Research Projects

Currently Open Research Projects

This list of possible research projects is non-exhaustive. It only shows positions that are specifically advertised in the G+PS website.

Position Title Supervisor(s) Faculty Research Classification
Postdoctoral Fellow - Chemical Engineering - Heterogeneous Catalysts for CO2-free hydrogen production David Chester Upham Faculty of Applied Science Reaction fundamentals and reactor design
Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Bioinformatics Samuel Aparicio Faculty of Medicine Medical, health and life sciences
Postdoctoral Research Associate - Adult Language Processing and Disorders Lab Jeff Small Faculty of Medicine Psychology, social and behavorial aspects, Other medical sciences
Systems Neuroscience Postdoctoral Position Douglas Altshuler Faculty of Science Animal neurobiology, Neurocognitive patterns and neural networks, Bird biology, Neurogenetics, Sensory systems, visual, Animal behaviour
Modeling Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in the Metro Vancouver Region Kai Chan Faculty of Science Earth and related environmental sciences, Ecological applications
Postdoctoral Fellow Position in Retinal Neurodegeneration Joanne Aiko Matsubara Faculty of Medicine Sensory systems, visual, Cellular neuroscience, Biomedical instrumentation (including diagnostics)
Postdoctoral Fellowship – TRUSTSPHERE – Ethics/Digital Health Faculty of Medicine Medical, health and life sciences
Postdoctoral Fellowship – TRUSTSPHERE – Data Sharing Matthias Goerges, Wyeth Wasserman Faculty of Medicine Computer systems engineering, Pediatrics, Information systems development methodologies, Human-computer systems and interface, Health information systems (including surveillance)
Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Trustsphere Faculty of Medicine Health sciences
Postdoctoral Research Fellow - TRUSTSPHERE - User Interface/User Experience (UI/UX) Faculty of Medicine Health sciences

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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 namesort descending First name Research Interests Desired start dates: Project areas
Cibere Jolanda Rheumatology; early osteoarthritis; magnetic resonance imaging in osteoarthritis; biomarkers in osteoarthritis; progression of early osteoarthritis; clinical detection of early osteoarthritis Any time / year round

Predictors of knee osteoarthritis progression over 7 years.

Ciocca Valter Auditory System; Perception and Representation; Recognition of Speech; Speech and Language Development Disorders; Auditory grouping of speech and non-speech sounds, also known as "auditory scene analysis"; perception and production of normal and disordered speech Any time / year round

Auditory scene analysis; perception and production of disordered speech

Coops Nicholas Charles Telemetry (Remote Sensing, Radar); Space Techniques; Forestry Technology and Equipment; Plants and Forests Any time / year round

Application of remote sensing technologies to forest productivity and conservation issues

Cui Wei Taxation; Law; Social Organization and Political Systems; tax and development; law and development; tax policy; Chinese legislative system; Chinese administrative law; Law and political economy Any time / year round

<p>Research in Chinese law that focuses on the legislative and executive branches; Tax policy, especially in the areas of international taxation, VAT, and tax administration Taxation in developing countries (but not international taxation)</p>

D'Arcy Mitch Earth and related environmental sciences; Geomorphology; Climate/palaeoclimate; Sedimentology; Geochronology; remote sensing Any time / year round, 2021

Projects could involve field work, geochronology, geochemistry, modelling and remote sensing depending on what the student finds exciting and interesting. I’m particularly seeking students interested in working on these topics (but I’m open to other suggestions, too):

  • Orbital climate changes and their effects on erosion and sedimentation
  • Recovering palaeoclimate signals... Read More
Daley Denise Complex Trait Genetics; Genetic Diseases; Asthma; Susceptibility Genes; Genetics of Aging; genetic epidemiology; statistical genetics; Epigenetics; gene-gene and gene-environment interactions Any time / year round

Genetics and epigenetics of common complex diseases including peanut allergy, food allergy, asthma, atopy, healthy aging, aortic valve stenosis. Longitudinal analyses of childhood birth cohorts. The lab is currently initiating several targeted whole genome bisulfate sequencing projects and we plan on integrating data from a variety of omics approaches. We are also developing genetic risk... Read More

