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
Cox Daniel Motivations and Emotions, Anxiety, Depression, Mental Health and Society, Stress, Suicide Any time / year round
Cox Susan Applied Ethics, Interpersonal Communication, Community Health / Public Health, Genetics and Ethics, Learning and Development Approaches, Health Promotion, narratives of health and illness, grief, loss, death and dying, research ethics/ethics in research, arts and health education, arts and healing, arts-based approaches to research Any time / year round

arts and health
narratives of health and illness, grief, loss, death and dying
research ethics/ethics in research, experiences of research participants

Cui Wei 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, 2017, 2019
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
De Angelis Franco Ancient Greek world history, environment, urbanism, developmnet of societies, colonization, economics, ancient literature Any time / year round
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

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
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 Any time / year round
Ellis Jason Philosophy, History and Comparative Studies, History of education, Education policy, Politics of education, Special education, Disability, History of childhood and youth, Urban and suburban history, Canadian history, American history, Educational administration Any time / year round, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

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, 2018, 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 James Jingtao Fluid Mechanics, Complex fluids, Biophysics, Mathematical biology Any time / year round
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
Field Thalia stroke, clinical trials, cerebral venous thrombosis, cerebral small vessel disease, cognition Any time / year round
Fisher Kevin 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, German studies, gender studies, sexuality studies, literature, film, East Germany, Scandinavia, affect 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 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 Fluid Mechanics, Emulsions, Foams, Functional Foods, Interfacial Rheology, Interfacial Phenomena, Human Health, Sensory Analysis Any time / year round, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

For more information, please see:

http://food.chbe.ubc.ca/opportunities/

Giaschi Deborah Vision, Visual System, Sensation and Perception, Eye and Visual System Diseases, Infant / Child Development, amblyopia, reading Any time / year round
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.

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

Plant phylogenetics and molecular evolution

Greif Chen scientific computing, numerical linear algebra, iterative linear solvers, constrained optimization, numerical solution of partial differential equations Any time / year round
Griess Verena Resources Management, Plants and Forests, Landscape and Environmental Organization, sustainable forest management, forest management planning, plantation forests + productive forests, close to nature forestry/ near natural forestry, decision support systems, economic benefits of mixed + multi cohort stands, western redcedar, silviculture Any time / year round

Please see my lab website http://fresh.forestry.ubc.ca to find out more about the research done in my lab.

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.

Gustafson Paul Bayesian statistical methods, Causal inference, Evidence synthesis, Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Partial Identification Any time / year round
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.

Hall Kathleen Phonology, Phonetics, Laboratory Phonology Any time / year round
Hallensleben Markus Transcultural Studies, Artistic and Literary Theories, Literary or Artistic Works Analysis, German Language Cultures and Literatures, Transnational Literatures, Visual Arts and Literature, European Studies, Literature and Sciences, Literature and Migration Any time / year round

Literature and migration; literature and Visual Arts; avant-garde arts, literature and theories; art and bioart performances; biopolitics; images of the body; gender, race, ethnicity; diversity and super-diversity; sociographic approaches to literatures; transitional spaces in postmigration literature

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, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

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

Han Sandrine Video and New Media, Media Content and Impacts, New Technology and Social Impacts, Arts and Technologies, Art Education Research, Artistic and Aesthetic Development, Arts Education, Cross Cultural Research, Cross-Cultural Education, Cultural Studies, Curriculum Studies Research, Educational Technologies, Media, Semiotics, Multiculturalism, Non-Formal Learning, Pedagogy, Subcultures Any time / year round
Hansson Gunnar Phonology, Morphology, theoretical phonology, morphology-phonology interface, phonological typology, historical linguistics (language change), locality relations, Icelandic Any time / year round
Hardisty David Decision Making, consumer behaviour, sustainability, energy efficiency, decisions about the future, product attribute framing Any time / year round
Harris Douglas Law, People, Cities and Lands, Urban Spaces and Urbanity, property law , condominium law, legal history Any time / year round
Hauert Christoph Modelization and Simulation, Evolution and Phylogenesis, Biological Behavior, evolution, game theory, social dilemmas, dynamical systems, stochastic processes Any time / year round
Hayden Michael Genetic Diseases, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Huntington disease, Disease progression, Diabetes Any time / year round

Hayden Lab Research Projects
Huntington Disease (HD) is a devastating incurable neurodegenerative disease that affects about 5,000 Canadians. Inheriting a single mutant copy of the Huntingtin (HTT) gene from either parent is sufficient to cause HD. The mutated HTT gene codes for production of the toxic, mutant huntingtin protein (mHTT) that is responsible for killing brain cells in HD.... Read More

Heyl Jeremy Quantum Phenomena, Stellar, Astrophysics, Stellar Physics, Quantum-Field Theory Any time / year round
Hirsh Elizabeth Law, Structures and Organization, Inequality, Gender and Race Discrimination, Work Organizations, Law Any time / year round

- Analzying the impact of diversity policies on gender and race workplace diversity
- Case studies of employment discrimination and human rights complaints

Hirst Martin Carcinogenesis, Leukemia, Cellular Differentiation, Bioinformatics, Genomics, Molecular Genetics, Epigenomics Any time / year round

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