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
Gibson William Epigenetics Any time / year round

Genetics of Rare Obesity and Overgrowth Disorders; Epigenetics of Body Weight and Body Composition; Genetics of Familial Intracranial Aneurysms.     Please note that recruitment is extremely competitive. Applicants with external scholarship/fellowship funding are strongly preferred, as are applicants who already have an MD or MBBS degree, or who are applying to UBC's MD-PhD program.... Read More

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

Granville David Proteases, Granzymes, Extracellular Matrix, Chronic inflammation, Aging, Disease models, Autoimmune disease, Skin, Vascular biology Any time / year round, 2020

I am looking for Graduate students seeking a PhD only or post-doctoral fellows within 3 years of defending their PhD. Trainees will be actively involved in the translational research effort pertaining to understanding the physiological and/or pathophysiological role(s) of the serine protease family, granzymes, in the context of skin or vascular inflammation regeneration, in aging, autoimmune... Read More

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.

Gustafson Paul Bayesian statistical methods, Causal inference, Evidence synthesis, Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Partial Identification Any time / year round
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.
Metaplasticity.
Genetic and molecular mechanisms of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Hall Kathleen Laboratory Phonology Any time / year round
Hallas Alannah Quantum materials, Materials design and discovery, Magnetism Any time / year round

Materials innovations have sparked most of the major technological advances across the millennia – from the stone, bronze, and iron ages through to the current silicon age. Science now stands on the precipice of a new era: the age of quantum materials – materials with extraordinary electronic and magnetic properties that rely on quantum mechanical effects. In the Hallas group, we use state-of-... Read More

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

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
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, Neurodegenerative disorders, Gene therapy, Drug development 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... Read More

Hedtrich Sarah Novel Therapies for Inflammatory and Genetic Diseases of Human Epithelia, Tissue Regeneration and Wound Healing, Topical Drug Delivery and Nanomedicine, New Biomedical Approaches - Alternatives to Animal Testing Any time / year round

1. Development and characterization of complex, human-based organ models

2. Development of novel treatment options for inflammatory skin disease

Heyl Jeremy Astrophysics, Stellar Physics, Quantum-Field Theory Any time / year round
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 and observation, coaching, skill acquisition, motor learning 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 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 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

Because of UBC requirements for minimum funding, I will only accept new students or post-docs who are fully funded.

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 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, 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

Jarus Tal Any time / year round
Jean Francois Molecular virology, Host-virus interactions, Cellular proprotein convertases, Emerging human viruses, Mosquito-borne viruses, Dengue virus, Zika virus, West Nile virus, Influenza A virus, Antiviral agents, Natural products as antiviral agents, Broad-based antiviral therapeutics, Lipid-modulating drugs, Human microRNAs, Therapeutic microRNA, Viral and cellular biomarkers, Molecular diagnostics for detecting viral infection, Circulating exosomes, Exosomal microRNAs Any time / year round

1. Discovering circulating microRNAs as novel biomarkers for severe human diseases 2. Developing broad-spectrum therapeutic microRNAs for human viral diseases 3. Developing a new mass spectrometry (MS)-based technology for detecting and quantifying mosquito-borne flaviviruses 4. Discovering novel broad-spectrum antiviral agents from natural product libraries

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

Jenkins Carrie Philosophy, Metaphysics, Romantic love, Epistemology, Language and meaning, Philosophy of love, Creative scholarship, Critical approaches to normalcy , Art and inclusion, Interdisciplinarity and liminality Any time / year round
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
Jessri Mahsa 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 Basic and translational leukemia research, Leukemic stem cell biology , Gene regulation , Drug resistance , Proteomics, Immunotherapy 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

Joe Harry Sue Wah dependence modelling, copula construction, non-normal time series, extreme value inference, parsimonous high-dimensional dependence Any time / year round
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

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