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
Rubin Julia security and privacy in mobile applications, energy-efficiency in mobile and cloud software, compositional and collaborative software development, microservice-based applications Any time / year round
Rusk Bruce Literary or Artistic Work Analysis, Social Determinants of Arts and Letters, Arts and Cultural Traditions, Exegesis and Sacred Text Critics, Lexicography and Dictionaries, Early Modern China, Confucianism, Authentication Studies Any time / year round
Santos Alessandra Artistic and Literary Analysis Models, Artistic and Literary Theories, Arts and Cultural Traditions, Arts and Technologies, Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies , Latin American Literatures and Cultures , Brazilian Literature and Culture, Modern and Contemporary Literatures and Cultures Any time / year round
Scott Douglas Science and Knowledge, Cosmology Any time / year round

A wide range of topics within observational and theoretical cosmology

Seidel Marc-David New Technology and Social Impacts, Impacts of New Information Technologies, Media and Society, Social Networks, Social Organization and Political Systems, Social, Economical and Political Impacts of Innovations, Entrepreneurship, Socio-Economic Conditions, Economic Systems, Life Cycles ( Childhood, Adolescence, Adulthood, etc.), Organizational Theory, Distributed Trust Technologies (Blockchain, etc.), Early life factors role in later life workplace outcomes, Social networks and organizational decision making, Discrimination and networks in the employment relationship Any time / year round

Primarily interested in students with an interest in developing projects about the organizational theory of distributed trust technologies (such as blockchain) and its impacts on society.

Semenoff Gordon Walter Theoretical and mathematical physics, the physics of elementary particles, condensed matter physics, String theory, quantum field theory, statistical mechanics, Moedal experiment, Large Hadron Collider, CERN Any time / year round

String theory, quantum field theory

Seow Chun Yong Biological and Biochemical Mechanisms, Asthma, Muscle, Respiratory System, Physiology, Airway smooth muscle, Contraction mechanism Any time / year round

Smooth muscle structure and function, contraction mechanism, lung mechanics, asthma

Silver Erin Artist or Author Social Identity, Artistic and Literary Marginality, Artistic and Literary Movements, Schools and Styles, Social Movements, Canadian contemporary art, Queer art , Feminist art histories, Activism and visual culture, Performance studies, Movement culture Any time / year round
Simpson Elizabeth Congenital Anomalies, Eye and Visual System Diseases, Gene therapy for brain and eye diseases, In vivo gene augmentation and genome editing (CRISPR/CAS9), CRISpies (CRISPR therapies), Aniridia, Rare diseases, Congenital blindness, MiniPromoters for restricted expression Any time / year round

Gene Therapy for Anirida: our goal is to develop an rAAV-based gene therapy for aniridia. Our experiments are the first towards rAAV-based gene therapy for aniridia in mouse.

Human Minipromoters for restricted expression of ocular and brain gene therapy: we still have only a cursory understanding of the 98% of the human genome that is non-coding. However, we do know that it contains... Read More

Sinclair Chadwick Modelization and Simulation, Theoretical Approach, Metals and Alloys, Material Design, Mechanical and Physical Processes, Materials Science and Engineering, Computational Materials Science, Manufacturing, Alloy Design, Solid State Physics, Mechanics Any time / year round
Soma Kiran Biological Behavior, Neuroendocrine Diseases, Neuronal Communication and Neurotransmission, Neuroscience, Endocrinology Any time / year round

See lab website:
http://somalab.psych.ubc.ca/

Stefanska Barbara Nutrition and Cancer, Breast Cancer, Hepatic Diseases, Gene Regulation and Expression, Epigenetics, Cancer epigenetics, Nutritional epigenomics Any time / year round

Epigenetics refers to the molecular events controlling gene expression that are independent of changes in the underlying DNA sequence. These events include DNA methylation, covalent histone modifications, and non-coding RNA-related mechanisms. Epigenetic modifications of DNA, namely DNA methylation, have been shown to contribute to the etiology of chronic diseases with cancer at the forefront... Read More

Stephens Christopher philosophy of biology, philosophy of science, rationality, Why be rational?, scientific philosophy Any time / year round

philosophical debates about evolutionary biology, topics in philosophy of science concerning the nature of evidence, the nature and justification of rationality. Evolutionary approaches to philosophical topics.

