Dr. Capanu’s current research interests are in the development of optimized variable selection techniques. Dr. Capanu is also interested in the application of hierarchical models for epidemiologic studies to identify rare genetic variants that increase the risk of cancer. As part of her collaborative work, Dr. Capanu is involved in the statistical analysis of the Women’s Environment, Cancer, and Radiation Epidemiology (WECARE) Study. In collaboration with Dr. Jonine Bernstein, Dr. Capanu is conducting the analysis of the WECARE Genome-Wide Association Study to discover novel SNPs implicated in the development of contralateral breast cancer. Dr. Capanu is also involved in collaborations with the Gastrointestinal Oncology Service as well as with the Department of Radiology. She has been working with investigators of these groups on the design and analysis of prospective and retrospective studies.