Research Projects

Below is a sample of research projects that you can consider as part of your graduate degree program. Please ensure to review the departmental websites of all potential faculty members by using the supervisor search.

Last namesort descending First name Research Interest Desired start dates: Project areas Financial support options:
Nunez Desmond Neurodegenerative Diseases, Inflammatory Respiratory DiseasesAge Related Hearing Loss , Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss, Recurrent Acute Otitis Media 2018 Applicants need to be self-funded
O'Brien Heather New Technology and Social Impacts, Public Communication, Media Influence on Behavior, Right and Access to Information, Impacts of New Information Technologiesuser engagement, user experience, community engagement, information seeking and retrieval, information access, cognitive processes related to information searching and evaluation 2018, 2019, 2020

User engagement with search systems; learning outcomes of engagement with search systems
Knowledge mobilization, community engagement and lay audience engagement with research

Some financial support is available
Oberg Gunilla Science and Knowledge, Language, Knowledge, Significance and Thought Building, Urban and Rural Planning Policies, Urban, Industrial and Agricultural Waste Water Treatment, Learning and Development Approaches, Sustainable Development, Environment and Society, Environmental Health, Social and Cultural Factors of Environmental Protection, Chemical Pollutants, Risk Management 2018

1. Science, values and wastewater controversies
2. Teaching knowledge about knowledge to undergraduate science students
3. Grappling with vaguely worrisome substances (aka emerging contaminants/substances/pollutants of concern, micropollutants etc)

Ollivier-Gooch Carl Numerical Analysis, Fluid Mechanics, Computer Sciences and Mathematical ToolsAlgorithm Development for Computational Fluid Dynamics , Error and Stability Analysis for Unstructured Mesh Methods, Unstructured Mesh Generation, Applied Aerodynamics 2019, 2020 Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Olson Robert Radiotherapy, Head and Neck Cancer, Breast Cancer, Lung Cancer, Epidemiology, Community Health / Public Health, Social Determinants of Cancerpatient reported outcomes, health services delivery, stereotactic radiotherapy 2019, 2020

1) Clinical trials assessing stereotactic radiotherapy in the setting of metastatic disease
2) Population-level collection and use of patient reported outcomes to improve care and guide comparative effectiveness research
3) Assessing interventions to impact prescribing practices of oncologists

Some financial support is available
Onyeoziri-Miller Gloria Memory, Artistic and Literary MarginalityAfrican and Caribbean Literatures, African and Caribbean Women Writers 2018

Utopian Memory in African and Caribbean Literatures (SSRCH Insight Grant)

Some financial support is available
Oser Scott particle physics, neutrinos, dark matter, statistical methods for physics 2018

dark matter, SuperCDMS

Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Paltin Judith Literary or Artistic Work AnalysisModernism, Cultural Theory, Gender and Sexuality 2019, 2020
Patrick David Antibiotics and Resistance, PharmacoepidemiologyResponse to Emerging Infectious Diseases, Responding to the Threat of Antimicrobial Resistance at Population Level 2019
Pawlowicz Richard Oceans and Inland Watersocean physics, properties of seawater, geophysical fluid dynamics, nonlinear waves Any time / year round Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Peck Jamie Socio-Economic ConditionsHuman geography, Economic geography, Political economy, Urban and regional studies, Labour studies Any time / year round Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
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 NeurotransmissionProtein Microarrays, Protein Kinases, Protein Phosphatases, Protein phosphorylation, Mitosis, Meiosis 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... Read More

Some financial support is available
Pliska Benjamin Sleep and Sleep Disorders, Oro-Dental DisordersFacial growth and development, sleep medicine Any time / year round Applicants need to be self-funded
Poole David Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Knowledge Representation, Decision Analysis, Preference Elicitation, Reasoning under Uncertainty, Graphical Models Any time / year round Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Prange Sebastian Social Organization and Political Systems, Religious Systems, Life and Economic ProductionMedieval History, Indian Ocean, Trade and Trade Diasporas, Islam, India 2019

