• Portrait of Dr. Christiaan Righolt
  • Assistant professor

    Max Rady College of Medicine
    Department of Community Health Sciences
    339-750 McDermot Avenue
    University of Manitoba
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E 0T5

    Phone: 204-272-3139

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Research themes

  • cancer chemoprevention
  • infectious diseases
  • machine learning/artificial intelligence
  • vaccine epidemiology

Research affiliations

Scientist, Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba (CHRIM)

Research groups

Research summary

Dr. Righolt is a true multidisciplinary scientist who currently focuses on bringing machine learning into cancer chemoprevention research. He is also an active vaccine epidemiologist involved in all aspects of the vaccine pipeline (clinical trials, vaccine uptake, post-marketing surveillance, etc.).


Dr. Christiaan Righolt is an assistant professor in community health sciences at Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba. Dr. Righolt also leads the analytics team at the Vaccine and Drug Evaluation Centre (VDEC).

He is a data scientist, epidemiologist, and assistant professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences. He has an engineering background (PhD, Delft University of Technology; PostDoc, University of Manitoba) and experience in machine learning, statistics, big data and quantitative health research methods.

He has worked on computer vision (a rapidly evolving field combining artificial intelligence and machine learning) to process and analyze the morphology of cancer cells.

He quantified and classified the progressive change of super-resolution DNA structure in Hodgkin’s lymphoma cells (a method subsequently used to study other cancers and Alzheimer’s) and various other image analysis tools.

At the Vaccine and Drug Evaluation Centre, he has worked on over 25 projects combining advanced epidemiologic methods and machine learning/deep learning to analyze massive, complex, population-based health datasets.

He has published two book chapters and over 40 peer-reviewed publications and made over 30 conference talks/poster presentations to topics ranging from effectiveness of the HPV against cervical dysplasia to the association between perioperative vaccination in cancer patients and metastasis.


PhD, Delft University of Technology (2014)

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Community Health Sciences
Max Rady College of Medicine
Room S113 - 750 Bannatyne Avenue
University of Manitoba (Bannatyne campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0W3 Canada