Currently Open Research Projects
|Position Title||Supervisor(s)||Faculty||Research Classification|
|Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Pediatric Endocrinology||Angela Devlin||Faculty of Medicine||Basic medicine and life sciences|
|MSc student in knowledge translation||Stephanie Glegg||Faculty of Medicine||Medical, health and life sciences|
|Postdoctoral Researcher with Rare Decay group TRIUMF||Douglas Bryman||Faculty of Science||Particle physics, experimental, Electrical engineering, computer engineering, and information engineering|
|Applications Open for UBC Master and Graduate Certificate in Global Surgical Care||Faculty of Medicine||Medical, health and life sciences|
|Postdoctoral Fellow position with the DarkLight Collaboration at UBC/TRIUMF||Michael Hasinoff||Faculty of Science||Particle physics, experimental, Subatomic physics, n.e.c|
|Postdoctoral Fellow (PDF) Position in Membrane Proteome Discovery||Franck Duong||Faculty of Medicine||Basic medicine and life sciences|
|Postdoctoral Position in Peptide Chemistry and Radiopharmaceuticals||David Perrin||Faculty of Science||Chemical biology, Cancer diagnosis, Coordination chemistry, Synthetic biology|
|Postdoctoral Fellow in Retina and Corneal Research||Joanne Aiko Matsubara||Faculty of Medicine||Sensory systems, visual, Cellular interactions (including adhesion, matrix and cell wall)|
|Postdoctoral Fellowship Position in Biomolecular Spectroscopy||James Piret||Faculty of Science||Analytical spectrometry, Medical and biomedical engineering, Biosystems and agricultural engineering|
|Graduate student: Single-molecule biophysics||Sabrina Leslie||Faculty of Science||Medical, health and life sciences|
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|
|Cornelis||Jean Thomas||Earth and related environmental sciences; Pedology; Biogeochemistry; Soil-Plant Interactions||2022||
- determine the extent to which changes in soil processes controlling carbon storage and (micro)nutrient supply are driven by land use
- understand soil abiotic controls on microbial and root nutrient-acquisition strategies and their role in agroecosystem resilience and food quality
- determine agroecosystem adaptation to climate change via bio-weathering processes induced by... Read More
|Couture||Victor||Economics; Urban economics and transportation; Efficiency of urban transportation systems; Potential for e-commerce to reduce spatial inequality; Preferences for social interactions; Consequences of gentrification||Any time / year round||
Urban economics and transportation
|Cui||Wei||Law and legal practice; Taxation; Law; Social Organization and Political Systems; Chinese administrative law; Chinese legislative system; law and development; Law and political economy; tax and development; tax policy||Any time / year round||
The history of international taxation in light of the evolution of international trade
Compare redistributive policies in democratic v. authoritarian countries
|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):
|Daley||Denise||Bioinformatics; Asthma; Complex Trait Genetics; Epigenetics; gene-gene and gene-environment interactions; Genetic Diseases; genetic epidemiology; Genetics of Aging; statistical genetics; Susceptibility Genes||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||
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
|Dee||Derek||Environment and natural resources economics; Food sciences (including food engineering); Natural resource management; Agri-food Transformation Products; aspartic proteases; Biological and Biochemical Mechanisms; Biophysics; Enzymes and Proteins; food chemistry; food proteins; funtional amyloid; meat analogues; Nanomaterials; Nutriceuticals and Functional Foods; prions; protein aggregation; protein engineering; Protein Folding; protein nanofibrils; Proteins; psychrophilic enzymes||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
|Dennis||Jessica||Bioinformatics; Genetic medicine; Administrative health data; Complex Trait Genetics; Electronic health records; Epidemiology; genetic epidemiology; Genetics of Neurological and Psychiatric Diseases; Machine Learning; Mental Health and Psychopathology in Children and Youth; Precision Health; statistical genetics||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||
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
|Dierkes||Julian||Sociology, n.e.c.; All other social sciences, n.e.c.; Sociology of education; Public Policy; Mongolia; policy communication; contemporary Japan; digital diplomacy; supplementary education; mining policy; Japanese education; Democratization||Any time / year round||
Please note that the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs... Read More
|Dollinger||Stefan||English language; 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||Cancer progression and metastasis; Gene and molecular therapy; Prostate Cancer; RNA splicing and Gene Regulation; Drug development; Hormone Dependent Cancers; Endocrine Regulation; Premature Labour||Any time / year round||
|Donner||Simon||Atmospheric sciences; Oceanography; Other media and communication; Climate Science; climate change impacts; Climate policy; Coastal Ecosystems; Marine Environment; Climate modelling and prediction; Science communication; Net-zero emissions; Coral reefs||Any time / year round, 2023, 2024, 2025||
I am a climate scientist focused on helping the world prevent and prepare for climate change. I serve as a member Canada’s Net-Zero Advisory Body, which advises the Canadian government on climate change solutions, and was a lead author on the most recent assessment report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change assessments.