History of the medieval Indian Ocean world

Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Pratap Singh Anubhav food processing, novel non-thermal processing, functional foods, pulsed light, high pressure, cold plasma, pasteurization, sterilization, heat transfer, mass transfer, food engineering 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 Some financial support is available
Priatel John Auto-Immune Diseases, Cell Signaling and Infectious and Immune Diseases, Diseases of the Immune System, Cell Therapy of Infectious and Immune DiseasesAutoimmunity, Immunodeficiency, Tumour immunotherapy, Viral infection, Host-pathogen interactions Any time / year round

T cells form an integral part of our immune system and are essential to fight off most infections. To perform these roles, T cells must be able to discriminate between various antigens and elicit the appropriate type and the appropriate strength of response. Excessive T cell responses towards harmless antigens may result in dangerous allergies while attack against healthy cells or tissue can... Read More

Some financial support is available
Price Morgan Health Information Systemsfamily 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

Some financial support is available
Price Richard International CooperationInternational Relations, Ethics and World Politics, International Relations Theory, Global Norms Any time / year round
Pulleyblank Douglas Phonology, MorphologyAfrican languages, Yoruba 2018 Some financial support is available
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

Some financial support is available
Putnins Edward Oro-Dental DisordersChronic mucosal inflammation, Monoamine oxidase Inhibitor development as anti-inflammatories 2018 Some financial support is available
Quandt Jacqueline Neuroinflammation in damage and repair relevant to multiple sclerosis and other nervous system disorders Any time / year round Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Quon Bradley Cystic Fibrosis, Epidemiology, Respiratory System, Proteomics, Immune Mediators: Cytokines and Chemokinesbiomarker 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

Some financial support is available
Radic Valentina Climate Changes and ImpactsGlaciology, Meteorology, Climate Science 2018, 2019 Applicants need to be self-funded
Ramana M. V. Energy Production, Nuclear and Fusionnuclear energy, nuclear disarmament, arms control, nuclear policy, risk of nuclear accidents 2018, 2019, 2020

political economy of nuclear energy
risk of accidental or inadvertent nuclear war
nuclear energy in developing countries
new nuclear reactor designs
international treaties promoting nuclear disarmament
fissile materials in India and Pakistan

Some financial support is available
Rauscher Alexander Algorithms, Brain Metabolism, Imaging, Neuroendocrine Diseases, Neurological Diseases, Modelization and Simulationmagnetic resonance imaging, physics, quantitative susceptibility mapping, myelin water imaging, brain 2018, 2019, 2020

MRI of multiple sclerosis, modelling of the MRI signal, quantitative susceptibility mapping, MRI physics

Some financial support is available
Ravanbakhsh Siamak Artificial Intelligencemachine learning Any time / year round Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Regier Dean Economical Analysis Methods, Pharmacoeconomics, Health Care Technologies, Health PoliciesHealth economics, Preference elicitation, Mixed methods, Econometrics, Qualitative research, Discrete choice experiment, Shared decision making, Economic evaluation 2018, 2019

Precision medicine and health economics, including qualitative and quantitative analyses and shared decision-making

Some financial support is available
Reid Gregor Vaccine and Cancer, Immunotherapy, Immune Systempaediatric cancer Any time / year round

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

Some financial support is available
Reiner Peter Applied EthicsNeuroethics 2018, 2019

Neuroethics implications of AI

Applicants need to be self-funded
Rhemtulla Jeanine Ecology and Quality of the Environment, Ecological Trends, Landscape and Restoration, Environment Management and Protection, Biodiversity and BiocomplexityLandscape ecology & spatial analysis, Ecosystem services, Reforestation, Conservation & Poverty Alleviation, Socio-ecological systems, Temperate & tropical forest & agroforestry systems 2018

Forest restoration in tropical systems

Richardson John Ecosystem (Aquatic and Terrestrial), Ecological and Ecophysiological Processes, Ecological Trends, Fresh Water, Environment and Habitatsecology, freshwater biology, food webs, streams, forest Any time / year round Some financial support is available
Richman Joy Marion Embryonic Development, Cell Signaling, Congenital Anomalies, Growth FactorsDevelopmental biology, craniofacial development, Evo-Devo, reptilian tooth development, chicken embryo limb development, orofacial clefting 2017, 2018, 2019

