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  • Dr. Derrick G Lee, PhD, GStat


Assistant Professor (St. Francis Xavier University)
Affiliated Scientist (BC Cancer Research Centre)


Mathematics and Statistics, St. Francis Xavier University
Cancer Control Research, BC Cancer Research Centre

Research Interests:

Cancer epidemiology, biostatistics, gene-environment interactions in cancer, occupational exposures, statistical modeling.

Nature vs Nurture: Interplay of genetics and environmental exposure in cancer.

A cancer epidemiologist and statistician, Derrick’s primary research focuses on identifying environmental and genetic risk factors for cancer and interactions between genetic mutations and environmental exposures, particularly in breast cancer and colorectal cancer. He is also interested in epidemiological and biostatistical methodologies, and occupational exposure assessment methods, as well as the applications of bioinformatics and statistical learning in statistical genetics.

Involvement with BHCRI to date:

Dr. Derrick Lee is an Associate Member






St. Francis Xavier University, 2323 Notre Dame Ave, Antigonish NS, B2G 2W5


Hapgood G, Ben-Neriah S, Mottok A, Lee DG, Kridel R, Sehn LH, Villa D, Conners JM, Gascoyne RD, Feldman A, Scott DW, Farinha P, Steidl C, Slack G, Savage KJ. Identification of high-risk DUSP22-rearranged ALK-negative anaplastic large cell lymphoma. British Journal of Haematology. ( First published: March 14, 2019.

Lee DG, Burstyn I, Lai AS, Grundy A, Friesen MC, Aronson KJ, Spinelli JJ. Women’s occupational exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and risk of breast cancer. Occupational and Environmental Medicine. (2019) 76(1):22-29

Schuetz JM, Grundy A, Shi J, Richardson H, Lee DG, Kobayashi LC, Lai AS, Burstyn I, Aronson KJ, Spinelli JJ, Brooks-Wilson AR. Genetic variants in genes related to inflammation, apoptosis and autophagy in breast cancer risk. PloS one. (2019) 14(1):e0209010.

Boyle T, Fritschi L, Kobayashi LC, Heyworth JS, Lee DG, Si S, Aronson KJ, Spinelli JJ. Sedentary work and the risk of breast cancer in pre-and post-menopausal women: A pooled analysis of two case-control studies. Occupational and Environmental Medicine. (2016) 73(11):735-41.

Chahal D, Lee DG, Toyota B. Survival and tumor recurrence in patients with brain metastases treated by surgical resection with or without adjuvant whole brain radiation therapy. Journal of Radiation Oncology. (2016) 5(2):213-19.

Lee DG, Lavoué J, Spinelli JJ, Burstyn I. Statistical modeling of occupational exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons using OSHA data. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. (2015) 12(10):729-42.

Burstyn I, Slutsky A, Lee DG, Singer AB, An Y, Michael YL. Beyond crosswalks: reliability of exposure assessment following automated coding of free-text job descriptions for occupational epidemiology. Annals of Occupational Hygiene. (2014) 58(4):482-92.

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