The main contact information for Mark Gerstein is at
(More information is on this page, as it is easier to edit .)
More Info on Email
More Info on My Normal Email
Found this quote on the web and thought it useful here: "Electronic Mail is not secure, may not be read every day, and should not be used for urgent or sensitive issues."
- Confidential information
My email goes into a variety of fairly public servers (e.g. gmail). Consequently, I do not like sending personal information (such as important computer passwords and credit card or social security numbers) over unencrypted email. I also do like sending scanned versions of my signature. If you want this information, you can get it via contacting my assistant. She can either tell it to you over the phone or fax it or mail it to you. You might want to refrain from sending me information like this to me over email.
- No Web forms
In general, please try to avoid subscribing my main addresses on contact.gerstein.info to any type of web form. I am quite serious about this! It will really annoy me if you do this! I am taking this step basically to try to alleviate the amazing amount of e-mail congestion I suffer. Use my assistant address or the address below instead.
- priv (at) gersteins.net
If you want to send any kind of BULK message to me, please use these addresses. In particular, use these if you are going to subscribe me to a web form or mailing list. Do not send confidential information to this address.
- Slow. Read CC and list messages even more slowly
I read messages sent to me via lists and via CC (or BCC) much more slowly than those directly to one of my two canonical email addresses. Unfortunately, it is rather common for me to get overwhelmed with professional emails. I know I am sometimes slow in responding, so if you want to reach me quickly, try to use the pleasepagemark route. In relation to my slowness, you might also want to reflect on an email auto-response I was considering using.
Don't Use Skype, Linkedin, Twitter in Preference to Email
Do not try to "email me" through linkedin, twitter direct message, Skype chat, etc. Best to send a traditional email. You are, of course, welcome to follow me on Twitter or link to me on LinkedIn but I don't check direct messages that often. Likewise, if we schedule a "phone chat" over skype, I may use the chat feature during the call, but please don't try to contact me using this afterwards. Use email.
More Info on the PleasePageMark Email
Email to the pleasepagemark address is fast but not instantaneous. Also, for the message to work, you need to have both the right to address (i.e. pleasepagemark) and correct subject line. If you just put blue in the subject and send to my normal email address, nothing happens. Likewise, if you just send to pleasepagemark without the right subject. The idea is here is to make sending these messages harder, to cut down on spam and abuse.
More Info on Phone and Fax
If I give you my cell number (currently ending in 6230), you can text to it in emergencies. However, I much prefer using the pleasepagemark email approach. Also, most calls to my normal phone usually go to my cell, so you should only use this number if something seems awry.
I often miss texts to my cell if I'm not expecting them. So please don't send me unsolicited texts!
More Info on Paper Mail and Physical Location
- If we have a meeting at the medical school, it may be at the bioinformatics resource:
- Address for FEDEX
Mark Gerstein Bass 432A, MBB, Yale U. 266 Whitney Ave. New Haven, CT 06511
- If you are trying to meet me in Bass, I often maybe in Bass 424. Feel free to knock.