The role of non-canonical WNT signaling in facial and limb development in the chicken embryo
Rare diseases - validation of disease-causing human variants in animal models
The molecular basis of the ever-renewing reptilian dentition using the gecko model

Applicants need to be self-funded
Rideout Elizabeth Sex differences, Metabolism, Cell Signaling Pathways, Development, Lifespan and Aging, Stress Responses, Drosophila melanogaster 2017, 2018 Some financial support is available
Rieseberg Loren plant evolutionary biology, adaptation, speciation, crops, weeds, invasive plants Any time / year round

Adaptation, Speciation, Evolution of Crops and Weeds, Bioinformatics

Applicants need to be self-funded
Ripeanu Matei Computer SystemsDistributed Systems, High Performance Computing, Storage Systems, Data Analytics , Graph Analytics , Social Networks 2018, 2019, 2020 Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Robinson Wendy Developmental Genetics, Genomics, Reproduction and Growth, DNA and RNA Chips, BioinformaticsGenetics, Human Development, Epigenetics, miRNA, Preterm Birth, Placenta, Mosaicism, Fetal Growth, DNA methylation, Sex differences 2018

Sex differences at the genetic/epigenetic level in early development
Role of small non-coding RNAs in placental and fetal development
Epigenetic tools for improved diagnosis in the prenatal and neonatal periods.
(strong background in genetics and stats/bioinformatics preferred)

Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Rodrigues Brian Diabetes, CardiomyopathyCardiovascular metabolism, Diabetes, Endothelial cell - cardiomyocyte crosstalk Any time / year round, 2018

The objective of our study is to examine the biology of LPL during diabetes. To do this, we will use models of diabetes and various cellular approaches. Given the disturbing news that diabetes is rampant across the globe, and that its incidence will double in Canada by 2016, results from these studies will help in gaining more insight into the mechanism(s) by which cardiac LPL is regulated.... Read More

Some financial support is available
Rogers Theresa Educational ApproachesEducation, Literacy, Youth Studies, Children's and Adolescent Literature, Digital Literacies 2018

Youth Literacies
Young Adult Literature

Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Ross Colin Biomedical Technologies, Gene Therapy, Drug Metabolism, Transgenic ModelPharmacogenomics, Gene-based therapeutics, Precision medicine 2018, 2019, 2020


Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Ross E. Wayne Curriculum Studies, Critical Pedagogy, Social Studies Education, Social Justice in Education 2018
Rottler Joerg Solids, Polymers, NanomaterialsCondensed Matter and Materials Physics, Soft Matter Any time / year round
Rubin Julia Computer Systems, Software (Tools)security and privacy in mobile applications, energy-efficiency in mobile and cloud software, compositional and collaborative software development Any time / year round Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Ruitenberg Claudia Philosophical Traditions in Education, Educational Approaches, Social Impact of Artistic EducationInternational education; political education; discourse and translation 2018, 2019, 2020
Rullmann Hotze Semantics, Meaning, Pragmatic 2018, 2019, 2020 Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Rusk Bruce Literary or Artistic Work Analysis, Social Determinants of Arts and Letters, Arts and Cultural Traditions, Exegesis and Sacred Text Critics, Lexicography and DictionariesEarly Modern China, Confucianism, Authentication Studies Any time / year round Some financial support is available
Russell Kelly volcanology, rheology, geochemical thermodynamics Any time / year round

1) Glaciovolcanism as a tool for paleo-environmental reconstruction.
2) The rheology of natural melts and magmas.
3) The nature of the mantle lithosphere beneath the B.C. cordillera.

Some financial support is available
Samuels Anne Lacey plant cell biology, plant cell walls 2018
Santos Alessandra Artistic and Literary Analysis Models, Artistic and Literary Theories, Arts and Cultural Traditions, Arts and TechnologiesComparative Literary and Cultural Studies , Latin American Literatures and Cultures , Brazilian Literature and Culture, Modern and Contemporary Literatures and Cultures Any time / year round