Research Projects

Currently Open Research Projects

This list of possible research projects is non-exhaustive. It only shows positions that are specifically advertised in the G+PS website.

Position Title Supervisor(s) Faculty Research Classification
Post-doctoral position (1 year): Ecosystem modeller for assessing the impacts of oil spills in the Salish Sea Susan Elizabeth Allen Faculty of Science Biological oceanography, Estuarine oceanography
Mapping plant traits across Canadian ecosystems using Hyperion data (Postdoctoral Fellow) Nicholas Charles Coops Faculty of Forestry Computational biomodelling, Ecological applications, Natural environment sciences
Postdoc Research Associate in RNA biology Xuesen Dong Faculty of Medicine Cancer drug development and therapeutics, Urology
Postdoctoral Fellow, Gene Regulation - de Boer Lab Carl De Boer Faculty of Applied Science Medical biotechnology
Postdoctoral Fellow, Wound Healing and/or Dermatology David Granville Faculty of Medicine Medical, health and life sciences
Postdoctoral Fellow. Hydrogen Policy and Supply-Chain Walter Merida-Donis Faculty of Applied Science Economic development policy, Land transportation systems engineering, n.e.c., Environmental impacts, Environment and natural resources economics, Other engineering and technologies, n.e.c., Transport economics, Economics of innovation and technical change
Postdoctoral Fellowships in Pharmacogenomics, Bioinformatics, and Clinical Pharmacology with a Focus on Adverse Drug Reactions to Cancer Treatment Colin Ross Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences Genomics

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Faculty Members Recruiting Students

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 Interests Desired start dates: Project areas
Hansson Gunnar Linguistic structures (including grammar, phonology, lexicon and semantics); Cognitive sciences; theoretical phonology; morphology-phonology interface; phonological typology; historical linguistics (language change); locality relations; Icelandic Any time / year round
  • theoretical phonology
  • phonological typology
  • segmental phonology (esp. harmony/dissimilation processes, locality)
  • morphology-phonology interface (e.g. allomorphy, paradigm gaps, construction-specific phonology)
  • diachronic phonology and "morpho-phonology (e.g. sound change, phonologization, lexicalization/morphologization, "analogical change")
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Harris Leila Drinking Water; Fresh Water; Water; Resources Management; Development Policies; International Development; Gender Relationship; Ethics and Fundamental Issues of Law and Justice; Social and Cultural Factors of Environmental Protection; Social Contract and Social Justice; water politics; water governance; Environmental justice; gender and social difference; equity and social justice; participatory resource management; Turkey and Middle East; Africa; Ghana; South Africa

Please see www.edges.ubc.ca and www.watergoveranance.ca for ongoing research efforts. There are currently funded research opportunities with the decolonizingwater.ca project on Indigenous water governance issues (in Canada and elsewhere) and there may be upcoming support for analysis of non material dimensions... Read More

Haughn George Molecular Genetics; Plants; Cellular Differentiation; plant cell wall biology; seed coat differentiation

Molecular Genetic Analysis of Plant Cell Walls Using Seed Coat Mucilage, Targeted Induced Local Lesions in Genomes (TILLING), Seed Coat Differentiation, for details see Haughn lab website.

Hayden Michael Genetic Diseases; Neurodegenerative Diseases; 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 Nanotechnologies; Structural Tissue Engineering / Biomaterials; Inflammatory Respiratory Diseases; Skin; 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

Henry Gregory H Biodiversity and Biocomplexity; Biogeography; Ecological and Ecophysiological Processes; Climate Changes and Impacts; Environment and Habitats; Plants; Genotype and Phenotype; tundra ecosystems; experimental climate change; plant-animal interactions; Arctic environments; vegetation change; plant traits

1. Synthesis of tundra plant community changes to nearly 30 years of experimental warming using a suite of plant traits, including ecophysiology. PhD or postdoctoral study to involve 2-3 years of fieldwork and working with long-term data sets from an experimental study established in the Canadian High Arctic in 1992. 2. Ecological relaxation response of tundra after 30 years of experimental... Read More

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
Hodges Nicola Sport and exercise psychology; Natural sciences; action anticipation and observation; coaching and motor skill expertise; skill acquisition; Motor learning; observational learning and instruction Any time / year round

Sport development pathways, women's and men's soccer, action observation and prediction, observational learning of perceptual motor skills, optimizing practice conditions through practice manipulations and instructions, motor skill expertise and associated processes

Hohl Corinne Emergency Medicine; Epidemiology; Pharmacoepidemiology; Health Information Systems; Health Care Organization; Decision Making; Patient Safety; Medication Safety; Adverse Drug Events; Drug safety and effectiveness; Health Information Technology; Clinical Decision Making; Health services research; Adverse Event Reporting

My research group is working with Ministry to develop, implement and evaluate a new provincial medication safety information technology we have developed. This work will provide multiple opportunities for graduate students to be involved in. With the implementation of this technology more robust data will become available on adverse drug events experienced by patients. Future projects include... Read More