Daniels Megan Classical religion; Archaeology of Greece and the broader eastern Mediterranean; Late Bronze Age to Hellenistic Period; Ancient religion, sanctuaries, votive objects; Cross-cultural interaction; Ancient economies and trade; Divine kingship; Digital/data science approaches to the ancient world, particularly ancient religion; Migration and mobility across Eurasia; Phoenician culture; Ceramic analysis 2021, 2022

Ancient Mediterranean, 3000-100 BCE; ancient Greek religion; ancient economies, trade, and exchange; migration and mobility in the ancient Mediterranean; cross-cultural interaction in antiquity; archaeological ceramics; diversity and inclusion in teaching ancient history and archaeology

Davies Hugh William Occupational Safety and Health; Community Health / Public Health; Environmental Health; Occupational Health; Exposure Assessment; Noise and Health; Antineoplastic drug hazards Any time / year round

Occupational Health Hazards: Antineoplastic Drugs

New ways to exploit occupational exposure data

Dawes Martin Applied Genetics; Medication Decsision Support Software; primary care; chronic disease; pharmacogenetics Any time / year round

Medication decision support

Day Susan Plants and Forests; Landscape and Restoration; Ecology and Quality of the Environment; Environment Management and Protection; urban forestry; urban soils; urban ecology Any time / year round

Greeninfrastructure and urban forests, manufactured and engineered soils for urban applications, effects of urban forest structure on soil properties, building construction and greeninfrastructure, below-ground streetscape design, urban ecology related to urban forests

De Longis Anita Social Determinants of Health; Health Psychology; stress; coping; social support; couples; marriage; families; chronic illness; health

Coping with chronic illness; family and marital stress; social support; social relationships and health; life stress

Dee Derek Proteins; Enzymes and Proteins; Agri-food Transformation Products; Biological and Biochemical Mechanisms; Nanomaterials; Nutriceuticals and Functional Foods; Protein Folding; protein aggregation; Biophysics; food chemistry; protein engineering; funtional amyloid; protein nanofibrils; psychrophilic enzymes; aspartic proteases; prions; food proteins; meat analogues Any time / year round

1. genetic and chemical modification to engineer functional amyloid

2. examine misfolding and aggregation of prion proteins

3. conversion of plant proteins into nanofibrils for use in foods

4. mechanisms of biofilm-associated amyloid fibril formation

Deering Kathleen Social Determinants of Health; Environmental Health; Community Health / Public Health; Human and Social Ecology; Sexual health inequities; Gender and health; HIV prevention, treatment and care; Sex work; Social/health geography; Gender and violence; Stigma; Community-based research; Novel methodological approaches in epidemiology Any time / year round

Among other potential projects, I am looking for students or postdocs to work with a five-year community-based longitudinal cohort of women living with HIV in Metro Vancouver (2014-2020), and many options for projects working with this community and these data. The study includes quantitative survey data on broad topics related to social, spatial and structural determinants of health (... Read More

Dennis Jessica Complex Trait Genetics; Genetics of Neurological and Psychiatric Diseases; Epidemiology; Mental Health and Psychopathology in Children and Youth; Bioinformatics; genetic epidemiology; statistical genetics; Precision Health; Electronic health records; Administrative health data; Machine Learning Any time / year round

The last decade has seen an unprecedented explosion of data. In medicine, data are increasingly being generated and linked across electronic health records, administrative databases, and biobanked samples. These resources hold tremendous promise for improving human health and achieving precision medicine, which will only be realized by thoughtful study designs and innovative analyses.

... Read More

Diamond Adele executive functions; prefrontal cortex; dopamine; working memory; self-control; self-regulation; cognition; COMT gene; Sex differences; stress; ACEs (adverse childhood experiences); ELS (early life stress); resilience; social determinants of health; ADHD; depression; PTSD; Physical Activity; the arts; mindfulness 2021

In traumatized youth, can prefrontal cortex communication with the amygdala be restored by a stress-reduction program (e.g., Niroga’s yoga-based mindfulness program)? Are the benefits of music for improving executive functions (EFs), mood, and quality of life greater when the experience of listening to the music is socially shared? Can the benefits of listening to the spoken word be as great... Read More

Doan Quynh Emergency Medicine; Health Services Any time / year round, 2021

Dr. Doan’s research program includes projects evaluating pediatric emergency department patterns of use, quality of care, and service delivery efficiency. Through a variety of projects, the program aims to answer questions about the need for pediatric emergency care and how well the healthcare system is able to meet this need, as well as the how the quality and value of care provided to... Read More

Dollinger Stefan Language Contact and Linguistic Changes; Linguistic Variation and Society; Lexicography and Dictionaries; Language Interactions; Language Rights and Policies; Bilingualism and Multilingualism

Projects revolving around the recently completed www.dchp.ca/dchp2, possibly towards a third edition.