Straus Suzana Proteins, Antimicrobial peptides, Viral membrane proteins, Structure-function, Protein-protein interactions Any time / year round
Strike Vanessa Private Sector Corporations, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, Family Business, Governance, Entrepreneurship, Advising, Sensemaking Any time / year round
Suttle Curtis Marine Environment, Microbial Diversity, Marine Microbiology, Environmental Virology, Biological Oceanography, Viral Discovery, Viruses, Phage Any time / year round

Generally students will need to be funded through external scholarships, or be funded through a University Graduate Fellowship, or other UBC Fellowship.

Tai Isabella Cancer of the Digestive System Any time / year round
Taubert Stefan Transcription, Gene regulation, Stress responses , Hypoxia, Aging, Metabolism, Lipid biology, C. elegans, Mouse Any time / year round, 2019, 2020

My lab is interested in gene regulation by the so-called Mediator complex, an essential eukaryotic transcriptional regulator that is mutated or deregulated in various human diseases (cancers, developmental disorders, etc). In particular, we study how Mediator and their associated transcriptional partners control (lipid) metabolism and stress responses (hypoxia, oxidative stress, starvation).... Read More

Tebbutt Scott Genomics and Proteomics, Asthma, Heart Transplantation, Complex Trait Genetics, Fungal Infections, Occupational Lung Diseases, Dual organism molecular interaction, Early and late reactions in allergic asthma, Diagnostics of acute heart rejection, Neonatal vaccine immunogenicity Any time / year round, 2018, 2020
Thompson Evan Cognitive Science, Philosophy of Mind, Phenomenology, Asian Philosophies Any time / year round
Traboulsee Anthony Multiple Sclerosis, Imaging, multiple sclerosis, magnetic resonance imaging, neuromyelitls optica (NMO) Any time / year round

Image analysis

Turin Mark Cultural Institutions (Museums, Libraries, etc.), Lexicography and Dictionaries, Language Contact and Linguistic Changes, Language Rights and Policies, Language Interactions, Political Culture, Society and Ideology, Nepal, Tibet, Sikkim, Bhutan, First Nations, Bella Bella, Heiltsuk, Indigeneity Any time / year round
Turvey Stuart Immune System, Asthma, Immunodeficiencies, Microbiome cohort studies, Primary Immune Deficiencies Any time / year round

Genetics of Susceptibility to Childhood Infection

Until very recently, clinical immunologists have focused most attention on patients with a ‘noisy clinical phenotype’—multiple, severe and recurrent infections. Indeed, the origin of primary immunodeficiencies is generally attributed to Bruton’s 1952 description of X-linked agammaglobulinemia in a boy whose repeated pneumococcal... Read More

Van de Panne Michiel Computer Science and Statistics, Computer Sciences and Mathematical Tools, Robotics and Automation, simulation of human movement, computer animation, robotics, deep reinforcement learning, motor control, computer graphics Any time / year round

simulation of agile human motion, robotics, motion planning, sensorimotor control, dexterous manipulation, computer animation, machine learning, computer graphics, novel interfaces

Van Petegem Filip Biological and Biochemical Mechanisms, Genetic Diseases, Ion channels, electrical signaling, Cardiac arrhythmia, Epilepsy, Calcium signaling, Structural Biology, electrophysiology Any time / year round

1) Muscle excitation-contraction coupling:
How does an electrical signal in a muscle cell get transmitted into contraction? We investigate the membrane proteins involved in this process (L-type calcium channels, Ryanodine Receptors), as well as the various proteins that modulate these channels. Projects include solving crystal and cryo-EM structures of these channels in complex with... Read More

Vedam Saraswathi Gestation / Parturition, Human Rights and Liberties, Collective Rights, Right and Access to Information, Home Care Services, Law and Health, Social Contract and Social Justice, Community Health / Public Health, Breast Feeding and Infant Nutrition, Family and Child Services, Home Birth, Place of Birth, Provider Attitudes, Respectful Maternity Care, Midwifery, Interprofessional relationships, Person-Centered Care, Patient Autonomy, Institutional Racism in Maternity Care, Maternal and Newborn Outcomes, Maternity care for diverse populations, Transdisciplinary engagement in health care Any time / year round, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Active analysis and knowledge translation projects: qualitative and quantitative data generated by participatory maternity care research: Changing Childbirth in BC, Giving Voice to Mothers - US (participatory research on experiences of maternity care and disparities), Access and Integration Maternity Care Mapping study (links between regulatory frameworks and disparities), Giving Voice to... Read More

Vilarino-Guell Carles Genetic Diseases, Multiple sclerosis, Neuromyelitis optica, Neurological disorders Any time / year round

- Study of the genetic factors contributing to the onset of familial multiple sclerosis and its clinical presentations.

- Biological and behavioral characterization of the first animal model of multiple sclerosis based on human etiology.

Vora Siddharth Oro-Dental Disorders, Craniofacial Biology, Developmental Biology, Orthodontics, Cleft lip and/or palate, Tooth development Any time / year round
Wachs Anthony Fluid mechanics, Particle-laden flows, Non Newtonian flows, Heat and mass transfer, Numerical simulation, High performance computing, Multi-scale modelling Any time / year round

* Development of massively parallel codes for granular and particle-laden flow simulation
* Multi-scale modeling of particle-laden flows
* Shape effect in granular and particle-laden flows
* Heat and mass transfer in fluidized beds

Wang Siyun Agri-food Transformation Products, Microbiology, Bioactive Molecules, Food Safety, Food Microbiology Any time / year round
Wang Yuzhuo Modeling and Targeting the Development of Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer Any time / year round
Wei Juncheng Mathematics, nonlinear partial differential equations, applied and geometric analysis, reaction-diffusion systems, singular perturbations and concentration phenomena, mathematical biology Any time / year round

De Giorgi conjectures, fractional equations, blow-ups in nonlinear parabolic and elliptic equations

Weijs Steven Water, Hydrological Cycle and Reservoirs, Drinking Water, Fresh Water, Information, Hydroelectricity, Ice and Snow, Hydrological Prediction, hydrology, water resources management, information theory, uncertainty, experimental hydrology, sensors, mountain hydrology, droughts, floods, control of water systems Any time / year round

Projects regarding new measurement techniques for catchment hydrology
Projects working on uncertainty analysis / quantification for hydrological prediction
Projects on optimal monitoring network layout / optimal expermental design
Projects on applications of information theory in hydrology and water resources

Wellington Cheryl Lea Alzheimer's Disease, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Trauma / Injuries, Lipid/Lipoprotein analysis, Structural Tissue Engineering / Biomaterials, Alzheimer's Disease, Traumatic Brain Injury, Tissue Engineering, Biomarkers, Drug Discovery, Apolipoprotein E, Cerebrovascular function Any time / year round

Relationship of biomechanics to pathology in TBI animal models
Translational biomarkers for TBI across clinical and animal specimens
ApoE modulators
Cerebrovascular contributions to Alzheimer's Disease pathogenesis
Animal Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Werker Janet Language Acquisition and Development, Speech and Language Development Disorders, Language and Cognitive Processes, Bilingualism and Multilingualism, Psychology - Biological Aspects, Language Acquisition, Speech Perception, Multisensory Processing, Critical Periods, Plasticity, Psycholinguistics Any time / year round
Whitehead Lorne Applied physics, especially novel geometrical approaches, Applied optics, Illuminating engineering and display technology Any time / year round
Whitlock Michael Evolutionary Genetics, Population Genetics Any time / year round
Wilbur Kerry Professional Practices, workplace-based learning, culture and health professional education, patient and medication safety, interprofessional education, public health roles of pharmacists Any time / year round, 2019, 2020

I will be accepting applications for enrolment in the 2019/2020 academic year from domestic or international Masters Students who are interested in exploring novel ways to assess competencies of health professional students in workplace-based settings, including (but not limited to) development of entrustable professional activities and use of multi-source feedback, including patient... Read More

Wilton Steven Integrated Circuits, Computer Architecture, Computer Hardware, Field-Programmable Gate Arrays, Computer-Aided Design Algorithms, High-Level Synthesis Any time / year round

Debug for FPGAs
FPGA Architectures
CAD for FPGAs

Wong Vincent Telecommunication networks, Computer Systems, protocol design, optimization, wireless networks, communication systems, Internet, Internet of Things (IoT), mobile computing, smart grid, energy systems Any time / year round
Woo Carson C Information Systems, Conceptual modeling, Information systems analysis and design, Requirements engineering, Applications of block chain and artificial intelligence technology to business, Philosophy of Design Science Any time / year round
Wood Evan Community Health / Public Health, substance use, addiction, injection drug use, opioids, alcohol, population health, epidemiology, urban health Any time / year round
Wright Handel Transcultural Studies, Educational Approaches, (post)multiculturalism and multicultural education, cultural studies, youth studies, Critical Race Theory, identity, citizenship and belonging, Africana studies, postcolonialism and decolonization Any time / year round

(post)multiculturalism; youth identity and belonging; cultural studies and education; Africana identity; comparative and international education

Wylie Alison Philosophy, History and Comparative Studies, philosophy of science, philosophy of the social and historial sciences, feminist philosophy, philosophy of archaeology, research ethics (non-medical), science studies Any time / year round

Feminist standpoint theory; community based collaborative practice; Indigenous/science; content effects of systemic inequities in the sciences.

Ye Ziliang Optics and Photonics, Nanomaterials Any time / year round
Yoon Dongwook Computer Science and Statistics, Design, Educational Technologies, Human-computer interaction (HCI), Multimodal interaction, Interaction and interface design, Computer supported cooperative work (CSCW), Educational technology, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Speech, touch, multitouch, stylus, gesture, mixed-reality, 3d interaction Any time / year round

My research lies at the intersection of human-computer interaction (HCI), computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW), computer-mediated communication (CMC), and educational technology. My primary research focus is to build rich collaboration systems that offer expressive multimodal interactions, i.e., interactions through multiple communication channels (e.g., speech, gesture, and grasp). My... Read More

Zerriffi Hisham Biomass (Energy), Energy Transformation and Energy Using, International Development, Environment and Society, Ideological, Political, Economical and Social Environments of Social Transformations, Social and Cultural Factors of Environmental Protection, energy poverty Any time / year round

Modeling of energy access in developing countries, assessment of socio-ecological linkages in energy use, household choice and welfare implications related to energy use

Zhang Gaoheng Intercultural and Ethnic Relationships, Cultural Exchanges, Migrations, Populations, Cultural Exchanges, Media and Society, Media Ethics, Media and Democratization, Migration Studies, Mobility Studies , Postcolonial Studies , Gender and Masculinity Studies, Race Theory, Film and Media Studies, Rhetoric and Communication Studies , Cultural Theory, Italian-Chinese relations , Italy's global networks , Modern and contemporary Italian literature and culture Any time / year round

Migration, postcolonial, and tourism studies relating to Italy and Europe;
Networks between Italy and China, and Europe and East Asia;
Italy's international past and present;
Transnationalism and globalization in Italy;
Media, filmic, and literary depictions of minorities;
Italian and comparative male and gender identities.

Zhao Jiaying Psychology - Biological Aspects, Environment and Society, Socio-Economic Conditions, Cognitive Science, Poverty, Sustainability, Behavior Change, Public Policy Any time / year round
Zhou Youwen Skin Cancer, Skin Disorders, Lymphoma, Gene Regulation and Expression, Genomics, Molecular Genetics, Transgenic Model, Immune Mediators: Cytokines and Chemokines, Biomarkers in cancer and inflammation, Genetics and genomics of skin diseases, Melanoma, vitiligo, hyperhidrosis, and skin lymphoma, Innovative therapeutic development Any time / year round

(1). Treating cancer by targeting tumor microenvironment
(2). Modulating innate immunity for treatment of melanoma and vitiligo
(3). Genetic determinants of sweating and anxiety--discovery and clinical translation
(4). Novel therapeutics for skin inflammation and cancer

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