Holsti Liisa Medical, health and life sciences; premature infants; neurodevelopment; stress; pain; measurement; technology transfer; sucrose; rehabilitation; pediatrics Any time / year round

neonatology, pediatrics, occupational therapy, measurement, rehabilitation

Howe LeAnn Gene regulation; Epigenetics; chromatin Any time / year round

inheritance of gene expression states, maintenance of genome stability

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
Hubley Anita Depression; Drug Abuse; Social Determinants of Health; Homelessness and Homeless People; Mental Health and Society; Quality of Life and Aging; Cognitive Neuropsychology of Aging; Social Aspects of Aging; Executive Functions; Dementia; Aging Process; Identity Building; Learning and Memory; Psychological and health measurement; Test development and validation; Adult neuropsychological, personality, and mental health topics and assessment; Research with general community and vulnerable populations (e.g. elderly, homeless, drug addicted)

The field of measurement is a graduate area of study that does not exist at the undergraduate level. This is not statistics but rather focuses on test/measure/instrument development, reliability, and validation. Many students don't discover this field until they take a (usually required) course at the graduate level and are often surprised by how fascinating this area can be and how they can... Read More

Hudson Zachary Synthesis of materials; Functional materials in materials chemistry sciences; Organic chemical synthesis; Optical properties of materials; Luminescent materials; Organic electronics; Polymer chemistry; Organic chemistry; Organic light-emitting diodes 2021, 2022

1) Luminescent materials design for applications in organic electronics.

2) Fluorescent polymer nanoparticles for biological sensing with high sensitivity.

3) Ultrastable fluorophores for catalysis, electroluminescence, and two-photon fluorescence.

 

Huot Suzanne Migrations, Populations, Cultural Exchanges; occupational science; Migration Studies; immigration; refugees; asylum seekers; intersectionality; francophone minority communities; francophones; bilingualism; french; community-engaged research; Qualitative research; critical theory; social inclusion; social integration; Gender 2021

global migration, occupational science, francophone minority communities

Hurd Laura Social sciences; Aging; health; Gender; body image; embodiment or embodied experience; disability; chronic illness or chronic conditions; Assistive technology; sexuality; gender identity; sexual orientation; Physical Activity; qualitative methods; LGBTQ older adults; media representation; ageism; heterosexism; ableism; sociology of aging; social gerontology 2021

I supervise students with backgrounds in sociology or socio-cultural studies. Students under my supervision typically conduct research in the areas of aging, health, gender, body image, embodiment, 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 Any time / year round

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

Irwin Darren Evolutionary Genetics; speciation; hybridization; ornithology; seasonal migration; genomic differentiation Any time / year round

Please see: https://www.zoology.ubc.ca/~irwin/irwinlab/

 

Ishiguro Laura British Columbia, Canada, and the British Empire; settler colonialism; migration; family; gender; Publications 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 Virus; Nucleic Acids; Proteomics; Virology; Antiviral innate immunity; translation; Protein synthesis; RNA; RNA structure function; tRNA; ribosome; RNA virus; protease; molecular biology; picornavirus; Innate immunity; coronavirus; enterovirus; SARS; coxsackievirus; virus host interactions 2021

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... Read More

Jarus Tal diversifying health and human service professions; Disabled students;; disabled practitioners;; art-based research Any time / year round
  • diversifying the health professions
  • decolonize the health professions
Jean Francois Medical virology; Protein trafficking in cell biology; Proteomics; Enzymes (including kinetics and mechanisms, and biocatalyst); Organelle function; Virology; Systems biology; Cellular virology; Emerging human viruses; COVID-19; Host-virus interactions; Broad-based antiviral agents; Antiviral agents; Natural products as antiviral agents; Lipid-modulating drugs; Cellular protease inhibitors; Viral protease inhibitors; Human coronaviruses; SARS-CoV-2; Human flaviviruses; Dengue virus; Zika virus; West Nile virus; Influenza A virus; Human microRNAs; Therapeutic microRNA; Viral and cellular biomarkers; Molecular diagnostics for detecting viral infection; Circulating exosomes; Exosomal microRNAs; Proteomics-based technologies; Multiplexed and Mass Spectrometric quantitation assays 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
  5. ... 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

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

Jenstad Lorienne Other health sciences; 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.

Communication between audiologists and patients.

Jiang Xiaoyan Cancer drug development and therapeutics; 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

Jin Xiao Liang Manufacturing Processes; Solid Mechanics; Manufacturing Processes for Advanced Materials; Vibration Assisted Machining; Machining Mechanics and Dynamics; Surface Integrity; Material Characterization

Surface integrity in vibration assisted machining process.
Surface texturing process.
Chip formation stability in high-speed machining process.

