Currently Open Research Projects
|Position Title||Supervisor(s)||Faculty||Research Classification|
|Funded PhD position at UBC's School of Community and Regional Planning - Coastal Adaptation and Indigenous Governance||Margaret Low||Faculty of Applied Science||Land use and environmental planning, Indigenous peoples environmental knowledge|
|Postdoctoral Fellowship in Retinal Cell Therapy Development||Faculty of Medicine||Medical biotechnology|
|Photonic Biosensing – Post Doctoral Researcher||Karen Cheung||Faculty of Applied Science||Nano-technology, Biomedical instrumentation (including diagnostics), Photonics and electro-optical engineering, Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS)|
|Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Psychiatry||Christian Schuetz||Faculty of Medicine||Mental health rehabilitation, Behavioural neuroscience of reward and motivation, Psychiatry (including psychotherapy)|
|Postdoctoral fellow in bio-based thermal insulating materials||Feng Jiang||Faculty of Forestry||Functional materials in materials chemistry sciences, Nanomaterials|
|MSc Position in Forest Research||David Montwe||Faculty of Forestry||Forest ecology, Tree nutrition and physiology, Forest dynamics (including stand dynamics), Forestry management and environment|
|Postdoctoral Fellow, SC-NIRS-2 - biosensing signal processing||Babak Shadgan||Faculty of Medicine||Computer engineering, Biomechanical engineering, Electronics, Programming languages and software engineering|
|Postdoctoral Fellow, SC-NIRS-1 - electro-optical biosensing technology development||Babak Shadgan||Faculty of Medicine||Medical and biomedical engineering, Medical biotechnology diagnostics (including biosensors), Electronics, Nano-technology|
|Hakai Coastal Initiative Postdoctoral Fellowship in Continental Shelf Dynamics||Stephanie Waterman||Faculty of Science||Physical oceanography|
|PhD positions in Hispanic Studies at the University of British Columbia||Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies||Spanish language, Linguistics, Literature and literary studies|
Faculty Members Recruiting Students
This list shows a selection of faculty members who are currently looking for new graduate students. They may have specified particular projects they wish to fill. Please ensure to review the departmental profile of each faculty member to learn more about their research interests and to ensure a good fit to your intended studies at UBC.
|Last name||First name||Research Interests||Desired start dates:||Project areas|
|Zhou||Youwen||Skin Cancer; Skin Disorders; Lymphoma; Gene Regulation and Expression; Genomics; Molecular Genetics; Transgenic Model; Immune Mediators: Cytokines and Chemokines; Biomarkers in cancer and inflammation; Genetics and genomics of skin diseases; Melanoma, vitiligo, hyperhidrosis, and skin lymphoma; Innovative therapeutic development||Any time / year round||
|Zhang||Jenny Li||Finance and Accounting; Financial reporting, corporate disclosure, restatements, pension||
Financial reporting, corporate disclosure, restatements, disclosure of foreign firms listed in the U.S.
|Zhang||Wei||Health Policies; Pharmacoeconomics; Health economics; Economic evaluation||Any time / year round, 2021||
Work productivity loss measurement;
Economic evaluation of health interventions
|Zhang||Gaoheng||Intercultural and Ethnic Relationships; Cultural Exchanges; Migrations, Populations, Cultural Exchanges; Media and Society; Media Ethics; Media and Democratization; Migration Studies; Mobility Studies; Postcolonial Studies; Gender and Masculinity Studies; Race Theory; Film and Media Studies; Rhetoric and Communication Studies; Cultural Theory; Italian-Chinese relations; Italy's global networks; Modern and contemporary Italian literature and culture||Any time / year round||
Migration, postcolonial, and tourism studies relating to Italy and Europe;
|Zhang||Yuelin||Plant biology; Plant immunity; Salicylic acid signaling; Systemic acquired resistance; ROS signaling; MAPK signaling; plant immune receptors||Any time / year round||
Systemic acquired resistance, SA signaling, ROS signaling, MAPK signaling, signal transduction pathways downstream of plant immune receptors
|Zerriffi||Hisham||Biomass (Energy); Energy Transformation and Energy Using; International Development; Environment and Society; Ideological, Political, Economical and Social Environments of Social Transformations; Social and Cultural Factors of Environmental Protection; energy poverty||Any time / year round||
I do not have current funding for additional graduate students or post-doctoral scholars but am generally interested in modeling of energy access in developing countries, assessment of socio-ecological linkages in energy use, household choice and welfare implications related to energy use, and synergies and tradeoffs in meeting sustainable development goals in forestry, energy and land-use. ... Read More
|Yoon||Dongwook||Computer Science and Statistics; Design; Educational Technologies; Human-computer interaction (HCI); Multimodal interaction; Interaction and interface design; computer supported cooperative work (CSCW); Educational technology; Virtual Reality; Augmented reality; Speech, touch, multitouch, stylus, gesture, mixed-reality, 3d interaction||Any time / year round||
My research lies at the intersection of human-computer interaction (HCI), computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW), computer-mediated communication (CMC), and educational technology. My primary research focus is to build rich collaboration systems that offer expressive multimodal interactions, i.e., interactions through multiple communication channels (e.g., speech, gesture, and grasp). My... Read More
|Yip||Calvin||Gene Regulation and Expression; Genetic Diseases; Enzymes and Proteins; Biological and Biochemical Mechanisms; Molecular Structure and Sizing; Imaging; Regulation of autophagy degradation; Chromatin modification / epigenetic regulation; Molecular etiologies of rare diseases||2021||
|Yadav||Vikramaditya||Biotechnology; Bioinformatics; Biomass (Energy); Bioremediation; Bioactive Molecules; Biomaterials; Structural Tissue Engineering / Biomaterials; Biological and Biochemical Mechanisms; Synthetic biology; Metabolic engineering; Biocatalysis; Bioprocess engineering; Medical biotechnology; Tissue Engineering; drug delivery; Drug discovery & development; Technoeconomics; Vaccines||Any time / year round||
My research group utilizes metabolic & enzyme engineering to investigate and customize novel biosynthetic enzymes that can convert biomass-derived feedstocks into value-added chemicals. We have published highly acclaimed papers on model-guided enzyme engineering, process development, enzyme discovery using metagenomics and engineering metabolic control schemes that bridge with bioprocess... Read More
|Yada||Rickey||Enzymes (including kinetics and mechanisms, and biocatalyst); Other biological sciences; Food science; Food protein chemistry; Structure-function relationships; Enzymes; aspartic proteases||Any time / year round||
Current research interests include: the structure-function relationships of food and non-food related enzymes using molecular biology and various physico-chemical techniques (eg. circular dichroism spectroscopy, micro-calorimeter, small angle neutron scattering, ultracentrifugation, enzyme kinetics, etc.), carbohydrate metabolism in potatoes as it related to process quality as well as various... Read More
|Wylie||Alison||Philosophy, History and Comparative Studies; philosophy of science; philosophy of the social and historial sciences; feminist philosophy; philosophy of archaeology; research ethics (non-medical); science studies||Any time / year round||
Feminist standpoint theory; community based collaborative practice; Indigenous/science; content effects of systemic inequities in the sciences.
|Wu||Lyndia||Biomechanical engineering; Biomedical instrumentation (including diagnostics); Biomedical signal processing; Mechanical characterization (including modeling, testing, and monitoring); Injury biomechanics; Soft Tissue Biomechanics; Traumatic Brain Injury; Sleep Biomechanics; Sensors and Instrumentation; Data Mining and Machine Learning; Wearable Sensing||Any time / year round, 2021||
Please refer to simpl.mech.ubc.ca for project areas and opportunities.