My research program lies primarily at the intersection... Read More
|Du||Caigan||Immune diseases; Medical biotechnology diagnostics (including biosensors); Drug discovery, design and delivery; Transplantation immunology; Innate immunity; pathophysiology of Kidney disease; cell and antibody/protein therapy; Kidney transplantation and organ preservation; Technology for diagnosis of kidney disease; Peritoneal dialysis; Inflammation of various organs||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, anti-inflammatory natural products.
|Effros||Bonnie||Humanities and the arts; History of archaeology; Antiquarianism and collecting in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; Late antique and early medieval history and archaeology; Gender history and archaeology||Any time / year round||
history of archaeology, history of collecting and museums, medievalism, early medieval history and archaeology, early medieval gender
|Elliott||Alison||Other health sciences; rare disease; genomics; Congenital Malformations; Skeletal and limb anomalies; Genetic Counselling; Health services implementation science||
Health Implementation Science
|Ellis||Jason||Educational policy; Specialized studies in education; Canadian history; Education policy; history of education; Politics of education||Any time / year round||
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||Biochemistry; Genomics; Immunology; Microbiology; Bacterial catabolism of steroids and lignin; biocatalyst development; Enzymes and Proteins; Metabolism (Living Organisms); Mycobacterium tuberculosis||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||
Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, Drug Safety (all therapeutics areas)
|Etxabe||Julen||Law and society; Literature and critical theory; History and philosophy of law and justice; Law and humanities; Legal Theory and Jurisprudence; Human Rights; Political Theory; Law and literature; Cultural Studies||Any time / year round||
|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 incoming PhD students with strong backgrounds in qualitative, community-based participatory action, and/or anthropological methods who are passionate about doing research broadly focused on youth, substance use and care. Students will carve out an independent project as part of one of the following studies:
(1) The Treatment Trajectories Study explores young... Read More
|Faulkner||Guy||Kinesiology; Community Health / Public Health; behavioral medicine; Exercise Psychology; mental health; physical activity and public health; physical activity interventions||Any time / year round||
Physical activity and public health - intervention development and evaluation
|Fisher||Kevin||Prehistoric archaeology; Anthropology; Archaeological theory; Archaeometry; Archeological Data Analysis; Archeological Excavation Methods and Techniques; architecture; built environments; digital archaeology; Dynamics of Social Transformations; Mediterranean archaeology; Near Eastern archaeology; power; Social Life / Societal Life; social interaction; Urban Spaces and Urbanity; urbanism||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||
|Folk||Joshua||Physical sciences; 2D materials and Vanderwaals heterostructures; Quantum electronics; Thermodynamics of quantum systems; Strongly correlated phenomena; Topological phenomena; Quantum transport||Any time / year round||
Vanderwaals heterostructures; Entropy of quantum systems; Thermodynamic probes of 2D materials; Fractional quantum Hall effect
|Ford||Nancy||Medical physics; Medical biotechnology diagnostics (including biosensors); Dental materials and equipment; micro-computed tomography; physiological gating; contrast agents; models of respiratory disease; image-based measurements; dental imaging; x-ray imaging||2023||
Using convolutional neural networks for denoising micro-CT images
|Frank||Erica||Health sciences; Public and population health; Free accredited education; Preventive Medicine||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
|Frankel||Adam||Other basic medicine and life sciences; Enzymes (including kinetics and mechanisms, and biocatalyst); Biological and Biochemical Mechanisms; Bioactive Molecules; Organic Molecules and Biomolecules; Proteins; arginine methylation; post-translational modifications; Chemical Biology; drug discovery; Target Engagement; Protein Biochemistry; yeast; Amino acids||2022, 2023||
"Methylation Dynamics in Cellular Processes" in the Frankel lab.
