Research Projects

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 namesort ascending 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

(1). Treating cancer by targeting tumor microenvironment (2). Modulating innate immunity for treatment of melanoma and vitiligo (3). Genetic determinants of sweating and anxiety--discovery and clinical translation (4). Novel therapeutics for skin inflammation and cancer

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 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;
Networks between Italy and China, and Europe and East Asia;
Italy's international past and present;
Transnationalism and globalization in Italy;
Media, filmic, and literary depictions of minorities;
Italian and comparative male and gender identities.

Zhang Yuelin Plants, Immune Reactions, Plant immunity, Systemic acquired resistance, ROS signaling, MAPK signaling, plant immune receptors 2020

Systemic acquired resistance, 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
  1. Characterizing protein complexes involved in chromatin modification and epigenetic regulation
  2. Dissecting the regulatory mechanisms of autophagy degradation
  3. Investigating the molecular bases of rare diseases
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

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.

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
Discovery of enzymes for the enzymatic removal of cell surface antigens
In vitro and In vivo glycosylation of proteins

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

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
  • Relationship of biomechanics to pathology in TBI animal models
  • Translational biomarkers for TBI across clinical and animal specimens ApoE modulators
  • Cerebrovascular contributions to Alzheimer's Disease pathogenesis
  • Animal Magnetic Resonance Imaging
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... 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
Projects working on uncertainty analysis / quantification for hydrological prediction
Projects on optimal monitoring network layout / optimal expermental design
Projects on applications of information theory in hydrology and water resources

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 Thought Schools (education), Education policy and social theory, Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, Neoliberalism, Governmentality, Micropolitics, Biopolitics, Subjectivity 2020

*Education policy, especially enactments and problematizations *Governmentality studies in education, particularly micropolitics and subjectivities *Methodological uses of 'fieldwork in philosophy' and post-qualitative approaches

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 2020

1) Coordination of Microtubule Assembly Dynamics by the Microtubule Polymerase MOR1 and the ARK Catastrophe Factors 2) The Function of the GPI-anchored Protein COBRA in Plant Cell Wall Construction and Modification 3) Hormone Signalling and Microtubule Array Organization During Meristem Development 4) The Function of Microtubule Dynamics in Plant Resilience to Environmental Stress

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 Fluid mechanics, Particle-laden flows, Non Newtonian flows, Heat and mass transfer, Numerical simulation, High performance computing, Multi-scale modelling Any time / year round

* Development of massively parallel codes for granular and particle-laden flow simulation
* Multi-scale modeling of particle-laden flows
* Shape effect in granular and particle-laden flows
* Heat and mass transfer in fluidized beds

von Bergmann HsingChi Ethics and Health, Science and Knowledge, Educational Approaches, Teaching and Learning Systems, Teaching, Education Systems, Decision Making, Scientific Awareness, Epistemology of Education, assessment, PBL, Teacher Beliefs & Identity, Opportunity to Learn, Professionalism, HPS 2020, 2021

ethicical/clinical reasoning

empathy

population oral health

Health Sciences Education Assessment

admission

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

India - costs and benefits of trawl fisheries China - threatened species and spatial planning Southeast Asia - emergence of biomass trawling IndoPacific - ecology and conservation of the seahorse Hippocampus kuda global - CITES and marine conservation ... and other projects compatible with my group's priority interests

Victoriano Ramon Antonio Literary or Artistic Work Analysis, Arts, Literature and Subjectivity, Novel and Short Story, Poetry, Hispanic Caribbean Literatures and Cultures, Latin American Contemporary Novel and Short Story 2020

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
  • Movie + OCD = This project creates and tests a novel movie stimulus designed specifically to evoke symptoms of OCD while participants are undergoing fMRI scans. The goal is to identify a disorder-specific network that has clinical relevance at the individual-subject level.  Analytic approaches will include machine-based learning algorithmes (e.g., Connectome Predictive Modeling) and... Read More
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, magnetic resonance imaging, neuromyelitls optica (NMO) Any time / year round

Image analysis

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.

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

Spering Miriam Sensation and Perception, Sensorimotor Integration, Motor System, Locomotor Activity / Movement Disorders, vision, movement, perception and action, eye movements, hand movements, eye-hand coordination, sport vision, Parkinson's disease 2021

- Development of eye-movement based diagnostic tools for neurological disease - Visual function and expertise in sport - Perception and action, eye-hand coordination - Serial dependencies in vision and movement

Speller Camilla Archeological Data Analysis, Molecular Genetics, Bioarchaeology, Ancient DNA Analysis (paleogenetics), Ancient proteins (paleoproteomics), Environmental Archaeology, Marine Ecosystems, Animal Domestication Any time / year round
  • Genetic diversity of past Pacific Herring populations
  • Genetic diversity and stock identification of ancient Pacific Salmon
  • Changes in marine biogeography relating to past climate change
Song Weihong Alzheimer's Disease, Molecular Genetics, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Cell Signaling, Cognition, Genetics of Neurological and Psychiatric Diseases, Neuropharmacology, Transgenic Model, Down Syndrome, mental health 2021

Alzheimer's disease; Down syndrome; neuropsychiatric disorders; Neurogenesis.

Soma Kiran Biological Behavior, Neuroendocrine Diseases, Neuronal Communication and Neurotransmission, Neuronal Systems, neuroscience, Endocrinology, stress Any time / year round

See lab website: http://somalab.psych.ubc.ca/

Sinnamon Luanne Silvia Information, Information Systems, Cultural Institutions (Museums, Libraries, etc.), New Technology and Social Impacts, information retrieval, human information interaction, open government and open data, research dissemination; knowledge exchange Any time / year round

Design and use of Internet search engines; scholarly communication and knowledge translation; online information interaction and information design; open government and open data; data literacy

Sin Nancy Social Determinants of Health, Stress, Social Aspects of Aging, Health Promotion, Lifestyle Determinants and Health, Well-being, Stress processes, Adult development and aging, depression, Emotions, Health behaviours, cardiovascular disease 2020

Stress processes and stress-buffering in daily life; Role of daily positive experiences in adult development and aging; Biological and behavioural pathways linking daily experiences to health outcomes; Day-to-day dynamics of psychosocial well-being and health behaviours (e.g., sleep); Biopsychosocial determinants of risk and outcomes for cardiovascular disease

Silberman Lior Mathematics, Metric geometry, Number theory, Automorphic forms, Analysis on manifolds, Topology, Homogenous dynamics, Representation Theory, Group Theory 2020

Mathematics, almost any field

Seow Chun Yong Biological and Biochemical Mechanisms, Asthma, Muscle, Respiratory System, Physiology, Airway smooth muscle, Contraction mechanism Any time / year round

Smooth muscle structure and function, contraction mechanism, lung mechanics, asthma

Semenoff Gordon Walter Theoretical and mathematical physics, the physics of elementary particles, condensed matter physics, String theory, quantum field theory, statistical mechanics, Moedal experiment, Large Hadron Collider, CERN Any time / year round

String theory, quantum field theory

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