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:
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
Straus Suzana Antimicrobial peptides, Viral membrane proteins, Structure-function, Protein-protein interactions Any time / year round Some financial support is available
Strike Vanessa Family Business, Governance, Entrepreneurship, Advising, Sensemaking Any time / year round Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
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.

Taghipour Fariborz Solar Fuels, Artificial Photosynthetic Systems, UV Photoreactors, UV-LED Reactors, UV Microplasma, Modeling of Chemical and Biochemical Reactors, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) 2017, 2018

Artificial Photosynthetic Systems: Artificial photosynthesis involves capturing energy from the sun and storing it in the form of chemical fuels. The focus of this research is to create engineered solar fuel generators for the photocatalytic production of hydrogen, a leading candidate for the fuel of the future. Our team develops photoelectrochemical cells and multifunctional photocatalysts... Read More

Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Tai Isabella Gastrointestinal cancers, Chemotherapy resistance, Tumour micro-metastasis, Tumour progression, Genomics/ proteomics Any time / year round
Tam Roger Machine Learning, Precision Medicine, Radiology, Biomedical Informatics, Data Analytics 2018, 2019, 2020 Some financial support is available
Taubert Stefan Transcription, Gene regulation, C. elegans, Metabolism, Aging, Stress responses , Molecular Genetics, Mouse 2018, 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

Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Taylor Eric biodiversity, speciation, fishes, conservation, biogeography 2018

Genetics of speciation in sympatric char

Some financial support is available
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

Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Trajano Heather Biorefining, Biochemicals, Biomass extractives recovery and utilization, Catalysis, Hemicellulose, Pretreatment, Kinetics 2018, 2019 Some financial support is available
Turin Mark Nepal, Tibet, Sikkim, Bhutan, First Nations, Bella Bella, Heiltsuk, Indigeneity Any time / year round Some financial support is available
Turvey Stuart 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

Some financial support is available
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

Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
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... Read More

Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Van Raamsdonk Catherine Human Cancer Genetics, Developmental Genetics, Mouse Genetics and Transgenesis, Mutation, Cell Migration, Melanocytes 2018, 2019

Identification and validation of somatic and germline mutations in human cancer. Cell migration in development and metastasis. Investigation of the developmental biology of neural crest lineages using transgenic mice. Culturing, FACS sorting, and transcriptome analysis of melanocytes from the skin, eyes, and metastatic sites. Testing therapeutics and signaling pathways for uveal melanoma.

Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Van Willigenburg Stephanie algebraic combinatorics, Coxeter group, quasisymmetric function, Schur functions and generalizations, chromatic symmetric function 2019
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 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, Access and Integration Maternity Care Mapping study (links between regulatory frameworks and disparities)

Some financial support is available
Veenstra Gerry racial health inequalities, social class and health, intersectionality and health, Bourdieusian field theory, lifestyle practices and health, culture and class 2018, 2019, 2020 Applicants need to be self-funded
Vilarino-Guell Carles 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.

Vincent Amanda ocean conservation, threatened marine species, especially seahorses and their relatives, marine protected areas, small-scale fisheries, nonselective fisheries, especially trawling, wildlife trade, community-based conservation, citizen science, multilateral environmental agreements 2018, 2019, 2020

India - costs and benefits of trawl fisheries
China - threatened species and spatial planning
Southeast Asia - emergence of biomass trawling
IndoPacific - ecology and conservation of the seahorse Hippocampus kuda
global - CITES and marine conservation
... and other projects compatible with my group's priority interests

von Bergmann HsingChi Assessment, PBL, Teacher Beliefs & