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
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

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

MacKenzie Scott Arts, Literature and Subjectivity, Artistic and Cultural Heritage, Artistic and Literary Analysis Models, Artistic and Literary Movements, Schools and Styles, Artistic and Literary Theories, Literary or Artistic Work Analysis, Eighteenth Century British Literature, British Romantic Literature, Prose Fiction, Poetry, Scotland, Jane Austen, Walter Scott, James Hogg, Laurence Sterne, Henry Fielding, Ann Radcliffe, Gothic, Picturesque, Aesthetics, Home/Domesticity, Poverty, Scarcity, Ecologies, Political Economy, Edmund Burke, Animal Studies, Literary Theory Any time / year round
MacLachlan Mark Nanomaterials, Supramolecules and Autoassembling, Inorganic and Organometallic Compounds, Biomaterials, Basic Materials, Supramolecular Chemistry, Nanomaterials, Biomaterials, Cellulose nanocrystals, Chitin, Materials Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry Any time / year round
Madden John Functional and Intelligent Materials, artificial muscle, wearables, smart materials, electronic skin, supercapacitors, electrochemical devices, medical devices Any time / year round, 2019

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

Madden Kenneth Aging Process, Cardiovascular Diseases, Diabetes, Community Health / Public Health, Exercise interventions, Sedentary Behaviour, Syncope, Falls Prevention, Infodemiology, Machine Learning Any time / year round

Dr. Ken Madden holds the Allan M. McGavin Chair in Geriatric Medicine at the University of British Columbia and the editor-in-chief of the Canadian Geriatrics Journal. His lab has examined the effect of exercise interventions in older adults with Type 2 diabetes, the ability of different forms of exercise to impact arterial stiffness in subjects at high cardiometabolic risk, and the impact of... Read More

Malakaj Ervin Artistic and Literary Analysis Models, Artistic and Literary Movements, Schools and Styles, Artistic and Literary Theories, Arts, Literature and Subjectivity, German Studies, German Film Studies, German Media Studies, German Media History, Queer Theory and Queer Studies, Feminist and Queer Film Historiography, Critical Pedagogy Any time / year round
Marra Marco Cancer Diagnosis and Detection, Cancer Genetics, Genomics, Bioinformatics, Genes, Cancer, Genomics, Epigenomics, Bioinformatics Any time / year round

Biomarker / gene signature discovery
Personalized genomic medicine
Cancer evolution
Cancer genome landscapes
Functional genomics

Martindale Andrew Indigenous Archaeology, Northwest Coast, Oral Traditions, Spatial Analyses, Archaeology and the Law, Political Economy, Radiocarbon Dating, Indian Residential Schools Any time / year round
Martone Patrick Protist, Plants, Physiology, Taxonomy and Systematics, Ecology and Quality of the Environment, Evolution and Phylogenesis, Biomaterials, Solid Mechanics, Fluid Mechanics, Phycology, Macroalgae, Evolution, Biomechanics, Intertidal Zone, Ecology Any time / year round
Marzban Lucy Metabolic Diseases, Diabetes, Pancreas, Cell Signaling, Endocrine Disorders, Transplantation and Graft Rejection, Type 2 Diabetes, Type 1 Diabetes, Islet Transplantation, Beta Cell Death, Beta Cell survival, Islet Function, Apoptotic Pathways, Cytokines, Prohormone Processing Any time / year round
Matthewson Lisa Semantics, Salish languages, Tsimshianic languages, Austronesian languages, Cross-linguistic variation and universals, Semantic fieldwork Any time / year round
Mawani Renisa Philosophy, History and Comparative Studies, Colonial Legal History, Critical Theory, Race and Racism, Oceans and Maritime Worlds, Time and Temporality Any time / year round
Maxwell Christopher Cellular Division, Cellular Differentiation, Hereditary Cancer, Breast Cancer, Leukemia, 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

