The Huan lab in the Department of Chemistry at UBC is currently looking for 3-4 PhD students to start in the Fall 2021. The students are going to study mass spectrometry-based metabolomics, which is an emerging technology used for the study of the entire set of metabolites in a given biological system. Metabolomics has been demonstrated as an indispensable tool in the post-genomic era to interrogate cellular biochemistry, perform diagnostic testing, stratify patient populations, and characterize biochemical mechanisms of disease.
The PhD program in Huan lab provides students with a collegial and convivial environment in which to pursue interdisciplinary research at the intersections of analytical chemistry, mass spectrometry, bioinformatics, and systems biology. Doctoral students work under the guidance of a Supervisory Committee consisting of at least three faculty members, including the Dr. Huan. Students must satisfactorily complete course work, one comprehensive examinations (theory and substantive), several research projects and defend a PhD thesis. The applicants can apply for the Huan lab PhD program through Department of Chemistry, Genome Science and Technology, or Bioinformatics programs, depending on their academic backgrounds. Please contact Dr. Huan (thuan(at)chem.ubc.ca) directly for more information.
Research Topics and Areas:
- Development of mass spectrometry (MS)-based analytical platform for comprehensive metabolome and lipidome coverage
- Development of bioinformatic tools to facilitate metabolomic data processing and metabolite identification
- Integration of metabolomics with other ‘omics’ (epigenomics, genomics, transcriptomics, and proteomics) data for the systems-level interrogation of biological problems
- Application of state-of-art metabolomics technologies in various biological challenges, such as mechanistic understanding of cancer metabolism and disease biomarker discovery