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:
Lamontagne Andre Quebecois Literature, Literary Theory, Canadian Studies Any time / year round
Laule Cornelia magnetic resonance imaging, brain, spinal cord, myelin, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, neurological diseases 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 Some financial support is available
Leavitt Blair Huntington disease, Neurogenetics, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Frontotemporal Dementia, Mouse models of disease, Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells, Gene Regulation, Experimental Therapeutics, Gene Silencing and Gene Editing, Gene Therapy, Medical Genetics 2018

Mouse models of neurodegenerative diseases
Clinical biomarkers of neurodegenerative diseases (Imaging, CSF, Blood)
Gene silencing, gene editing and gene therapy for brain diseases
Transcriptional regulation of disease genes
Experimental therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases
Induced pluripotent stem cells models of human brain diseases

Some financial support is available
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

Some financial support is available
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

Some financial support is available
Lefebvre Louis Role of imprinted genes in mammalian development 2017
Leyton-Brown Kevin Artificial intelligence, Auction theory, Game theory, Machine learning, Algorithms 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Li Linda Patient help-seeking experiences , Shared decision-making, Patient self-management , E-health & digital media, Rehabilitation and lifestyle interventions in arthritis management , Health services research - knowledge translation and implementation, Patient engagement 2018, 2020

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

Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
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

Liston Mary Ann Public law, Administrative law, Jurisprudence, Rule of law, Constitutional law, Comparative public law, Law and literature, Law and politics, Democracy, Values and norm systems, Political regimes 2018
Liu-Ambrose Teresa Healthy Aging, Mobility, Falls, Brain Health 2018

Exercise to promote cognitive and brain health.
The neural interplay between cognitive function and mobility.

Some financial support is available
Loewen Christopher Membranes and Organelles, Lipid Signalling, Lipid Traffic, Membrane Contact Sites, Genetic Networks, Systems Biology, Super Resolution Microscopy, Cell Polarity, Endoplasmic Reticulum, Golgi, Membrane Diffusion Barriers, Cell Biology, Autism, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Cancer Cell Metabolism 2017

We currently have projects in the areas of genetic networks, cell signalling, membrane contact sites, cell polarity, cancer metabolism and autism. We use multiple model systems to study these topics including budding yeast for genetic network analysis, model human cell lines for cell signalling and microscopy, and knockout mouse genetic models for in vivo functional analysis.

Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Lorincz Matthew Epigenetics, Chromatin, Development, Epigenomics 2018

Male and female gremlin development
Role of retroelements in gene regulation
Interplay between epigenetic marks and DNA methylation in the early embryo

Applicants need to be self-funded
Loutzenheiser Lisa sexuality, anti-oppressive education, queer studies, critical race theory, youth studies, gender studies, qualitative methodologies, ethnography, LGBTQ, sexuality education, alternative education, marginalized youth, curriculum policy 2018

Marginalized youth
SOGI Policy and Implementation
Queer and poststructural theories
Critical race theory
Sexuality Education

Some financial support is available
Lu Xiaonan Food safety, Food microbiology, Analytical chemistry, Molecular microbiology, Nanotechnology, Advanced material, Microfluidic "lab-on-a-chip", Sensor Any time / year round, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Food safety
Food microbiology
Molecular microbiology
Microfluidic "lab-on-a-chip"
Food authentication
Fabrication of nano-biosensor

Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Lynn Francis diabetes, ß-cell development, ß-cell biology, Human pluripotent stem cells, CRISPR/Cas, transcriptional regulation Any time / year round

Research in the Lynn lab is targeted at understanding the insulin-producing pancreatic β-cell, how it fails during diabetes mellitus and how we can make surrogate cells to cure diabetes. We use a variety of models to study the regulatory pathways important for embryonic β-cell genesis and function.

The current focus of research in the lab is understanding how DNA-binding transcription... Read More

Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
MacLachlan Mark Supramolecular Chemistry, Nanomaterials, Biomaterials, Cellulose nanocrystals, Chitin, Materials Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry Any time / year round Applicants need to be self-funded
Madden John artificial muscle, wearables, smart materials, electronic skin Any time / year round

We are developing new wearable technologies for medical, robotic and consumer applications.

Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Manges Amee Epidemiology, Molecular epidemiology, Public health 2018

Human microbiome research and molecular epidemiology

Marra Marco Cancer, Genomics, Epigenomics, Bioinformatics 2017
Martinez Mark Fluid mechanics, Complex fluids, Flow visualization 2018 Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Maxwell Christopher Hereditary Cancer, Cell division, Cell migration, Differentiation, Cell polarity Any time / year round
Mayer Ulrich hydrogeology, low-temperature geochemistry, groundwater contamination, groundwater remediation, mine waste management Any time / year round

Development of multicomponent reactive transport modeling tools for multiphase systems

Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Mayor Thibault Proteostasis, Protein Degradation, Protein Folding, Proteomics, Ubiquitin, Proteasome, Neurodegenerative diseases, Aging, Cell Biology, Yeast Genetics, Biochemistry Any time / year round

