Dr. Marie-Hélène Roy-Gagnon

Dr. Marie-Hélène Roy-Gagnon
Dr. Marie-Hélène Roy-Gagnon (she/her)
Associate Professor


600 Peter Morand (Alta Vista), Room 101E
613-562-5800 ext. 8098


Dr. Roy-Gagnon completed her PhD in Genetic Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2004, with postdoctoral fellowships at NIH and the University of Michigan. She also holds an MSc in statistics from Université Laval. Before joining the School of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Ottawa in 2013, she was an Assistant Research Professor at the University of Montreal and Scientist at Sainte-Justine University Hospital Research Center. Her main research interests lie in the development and optimal use of statistical methods for genetic epidemiological data, in order to address the many challenges faced in uncovering the genetic causes of complex diseases. Dr. Roy-Gagnon’s methodological work is done in the context of multidisciplinary collaborations, with current projects including studies on orofacial clefts, age-related eye disease and asthma. Her research program includes three themes: 1) the optimal utilization of genealogical resources in genetic epidemiology; 2) the development and utilization of statistical models to capture complex relationships of genetic effects; and 3) the use of quantitative traits as intermediate phenotypes or biomarkers for complex diseases.

Dr. Roy-Gagnon teaches Biostatistics I and Applied Logistic Regression in the graduate program in Epidemiology at the University of Ottawa.

Research interests

  • Genetic Epidemiology
  • Biostatistics
  • Population Genetics
  • Quantitative Genetics
  • Genealogical Data