neuronal processes underlying vision. He teaches courses in a variety of areas of Applied Mathematics including Partial Differential Equations, Computational Neuroscience, Numerical and Scientific Computation, Biomathematical Modeling, and Asymptotic Methods. He has played an active role in learning outcomes assessment, accreditation of the mathematics program, the FDU Math Club, and student research projects. Dr. Casti is a co-founder of FDU’s META-TEOP program that provides mathematics enrichment through applications to local high school students. His current research interests include Computational and Experimental Neuroscience, Biomathematics, Cybersecurity and Information Assurance, Graph Theory applied to the Life Sciences, and clustering in large data sets. Dr. Casti is an active member of the Mathematical Association of America and the Society for Neuroscience.


Heiberg, T., Tetzlaff, T., Einevoll, G., and Casti, A.(2012) Firing-rate models can describe the dynamics of the retina-LGN connection.Under review, Journal of Computational Neuroscience.

Trexler, B., Casti, A., and Zhang, K. (2011) Nonlinearity and noise at the rod-rod bipolar cell synapse.Vis.Neurosci.28: 61-68.

Babadi, B., Casti, A., Xiao, Y., Paninski, L. (2010) A generalized linear model of the impact of direct and indirect inputs to the lateral geniculate nucleus. Journal ofVision10:10.

Uglesich, R., Casti, A., Hayot, F., and Kaplan, E. (2009) Stimulus size dependence of information transfer from retina to thalamus. Front.Sys.Neurosci.3:10.

Casti, A., Hayot, F., Xiao, Y., and Kaplan, E. (2008). A simple model of retina-LGN transmission. J.Comp.Neurosci.24, 232-252.

Casti, A., Omurtag, A., Sornborger, A., Kaplan, E., Knight, B., Sirovich, L., and Victor, J. (2002). A population study of integrate-and-fire-or-burst neurons. Neural.Comp.14, 957-986.

Other significant publications:

Casti, A. and Trexler, B. (2011) An analysis of noise in the rabbit rod retina. Submitted to J.Neurophysiol.

Xiao, Y.,Casti, A., Xiao, J., and Kaplan, E. (2007) Hue maps in primate striate cortex.Neuroimage35:771-786.

Casti, A., Xiao, Y., and Kaplan, E. (2006). How the LGN transforms retinal information. Perception35, ECVP supplement.

Casti, A., Morrison, P., and Spiegel, E. (1998) Negative energy modes and gravitational instability of interpenetrating fluids. in Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos in Astrophysics, Annals of the NY Academy of Sciences 867: 93-108.

Balmforth, N. andCasti, A.(1998) Convection in a slowly diffusing, weakly stratified salt field. Physics Letters A 238: 35-42.


Short Abstract

University College

Gildart Haase School of Computer Sciences and Engineering
Mail Stop T-MU1-01
1000 River Road
Teaneck, NJ 07666


Computational and Experimental Neuroscience, Biomathematics, Pattern Forming Systems, Clustering in large data sets, Partial Differential Equations.