ABOUT

I am an Assistant Professor at St. Francis Xavier University where I teach various levels of statistics, including introductory statistics, probability theory, mathematical statistics, and regression analysis. I am also an Affiliated Scientist with BC Cancer, where I was formerly employed as a Statistical Methodologist with Cancer Surveillance & Outcomes analyzing various cancer trends across BC.

 

completed my doctoral research with the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia and the BC Cancer Research Centre. My research focuses on breast cancer and the risk associated with exposure to a group of common carcinogens known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, as well as how prolonged exposure to PAHs can modify the effect of genetic susceptibilities of certain metabolizing genes.

Current research topics and future projects relate to statistical models for estimating occupational exposures, as well as examining the factors relating to why Atlantic Canada has the highest rates of colorectal cancer in Canada. As a point of reference, the national average is around 65 cases per 100,000, while Newfoundland is almost double at 110 cases per 100,000, and the other three Atlantic provinces are well above the national average. 

 

Outside of academia you can find me enjoying coffee and out cycling around the Lower Mainland or running along the seawall or the in the trails of the North Shore.

EDUCATION

  • PhD (Epidemiology and Biostatistics), University of British Columbia, 2016

  • MSc (Statistics), University of British Columbia, 2009

  • BSc (Applied Math & Biochemistry), Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2006

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Biostatistical and epidemiologic methods

  • Gene-environment interactions in cancer (GENIC)

  • Genetic susceptibility and cancer

  • Bioinformatics

  • Big data analytics

  • Predictive modelling

  • Occupational exposure assessment

  • Population oncology

  • Surveillance monitoring

  • Data mining

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