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

McIntosh Lawrence Protein structure-dynamics-function, Regulation of gene expression, Signal transduction, Cancer, Enzyme mechanisms Any time / year round
Metcalfe Amy Science and Knowledge, Power and Organization, Imagery, Higher Education, Faculty, Internationalization, Campus Environments Any time / year round
Milligan Kevin Economic Policies, Public Finance, Taxation, Pensions, Children, Inequality Any time / year round
Milstein Sara Religious Contexts, Literary or Artistic Works Analysis, History of Major Eras, Great Civilisations or Geographical Corpuses, Hebrew Bible and Near Eastern Studies, literary history of the Bible, Near Eastern scribal culture, Mesopotamian literature, biblical and cuneiform law Any time / year round
Miskovic Sanja Mineral Processing, Multiphase Systems, Production and Process Optimization, Optimization, Control and Operations Research, Prefeasibility and Pilot Scale, R&D and Innovation, Technological Innovations, Sensors and Devices, 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
Mitchell-Foster Sheona Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Cancer of the Reproductive System, Drugs and Pregnancy / Breast Feeding, Global Health and Emerging Diseases, AIDS / HIV, Urban and Rural Planning Policies, cervical cancer screening, HPV, rural and remote reproductive care, Indigenous women's health, perinatal substance-use, reproductive health of women living with HIV, culturally safe care, reproductive screening in LMIC Any time / year round
Mohseni Madjid Drinking Water, Chemical Pollutants, Used Water, Clean Technologies, Drinking water quality and treatment, Advanced oxidation, UV based water purification and treatment, Water re-use, Electrochemical water treatment processes Any time / year round
Moran Patrick Arts, Literature and Subjectivity, History of Major Eras, Great Civilisations or Geographical Corpuses, Popular Cultures Produced and Broadcasted by Media, Medieval French Literature, Reader-Response Theory, Genre Theory, Narrative Theory, Material Philology, Comparative Medieval Literature, Arthurian Romance, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Interactive Fiction, Cognitive Poetics, Medieval Narrative Literature, Old French, Medievalism Any time / year round

Medieval French literature, primarily (but not limited to) narrative literature of the 12th and 13th centuries.

Medievalism in contemporary literature.

Morin Gregg Proteomics, protein-protein interactions, protein isoform function, alternative splicing Any time / year round
Mortenson Ben Quality of Life and Aging, Social Aspects of Aging, Mobility, Rehabilitation, 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.

Mulpuri Kishore Cerebral Palsy, Bone Diseases, Connective Tissue Diseases, Joints (Articulations), Locomotor Activity / Movement Disorders, Muscle, Muscular Diseases, Neuromuscular Diseases, Musculoskeletal Deformation, Musculoskeletal Lesions and Repair, Trauma / Injuries, Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip, Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease, Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis, Pediatric Hip Conditions, Methodological Research, Orthopaedic Engineering , Patient Quality Improvement and Quality Assurance Any time / year round
Munzner Tamara Computer Systems, visualization, information visualization, visual analytics, data science Any time / year round
Murphy Michael Microbiology, Functional and Structural Proteomics, Biological and Biochemical Mechanisms, Microbial metal metabolism, Bacterial pathogenesis, Alternatives to antibiotics Any time / year round
Nelson Brad Cell Therapy of Cancer, Cancer immunology and immunotherapy, Oncolytic viruses, T cell engineering, Clinical trials, Cell therapies Any time / year round
Nguan Christopher Health Care Technologies, Transplantation and Graft Rejection, Robotics and Automation, Shape Recognition and Computer Graphics, Structural Tissue Engineering / Biomaterials, Optimization, Control and Operations Research, Ethics and Health, Telemedicine, Health Information Systems, Prostate, Prostate Cancer, Male Urogenital System Disorders, Doppler ultrasound, Diagnostic Techniques, Cancer Diagnosis and Detection, Nursing, Applied Genetics, Gene Therapy, Genetic Markers, Molecular Genetics, Cell Signaling and Infectious and Immune Diseases, GeneTherapy of Infectious and Immune Diseases, Immunotherapy, Immune Mediators: Cytokines and Chemokines, Hemodynamic measurements, Hyperthermia and Hypothermia, Renal Diseases, Renal Insufficiency/Failure and Malabsorption, Renal System, Urogenital Pathologies, Urogenital System, Acoustics, Lasers, X-Rays, Optics and Photonics, Sensors and Devices, Bioinformatics, Virtual Reality, Data mining, Technological Innovations, Educational Technologies, Educational Approaches, kidney transplantation Any time / year round
Nimmon Laura Interpersonal Communication, Family and Care Givers, Palliative Care, Chronic Diseases in Elderly, Health Care Organization, Power and Organization, Adult Education and Continuing Education, Health professions education, Qualitative research, Interdisciplinary team communication, Patient centered care, Chronic disease care, End of life care, Collaborative pratice, Teamwork, Families and Caregivers, Adult education Any time / year round, 2020