For my work, see https://ubc.academia.edu/StefanDollinger for a nearly complete list and downloadable books/papers/squibs/reviews.

Dong Xuesen Hormone Dependent Cancers; Prostate Cancer; Endocrine Regulation; Gene Regulation and Expression; Prematurity Any time / year round
  1. neuroendocrine prostate cancer;
  2. AR driven castrate-resistant prostate cancer
  3. drug screening novel DNA topoisomerase II inhibitors
  4. cell free nucleotide biomarkers from liquid biopsy
Du Caigan Renal Diseases; Bioactive Molecules; Immune Reactions; Immunotherapy; Cell Therapy of Infectious and Immune Diseases; pathophysiology of Kidney disease; cell and antibody/protein therapy; Kidney transplantation and organ preservation; Technology for diagnosis of kidney disease; Peritoneal dialysis Any time / year round

Mesenchymal stromal cells-based therapy, antibody therapy, cold organ preservation in transplantation, Roles of clusterin in kidney disease, Novel methods for monitoring kidney damage and function

Elliott Alison Other health sciences; rare disease; genomics; Congenital Malformations; Skeletal and limb anomalies; Genetic Counselling; Health services implementation science 2022

Genetic counselling

Birth defects

Health Implementation Science

Ellis Jason history of education; Education policy; Politics of education Any time / year round, 2021

Projects related to my current research: history of education and social mobility, opportunity; education and housing markets; political economy of metropolitan schooling; policy; space and historical GIS mapping; history of immigration and education; history of educational finance and taxation. Or any project in the history of education; education policy.

Eltis Lindsay Microbiology; Enzymes and Proteins; Metabolism (Living Organisms); Bacterial catabolism of steroids and lignin; Mycobacterium tuberculosis; biocatalyst development Any time / year round

Understanding the degradation of cholesterol catabolism by Mycobacterium tuberculosis and its role in pathogenesis. Developing new therapeutics that target cholesterol catabolism. Understanding the bacterial degradation of lignin and developing biocatalysts to upgrade lignin.

Etminan Mahyar Eye and Visual System Diseases; Pharmacoepidemiology; Epidemiology; Oular Epidemiology; Drug Safety; Epidemiologist Study Design; Causal Inference; Cancer Epidemiology 2021

Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, Drug Safety (all therapeutics areas)

Fast Danya Social sciences; Substance Use; Substance Use Care; Adolescents and Young Adults; urban health; Urban Poverty; Medical Anthropology; Canada; East Africa Any time / year round

I am currently recruiting graduate students to contribute to qualitative and anthropological research projects with young people who use drugs and those who provide care to this population.

Specific focuses include:

(1) A longitudinal examination of young people’s (ages 14-24) addiction treatment trajectories in the context of the overdose and COVID-19 crises; and

(2) A... Read More

Faulkner Guy Community Health / Public Health; physical activity and public health; mental health; physical activity interventions; Exercise Psychology; behavioral medicine Any time / year round

Physical activity and public health - intervention development and evaluation

Fisher Kevin Archeological Data Analysis; Archeological Excavation Methods and Techniques; Dynamics of Social Transformations; Urban Spaces and Urbanity; Social Life / Societal Life; Near Eastern archaeology; Mediterranean archaeology; built environments; architecture; urbanism; digital archaeology; social interaction; power Any time / year round

Kalavasos and Maroni Built Environments (KAMBE) Project: http://kambe.cnrs.ubc.ca/

Computational Research on the Ancient Near East (CRANE) Project: https://www.crane.utoronto.ca/

Flynn Alexandra Law and society; Municipal Law; Local Governance; property law; Administrative Law; Experiential legal education; Socio-Legal Studies; Law & Cities 2022
  • urban law and governance
  • housing law
Folk Joshua Quantum devices; Majorana fermions; Strongly correlated electronics; Topological phenomena; Fractional quantum Hall effect; Vanderwaals heterostructures Any time / year round