|Wright||Handel||Transcultural Studies; Educational Approaches; (post)multiculturalism and multicultural education; Cultural Studies; Youth Studies; Critical Race Theory; identity, citizenship and belonging; Africana studies; postcolonialism and decolonization||Any time / year round||
(post)multiculturalism; youth identity and belonging; cultural studies and education; Africana identity; comparative and international education
|Woody||Sheila||Mental Health and Society; Anxiety; Cognition; Community Health / Public Health; Specific Social Services (Clientele); Hoarding||
The Centre for Collaborative Research on Hoarding, which I direct, has two lines of research that present opportunities for graduate students. One area of inquiry is in the cognitive underpinnings of hoarding disorder, and the other is on community-based interventions for hoarding.
|Withers||Stephen||Enzymes and Proteins; Blood Substitutes; Organic Molecules and Biomolecules; Biological and Biochemical Mechanisms; Diabetes; Drug development; enzyme inhibition; carbohydrates; glycobiology; metagenomics; directed evolution||
Development of novel therapeutics for diabetes and lysosomal storage diseases
|Winstanley||Catharine||Neuronal Systems; Mental Health and Society; Neuropharmacology; Trauma / Injuries; Behavioural neuroscience; Gambling disorder; Addiction; decision making; Impulsivity; Traumatic Brain Injury||
Exploring the neural, neurochemical and molecular basis of impulsivity and risky decision making, particularly as these cognitive traits relate to addiction disorders. Most of the work we do uses rat models of cognitive behaviour, but we are starting to translate our findings into human subjects.
|Wilton||Steven||Integrated Circuits; Computer Architecture; Computer Hardware; Field-Programmable Gate Arrays; Computer-Aided Design Algorithms; High-Level Synthesis||Any time / year round||
Debug for FPGAs FPGA Architectures CAD for FPGAs
|Williams||Thomas||Topology; Algebra; Algebraic topology; Motivic homotopy theory; A1 homotopy theory||2021||
The A1- and classical homotopy theory of algebraic groups, and their applications to algebra.
|Wellington||Cheryl Lea||Alzheimer's Disease; Neurodegenerative Diseases; Trauma / Injuries; Lipid/Lipoprotein analysis; Structural Tissue Engineering / Biomaterials; Traumatic Brain Injury; Tissue Engineering; Biomarkers; drug discovery; Apolipoprotein E; Cerebrovascular function||Any time / year round||
|Weis||Dominique||Earth Structure and Composition; Geodynamics; Chemical Pollutants; Earth Sciences; Geochemistry; Oceanic islands and mantle plumes; Environmental geochemistry; High-precision/sensitivity geochemical analyses; Indigenous studies||2021||
Geochemistry of the Hawaiian mantle plume - trace element modelling, time evolution and relation to the deep mantle geophysical anomalies.