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

Kamat Vinay Ramnath Global Health and Emerging Diseases; Medical Anthropology; Global Health; ethnography; India; Outsourcing of Clinical Trials; Tanzania; Malaria; East Africa; marine conservation; Dispossession; Extractive Industry; political ecology

Politics of marine conservation and natural gas extraction in East Africa; Behavioral Aspects of Tuberculosis and Dengue in India.

Karsan Aly Hematological tumours; Cancer molecular targets; Leukemia; Hematopoiesis; Genomics and epigenomics; Noncoding RNAs; Aging Any time / year round

The major research focus of my lab revolves around acute myeloid leukemia, and preleukemias referred to as myelodysplastic syndromes. Within this context we are interested in various posttranscriptional mechanisms that drive these cancers, how aging increases the risk of developing leukemias, and how to potentially target genomic and epigenomic vulnerabilities.

Kiefl Robert Quantum Phenomena; condensed matter physics; polarons; multiferroics; superconductivity; magnetism Any time / year round
  • controlling magnetic and electric properties with electric fields
  • diffusion of Li in battery  electrode 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

Klein Geltink Ramon Metabolism; Immunotherapy; Cell Signaling and Infectious and Immune Diseases; Auto-Immune Diseases; Cell Therapy of Cancer; Immunometabolism; T cell function; Adoptive cellular therapy Any time / year round

My research program at UBC/BCCHRI aims to better understand how the immune system can be used to treat childhood diseases. In children with cancer, the immune system is no longer able to rid the body of cancerous cells. In children with autoimmune diseases the immune system gets rid of healthy cells of the body. We are particularly interested in the metabolism of immune cells. 

Cellular... Read More

Klinkenberg Brian Geomatics; Biogeography; Bioinformatics; Environmental Health; Geographic Information Science; Environmental Remote Sensing; Spatial Analysis; Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) and Citizen Science Initiatives Any time / year round

Please view my home page for a listing of current projects.

Kopp Janel Pancreas; Pancreatic cancer; Pancreatic development; Modeling cancer Any time / year round

Tumor biology

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
  • 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

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

Kubota Ryuko Language Rights and Policies; language education; multicultural education; culture and language; race and language teaching; language ideologies; critical applied linguistics Any time / year round

Historical study on meta discourse on language and language learning among Japanese students in China from 1900-1945.

Kwakkel Erik Audiovisual, Visual, Audio and Written Communications; Communication Contexts; Cultural Institutions (Museums, Libraries, etc.); History of the Book; reading; Medieval Manuscripts; Paleography; Codicology; Digital Humanities; Cultural Heritage; History of Libraries 2021

Manuscript studies; History of the Book; History of Reading; History of Libraries; Materiality of Information (Book Design); Digitization in Rare Books and Special Collections environment; Digital Humanities where it intersects with the History of the Book.

Laffin Christina Humanities and the arts; 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

Lallous Nada Cancer drug development and therapeutics; Cancer progression and metastasis; Cancer molecular targets; Biochemistry; Biophysics; Cancer biology; Therapeutics; Protein research; Drug resistance; transcription factors 2021

Expression, purification and biophysical characterization of various prostate cancer targets.

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 Any time / year round

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

Lange Philipp Cell Signaling and Cancer; Bioinformatics; Proteomics; pediatric cancer; post translational protein modification; personalized medicine; mass spectrometry Any time / year round
  • translational portoemics in childhood cancer
  • advancing precision medicine in childhood cancer
  • proteolytic regulation of cell-cell communication
  • computational and experimental approaches to better understand and classify proteoforms
  • new algorithms in quantitative mass spectrometry data analysis  
Laronde Denise Cancer; oral cancer screening; malignant transformation; early detection; oral premalignant lesions 2021

oral cancer screening

early detection

markers of progression

Lazrak Ali Finance and Accounting; Economic Phenomena on an Individual or Organizational Level; Asset pricing, Corporate Finance, Behavioral Finance, Household portfolio choice

Different research projects in the finance area are available

Leavitt Blair Neurodegenerative Diseases; Alzheimer's Disease; Dementia; Ataxia; 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

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

Lee Jae-Hyeok Molecular Genetics; Evolutionary Genetics; molecular genetics of microalgae for robust biomass production; evolution of developmental mechanisms; cell and molecular biology of cellular differentiation 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 genomics projects... Read More

Lester Richard Infectious Diseases; Telemedicine; Teleinformatics; Tuberculosis; Ethics and Health; AIDS / HIV; Health Care Technologies; Global Health and Emerging Diseases; Native Health; Digital health; Mobile health (mHealth); Precision Public Health; Patient-centered care; Global Health Any time / year round

Global digital health for patient engagement in care. Work in Canada, Africa and globally. Quantitative and qualitative studies, implementation research, and digital health policy and ethics. Especially among scaling interventions to benefit vulnerable populations.

Li Linda Arthritis / Osteo-Arthritis; Rehabilitation; Rehabilitation Care and Services; Health Care Technologies; 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: http... Read More

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