Topological quantum computing Graphene spintronics Vanderwaals heterostructures

Frank Erica Preventive medicine; Free accredited education Any time / year round

I perform occasional domestic and global intervention research on physicians' and medical students' health practices and their effects on patients, on climate change, THC policy in Canada and the US, the built environment and health, and other topics of interest where I can make a particular difference [more on that here:  ... Read More

Friedman Joel Computer Science Theory; Algebraic Graph Theory; Combinatorics Any time / year round

Computer Science Theory, Graph Theory, Combinatorics, Algebraic Topology applied to Combinatorics

Friedman Jan Marshall Genetics and Heredity; Developmental Genetics; Genomics; Application of whole genome sequencing to diagnose genetic disease; Clinical genomics; Neurofibromatosis; Birth defects epidemiology Any time / year round
  • Improving the sensitivity of whole genome sequencing as a clinical test for genetic causes of intellectual disability
  • Development and evaluation of genetic e-counselling for clinical whole genome sequencing
  • Which maternal medications can harm the developing human embryo?
  • Improving the clinical care of patients with neurofibromatosis 1, an autosomal dominant... Read More
Frostad John Nutriceuticals and Functional Foods; Fluid Mechanics; Emulsions; Foams; Functional Foods; Interfacial Rheology; Interfacial Phenomena; Sensory Analysis; Novel Instrumentation; Physics of Soft Matter; See my website: food.chbe.ubc.ca/opportunities/ Any time / year round, 2021

For more information, please see: http://food.chbe.ubc.ca/opportunities/

Gaertner David Indigenous literatures; Media, visual and digital culture; Critical identity, ethnic and race studies; Indigenous Literature; Digital storytelling; Digital Humanities; Speculative fiction; Reconciliation; New Media; Indigenous Cyberspace 2021, 2022

Indigenous new media theory and design via CEDaR (Centre for Engaged Documentation and Research) the Indigneous new media lab I co-operate with Daisy Rosenblum. 

Garrett Bernard Mark Health Care Technologies; Ethics and Health; Media Influence on Behavior; Virtual Reality (VR); Augmented reality; Evidence-basedPpractice; Deception in Healthcare; Healthcare Regulation; Alternative Medicine

Therapeutic uses of VR/AR technologies, Reviews or Trials of Alternative Medicine, REA's on healthcare practices, Policy Analysis on Professional Regulation Issues

Giang Amanda Atmospheric Pollutants; Climate Changes and Impacts; Chemical Pollutants; Social and Cultural Factors of Environmental Protection; Public Policies

modelling the impact of technology and policy on the long range transport of global pollutants; developing tools and processes to support community-based environmental monitoring; understanding the role of scientific assessment in environmental governance, from global to local scales

Gibson William Genetic Diseases; Chromosomes: Structure / Organization; Epigenetics Any time / year round

Genetics of Rare Obesity and Overgrowth Disorders; Epigenetics of Body Weight and Body Composition; Genetics of Familial Intracranial Aneurysms.     Please note that recruitment is extremely competitive. Applicants with external scholarship/fellowship funding are strongly preferred, as are applicants who already have an MD or MBBS degree, or who are applying to UBC's MD-PhD program.... Read More

Glassheim Eagle European history (except British, classical Greek and Roman); History of Central and Eastern Europe; Environmental History Any time / year round

Environmental history; histories of health of communities and landscapes; mining history; histories of communism in Central/Eastern Europe

Goerges Matthias Biomedical Technologies; Artificial Intelligence; Decision Making; Software Development; Health Care Technologies; Human Computer Interaction and Design; Medical informatics; decision support systems; predictive analytics; Anesthesiology; Critical Care Medicine 2021, 2022

I am currently mainly considering trainees with engineering or informatics backgrounds as my program is moving more and more towards medical informatics and clinical applications in biomedical engineering. Pharmacology is too far from my research interests and core training, so I am not recruiting Pharmacology students.

Goldbach Toby Political Culture, Society and Ideology; Procedural Law; Jurisprudence; Dispute Resolution; Comparative Law; Judicial Politics; law and development Any time / year round

Fairness hearings in class action settlements in the US; judges' international travel for judicial education; development of court-connected ADR in Ghana

Gordon Michael Neuronal Systems; neuroscience; Neural circuits; Sensory systems; Feeding; Taste; Gustation; Drosophila; Chemosensation Any time / year round

Most projects centre on the neural circuits underlying taste processing and feeding in the fly brain. Potential projects include looking at circuit mechanisms underlying taste integration, hunger, feeding, taste memories, chemosensory integration, and taste circuit development.

