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
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

Hedtrich Sarah Novel therapies for inflammatory and genetic diseases of human epithelia, Tissue regeneration, Topical drug delivery and Nanomedicine Any time / year round
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
Hodges Nicola Psychology - Biological Aspects, action anticipation, coaching, sport Any time / year round

sport development pathways, women's and men's soccer, action observation and prediction observational learning perceptual motor skills and their development optimizing practice conditions

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

Hoppmann Christiane Aging Process, Social Aspects of Aging, Stress, Health Promotion, Social Determinants of Health, Health and well-being across the adult lifespan and into old age, individual differences in goals Any time / year round
Howe LeAnn gene regulation, epigenetics, chromatin Any time / year round

inheritance of gene expression states, maintenance of genome stability

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
Huan Tao Metabolic measurements, Metabolomics, Cellular Metabolism Any time / year round

Our research interests include:

  • Integration of metabolomics with other ‘omics’ (epigenomics, genomics, transcriptomics, and proteomics) data for the systems-level interrogation of biological problems
  • Application of state-of-art metabolomics technologies in various biological challenges, such as mechanistic understanding of cancer metabolism and disease biomarker discovery... Read More
Hudson Nicholas James Literary or Artistic Work Analysis, social class, studies of race, studies of language, literature and history Any time / year round
Hunt Michael Anthony Arthritis / Osteo-Arthritis, Joints (Articulations), Musculoskeletal Deformation, Neuromuscular Diseases, Orthoses and Prostheses, Rehabilitation, biomechanics, rehabilitation, musculoskeletal, physical activity, exercise Any time / year round
Hurd Clarke Laura aging, ageism, sociology of aging, social gerontology, body image, embodiment, health, disability, social exclusion, assistive technology, gender, physical activity, qualitative methods, LGBTQ older adults, sexuality, media representation, heterosexism, gender identity Any time / year round

I supervise students with backgrounds in sociology or socio-cultural studies. Students under my supervision typically conduct research in the areas of aging, health, body image, disability, and/or physical activity.

Illes Judy Ethics and Health, Ethics, Law and Responsibilities, Neurological Diseases, Biomedical Ethics, Aging and dementia, Neurodevelopmental disorders, Brain Injury, Stem Cells, Neurotechnology, Neuroethics, Neurotechnology Any time / year round

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

Innes John Plants and Forests, Climate Changes and Impacts, Forestry Any time / year round
Irwin Rita Teacher Education, Arts, Literature and Subjectivity, Social Impact of Artistic Education, education, arts education, arts based research, a/r/tography Any time / year round

arts education; artists-in-residence experiences; cosmopolitanism; identity; a/r/tography; international education; arts based research

Irwin Darren Evolutionary Genetics, speciation, hybridization, ornithology, seasonal migration, genomic differentiation Any time / year round
Ishiguro Laura Migrations, Populations, Cultural Exchanges, Family, Local Cultures and Dynamics, Identity and Transnationality, Regional Identities, British Columbia, Canada, and the British Empire, settler colonialism, migration, family, gender, histories of the everyday Any time / year round

I supervise graduate students working on a range of topics, including related to the history of British Columbia or Canada, settler colonialism and empire, gender, race, and/or migration.

Iurascu Ilinca Arts and Technologies, Artistic and Literary Theories, Media and Society, Arts and Cultural Traditions, Theories and Philosophies, German literature, media theory, cultural studies, film studies, critical theory, visual studies, media archeology Any time / year round

media theory; cutlural studies; Frankfurt School; film history; history of the book; German cultural studies; comparative literature; history of technology

Jan Eric Virology, Virus, Antiviral innate immunity, translation, Protein synthesis, RNA, RNA structure function, tRNA, ribosome, RNA virus, protease, molecular biology, picornavirus, innate immunity Any time / year round, 2019, 2020

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-wide deep sequencing

Jelovica Jasmin Stress Analysis, Production and Process Optimization, Metals and Alloys, Solid Mechanics, Finite element analysis, Structural optimization, Welding and joining of metals, Sandwich structures, Ultimate, fatigue and impact strength Any time / year round

Welding of steels using low-heat input techniques; welding simulations using finite element method; optimization of structures using evolutionary algorithms

Jenstad Lorienne Hearing Disorders, Aging Process, Quality of Life and Aging, Recognition of Speech, Auditory System, 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.

