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:
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 2018 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
Gender
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
Nanotechnology
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
McNagny Kelly Marshall Stem Cells, Immunology, Inflammation, Mouse models of human disease, Tissue degeneration/regeneration, Cancer, innate immune response Any time / year round

The role of innate immune cells in chronic inflammatory disease and fibrosis

Some financial support is available
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, Ageing, Assistive technology, Mobility, Occupational therapy, Caregiving, Social participation, Spinal cord injury, Rehabilitation, Outcome measures, Quality of life, 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 Gail software engineering, software evolution, software design, knowledge worker productivity 2018 Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Murphy Rachel Nutrition, Cancer prevention, Obesity, Aging 2018, 2019
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
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 Any time / year round

radiopharmaceutical chemistry of metallic isotopes

Some financial support is available
Oser Scott particle physics, neutrinos, dark matter, statistical methods for physics 2017

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
Richardson John ecology, freshwater biology, food webs, streams Any time / year round Some financial support is available
Richman Joy Marion Developmental biology, craniofacial development, Evo-Devo, reptilian tooth development, chicken embryo limb development, orofacial clefting 2017, 2018, 2019

The role of non-canonical WNT signaling in facial and limb development in the chicken embryo
Rare diseases - validation of disease-causing human variants in animal models
The molecular basis of the ever-renewing reptilian dentition using the gecko model

Applicants need to be self-funded
Rideout Elizabeth Sex differences, Metabolism, Cell Signaling Pathways, Development, Lifespan and Aging, Stress Responses, Drosophila melanogaster 2017, 2018 Some financial support is available
Rieseberg Loren plant evolutionary biology, adaptation, speciation, crops, weeds, invasive plants Any time / year round

Adaptation, Speciation, Evolution of Crops and Weeds, Bioinformatics

Applicants need to be self-funded
Ripeanu Radu Distributed systems, peer-to-peer systems, high-performnace computing 2018, 2019, 2020 Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Robinson Wendy Genetics, Development, Epigenetics, miRNA, Preterm Birth, Placenta, Mosaicism, Fetal Growth Any time / year round

Evaluating the role of genetic errors in fetal growth and developmental abnormalities
Role of small non-coding RNAs in placental and fetal development
Epigenetic tools for improved diagnosis in the prenatal and neonatal periods.

Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Rodrigues Brian Cardiovascular metabolism, Diabetes, Endothelial cell - cardiomyocyte crosstalk Any time / year round

The objective of our study is to examine the biology of LPL during diabetes. To do this, we will use models of diabetes and various cellular approaches. Given the disturbing news that diabetes is rampant across the globe, and that its incidence will double in Canada by 2016, results from these studies will help in gaining more insight into the mechanism(s) by which cardiac LPL is regulated.... Read More

Some financial support is available
Rogers Theresa Education, Literacy, Youth Studies, Children's and Adolescent Literature, Digital Literacies 2018

Youth Literacies

Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Ross E. Wayne Curriculum Studies, Critical Pedagogy, Social Studies Education, Social Justice in Education 2018
Rottler Joerg Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, Soft Matter Any time / year round
Rubin Julia security and privacy in mobile applications, energy-efficiency in mobile and cloud software, compositional and collaborative software development Any time / year round Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Russell Kelly volcanology, rheology, geochemical thermodynamics Any time / year round

1) Glaciovolcanism as a tool for paleo-environmental reconstruction.
2) The rheology of natural melts and magmas.
3) The nature of the mantle lithosphere beneath the B.C. cordillera.

Some financial support is available

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