Negotiation and power dynamics on chronic disease healthcare teams; Team coordination of health literacy for chronic disease patients; Patient centered collaborative practice in chronic disease care.

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 Statistics and Probabilities, Multivariate extreme value theory, Risk assessment, Applications in finance, insurance, geosciences Any time / year round

Financial risk analytics
Multivariate extreme value theory

Pawlowicz Richard Oceans and Inland Waters, ocean physics, properties of seawater, geophysical fluid dynamics, nonlinear waves Any time / year round
Peck Jamie Socio-Economic Conditions, Economic geography Any time / year round
Pelech Steven Daniel Cell Signaling, Neurological Diseases, Cell Signaling and Cancer, Cellular Differentiation, Cellular Division, Enzymes and Proteins, Functional and Structural Proteomics, Genomics and Proteomics, Proteomics, Bioinformatics, Diabetes, Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease, Neuronal Communication and Neurotransmission, Protein microarrays, Protein kinases, Protein phosphatases, Protein phosphorylation, Mitosis, Meiosis, Cell signalling, Signal transduction 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 monitoring... Read More

Pliska Benjamin Sleep and Sleep Disorders, Oro-Dental Disorders, Facial growth and development, sleep medicine Any time / year round
Poole David Artificial Intelligence, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Knowledge Representation, Decision Analysis, Preference Elicitation, Reasoning under Uncertainty, Probabilistic Graphical Models, Relational Learning Any time / year round
Price Morgan Health Information Systems, family medicine, eHealth Adoption, eHealth Requirements Engineering, eHealth Ux/UI Design, software engineering, Decision Support Systems, Treatment Adherence, Consumer eHealth Any time / year round

Our lab is based in Victoria and connected to both the Island Medical Program and UVic Computer Science. We have a range of projects including: eHealth related projects connected to community based Electronic Medical record design and assessment of adoption; action research projects with partners related to health system improvement using EMRs in practice; consumer mHealth projects related to... Read More

Price Richard International Cooperation, International Relations, Ethics and World Politics, International Relations Theory, Global Norms Any time / year round
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

Quandt Jacqueline Neuroinflammation in damage and repair relevant to multiple sclerosis and other nervous system disorders Any time / year round
Quon Bradley Cystic Fibrosis, Epidemiology, Respiratory System, Proteomics, Immune Mediators: Cytokines and Chemokines, biomarker discovery and development, clinical epidemiology, health care economics, medication adherence Any time / year round

Cystic Fibrosis blood biomarker research and development - proteomics and transcriptomics Health outcomes research using the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Registry - clinical epidemiology

Ravanbakhsh Siamak Artificial Intelligence, machine learning Any time / year round
Reid Gregor Vaccine and Cancer, Immunotherapy, Immune System, paediatric cancer Any time / year round

Immunology of paediatric leukaemia immunoprevention of childhood cancer immunotherapy for paediatric cancer

Richardson John Ecosystem (Aquatic and Terrestrial), Ecological and Ecophysiological Processes, Ecological Trends, Fresh Water, Environment and Habitats, ecology, freshwater biology, food webs, streams, forest Any time / year round
Rieseberg Loren plant evolutionary biology, adaptation, speciation, crops, weeds, invasive plants Any time / year round

Adaptation, Speciation, Evolution of Crops and Weeds, Bioinformatics

Rizzotti Patrick Design, Design and Planning of Space, Theatrical Productions, Virtual Reality, theatre design, production design, augmented reality, narrative visual experience , design for new works, devised work, site specific experiences Any time / year round

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