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
Leander Brian Evolutionary morphology, Marine invertebrate zoology, Evolutionary protistology, Species discovery, Phylogenetic biology, Comparative organismal biology, Marine biodiversity Any time / year round
Lee Gene 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

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

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:... 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, Transportation Systems, Traffic congestion, Road pricing, Financing transportation infrastructure, Public transit, Advanced traveler information systems, Queuing, Parking policy, Climate change Any time / year round

Traffic congestion, Road pricing, Financing transportation infrastructure, Public transit, Advanced traveler information systems, Parking policy, Climate change

Lister Alison Elementary Particles, Large Hadron Collier (LHC), ATLAS experiment, Search for physics beyond the standard model, top quarks, Dark Matter, Detector development Any time / year round
Liu-Ambrose Teresa Healthy Aging, Fall Prevention, Cognitive Aging, Sleep, Physical Activity, Mobility Any time / year round

Increasing precision in exercise prescription to promote cognitive and brain health. The neural interplay between cognitive function and mobility. The relationship between sleep and cognitive function. Preventing falls in high-risk older adults.

Loss Cristiano Wood, Timber Engineering, Wood Building Systems, Hybrid Wood-Based Systems, Seismic Design and Analysis of Timber Structures, Industrialised Wood Systems, Engineered Wood Solutions, Wood as Structural Material, Engineering Wood Design Any time / year round, 2019, 2020
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, 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 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 Genomics, Bioinformatics, Molecular Genetics, Cancer Genetics, Genes, Genetic Mapping, Cancer biology, Genomics, Epigenomics, Bioinformatics, Genetics Any time / year round

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

Martindale Andrew Archeological Data Analysis, Archeological Excavation Methods and Techniques, Prehistory, History of Major Eras, Great Civilisations or Geographical Corpuses, 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
Matthewson Lisa 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 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

Page Brent Cell Signaling and Cancer, Drug Discovery, Drug Development, Medicinal Chemistry, Chemical Biology, Cancer, Target Engagement, Cell Signaling Any time / year round, 2020

Several drug discovery and development projects are available for new and exciting targets involved in cancer cell signaling and metabolism. 

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

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