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
Hodges Nicola action anticipation, coaching, sport Any time / year round

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
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 Social Aspects of Aging, Social Determinants of Health, Loss of Independence, Identity Building, Participatory research, Quality of Life and Aging, Sexuality, Stereotypes, 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 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 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 19th c. German and comparative literature, media theory, material culture studies, film studies, critical theory Any time / year round

media theory; Frankfurt School; film history; history of the book; German cultural studies

Jan Eric Virus, Nucleic Acids, Virology, Virus, Antiviral innate immunity, translation, Protein synthesis, RNA, RNA structure function, tRNA, ribosome, RNA virus, protease, molecular biology, picornavirus Any time / year round, 2018, 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 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
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
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
Karim Ehsan Epidemiology, Pharmacoepidemiology, Statistics and Probabilities, Data mining, Parametric and Non-Parametric Inference, Community Health / Public Health, Model Building, Computer Science and Statistics, Causal Inference, Biostatistics, Statistics, Machine Learning, Data science, Survey sampling Any time / year round, 2017, 2018, 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 Consciousness, Subjectivity and Personal Identity, Mental Health and Society, Affective and Emotional Development, Psychotherapy, Mental Health, Personality, Emotional functioning Any time / year round
Keshet Leah Mathematics, Modelization and Simulation, Cell Signaling, Cell Signaling and Cancer, Differential Equation, cell polarity, cell migration, developmental and cellular biology, swarming and aggregation, Rho GTPases 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
Kolind Shannon MRI, Medical Physics, Multiple Sclerosis, Spinal Cord, Brain, Neurological Disease, Myelin 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, 2018, 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

Kruecken Reiner Elementary Particles, Universe Structure, Nuclear Physics, Nuclear Astrophysics, Neutrino Physics Any time / year round, 2018, 2019, 2020

Structure and Dynamics of Rare Isotopes relevant for the synthesis of the heavy chemical elements in the universe
Detector Technologies for the next generation neutrinoless double beta-decay search experiment nEXO

Kryworuchko Jennifer Nursing, Interpersonal Communication, Family and Care Givers, Decision-making Any time / year round

Critical care nursing, communication with patients and families, patient and family centered care, health decision making

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

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 Any time / year round
Laule Cornelia Imaging, Neurological Diseases, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Spinal Cord Diseases, Pathology, magnetic resonance imaging, brain, spinal cord, myelin, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, neurological diseases 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 Jae-Hyeok Developmental Genetics, Evolutionary Genetics, 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

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

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 Cell Signaling and Cancer, Leukemia, Immunotherapy, Chemotherapy, 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 Economic Policies, Traffic congestion, Road pricing, Financing transportation infrastructure, Public transit, Advanced traveler information systems, Queuing Any time / year round

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

Lister Alison Elementary Particles, Large Hadron Collier (LHC), ATLAS experiment, Search for physics beyond the standard model, top quarks Any time / year round
Lu Xiaonan Sensors and Devices, Microbiology, Combinatorial Chemistry, Agriculture, Food safety, Food microbiology, Analytical chemistry, Molecular microbiology, Nanotechnology, Advanced material, Microfluidic "lab-on-a-chip", Sensor, Gut microbiome, Food microbiome Any time / year round, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

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

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