Research Projects

Below is a sample of research projects that you can consider as part of your graduate degree program. Please ensure to review the departmental websites of all potential faculty members by using the supervisor search.

Last namesort descending First name Research Interest Desired start dates: Project areas Financial support options:
Frackman Kyle German studies, gender studies, sexuality studies, literature, film, East Germany, Scandinavia Any time / year round Applicants need to be self-funded
Friedman Jan Marshall 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

Some financial support is available
Friedman Joel Computer Science Theory, Algebraic Graph Theory, Combinatorics 2018

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

Some financial support is available
Frostad John Emulsions, Foams, Functional Foods, Interfacial Rheology, Interfacial Phenomena, Human Health Any time / year round, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

For more information, please see:

Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Galea Liisa Ann Margaret hippocampus, sex differences 2018, 2019 Some financial support is available
Gleason Mona history of education, history of children and youth, critical youth studies, gender and sexuality 2017

History of education
Critical youth studies
Family and school relations

Gordon Michael 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.

Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Graham Sean Plant phylogenetics, Plant systematics, Plant evolution, Organelles, Phylogenomics, Land plants, Mycoheterotrophs Any time / year round

Plant phylogenetics and molecular evolution

Some financial support is available
Greif Chen scientific computing, numerical linear algebra, iterative linear solvers, constrained optimization, numerical solution of partial differential equations Any time / year round
Griess Verena Computer based decision support systems in forest management, Forest management Any time / year round Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Gustafson Paul Bayesian statistical methods, Causal inference, Evidence synthesis, Biostatistics Any time / year round Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Hafeli Urs Radiopharmaceuticals, Radioimmunotherapy, Magnetic Targeting, Targeted Drug Delivery, Novel polymers, Nanoparticles, Microspheres, Microneedles, Bioconjugates Any time / year round

- Center for Biopharmaceuticals and Biobarriers in Drug Delivery (BioDelivery Center)
- Lundbeck Foundation Professorship in Nanomedicine and Drug Delivery

Some financial support is available
Harley Christopher community ecology, climate change, marine invertebrates, marine algae 2019 Some financial support is available
Hauert Christoph evolution, game theory, social dilemmas, dynamical systems, stochastic processes Any time / year round
Heckman Nancy functional data analysis, smoothing, splines Any time / year round Some financial support is available
Hiebert Daniel Joseph immigration, diversity, national security 2017

Immigration, diversity, and changing cities; Diversity, human rights, and national security

Hodges Nicola action anticipation, coaching, sport Any time / year round

action observation and prediction
observational learning
perceptual motor skills and their development
optimizing practice conditions

Some financial support is available
Holmes Reid computer science, software engineering, software testing, software quality, open source software, software development tools, software comprehension, static analysis Any time / year round
Holsti Liisa premature infants, neurodevelopment, stress, pain , measurement, technology transfer, sucrose, rehabilitation, pediatrics Any time / year round

neonatology, pediatrics, occupational therapy, measurement, rehabilitation

Applicants need to be self-funded
Hoodless Pamela Embryology, Transcriptional regulation, Epigenetics, Heart valve formation, Liver development 2017, 2018 Some financial support is available
Howe LeAnn gene regulation, epigenetics, chromatin Any time / year round

inheritance of gene expression states, maintenance of genome stability

Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Hu Alan formal verification, formal methods, model checking, software analysis, post-silicon validation, security, nonce to detect automated mining of profiles Any time / year round Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Hunt Michael Anthony biomechanics, rehabilitation, musculoskeletal, physical activity, exercise Any time / year round
Illes Judy Biomedical Ethics, Aging and dementia, Neurodevelopmental disorders, Brain Injury, Stem Cells, Neurotechnology, Neuroethics Any time / year round

I am open to inspiring and supporting research in any area at the intersection of biomedicine, neuroscience, and ethics.

Some financial support is available
Iurascu Ilinca 19th c. German and comparative literature, media theory, material culture studies, film studies, critical theory Any time / year round

media theory; Frankfurt School; film history; history of the book; German cultural studies

Jan Eric Virology, Virus, Antiviral innate immunity, translation, Protein synthesis, RNA, RNA structure function, tRNA, ribosome, RNA virus, protease, molecular biology, picornavirus Any time / year round, 2017

Projects include
- elucidating virus host interactions such as antiviral innate immunity and viral proteins that modulate cellular processes
- identifying host protein substrates by viral proteinases
- non-canonical protein synthesis mechanisms used by viruses and cellular mRNAs

Approaches include biochemical, molecular and cell biology methods, proteomics and genome-... Read More

Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Janssen Patricia maternal child health, prison health, violence in relationships 2017

management of early labour, prenatal education by texting and phone apps, fetal assessment in labour, diagnosis and management of dystocia, vaginal birth after cesarean, comparison of perinatal outcomes among care providers, surveillance of maternal homicide, health outcomes of incarcerated women, fetal growth.

Some financial support is available
Jelovica Jasmin Sandwich structures, Finite element analysis, Structural optimization, Welding and joining of metals, Ultimate, fatigue and impact strength Any time / year round

Welding is the main form of joining metals in various industries. The joints unfortunately suffer from lower mechanical properties than the base material, which can cause premature failure with disastrous consequences. Improved welding technologies are created that reduce imperfections as well as better simulation techniques that can predict mechanical properties with good level of confidence... Read More

Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Jenstad Lorienne hearing aids, aging, audiology, hearing health, amplification Any time / year round

New ways of assessing hearing aid outcomes; encouraging older adults to seek and use hearing health care services; acoustic and behavioural assessment of hearing aid processing.

Some financial support is available
Jetter Reinhard Analytical Chemistry, Plant Ecophysiology, Plant Biochemistry, Molecular Genetics, Biological Chemistry Any time / year round Some financial support is available
Jiang Xiaoyan Basic and translational leukemia research, Leukemic stem cell biology , Gene regulation , Drug resistance , Proteomics Any time / year round

The overall goal of my research program is to understand the molecular mechanisms and cellular functions of specific oncogenes, tumor suppressor genes, miRNAs and their target genes in the regulation of the properties of cancer/leukemic stem cells, signal transduction events, initiation and progression of human leukemia and drug resistance. The ultimate objective is to identify molecules and... Read More

Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Johnson Mark Ecohydrology, Carbon cycle, Land use, Water and Sustainability, Biogeochemistry, Data Science 2018
Johnson Pauline Immunology, Inflammation, Immune-cancer interactions, Innate immunity, Macrophages and myeloid cells Any time / year round Applicants need to be self-funded
Jones Steven J Bioinformatics, genome science, mutations, cancer progression Any time / year round

Cancer Genomics

Some financial support is available
Karczmarek Joanna String theory, Matrix models, Emergent spacetime and gravity, Noncommutative geometry Any time / year round Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Kizhakkedathu Jayachandran Polymers, Biomaterials, Blood Coagulation, Macromolecular Therapeutics, Iron Chelators, Thrombosis, Cell-surface Engineering, Proteomics Tools, Implants and Medical Devices 2017, 2018 Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Kobor Michael Epigenetics, Social Epigenetics, Molecular Biology , Chromatin Biology Any time / year round Applicants need to be self-funded
Kruecken Reiner Nuclear Physics 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Structure and Dynamics of Rare Isotopes relevant for the synthesis of the heavy chemical elements in the universe
Detector Technologies for the next generation neutrinoless double beta-decay search experiment nEXO

Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Krzic Maja Soil science, Soil science education, Inegration of multimedia and soil science 2017, 2018

Long-term Improvements in Soil Productivity due to Grassland Set-asides
Quantification and mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions from high-value agricultural production systems in British Columbia

Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Lakshmanan Laks data management and data cleaning, data warehousing and OLAP, data and text mining, analytics on big graphs and news, social networks and media, recommender systems 2018
Lamontagne Andre Quebecois Literature, Literary Theory, Canadian Studies Any time / year round
Laule Cornelia magnetic resonance imaging, brain, spinal cord, myelin, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, neurological diseases Any time / year round
Leander Brian Evolutionary morphology, Marine invertebrate zoology, Evolutionary protistology, Species discovery, Phylogenetic biology, Comparative organismal biology, Marine biodiversity Any time / year round Some financial support is available
Leavitt Blair Huntington disease, Neurogenetics, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Frontotemporal Dementia, Mouse models of disease, Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells, Gene Regulation, Experimental Therapeutics, Gene Silencing and Gene Editing, Gene Therapy, Medical Genetics Any time / year round

Mouse models of neurodegenerative diseases Clinical biomarkers of neurodegenerative diseases (Imaging, CSF, Blood) Gene silencing, gene editing and gene therapy for brain diseases Transcriptional regulation of disease genes Experimental therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases Induced pluripotent stem cells models of human brain diseases

Lee Jae-Hyeok genetic engineering of microalgae for robust biomass production, the roles of sexuality in the evolution of developmental mechanisms Any time / year round

Our work aims to explore evolutionary potential of microalgae using Chlamydomonas reinhardtii as a model system.
1) Functional genomics projects to improve photosynthetic productivity of microalgae under stressors like excess light and poor nutrient.
2) Molecular genetics projects to analyze mutants defective for sexual development in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii.
3) Comparative... Read More

Some financial support is available
Lee Gene Business Analytics, Applied Machine Learning, Text Mining, Mobile Ecosystem, Social Media Analysis, Cybersecurity Any time / year round

- Application of Big Data in Business Applications
- Social Media Analysis
- Cybersecurity
- E-Commerce

Some financial support is available
Lefebvre Louis Role of imprinted genes in mammalian development 2017
Leyton-Brown Kevin Artificial intelligence, Auction theory, Game theory, Machine learning, Algorithms 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Li Linda Patient help-seeking experiences , Shared decision-making, Patient self-management , E-health & digital media, Rehabilitation and lifestyle interventions in arthritis management , Health services research - knowledge translation and implementation, Patient engagement 2018, 2020

Visit the Arthritis, Joint Health & Knowledge Translation Research Program website for a current list of Dr Li's research projects:

Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Li Shyh-dar drug delivery, pharmaceutics, nanomedicine, biopharmaceutics Any time / year round

1. Development of lipid and polymer based nanoparticles for targeted drug delivery to tumors
2. Development of child-friendly formulations
3. Ocular drug delivery
4. Drug delivery to the brain
5. Sustained drug release formulations
6. Gene delivery