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:
Brown Kelly childhood rheumatic diseases, phagocytes Any time / year round Some financial support is available
Brumer Harry enzymes, polysaccharides, carbohydrates, biomass, cellulose, plant cell walls, microbiota Any time / year round
Brunham Liam understanding how changes in specific genes contribute to differences in drug-response as well as to alterations in plasma lipid levels and their relationship to metabolic and cardiovascular disease. Any time / year round

1. SAVE BC ( us a provincial study of families with extremely premature cardiovascular disease, aimed at identifying molecular causes of this condition and reducing the burden of premature cardiovascular disease.

2. Pharmacogenomics of adverse drug reactions. We are using human stem cells to study the pharmacogenetic mechanisms of... Read More

Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Bryman Douglas Experimental Particle Physics, Applied physics 2017, 2018, 2019

Particle physics experiments at CERN, Geneva.

Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Bullard Julia classification systems, metadata, values-in-design 2018, 2019, 2020
Burgess Miranda British and Irish Romanticism, riparian and oceanic studies, poetics, history of media and mediation, history of feeling (affect, emotion, sensation), history of literary form Any time / year round
Burton Cole Wildlife Management, Mammal Ecology, Biodiversity Conservation, Ecological Monitoring, Population and Community Ecology, Landscape Ecology 2018, 2019

Wildlife population and community modelling; animal movement simulation; cumulative environmental impact assessment; adaptive management; human-wildlife coexistence

Some financial support is available
Byers Michael international relations, international law, oceans, arctic, space, war Any time / year round

Governance of Outer Space

Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Cairns Brian pain mechanisms, headache, temporomandibular disorders, sex-related differences, peripheral analgesics 2018 Some financial support is available
Cameron Maxwell Comparative Politics, Latin America, Democratization Any time / year round

Democracy and democratization in Latin America; Global challenges of democracy

Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Campbell Suzanne simulation nursing education, interprofessional health professional education, health communication, lactation support, leadership in nursing, global maternal-infant-child health Any time / year round

Use of simulation for health care professionals education and evaluation in health communication.
Lactation education

Some financial support is available
Carleton Bruce Pharmacogenomics, Adverse drug reactions (ADRs), Drug safety and effectiveness, Clinical pharmacology, Pharmacovigilance Any time / year round

There are numerous opportunities for pursuing doctoral and post-doctoral research using state of the art genotyping and sequencing platforms to identify the genetic determinants of severe adverse drug reactions (ADRs) in paediatric and adult populations. In close collaboration with the CPNDS active surveillance network, genetic association and validation studies are being performed to define... Read More

Some financial support is available
Carlsten Christopher Health Care, Air Pollution, Gene-Environment Interactions, Public Health, Environmental Health, Respirology, and Knowledge Translation., Air pollution health effects, Controlled inhalation models, Effects of complex inhaled exposures Any time / year round

We have several projects running at any given time (see the lab website and publications for a sense of what we do).
Candidates are matched with an appropriate project based on interest and expertise.
Our general approach is to welcome outstanding candidates (the very best) at every level of training to contribute to our award-winning team.

Some financial support is available
Castonguay-Belanger Joel The Enlightenment and the French Revolution, History of the book and print culture, Science and literature, Québec literature and culture Any time / year round Some financial support is available
Cautis Sabin Categorical Heisenberg actions; Equivalences and categorical sl(2) actions; Quantum groups and higher representation theory; Knot homologies via derived categories of coherent sheaves; The abelian monodromy extension property; The geometric McKay correspondence in dimension three Any time / year round Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Cavell Richard Anthony media studies, media theory Any time / year round

Media and literature
Multimodal fiction
Composed theatre
Soundscape poetics

Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Chan Kai ecosystem services, sustainability science, conservation science, cultural ecosystem services, environmental values, conservation finance, environmental assessment, social-ecological systems, resilience, payments for ecosystem services, incentive programs 2018, 2019, 2020


Some financial support is available
Chang Thomas Pharmacology, Nuclear Receptor, Drug-Metabolizing Enzymes, Cytochrome P450, Gene Expression, Gene Regulation Any time / year round
Chapman Mary Ann Social Networks 2018, 2020

Sui Sin Far (Edith Eaton); Onoto Watanna (Winnifred Eaton); US literature; American Literature; print culture; periodicals; suffrage literature, literature of social movements; 20th century American poetry; 19th-century American literature; race, class and gender

Some financial support is available
Chiu-Duke Josephine Chinese and Taiwanese history, political thought, human rights, democracy, intellectuals Any time / year round Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Choptuik Matthew Theoretical physics, Relativity/Computational Physics Any time / year round Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Christensen Villy ecosystem modeling, global ocean, IPBES, Ecopath, Ecosystem modeling of aquatic ecosystems, management systems that are resilient to climate change, policy Any time / year round
Christenson James sudden cardiac death, chain of survival, out of hospital cardiac arrest, emergency medical services Any time / year round

dispatch assisted CPR
community engagement
Bystander willingness to act
mobile technologies to recognize loss of circulation

Applicants need to be self-funded
Chrostowski Lukas 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

Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
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.

