Our People

Brian Franczak

Assistant Professor, Statistics

PhD (Guelph)

5-107K, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB


Dr. Franczak received a BScH and a PhD in statistics from the University of Guelph in Febrary 2010 and June 2014, respectively. From July 2014 – June 2016, he held a position as a postdoctoral fellow at McMaster University and from July 2016 onward he has held a position as an assistant professor (statistics) at MacEwan University. At MacEwan, Dr. Franczak has taught a wide variety of statistics courses at the first, second and third year level. In addition, he has maintained an active research program featuring multiple MacEwan students working on methodological projects in cluster analysis as well as applied projects in sports science and chemistry.

Available to supervise senior students' independent study.

Cluster analysis, classification, finite mixture models, EM algorithm

Teaching and Research Interests

Dr. Franczak is interested in teaching a variety of statistics courses. Most recently, his focus has been on topics in computational statistics and regression analysis using generalized linear models. In addition, he has been active in helping to re-model the first-year statistics course, STAT151, and has offered fourth-year reading courses in specialized topics like cluster analysis.


Selected Publications / Presentations / Conference Papers

Dean, R., Duperreault, E., Newton, D., Krook, J., Ingraham, E., Gallup, J., Franczak, B.C., & Hamilton, T.J. (2020). Opposing effects of acute and repeated nicotine exposure on boldness in zebrafish. Scientific Reports, 10(8570).

Umer, B.A., Noyce, R.A., Franczak, B.C., Shenouda, M.M., Kelly, R.G., Favis, N.A., . . . Evans, D.H. (2020). Deciphering the immunomodulatory capacity of oncolytic vaccinia virus to enhance the immune response to breast cancer. Cancer Immunology Research, 8(5): 615-631.

Tortora, C., Franczak, B.C., Browne, R.P., & McNicholas, P.D. (2019). A mixture of coalesced generalized hyperbolic distributions. Journal of Classification 36(1), 26-57.

Pesevski, A., Franczak, B.C., & McNicholas, P.D. (2018). Subspace clustering with the multivariate-t distribution. Pattern Recognition Letters, 112(1), 297–302.

Skinnider, M.A., Dejong, C.A., Franczak, B.C., McNicholas, P.D., & Magarvey, N.A. (2017). Comparative analysis of chemical similarity methods for modular natural products with a hypothetical structure enumeration algorithm. Journal of Cheminformatics, 9:46.

Awards / Grants / Fellowships

  • Chikio Hayashi Award, International Federation of Classification Societies (2019)
  • Discovery Grant, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (2017–2022)
  • Statistical Society of Canada New Investigator Presentation Award, Honourable Mention (2018)
  • IFCS Student/Postdoctoral Fellow Paper Competition and Travel Award (2015)
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2011–2014)
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (2010)

Professional Associations / Memberships

  • International Chinese Statistical Association, professional member
  • Statistical Society of Canada, professional member
  • The Classification Society, professional member

Boards / Committees

  • The Classification Society, secretary/treasurer
  • Statistical Society of Canada, New Investigators Committee member