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
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 Airway smooth muscle, Contraction mechanism Any time / year round

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

Silver Erin Canadian contemporary art, Queer art , Feminist art histories, Activism and visual culture, Performance studies, Movement culture Any time / year round
Simpson Elizabeth Gene therapy for brain and eye diseases, In vivo gene augmentation and genome editing (CRISPR/CAS9), CRISPR, Aniridia, Rare diseases, Congenital blindness, MiniPromoters for restricted expression Any time / year round, 2020
Sinclair Chadwick Materials Science and Engineering, Computational Materials Science, Manufacturing, Alloy Design, Solid State Physics, Mechanics Any time / year round
Soma Kiran Neuroscience, Endocrinology, Stress Any time / year round

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

Speller Camilla Bioarchaeology, Ancient DNA Analysis (paleogenetics), Ancient proteins (paleoproteomics), Environmental Archaeology, Marine Ecosystems, Animal Domestication Any time / year round, 2019, 2020
  • Genetic diversity of past Pacific Herring populations
  • Genetic diversity and stock identification of ancient Pacific Salmon
  • Changes in marine biogeography relating to past climate change
Stefanska Barbara 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 Antimicrobial peptides, Viral membrane proteins, Structure-function, Protein-protein interactions Any time / year round
Strike Vanessa Family Business, Governance, Entrepreneurship, Advising, Sensemaking Any time / year round
Sugioka Kenji Cell division, Animal morphogenesis, Cytoskeletal dynamics Any time / year round
Suttle Curtis 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 Any time / year round
Talhouk Aline predictive modeling, clinical utility, diagnostic models, prognostic models, personalized medicine Any time / year round
Taubert Stefan Transcription, Gene regulation, Stress responses , Hypoxia, Aging, Metabolism, Lipid biology, C. elegans, Mouse Any time / year round

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 stress responses (hypoxia, oxidative stress, starvation) and (lipid) metabolism.... Read More

Tebbutt Scott Dual organism molecular interaction (fungal spores & human airway epithelium), Early and late reactions in allergic asthma and rhinitis, Diagnostics of acute heart rejection, Neonatal vaccine immunogenicity, Systems biology, biomarkers & bioinformatics Any time / year round, 2020
Thompson Evan Cognitive Science, Philosophy of Mind, Phenomenology, Asian Philosophies Any time / year round
Traboulsee Anthony multiple sclerosis, magnetic resonance imaging, neuromyelitls optica (NMO) Any time / year round

Image analysis

Turin Mark Nepal, Tibet, Sikkim, Bhutan, First Nations, Bella Bella, Heiltsuk, Indigeneity Any time / year round
Turvey Stuart Microbiome cohort studies, Primary immune deficiencies, Precision medicine 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 infections... Read More

Van de Panne Michiel 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 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 the... Read More

Vanderwal Tamara functional neuroimaging, child psychiatric disorders Any time / year round
  • Movie + OCD = This project creates and tests a novel movie stimulus designed specifically to evoke symptoms of OCD while participants are undergoing fMRI scans. The goal is to identify a disorder-specific network that has clinical relevance at the individual-subject level.  Analytic approaches will include machine-based learning algorithmes (e.g., Connectome Predictive Modeling) and... Read More
Vedam Saraswathi 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, Mistreatment Any time / year round, 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

Vora Siddharth 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 Food Safety, Food Microbiology Any time / year round
Wang Yuzhuo Modeling and Targeting the Development of Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer Any time / year round
Weber Rachel Cognitive correlates of multilingualism, Neurocognitive development in at-risk and diverse populations, Resilience, Cognitive intervention and transfer/generalization Any time / year round
Wei Juncheng nonlinear partial differential equations, applied and geometric analysis, reaction-diffusion systems, singular perturbations and concentration phenomena, mathematical biology, singularity formations in fluids Any time / year round

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

Weidberg Hilla Cell biology, Genetics, Biochemistry , Molecular biology , Organelle biology , Mitochondria , Mitochondrial stress, Protein quality control, Metabolism , Neurodegenerative diseases Any time / year round

For details visit website:

https://www.weidberglab.com

Weijs Steven 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, 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, 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 Any time / year round
Wilton Steven 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 wireless networks, communication systems, Internet of Things (IoT), mobile computing, Internet, smart grid, energy systems, machine learning, protocol design Any time / year round
Woo Carson C 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 substance use, addiction, injection drug use, opioids, alcohol, population health, epidemiology, urban health Any time / year round
Wright Handel (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 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 Synthetic biology, Metabolic engineering, Biocatalysis, Bioprocess engineering, Bioremediation, 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

Ye Ziliang Any time / year round
Yoon Dongwook 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

Young Margot constitutional law, equality law, social welfare law, international rights protection, , women’s right, Housing rights Any time / year round
Zerriffi Hisham 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 Gaoheng 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.

Zhang Wei Health Economics , Economic Evaluation Any time / year round, 2019, 2020, 2021

Work productivity loss measurement;

Economic evaluation of health interventions 

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