"Overcoming Dihydrofolate Reductase Inhibitor Resistance Using Pyrimethamine-inspired Proteolysis Targeting Chimeras" with Drs. Brent Page and Karla Williams.
|Friedman||Jan Marshall||Other clinical medicine; Genetic medicine; Genomics; Health counselling; Application of whole genome sequencing to diagnose genetic disease; Birth defects epidemiology; Clinical genomics; Developmental Genetics; Genetics and Heredity; Neurofibromatosis||Any time / year round||
|Friedman||Joel||Computer and information sciences; Algebraic Graph Theory; Combinatorics; Computer Science Theory||Any time / year round||
Computer Science Theory, Graph Theory, Combinatorics, Algebraic Topology applied to Combinatorics
|Frostad||John||Chemical engineering; Food sciences (including food engineering); Emulsions; Physics of Soft Matter; Agricultural Sprays; Food Physics; Interfacial Rheology; Novel Instrumentation; Foams; Fluid mechanics||Any time / year round||
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||
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.
|Giammarino||Ronald||Financial management; corporate theory; bank regulation; real options||Any time / year round||
Municipal corporate finance
|Giang||Amanda||Atmospheric sciences; Mechanical engineering; Natural environment sciences; Atmospheric Pollutants; Chemical Pollutants; Climate Changes and Impacts; Public Policies; Social and Cultural Factors of Environmental Protection||
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 medicine; 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||Medical devices; Expert systems technologies in artificial intelligence; Anesthesiology; Electronic health (e-Health); Health information systems (including surveillance); Human-computer systems and interface; Bio-signal processing and analysis; Biomedical Technologies; Artificial Intelligence; decision making; Software Development; Health Care Technologies; Critical Care Medicine; decision support systems; Human Computer Interaction and Design; Medical informatics; predictive analytics; Digital health||2023, 2024||
The introduction of information technology in medicine has enabled a transformational change in recent decades. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic further accelerated the introduction of virtual care and digital health solutions. Thus, most of my work focuses on designing, implementing, and evaluating ways that leverage technology to improve patient-relevant outcomes.
Clinical context is... Read More
|Goldbach||Toby Susan||Law and legal practice; Political Culture, Society and Ideology; Procedural Law; Jurisprudence; Comparative Law; Dispute Resolution; 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||Neurosciences, biological and chemical aspects; Neurosciences, medical and physiological and health aspects; Zoology; Chemosensation; Drosophila; Feeding; Gustation; Neural circuits; Neuronal Systems; neuroscience; Sensory systems; Taste||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
|Greif||Chen||Numerical computation; Numerical analysis; scientific computing; numerical linear algebra; numerical solution of partial differential equations; computational optimization||Any time / year round||
numerical solution of linear systems arising from multiphysics problems
|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.
|Gunderson||Lee Paul||Humanities and the arts; reading-research; immigrant-achievement||Any time / year round||
ESL(ELL) Literacy Assessment
|Gustafson||Stephen James||Mathematics and statistics; Mathematical Analysis; Differential Equation; Global and Non-Linear Analysis; Mathematical physics; Nonlinear partial differential equations; Nonlinear waves; Topological solitons||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||Medical and biomedical engineering; Neurosciences, biological and chemical aspects; Neurosciences, medical and physiological and health aspects; Autism; Brain Circuit Development; Dendritogenesis; Epilepsy; Genetics of Neurological and Psychiatric Diseases; Neurodevelopmental disorders; Neurological diseases; Neuronal Communication and Neurotransmission; Neuronal Computation; Neuronal Modeling; Neuronal Systems; Neuronal and Synaptic Activity; Plasticity / Neuronal Regeneration; Synaptic Plasticity||Any time / year round||
Understanding neuronal integration of information.
|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.
|Hach||Faraz||Cancer; Algorithms and computational genomics; Computational Genomics; biomolecular sequence analysis||Any time / year round||
|Haji||Faizal||Health care safety and quality improvement; Surgical Education; Global Surgery; Simulation in Healthcare; Health Professions Education; Quality Improvement and Patient Safety||Any time / year round||
Global Surgery (multiple topics)
Health Professions Education (multiple topics)
Surgical Education (multiple topics)
Healthcare Simulation (multiple topics)
|Hakkinen||Lari||Dentistry and oral health; Cell signaling; Cell therapy; Cell to cell communication; Connective Tissue; Extracellular matrix; Fibroblasts, MSC; Oral mucosa and skin; Tissue regeneration; Wound Healing||Any time / year round||
Wound healing, cell communication, fibroblast biology, cell therapy