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:
Pulleyblank Douglas African 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
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 biomarker 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 Glaciology, Meteorology, Climate Science 2018 Some financial support is available
Ramana M. V. nuclear 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 magnetic resonance imaging, physics, quantitative susceptibility mapping, myelin water imaging, brain 2018, 2019, 2020 Some financial support is available
Ravanbakhsh Siamak machine learning Any time / year round Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Reid Gregor paediatric cancer Any time / year round

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

Some financial support is available
Reiner Peter Neuroethics 2018, 2019

Neuroethics implications of AI

Applicants need to be self-funded
Rhemtulla Jeanine Landscape 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 ecology, freshwater biology, food webs, streams, forest Any time / year round Some financial support is available
Richman Joy Marion Developmental 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 Distributed Systems, High Performance Computing, Storage Systems, Data Analytics , Graph Analytics , Social Networks 2018, 2019, 2020 Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Robillard Julie Patient experience/patient engagement, eHealth, Assistive technology, Neuroethics 2018 Some financial support is available
Robinson Wendy Genetics, 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 Cardiovascular 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 Education, Literacy, Youth Studies, Children's and Adolescent Literature, Digital Literacies 2018

Youth Literacies

Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Ross E. Wayne Curriculum Studies, Critical Pedagogy, Social Studies Education, Social Justice in Education 2018
Ross Colin Pharmacogenomics, Gene-based therapeutics, Precision medicine 2018, 2019, 2020

see http://colinrosslab.com/who-we-are/colin-ross/
see https://pharmsci.ubc.ca/directory/colin-ross

Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Rottler Joerg Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, Soft Matter Any time / year round
Rubin Julia 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 International education; political education; discourse and translation 2018, 2019, 2020
Rullmann Hotze 2018, 2019, 2020 Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Rusk Bruce Early 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
Sawatzky Bonita mobility, outcome measures, biomechanics, assistive devices, rare disease 2017, 2018, 2019

Many innovators of mobility devices have come to me with new devices that need "clinical" research to test the premise of their designs. These include wheelchairs, wheels, power assists and walking devices. Students who are interested in studying the biomechanics or participation impacts these devices may consider working with me.

Some financial support is available
Schabas Margaret History and Philosophy of Economics 2018, 2019, 2020

History and Philosophy of Economics; Philosophy of Nature; Environmental Philosophy; Early Modern Philosophy; British Nineteenth-Century Philosophy; Science and Technology Studies

Schaller Mark Social psychology, Social cognition, Social influence, Evolutionary psychology 2018, 2019

Research projects that examine specific evolved human motivational systems and their implications for human social cognition and social interaction.
Research projects that examine specific aspects of human social cognition and social interaction that have implications for social norms and collective beliefs.

Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Scott Douglas Cosmology Any time / year round

A wide range of topics within observational and theoretical cosmology

Some financial support is available
Scott Alexander musculoskeletal, sports medicine, physiotherapy, physical therapy, orthopaedics 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Development and execution of clinical studies; tendinopathy

Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Seidel Marc-David 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 Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
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

Some financial support is available
Seow Chun Yong Airway smooth muscle, Contraction mechanism Any time / year round

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

Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Sigal Leonid Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Visual Recognition and Understanding, Vision + Natural Language Processing, Semantic Recognition 2018, 2019, 2020 Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Silberman Lior Metric geometry, Number theory, Automorphic forms, Analysis on manifolds, Topology of symmetric spaces, Homogenous dynamics, Representation Theory 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Mathematics, almost any field

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), CRISpies (CRISPR therapies), Aniridia, Rare diseases, Congenital blindness, MiniPromoters for restricted expression Any time / year round

Please visit my laboratory research page at:
http://cmmt.ubc.ca/simpson-lab/

Applicants need to be self-funded
Sin Nancy Well-being, Stress processes, Adult development and aging, Depression, Emotions, Health behaviours, Cardiovascular disease 2018, 2019, 2020

Stress processes and stress-buffering in daily life;
Role of daily positive experiences in adult development and aging;
Biological and behavioural pathways linking daily experiences to health outcomes;
Day-to-day dynamics of psychosocial well-being and health behaviours (e.g., sleep);
Biopsychosocial determinants of risk and outcomes for cardiovascular disease

Sinclair Chadwick Materials Science and Engineering, Computational Materials Science, Manufacturing, Alloy Design, Solid State Physics, Mechanics Any time / year round Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Smith Tai Modern and Contemporary Art and Design, Media Theory, Politics of Media and Mediation, Gender, Textiles 2019, 2020 Some financial support is available
Soma Kiran Neuroscience, Endocrinology Any time / year round Some financial support is available
Song Weihong Down Syndrome, Mental Health 2018, 2019, 2020

Alzheimer's disease; Down syndrome; neuropsychiatric disorders; Neurogenesis.

Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Stacey Jocelyn Environmental Law, Public Law, Regulatory and Legal Theory 2017, 2018
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.

Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Strike Vanessa Family Business, Governance, Entrepreneurship, Advising, Sensemaking Any time / year round Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer

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