Some financial support is available
Ciocca Valter Auditory grouping of speech and non-speech sounds, also known as "auditory scene analysis", perception and production of normal and disordered speech 2018

Auditory scene analysis; perception and production of disordered speech

Applicants need to be self-funded
Clarke Laura aging, ageism, sociology of aging, social gerontology, body image, embodiment, chronic conditions, health, disability, assistive technology, appearance work, femininity and masculinity, physical activity, qualitative methods, LGBTQ older adults Any time / year round

I am looking for potential graduate students who want to do further training in socio-cultural studies around topics such as physical activity in later life, the experience of health and illness, ageism, body image, beauty and appearance work (e.g anti-aging practices), disability, gender and aging, the use of assistive technologies, mobility, leisure, and masculinity/femininity and the body... Read More

Some financial support is available
Clough David Technological change, Organizational learning, Interorganizational networks, Entrepreneurship, Innovation management, Organization theory 2018

• How interorganizational networks relate to innovation, technological evolution, and organizational learning
• Antecedents and consequences of social ties in the process of founding entrepreneurial ventures

Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Condon Anne Algorithms, Molecular Programming 2018 Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Conklin Annalijn healthy ageing, obesity prevention, diabetes management and evaluation, healthcare quality improvement, implementation science, gender and health equity, nutrition-related policy and outcomes 2018, 2019

Possible projects on the social determinants of health and food choices, such as assessing the relations between socioeconomic status and access to food in BC/Canada; examining the trends on the social determinants of dietary choices; determining the cost of (un)healthy dietary patterns, etc.

Other potential projects on quality improvement in health services could focus on pharmacist... Read More

Some financial support is available
Coombs Daniel Mathematical biology, Cell biophysics, Immune cell signalling, Disease models Any time / year round Some financial support is available
Coops Nicholas Charles Imaging tech, remote sensing and spatial data modeling in forestry and ecology, integrated remote sensing studio Any time / year round

Application of remote sensing technologies to forest productivity and conservation issues

Cox Susan 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

Some financial support is available
Cripton Peter spinal cord injury, neurotrauma, traumatic brain injury, biomechanics, injury prevention, hip fracture, spine biomechanics 2018 Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Cui Wei tax and development, law and development, tax policy, Chinese legislative system, Chinese administrative law, Law and economics 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 Grammatical semantics of modern French, linguistic analysis of texts, structural analysis, , La Fontaine, Levi-Strauss, native mythology Any time / year round, 2017, 2018, 2019
Currie Leanne Informatics 2019, 2020 Some financial support is available
Daley Denise 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

Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Daugaard Mads Cancer biology, Glycobiology, DNA damage response pathways, Cancer therapy, Cancer diagnostics, Stress signalling in cancer, Immunotherapy 2018

Drug-induced DNA damage
Circulating tumor cells

Davies Hugh William Occupational Health, Noise and Chrnoic Disease Any time / year round Some financial support is available
Dawes Martin pharmacogenetics, primary care, chronic disease, Machine learning 2018

Primary care pharmacogenetics

Some financial support is available
De Angelis Franco Ancient Greek world history, environment, urbanism, developmnet of societies, colonization, economics, ancient literature Any time / year round
De Longis Anita Health psychology, stress, coping, social support, couples, marriage, families, chronic illness 2018, 2019, 2020

Coping with chronic illness; family and marital stress

Some financial support is available
Devlin Angela obesity, children, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, developmental programming Any time / year round Applicants need to be self-funded
Diamond Adele executive functions , prefrontal cortex, dopamine, working memory, self-control, self-regulation, cognition, COMT gene, sex differences, stress, ACEs, resilience, social determinants of health, ADHD, depression, PTSD, physical activity, the arts, mindfulness 2018, 2019, 2020

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... Read More

Applicants need to be self-funded
Dick Alexander 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 public policy, digital diplomacy, policy communication, contemporary Japan, contemporary Mongolia, Japanese education, supplementary education, mining policy, democratization Any time / year round Applicants need to be self-funded
Ding Yichuan Health Care Analytics, Health Care Operations Management , Operations Research Any time / year round

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

Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Dollinger Stefan English language, World Englishes, Canadian English, dialectology, sociolinguistics, multilingualism, historical linguistics, lexicography, lexicology, dictionaries, Oxford English Dictionary, World English, language variation and change, orthography, Canada, North America, English, American English, sociolinguistics, society and language, dialects, identity, history of English, English as a Lingua Franca, German language, Austrian German, German German. 2018, 2019, 2020

Projects revolving around the recently completed, possibly towards a third edition.

Some financial support is available
Dong Xuesen understand how steroid receptors regulate gene expression and apply this knowledge to treating patients with prostate cancer and premature labour 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

Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer