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 Interests Desired start dates: Project areas
Weis Dominique Earth Structure and Composition, Geodynamics, Chemical Pollutants, Earth Sciences, Geochemistry, Oceanic islands and mantle plumes, Environmental geochemistry, High-precision/sensitivity geochemical analyses, Indigenous studies 2020

Geochemistry of the Hawaiian mantle plume - trace element modelling, time evolution and relation to the deep mantle geophysical anomalies.

Honey, salmon as bioindicators - see also UBC Excellence Research Cluster, BeeHIVE: https://beehive.ubc.ca/

Indigenous/Science - see also UBC Excellence Research Cluster, Indigenous/Science... Read More

Wellington Cheryl Lea Alzheimer's Disease, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Trauma / Injuries, Lipid/Lipoprotein analysis, Structural Tissue Engineering / Biomaterials, 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

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

Winstanley Catharine Neuronal Systems, Mental Health and Society, Neuropharmacology, Trauma / Injuries, Behavioural neuroscience, Gambling disorder, Addiction, decision making, Impulsivity, Traumatic Brain Injury 2020

Exploring the neural, neurochemical and molecular basis of impulsivity and risky decision making, particularly as these cognitive traits relate to addiction disorders. Most of the work we do uses rat models of cognitive behaviour, but we are starting to translate our findings into human subjects.

Withers Stephen Enzymes and Proteins, Blood Substitutes, Organic Molecules and Biomolecules, Biological and Biochemical Mechanisms, Diabetes, Drug development, enzyme inhibition, carbohydrates, glycobiology, metagenomics, directed evolution

Development of novel therapeutics for diabetes and lysosomal storage diseases
Discovery of enzymes for the enzymatic removal of cell surface antigens
In vitro and In vivo glycosylation of proteins

Woody Sheila Mental Health and Society, Anxiety, Cognition, Community Health / Public Health, Specific Social Services (Clientele), Hoarding

The Centre for Collaborative Research on Hoarding, which I direct, has two lines of research that present opportunities for graduate students. One area of inquiry is in the cognitive underpinnings of hoarding disorder, and the other is on community-based interventions for hoarding.

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.

Yadav Vikramaditya Biotechnology, Bioinformatics, Biomass (Energy), Bioremediation, Bioactive Molecules, Biomaterials, Structural Tissue Engineering / Biomaterials, Biological and Biochemical Mechanisms, Synthetic biology, Metabolic engineering, Biocatalysis, Bioprocess engineering, Medical biotechnology, Tissue Engineering, drug delivery, Drug discovery & development, Technoeconomics, Vaccines Any time / year round

My research group utilizes metabolic & enzyme engineering to investigate and customize novel biosynthetic enzymes that can convert biomass-derived feedstocks into value-added chemicals. We have published highly acclaimed papers on model-guided enzyme engineering, process development, enzyme discovery using metagenomics and engineering metabolic control schemes that bridge with bioprocess... Read More

Yip Calvin Gene Regulation and Expression, Genetic Diseases, Enzymes and Proteins, Biological and Biochemical Mechanisms, Molecular Structure and Sizing, Imaging, Regulation of autophagy degradation, Chromatin modification / epigenetic regulation, Molecular etiologies of rare diseases 2020, 2021
  1. Characterizing protein complexes involved in chromatin modification and epigenetic regulation
  2. Dissecting the regulatory mechanisms of autophagy degradation
  3. Investigating the molecular bases of rare diseases
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

I do not have current funding for additional graduate students or post-doctoral scholars but am generally interested in modeling of energy access in developing countries, assessment of socio-ecological linkages in energy use, household choice and welfare implications related to energy use, and synergies and tradeoffs in meeting sustainable development goals in forestry, energy and land-use. ... Read More

Zhang Yuelin Plants, Immune Reactions, Plant immunity, Systemic acquired resistance, ROS signaling, MAPK signaling, plant immune receptors 2020

Systemic acquired resistance, ROS signaling, MAPK signaling, signal transduction pathways downstream of plant immune receptors

Zhang Jenny Li Finance and Accounting, Financial reporting, corporate disclosure, restatements, pension

Financial reporting, corporate disclosure, restatements, disclosure of foreign firms listed in the U.S.

Zhang Wei Health Policies, Pharmacoeconomics, Health economics, Economic evaluation Any time / year round, 2020, 2021

Work productivity loss measurement;

Economic evaluation of health interventions 

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.

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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