Dr. Kopciuk’s research interests focus on the early detection of cancer; genetic and molecular biomarkers for cancer diagnosis, chemotherapy effectiveness and identification of high risk patients for recurrence or death; and identification of families harbouring cancer-causing genes and estimating their lifetime cancer risks.

Research Interests

Dr. Kopciuk’s current research projects involve these three research themes:

  • Early Detection: Identifying personal and health care factors associated with cancer stage at diagnosis using the AB Tomorrow Project data; Developing statistical methods for feature selection of important variables for ordinal response data; Metabolomics screening test for colon cancer; Identifying optimal post-treatment pathways for women with an abnormal PAP test.
  • Biomarkers: metabolomic signatures for staging colorectal cancer; identifying genomic regions associated with overall and breast-cancer specific deaths using a robust feature selection method; immune modulators in conjunction with oncolytic viral therapy for multiple myeloma
  • High Risk Families: Characterizing age-at-onset cancer risks for Lynch Syndrome families; Identification of genetic risk models in the presence of major and polygenes.

Current Appointments

Research Scientist
Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Research
Alberta Health Services
CancerControl Alberta
Calgary, Alberta

Adjunct Associate Professor
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Faculty of Science and Department of Oncology
Faculty of Medicine
University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta

Education and Training

  • 2003    PDF, Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute of Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Ontario
  • 2001     Ph.D., Statistics, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario
  • 2001     Certificate, University Teaching, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario
  • 1995     M. Math, Statistics, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario
  • 1994     B.Sc., Statistics, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta
  • 1992     B.Sc., Psychology, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta