Dr. Igor Jurisica
Computational Biologist
Dr. Igor Jurisica
Dr. Igor Jurisica

Dr. Jurisica has been a Computational Biologist at The Princess Margaret, Division of Cancer Informatics since July 2000.  He is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Computer Science and Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto, as well as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Queen’s University, and a Visiting Scientist at the IBM Centre for Advanced Studies.  

He earned his degree in Computer Science and Engineering at Slovak Technical University in 1991, and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Toronto in 1993 and 1998 respectively.  

Dr. Jurisica’s research focus is computational biology – developing and applying computational algorithms to the analysis, visualization and interpretation of molecular profiles of cancer.  It’s a promising new area of research, which generates new knowledge by applying computer science and mathematics to integrate multiple experiments and existing data about cancer.  The ultimate goals are to detect cancer at a much earlier state (before symptoms are even seen), understand how tumours generate, improve current treatment methods, and design better drug therapies.  

His work means that we will one day be able to screen people for cancer and design a treatment plan to match a patient’s exact genetic profile.  In other words, we will be able to target an individual’s circumstances rather than providing all patients with similar, broadly-based treatment.  

According to Dr. Jurisica, “Developments in this area are critically important.  More effective and less invasive treatment, improved quality of life, and lower treatment costs are all expected outcomes.  It’s an immense pay-off.”
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