The main lab focus is protein quality control and how misfolded proteins are triaged within the cell. In the next years, we want to establish several new projects and here are some examples:
- Identification of protein quality control pathways mediating rare genetic diseases in human.
- Reconstitution of the quality control machinery in vitro to better understand the molecular... Read More

Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
McGrenere Joanna human-computer interaction, personalized user interfaces, universal usability, interactive technologies for older users and people with cognitive disorders, computer supported cooperative work (CSCW), computer science 2018
McIntosh Lawrence Protein structure-dynamics-function, Regulation of gene expression, Signal transduction, Cancer, Enzyme mechanisms Any time / year round
Miskovic Sanja Multiphase Flows, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Experimental Fluid Dynamics, High Performance Computing, Minerals Processing, Embedded Sensors, IIoT, Industrial Big Data, Critical Elements Extraction Any time / year round Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Morin Gregg Proteomics, protein-protein interactions, protein isoform function, alternative splicing Any time / year round Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Mortenson Ben Accessibility, Assistive technology, Occupational therapy, Caregiving, Social participation, Spinal cord injury, Outcome measures, Robotics Any time / year round

My research focuses on four overlapping areas: assistive technology, social participation, caregiving and outcome measurement. My work is centered on four main populations: assistive technology users, informal and formal caregivers, individuals with spinal cord injury and residents in long-term care.

Some financial support is available
Munzner Tamara visualization, information visualization, visual analytics, data science Any time / year round
Murphy Rachel Nutrition, Cancer prevention, Obesity, Aging 2018, 2019
Murphy Gail software engineering, software evolution, software design, knowledge worker productivity 2018 Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Nathan Lisa information ethics, sustainability, sustaining information practices, information policy, value sensitive design, design, Indigenous information practices, values in design 2017, 2018 Some financial support is available
Nelson Brad Cancer immunology and immunotherapy, Oncolytic viruses, T cell engineering, Clinical trials Any time / year round Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Nimmon Laura Qualitative research, Social network analysis, Healthcare team communication, Patient centered care, Chronic disease care, End of life care Any time / year round

Healthcare team communication dynamics and Relationships and meaning in end of life care

Some financial support is available
Nojeh Alireza Nanostructures (esp based on carbon nanotubes), controlled nanofabrication, electron emission phenomena, electron microscopy, modeling and simulation of nanoscale systems Any time / year round
Nolde Natalia Multivariate extreme value theory, Risk assessment, Applications in finance, insurance, geosciences Any time / year round

Financial risk analytics

Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Oberg Gunilla 2018

1. Science, values and wastewater controversies
2. Teaching knowledge about knowledge to undergraduate science students
3. Grappling with vaguely worrisome substances (aka emerging contaminants/substances/pollutants of concern, micropollutants etc)

Ollivier-Gooch Carl Algorithm Development for Computational Fluid Dynamics , Error and Stability Analysis for Unstructured Mesh Methods, Unstructured Mesh Generation, Applied Aerodynamics 2018, 2019, 2020 Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Orvig Christopher E medicinal inorganic chemistry, coordination chemistry, radiopharmaceutical chemistry, bioinorganic chemistry, ligand design and synthesis Any time / year round

radiopharmaceutical chemistry of metallic isotopes

Applicants need to be self-funded
Oser Scott particle physics, neutrinos, dark matter, statistical methods for physics 2018

dark matter, SuperCDMS

Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Pawlowicz Richard ocean physics, properties of seawater, geophysical fluid dynamics Any time / year round Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Pelech Steven Daniel Protein Microarrays, Protein Kinases, Protein Phosphatases, Protein phosphorylation, Mitosis, Meiosis Any time / year round

Investigation of protein kinase signalling networks in diverse experimental model systems, including growth factor-treated human cancer cell lines and meiotic maturation of sea star and frog oocytes.
Investigations of protein kinase signalling networks in biopsied human tissues from patients with cancer, neurological disorders and diabetes.
Development of microarray technology for... Read More

Some financial support is available
Poole David Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Knowledge Representation, Decision Analysis, Preference Elicitation, Reasoning under Uncertainty, Graphical Models Any time / year round Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Pottinger Rachel databases, data management, data integration, metadata management 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 Applicants need to be self-funded
Pratap Singh Anubhav food processing, novel non-thermal processing, functional foods, pulsed light, high pressure, cold plasma, pasteurization, sterilization, heat transfer, mass transfer, food engineering 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 Some financial support is available
Puterman Eli Health psychology, Stress physiology, Acute exercise, Exercise interventions, Physical activity, Physical literacy, cellular aging, telomeres, chronic stress Any time / year round, 2018, 2019

Our Fitness, Aging and Stress Lab at UBC is currently actively engaged in several different laboratory and community studies. In the laboratory, we are examining the impact of different lengths and intensities of exercise on biological and psychological responses to acute stressors. We are also examining the flip side of this - how chronic and acute stress impact biological and psychological... Read More

Some financial support is available
Quandt Jacqueline Neuroinflammation in damage and repair relevant to multiple sclerosis and other nervous system disorders Any time / year round Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Radic Valentina Glaciology, Meteorology, Climate Science 2018 Some financial support is available