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
Hirsh Elizabeth 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 Epigenomics Any time / year round
Hodges Nicola 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 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 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 social class, studies of race, studies of language, literature and history Any time / year round
Hunt Michael Anthony 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 Any time / year round

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

Illes Judy 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 Forestry Any time / year round
Irwin Darren speciation, hybridization, ornithology, seasonal migration, genomic differentiation Any time / year round
Irwin Rita 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

Ishiguro Laura 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 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 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-... Read More

Jelovica Jasmin 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 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 US politics, Congress, Legislative Politics, Foreign Policy, Trade Policy, Immigration Policy, Public Choice Any time / year round
Jetter Reinhard Analytical Chemistry, Plant Ecophysiology, Plant Biochemistry, Molecular Genetics, Biological Chemistry Any time / year round
Jiang Xiaoyan 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 Immunology, Inflammation, Immune-cancer interactions, Innate immunity, Macrophages and myeloid cells Any time / year round
Jones Steven J Any time / year round

Bioinformatics
Cancer Genomics

Kalia Sunil 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
Karim Ehsan Causal Inference, Biostatistics, Statistics, Machine Learning, Data science, Survey sampling Any time / year round, 2019, 2020

I am currently looking for multiple graduate students for the following two projects (with methodologic focuses within epidemiologic contexts):
(1) Improving Causal Inference Methods in Statistics for Analyzing High-dimensional / Big Data.
(2) Developing and Evaluating Causal Inference Methods for Pragmatic Trials to address nonadherence.
Graduate students in statistics,... Read More

Kealy David Psychotherapy, Mental Health, Personality, Emotional functioning Any time / year round
Kiefl Robert condensed matter physics Any time / year round

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

Klein Peter 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
Kolind Shannon MRI, Medical Physics, Multiple Sclerosis, Spinal Cord, Brain, Neurological Disease, Myelin Any time / year round
Krishnan Harish Incentive distortions in supply chains, Contracts and supply chains, Supply chain management, Operations management Any time / year round
Kronstad James 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 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

Laffin Christina 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 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 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 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 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

Lee Jae-Hyeok genetic engineering of microalgae for robust biomass production, the roles of sexuality in the evolution of developmental mechanisms Any time / year round

Our work aims to explore evolutionary potential of microalgae using Chlamydomonas reinhardtii as a model system.
1) Functional genomics projects to improve photosynthetic productivity of microalgae under stressors like excess light and poor nutrient.
2) Molecular genetics projects to analyze mutants defective for sexual development in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii.
3) Comparative... Read More

Li Linda Patient help-seeking experiences , Shared decision-making, Patient self-management , E-health, Rehabilitation and lifestyle interventions in arthritis management , Health services research, Patient engagement, Knowledge translation, Implementation science, Digital media Any time / year round
  1. Physical activity promotion using digital technology
  2. Shared-decision making
  3. Patient self-management
  4. Integrated knowledge translation - patient engagement in research

Visit the Arthritis, Joint Health & Knowledge Translation Research Program website for a current list of Dr Li's research projects:... Read More

Li Shyh-dar drug delivery, pharmaceutics, nanomedicine, biopharmaceutics Any time / year round

1. Development of lipid and polymer based nanoparticles for targeted drug delivery to tumors
2. Development of child-friendly formulations
3. Ocular drug delivery
4. Drug delivery to the brain
5. Sustained drug release formulations
6. Gene delivery

Lim Chinten James tumour cell biology, mechanisms of drug resistance, integrin cell adhesion and migration, tumour microenvironment, pediatric oncology Any time / year round

Integrin cell adhesion in chemotherapeutic resistance. Immunogenic cell death. Cardiomyocyte biology. Pediatric oncology.

Lindsey Charles Traffic congestion, Road pricing, Financing transportation infrastructure, Public transit, Advanced traveler information systems, Queuing, Parking policy Any time / year round

Traffic congestion, Road pricing, Financing transportation infrastructure, Public transit, Advanced traveler information systems, Parking policy

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