Honey, salmon as bioindicators - see also UBC Excellence Research Cluster, BeeHIVE: https://beehive.ubc.ca/
Indigenous/Science - see also UBC Excellence Research Cluster, Indigenous/Science at UBC:... Read More
|Weijs||Steven||Water; Hydrological Cycle and Reservoirs; Drinking Water; Fresh Water; Information; Hydroelectricity; Ice and Snow; Hydrological Prediction; Hydrology; water resources management; information theory; uncertainty; experimental hydrology; sensors; mountain hydrology; droughts; floods; control of water systems||Any time / year round||
Projects regarding new measurement techniques for catchment hydrology
|Weidberg||Hilla||Biological and Biochemical Mechanisms; Cell Signaling; Genes; Genotype and Phenotype; Enzymes and Proteins; Nucleic Acids; Cell Biology; Genetics; Biochemistry; molecular biology; Organelle biology; Mitochondria; Mitochondrial stress; Protein quality control; Metabolism; Neurodegenerative diseases||Any time / year round||
|Wei||Juncheng||Mathematics; Nonlinear partial differential equations; applied and geometric analysis; reaction-diffusion systems; singular perturbations and concentration phenomena; Mathematical biology; singularity formations in fluids||Any time / year round||
De Giorgi conjectures, fractional equations, blow-ups in nonlinear parabolic and elliptic equations
|Webb||P. Taylor||Education systems; Philosophy; Education governance and education politics; Michel Foucault; Gilles Deleuze; Neoliberalism; Governmentality; Micropolitics; Biopolitics; Subjectivity||2022||
|Wasteneys||Geoff||Cell Signaling; Hormones and Growth Factors; Molecular Genetics; Plant Growth and Development; Microtubule Dynamics and Organization; Trafficking of Membrane Receptors and Transporters; Cellulose Biosynthesis; Plant Cell Walls in Cell Shape and Tissue Function; Plant Responses to Abiotic Stress||Any time / year round||
|Wasserman||Wyeth||Medical, health and life sciences; Medical and biomedical engineering; Creation of computational methods for the analysis of genome sequences (bioinformatics); Study of cis-regulatory elements controlling gene transcription; Applied analyses of genome sequences (genomics); Indigenous genomics||Any time / year round||
Amongst the most important challenges of this era of life science research is understanding the regulation of gene expression, a process that allows an incredible diversity of cells to be produced from the same genome sequence. During development and across physiological conditions, a set of proteins, called Transcription Factors (TFs), interact with the... Read More
|Wang||Fei||Education and Training Management; Leadership; Social Contract and Social Justice; Ideology and Social Policy; Educational administration and leadership; social justice and diversity; comparative policy studies; the role of the school principals||
My research lies in the areas of educational leadership and administration, social justice and diversity, “subversive” leadership, leadership in cross-cultural settings, and educational policy studies. I explore how principals negotiate policies and practices that they consider socially unjust to students and how they “creatively” cope with conflicts between moral and ethical obligations and... Read More
|Wachs||Anthony||Fluidization and fluid mechanics; Process control and simulation in chemical engineering; Numerical computation; Fluid mechanics; Particle-laden flows; Non Newtonian flows; Heat and mass transfer; Numerical simulation; High performance computing; Multi-scale modelling||Any time / year round||
|von Bergmann||HsingChi||Social sciences; assessment; PBL; Teacher Beliefs & Identity; Online Teaching and Learning; Professionalism||2022||
COVID-19 and Science Literacy
Online Teaching & Learning in Higher Education
population oral health
Health Sciences Education Assessment
|Vincent||Amanda||Marine Environment; Fishery Resources; Sustainable Development; Protected Areas; Biodiversity and Biocomplexity; Ecology and Quality of the Environment; ocean conservation; threatened marine species, especially seahorses and their relatives; marine protected areas; Small-scale fisheries; nonselective fisheries, especially trawling; wildlife trade; community-based conservation; citizen science; multilateral environmental agreements||Any time / year round||
|Victoriano||Ramon Antonio||Caribbean literatures; Latin American literatures; Contemporary literatures; Hispanic Caribbean Literatures and Cultures; Latin American Contemporary Novel and Short Story||Any time / year round||
Blackness in the Hispanic Caribbean.
Cultural History of Hispanic Caribbean printed media.
