Dr Maja Niksic

MSc MPhil PhD

Research Fellow
in Medical Statistics and Epidemiology

Keppel Street
United Kingdom

+44 (0)20 7958 8258

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 bowel 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 December 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 in Belgrade, Serbia. 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. 


Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health
Department of Non-communicable Disease Epidemiology


Maja is involved in teaching Statistics for Epidemiology and Population Health (STEPH), Statistical Methods in Epidemiology (SME), and in the annual short course Cancer Survival: Principles, Methods and Applications.

She is supervising master students enrolled in MSc courses.


Maja has broad research interests, in the fields of Epidemiology, Public Health, and Health Psychology. Her work is currently focused on early diagnosis, cancer symptom awareness, and cancer mortality and survival. 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 leukaemia in children. She is passionate about conducting multidisciplinary research studies focused on reducing social 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.

Research Area
Health inequalities
Health outcomes
Public health
Behaviour change
Global Health
Social Sciences
Disease and Health Conditions
Mental health
European Union
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