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 Any time / year round
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 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
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

Davies Hugh William Occupational Health, Noise and Chrnoic Disease Any time / year round
De Angelis Franco Any time / year round
Devlin Angela obesity, children, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, developmental programming Any time / year round
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
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

Doan Quynh Health Services Any time / year round, 2019

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 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 change science, Climate policy, Science communication, Coastal Ecosystems Any time / year round
Ducharme Michel Canadian History before Confederation, Quebec History, Liberalism and Nationalism in Canada and Quebec, Canada and the Atlantic World Any time / year round
Echard Sian History of the book, Medieval literature, Arthurian literature, Anglo-Latin literature, Manuscript studies Any time / year round
Edelstein-Keshet Leah 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, Special education, Disability, History of childhood and youth, Urban and suburban history, Canadian history, American history, Educational administration Any time / year round, 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 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 Health Professions Education, Assessment and Selection, Clinical Reasoning, Implementation Science, Continuing Professional Development, Judgment and Decision-Making Any time / year round
Farrer Matthew 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 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 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 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 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:
Computational Research on the Ancient Near East (CRANE) Project:

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 German studies, gender studies, sexuality studies, literature, film, East Germany, Scandinavia, affect, media Any time / year round
Frank Erica Free accredited education Any time / year round

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

Frankel Adam protein biochemistry, arginine methylation, post-translational modifications, drug discovery, yeast, autophagy, chemical biology Any time / year round, 2019, 2020, 2021
Freund Luanne 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 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 Emulsions, Foams, Functional Foods, Interfacial Rheology, Interfacial Phenomena, Human Health, Sensory Analysis Any time / year round, 2019, 2020

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Garbi Rafeef Medical Image Computing, Machine learning in Medical Imaging, Computer Vision, Image Processing and Analysis, Biomedical Engineering Any time / year round
Giaschi Deborah amblyopia, reading Any time / year round
Goldbach Toby 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 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

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

Haas Kurt 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.
Genetic and molecular mechanisms of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Hall Kathleen Laboratory Phonology Any time / year round
Hallensleben Markus 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 Infant moral cognition, infant social cognition Any time / year round, 2019, 2020

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

Han Sandrine 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 theoretical phonology, morphology-phonology interface, phonological typology, historical linguistics (language change), locality relations, Icelandic Any time / year round
Hardisty David consumer behaviour, sustainability, energy efficiency, decisions about the future, product attribute framing Any time / year round
Harris Douglas property law , condominium law, legal history Any time / year round
Hauert Christoph evolution, game theory, social dilemmas, dynamical systems, stochastic processes Any time / year round
Hayden Michael 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 Astrophysics, Stellar Physics, Quantum-Field Theory Any time / year round