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 descending First name Research Interest Desired start dates: Project areas
Chrostowski Lukas Optics and Photonics, Micro and Nanoelectronics, Nanotechnologies, Manufacturing Processes, silicon photonics, biosensors, biophotonics, quantum computing, optoelectronics, photonics, optics, semiconductor lasers Any time / year round

silicon photonic device and circuit design, nanofabrication, quantum computing, single photon devices

Cibere Jolanda 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

Conibear Elizabeth Molecular Genetics, Cell Signaling and Cancer, Genomics and Proteomics, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Membranes, Enzymes and Proteins, Parkinson's Disease, Protein Palmitoylation, Vesicle Trafficking Any time / year round
Coombs Daniel Cell Signaling and Infectious and Immune Diseases, Mathematics, Epidemiology, Mathematical biology, Cell biophysics, Immune cell signalling, Disease models Any time / year round
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

Cox Daniel Motivations and Emotions, Anxiety, Depression, Mental Health and Society, Stress, Suicide Any time / year round
Cranston Emily Nanomaterials, Surfaces, Interfaces and Thin Layers, Polymers, Colloidal and Autoassembled Systems, Bio-based materials and nanocellulose, Atomic force microscopy (forces, adhesion, friction, imaging), Colloid and interface science, Polymer chemistry, Cellulose nanocrystals Any time / year round
Cripton Peter Trauma / Injuries, Cranio-Encephalic and Spinal Cord Trauma, Mechanical Systems, spinal cord injury, neurotrauma, traumatic brain injury, biomechanics, injury prevention, hip fracture, spine biomechanics Any time / year round
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

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)

Curat Herve Artistic and Literary Analysis Models, Fundamental Properties of Language, Semantics, Formalism, Syntax, Stylistics, Grammar, Morphology, Grammatical semantics of modern French, linguistic analysis of texts, structural analysis, Claude Levi-Strauss, Jean de La Fontaine, native mythology of the Americas Any time / year round, 2019, 2020
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

Davies Hugh William Occupational Health, Noise and Chrnoic Disease Any time / year round
Dawes Martin Applied Genetics, pharmacogenetics, primary care, chronic disease, Machine learning Any time / year round

Primary care pharmacogenetics

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 Angelis Franco Ancient Greek world history, environment, urbanism, developmnet of societies, colonization, economics, ancient literature Any time / year round
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 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

Devlin Angela obesity, children, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, developmental programming Any time / year round
Dick Alexander Literary or Artistic Work Analysis, Philosophy, History and Comparative Studies, Artistic and Literary Theories, Arts, Literature and Subjectivity, British Romanticism, Scottish Enlightenment, Literature and Economics, Literature and the Environment, Literature and Science, Scottish Literature Any time / year round

Scottish Literature; British Romanticism; Literature and Science; Literature and the Environment

Dierkes Julian Role of Governments and Institutions, Political Contexts, Social Contexts, Education Systems, Teaching and Learning Systems, Social Organization and Political Systems, public policy, digital diplomacy, policy communication, contemporary Japan, contemporary Mongolia, Japanese education, supplementary education, mining policy, democratization Any time / year round
Ding Yichuan Optimization, Control and Operations Research, Stochastic Processes, Computer Science and Statistics, Health Care Analytics, Health Care Operations Management , Operations Research Any time / year round

Emergency Department Operations, Public Health Management, Kidney Allocation System Design

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

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

Donner Simon Climate Changes and Impacts, Prediction and Climatic Modeling, Marine Environment, Climate change science, Climate policy, Science communication, Coastal Ecosystems Any time / year round
Drljaca Igor Film Making, Political Culture, Society and Ideology, Artistic and Literary Theories, Video and New Media, Scripting, Mythology and World Portrayal, Documentary, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Fiction Film, Society and Ideology, Film Production, Screenwriting, Eastern European Cinema, Canadian Cinema Any time / year round
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

Ducharme Michel Social Organization and Political Systems, Political Ideologies, Canadian History before Confederation, Quebec History, Liberalism and Nationalism in Canada and Quebec, Canada and the Atlantic World Any time / year round
Echard Sian Literary or Artistic Work Analysis, Literary or Artistic Work Dissemination or Reception Contexts, Modes and Strategies of Dissemination, Poetry, Media Types (Radio, Television, Written Press, etc.), History of the book, Medieval literature, Arthurian literature, Anglo-Latin literature, Manuscript studies, John Gower Any time / year round
Edelstein-Keshet Leah Mathematics, Modelization and Simulation, Cell Signaling, Cell Signaling and Cancer, Differential Equation, cell polarity, cell migration, developmental and cellular biology, swarming and aggregation, Rho GTPases Any time / year round
Ellis Jason History of education, Education policy, Politics of education Any time / year round, 2019, 2020, 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.

Eva Kevin Cognition, Adult Education and Continuing Education, Health Professions Education, Assessment and Selection, Clinical Reasoning, Implementation Science, Continuing Professional Development, Judgment and Decision-Making Any time / year round
Farrer Matthew Neurological Diseases, Genetics of Neurological and Psychiatric Diseases, Neuronal Modeling, Neuronal Communication and Neurotransmission, Parkinson's disease, Dementia, Epilepsy Any time / year round, 2019

Research projects are devoted to 'precision' medicine, namely the development of novel therapeutics based on the genetic etiology of brain disorders. Over the past 20 years my group has identified many of the molecular causes of Parkinson's disease, some genetic forms of dementia and epilepsy, and has exploited that knowledge to make physiologic models with which to characterize subtle changes... 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

Feng Hsi-Yung Modelization and Simulation, Software (Tools), Machining and Assembling, Milling, Prototyping, Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing (CAD/CAM), Geometric Modeling, Multi-Axis CNC Machining, Machining Simulation, 3D Laser Scanning, 3D Printing Any time / year round
Feng James Jingtao Fluid Mechanics, Complex fluids, Biophysics, Mathematical biology Any time / year round
Field Thalia stroke, clinical trials, cerebral venous thrombosis, cerebral small vessel disease, cognition Any time / year round
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/

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

Frackman Kyle Arts, Literature and Subjectivity, Arts and Literary Policies, Arts and Cultural Traditions, Arts and Technologies, Artistic and Literary Theories, Literary or Artistic Work Analysis, Social Determinants of Arts and Letters, Cultural Industries, Sexuality, German studies, gender studies, sexuality studies, literature, film, East Germany, Scandinavia, affect, media Any time / year round
Frank Erica Preventive medicine, Free accredited education Any time / year round

Large-scale, free health sciences educational research; the healthy doc = healthy patient link; free accredited higher education

Freund Luanne Information, Information Systems, Cultural Institutions (Museums, Libraries, etc.), New Technology and Social Impacts, information retrieval, human information interaction, open data Any time / year round

Design and use of Internet search engines; scholarly communication and knowledge translation; online information interaction

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, 2019, 2020, 2021

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

Garbi Rafeef Biomedical Technologies, Imaging, Artificial Intelligence, Medical Image Computing, Machine learning, Computer Vision, Image Analysis, Biomedical Engineering, Deep Learning Any time / year round
Giaschi Deborah Vision, Visual System, Sensation and Perception, Eye and Visual System Diseases, Infant / Child Development, amblyopia, reading Any time / year round
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

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.

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