|Vedam||Saraswathi||Gestation / Parturition; Human Rights and Liberties, Collective Rights; Right and Access to Information; Home Care Services; Law and Health; Social Contract and Social Justice; Community Health / Public Health; Breast Feeding and Infant Nutrition; Family and Child Services; Home Birth; Place of Birth; Provider Attitudes; Respectful Maternity Care; Midwifery; Interprofessional relationships; Person-Centered Care; Patient Autonomy; Institutional Racism in Maternity Care; Maternal and Newborn Outcomes; Maternity care for diverse populations; Transdisciplinary engagement in health care; Mistreatment||Any time / year round||
Active analysis and knowledge translation projects: qualitative and quantitative data generated by participatory maternity care research: Changing Childbirth in BC, Giving Voice to Mothers - US (participatory research on experiences of maternity care and disparities), Access and Integration Maternity Care Mapping study (links between regulatory frameworks and disparities), Giving Voice to... Read More
|Vanderwal||Tamara||Functional Neuroimaging; child psychiatric disorders||Any time / year round||
|Van Raamsdonk||Catherine||Cancer Genetics; Developmental Genetics; Molecular Genetics; Human Cancer Genetics; Mouse Genetics and Transgenesis; Melanoma; Oncogenesis; Melanocytes; Pigmentation||2021||
Cancer cell metastasis. Neural crest cell development. Molecular analysis of melanocytes and melanoma cells from mouse models: transcriptomics, bioinformatics, proteomics. Primary cell culture, FACS, Immunohistochemistry/Immunofluorescence. Therapeutics and signaling pathways in melanoma.
|Van Petegem||Filip||Biological and Biochemical Mechanisms; Genetic Diseases; Ion channels; electrical signaling; Cardiac arrhythmia; Epilepsy; Calcium signaling; Structural Biology; electrophysiology||Any time / year round||
1) Muscle excitation-contraction coupling: How does an electrical signal in a muscle cell get transmitted into contraction? We investigate the membrane proteins involved in this process (L-type calcium channels, Ryanodine Receptors), as well as the various proteins that modulate these channels. Projects include solving crystal and cryo-EM structures of these channels in complex with the... Read More
|Van de Panne||Michiel||Computer Science and Statistics; Computer Sciences and Mathematical Tools; Robotics and Automation; simulation of human movement; computer animation; Robotics; deep reinforcement learning; motor control; computer graphics||Any time / year round||
simulation of agile human motion, robotics, motion planning, sensorimotor control, dexterous manipulation, computer animation, machine learning, computer graphics, novel interfaces
|Upham||David Chester||Energy Transformation and Energy Using; catalysis; Energy; Greenhouse gas mitigation||Any time / year round||
CO2-free conversion of greenhouse gases into chemicals, fuels, and products
|Turvey||Stuart||Immune System; Asthma; Immunodeficiencies; Microbiome cohort studies; Primary Immune Deficiencies; Precision Medicine||Any time / year round||
Genetics of Susceptibility to Childhood Infection Until very recently, clinical immunologists have focused most attention on patients with a ‘noisy clinical phenotype’—multiple, severe and recurrent infections. Indeed, the origin of primary immunodeficiencies is generally attributed to Bruton’s 1952 description of X-linked agammaglobulinemia in a boy whose repeated pneumococcal infections... Read More
|Tseng||Michelle||Ecology and Quality of the Environment; Ecology; Evolutionary Biology||2021||
1. How do species interactions mediate adaptation to new environments?
Global climate change is resulting in increases in mean and variation in temperature. Concurrently, organisms are experiencing novel environments via land-use change and eutrophication. Can organisms adapt fast enough to respond to these changing environments? Ongoing projects: How do species interactions such as... Read More
|Traboulsee||Anthony||Multiple Sclerosis; Imaging; multiple sclerosis; magnetic resonance imaging; neuromyelitls optica (NMO)||Any time / year round||
|Tessier||Anne-Michelle||Phonology; Language Acquisition; Constraint-based grammars; Lexical avoidance; U-shaped development; L2 production and perception in childhood; Prosodic processing with cochlear implants; Shitgibbons||Any time / year round||
Constraint-based approaches to phonological development
L1 morpho-phonological learning
|Taylor||Eric||Genomics; Evolutionary Genetics; biodiversity; speciation; fishes; conservation; biogeography||
Genetics of speciation in sympatric char; population genomics; conservation
|Taubert||Stefan||Molecular Genetics; Genomics; Genetics of Aging; Metabolism; Stress and Cancer; Stress; Gene Regulation and Expression; Toxin and Toxicant Metabolism; Transcription; Gene regulation; Stress responses; Hypoxia; Aging; Diabetes; C. elegans; Mouse; beta cells||Any time / year round||
We study how cells, tissues, and organisms adapt to stresses such as hypoxia, oxidative stress, starvation, heavy metal exposure, and others. We investigate these stresses and stress responses because they contribute to or even cause human pathologies, including cancers, diabetes, and neurodegenerative disorders. In this context, we are especially interested in gene regulation by the Mediator... Read More
|Taghipour||Fariborz||Clean Technologies; Solar and Wind Energy; Drinking Water; solar fuels; Artificial Photosynthetic Systems; UV Photoreactors; UV-LED Reactors; UV Microplasma; Modeling of Chemical and Biochemical Reactors; Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)||
Artificial Photosynthetic Systems: Artificial photosynthesis involves capturing energy from the sun and storing it in the form of chemical fuels. The focus of this research is to create engineered solar fuel generators for the photocatalytic production of hydrogen, a leading candidate for the fuel of the future. Our team develops photoelectrochemical cells and multifunctional photocatalysts... Read More
|Suttle||Curtis||Marine Environment; Microbial Diversity; Marine Microbiology; Environmental Virology; Biological Oceanography; Viral Discovery; Viruses; Phage||Any time / year round||
Generally students will need to be funded through external scholarships, or be funded through a University Graduate Fellowship, or other UBC Fellowship.
|Sunderland||Terence||Earth and related environmental sciences; Social and economic geography; biodiversity; Communications; Communities and Livelihoods; conservation; Conservation Biology; Ecosystem services; Environmental communication; Forest policy; Land-use Change; Landscape ecology; Natural Resource Management; social science; sustainability; Tropical Landscapes and Livelihoods; Developing countries; Forest management||2021, 2022||
Forests and food security; sustainable landscape management; biodiversity; rural livelihoods and markets; ecosystem services; non-timber forest products
|Subramaniam||Sriram||Medical, health and life sciences; cryo-EM; cryo-electron microscopy; Cryoelectron Microscopy; Scanning Electron Microscopy; Advanced Electron Microscopy; drug discovery; Drug-design; Focused ion beams; Electron tomography; Tomography; Single particle imaging; Single particle analysis; structural bioinformatics; Structural Biology; COVID-19 therapeutic design||2022||
|Stull||Roland||Meteorology and weather; weather; Meteorology; atmospheric science; numerical weather prediction; clean energy meteorology; storms; transportation weather; forest fire weather; weather disasters; atmospheric boundary layers; aviation meteorology||Any time / year round||
Weather forecasting for clean energy (wind, hydro, solar).
Weather forecasting for transportation (shipping, highways, railroads)
Weather forecasting for forest fires (fire-atmosphere interaction, smoke dispersion)
Forecasting for other weather-related disasters (landslides, debris flows, floods, avalanches, windstorms, air pollution, etc.)
Special projects (e.g.,... Read More
|Stephens||Christopher||philosophy of biology; philosophy of science; rationality; Why be rational?; scientific philosophy||Any time / year round||
philosophical debates about evolutionary biology, topics in philosophy of science concerning the nature of evidence, the nature and justification of rationality. Evolutionary approaches to philosophical topics.
|Stefanska||Barbara||Nutrition and Cancer; Breast Cancer; Hepatic Diseases; Gene Regulation and Expression; Epigenetics, Cancer epigenetics, Nutritional epigenomics||Any time / year round||
Epigenetics refers to the molecular events controlling gene expression that are independent of changes in the underlying DNA sequence. These events include DNA methylation, covalent histone modifications, and non-coding RNA-related mechanisms. Epigenetic modifications of DNA, namely DNA methylation, have been shown to contribute to the etiology of chronic diseases with cancer at the forefront... Read More