Currently Open Research Projects
|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|
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 name||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||
|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||
|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:
|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||
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||
|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||
|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.
|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||
|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||
|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||
|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||
|Laronde||Denise||Cancer; oral cancer screening; malignant transformation; early detection; oral premalignant lesions||2021||
oral cancer screening
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
|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||