Jeong Gyung-Ho Social Organization and Political Systems, US politics, Congress, Legislative Politics, Foreign Policy, Trade Policy, Immigration Policy, Public Choice Any time / year round
Jessri Mahsa Nutrition, Community Health / Public Health, Epidemiology, Health Policies, Lifestyle Determinants and Health, Health Promotion, Health Prevention, Statistics and Probabilities, Preventive medicine, Nutritional Epidemiology, Public and Population Health, Dietetics, Clinical Epidemiology, Preventive Medicine, Chronic Disease Prevention, Dietary Pattern Modeling, Predictive Analytics, Dietary Assessment Any time / year round
Jetter Reinhard Analytical Chemistry, Plant Ecophysiology, Plant Biochemistry, Molecular Genetics, Biological Chemistry Any time / year round
Jiang Xiaoyan Cancer Genetics, Cell Signaling and Cancer, Leukemia, Cancer Diagnosis and Detection, 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

Johnson Pauline Diseases of the Immune System, Immunology, Inflammation, Immune-cancer interactions, Innate immunity, Macrophages and myeloid cells Any time / year round
Jones Steven J Bioinformatics, genome science, mutations, cancer progression Any time / year round

Bioinformatics
Cancer Genomics

Kalia Sunil Skin Cancer, Optics and Photonics, Skin Disorders, Epidemiology, optics, photobiology, dermatoepidemiology, cancer Any time / year round

Dermatoepidemiology; Examining the epidemiology of skin cancer in the general population and identifying high risk population groups Skin cancer prevention; Using national surveys conducted by Statistics Canada, I have examined skin cancer prevention behaviours practiced by Canadians; Spectoscopy; Using imaging to differentiate skin cancer from benign lesions. Photobiology to study properties... Read More

Karczmarek Joanna String theory, Matrix models, Emergent spacetime and gravity, Noncommutative geometry Any time / year round
Kealy David Consciousness, Subjectivity and Personal Identity, Mental Health and Society, Affective and Emotional Development, Psychotherapy, Mental Health, Personality, Emotional functioning Any time / year round
Kiefl Robert Quantum Phenomena, condensed matter physics Any time / year round

Li diffusion in battery electrode materials
point like impurities and polarons in magnetic materials

Klein Peter Media Types (Radio, Television, Written Press, etc.), Video and New Media, Global Health and Emerging Diseases, Large International Projects, Media and Democratization, Global Journalism, Innovation in Journalism, Documentary Production, Investigative Reporting Any time / year round

Investigative reporting on global supply chains

Kobor Michael Epigenetics, Social Epigenetics, Molecular Biology , Chromatin Biology Any time / year round
Krishnan Harish Management, Incentive distortions in supply chains, Contracts and supply chains, Supply chain management, Operations management Any time / year round
Kronstad James Microbiology, Molecular Genetics, Genomics and Proteomics, Pathogenesis of infectious diseases, Medical Mycology, Plant-Microbe Interactions, Fungal diseases of plants Any time / year round, 2019

Characterization of iron uptake and regulatory functions in Cryptococcus neoformans

Analysis of virulence factor export to the cell surface in Cryptococcus neoformans

Characterization of the chloroplast as a target of fungal attack

Analysis of nutrient acquisition during fungal pathogenesis

Kryworuchko Jennifer Nursing, Interpersonal Communication, Family and Care Givers, Decision-making, Health Communication, Palliative and End-of-life Care Any time / year round

Critical care nursing, palliative and end-of-life care, communication with patients and families, patient and family centered care, health decision making

Kwakkel Frederik History of the Book, Reading, Medieval Manuscripts, Paleography, Codicology, Digital Humanities, Cultural Heritage, History of Libraries Any time / year round

Manuscript studies; History of the Book; History of Reading; History of Libraries; Materiality of Information (Book Design); Cultural Heritage; Digitization; Digital Humanities.

Laffin Christina Arts, Literature and Subjectivity, History of Major Eras, Great Civilisations or Geographical Corpuses, premodern Japanese literature, medieval Japanese history, women's writing, Japanese women's history, travel writing, autobiography, Japanese poetry, literacy, socialization, wet nursing, narratology Any time / year round

Heian and Kamakura-era literature, late Heian and medieval women's history

Lamers Yvonne Nutrition, Nutrients, Biological and Biochemical Mechanisms, Breast Feeding and Infant Nutrition, Nutritional Biochemistry, Micronutrients, Vitamins, Nutritional Biomarker, Pregnancy, Periconceptional folic acid supplementation, Prenatal Supplements, Newborn Screening, Toddler Nutrition, Clinical Chemistry, Maternal and Child Health, Newborn Screening Any time / year round, 2019

My enthusiasm for research draws from my interest in the biochemistry and physiology of nutrition-related diseases and in targeted and population-based strategies of chronic disease prevention and optimal health promotion. My research focuses on micronutrients and specifically B-vitamins and their kinetics and functions in human metabolism. B-vitamins are required for normal cell growth and... Read More

Lamontagne Andre Quebecois Literature, Literary Theory, Canadian Studies Any time / year round
Lange Philipp Cell Signaling and Cancer, Bioinformatics, Proteomics, pediatric cancer, post translational protein modification, personalized medicine Any time / year round
Laule Cornelia magnetic resonance imaging, brain, spinal cord, myelin, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, neurological diseases, image analysis Any time / year round
Law Michael Pharmacoeconomics, Pharmacoepidemiology, Health Policies, Global Health and Emerging Diseases, Pharmaceutical policy, Program evaluation, Observational studies, Global Health, Health Policy 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
Lee Gene Information Systems, Computer Science and Statistics, 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

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