Graham Sean Plant phylogenetics; Plant systematics; Plant evolution; Organelles; Phylogenomics; Land plants; Mycoheterotrophs Any time / year round

Plant phylogenetics and molecular evolution

Granville David Autoimmunity; Medical molecular engineering of nucleic acids and proteins; Proteases; Granzymes; Extracellular matrix; Chronic inflammation; Aging; Disease models; Autoimmune disease; Skin; Vascular biology Any time / year round

I am looking for post-doctoral fellows. Trainees will be actively involved in the translational research effort pertaining to understanding the physiological and/or pathophysiological role(s) of the serine protease family, granzymes, in the context of skin or vascular inflammation regeneration, in aging, autoimmune and/or chronic disease. Granzymes are a family of 5 serine proteases in humans... Read More

Groat Lee Mineralogy and crystallography (except soil mineralogy and chemicals aspects of crystallography); Inorganic geochemistry; Economic geology; mineralogy; crystal chemistry; Geochemistry; economic geology; gem deposits; pegmatites 2021

Gem deposits and pegmatites in northern Canada.

Gustafson Stephen James Mathematical Analysis; Differential Equation; Global and Non-Linear Analysis; Mathematical physics; Nonlinear partial differential equations; Topological solitons; Nonlinear waves Any time / year round

Mathematical analysis of fundamental properties (e.g. stability and dynamical behaviour) of topological solitons in physical systems such as ferromagnets.

Haas Kurt Plasticity / Neuronal Regeneration; Neurological Diseases; Genetics of Neurological and Psychiatric Diseases; Neuronal and Synaptic Activity; Neuronal Systems; Neuronal Modeling; Neuronal Communication and Neurotransmission; Autism; Epilepsy; Synaptic Plasticity; Dendritogenesis; Brain Circuit Development; Neurodevelopmental disorders; Neuronal Computation Any time / year round

Understanding neuronal integration of information.
Development of neuronal encoding properties.
Developmental epiletogenesis.
Metaplasticity.
Genetic and molecular mechanisms of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Haase Kristen Nursing, n.e.c.; oncology; Older Adults; Geriatric oncology; Health systems research; Mixed Methods Research; Qualitative research; Self-management; E-health Any time / year round, 2021, 2022

Currently my research focuses on supporting older adults and their caregivers as then engage in managing cancer treatment and survivorship. I am looking to develop patient-oriented research partnerships in BC.

Hakkinen Lari Cell Therapy; Cell Signaling; Connective Tissue; Wound Healing; Tissue regeneration; Fibroblasts, MSC; Extracellular matrix; Cell to cell communication; Oral mucosa and skin

Wound healing, cell communication, fibroblast biology, cell therapy

Hallas Alannah Quantum Phenomena; Quantum materials; Materials design and discovery; magnetism Any time / year round

Materials innovations have sparked most of the major technological advances across the millennia – from the stone, bronze, and iron ages through to the current silicon age. Science now stands on the precipice of a new era: the age of quantum materials – materials with extraordinary electronic and magnetic properties that rely on quantum mechanical effects. In the Hallas group, we use state-of-... Read More

Hallensleben Markus Transcultural Studies; Artistic and Literary Theories; Literary or Artistic Works Analysis; Migrations, Populations, Cultural Exchanges; German Language Cultures and Literatures; Transnational Literatures; Visual Arts and Literature; European Studies; Literature and Sciences; Literature and Migration; Narratives of Belonging Any time / year round

Literature and migration; literature and Visual Arts; critical European Studies; gender, race, ethnicity; diversity and super-diversity; sociographic approaches to literatures; postmigrant condition; narratives of belonging; avant-garde arts, literature and theories; art and bioart performances; biopolitics; images of the body;

Hamlin Kiley Cognitive Development; Moral Judgement and Duty or Obligation Morals; Infant / Child Development; Foundations of Religious, Mystical, Mythical and Moral Thoughts; Infant moral cognition; infant social cognition Any time / year round

Our work focuses on the early development of moral cognition and action in infancy.

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