I am a third-year doctoral candidate in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. I did my undergraduate degree in mathematics at the University of Iceland, where I also completed a postgraduate diploma in education.

I study mathematical models of cancer under the supervision of Kevin Leder (Industrial and Systems Engineering) and Jasmine Foo (Mathematics). We apply probability theory (branching processes, particle systems) to study cancer initiation, cancer progression and the evolution of drug resistance in cancer, both of the genetic and non-genetic (epigenetic) nature.


  • Foo, J., Gunnarsson E.B., Leder, K., and Storey, K. Spread of premalignant mutant clones and cancer initiation in multilayered tissue. Submitted, 2020. Preprint.
  • Gunnarsson, E.B., De, S., Leder, K., and Foo, J. Understanding the role of phenotypic switching in cancer drug resistance. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 2020. [1] Accepted manuscript (PDF) [2] Journal link.

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462/466 Shepherd Labs

100 Union St SE

Minneapolis, MN, 55455, USA

Email: gunna042 at umn.edu


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