Dr Maja Niksic
MSc MPhil PhD
in Epidemiology and Trial Data Manager
Maja holds a PhD in Cancer Studies at King's College London (UK). Her study has investigated cancer symptom awareness and perception of barriers to seeking medical help in relation to breast, lung, and colorectal cancer survival in England. She also holds an MPhil in Health Sciences, focused on medical decision making (mastectomy vs. lumpectomy) of women with early stage breast cancer, at the University of Leeds (UK). Her other degrees include a degree in psychology (PGDip. Psychology) from the University of Belgrade (Serbia) in 2005 and an MSc in International Public Health awarded in 2008, which was a joint degree completed at the University College London (UK), Queen Margaret University College Edinburgh (UK), and the University of Copenhagen (Denmark).
Maja joined LSHTM in 2015. Her previous work experience ranges from teaching courses such as SSC Psychiatry Research with Neuroscience, and Clinical Communication at King’s College London, volunteering with NGO’s for children with physical and cognitive disabilities, to working in psychiatric hospitals. From 2008 to 2009 she was team leader of an interdisciplinary research team conducting a Randomised Controlled Trial at the University of Oxford, at the department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics. She is currently involved in several international RCTs.
Maja is involved in teaching Statistics for Epidemiology and Population Health (STEPH), Statistical Methods in Epidemiology (SME), Social Epidemiology and distance learning courses. She is supervising master students.
Maja has a multidisciplinary background, from Epidemiology and Public Health to Health Psychology and Behavioural Sciences. She is an experienced quantitative and qualitative researcher, with extensive experience in analysing large datasets and data linkage. Her research interests are broad, including cancer prevention and early diagnosis, socio-economic inequalities in health outcomes, cancer mortality and survival, and comorbidities. Maja worked for five years in the CONCORD programme, aiming to quantify international differences and trends in cancer survival for fifteen major cancers in adults, and brain cancer and leukaemia in children. She is currently involved in several international Randomised Controlled Trials. Maja is passionate about conducting multidisciplinary research studies focused on reducing socio-economic inequalities in health outcomes.
Maja is a reviewer of the grant applications for Early Diagnosis Advisory Group, Cancer Research UK. In November 2016 she was a member of a health academic panel of the UK India Education & Research Initiative (UKIERI), with a task to review 42 research grant applications.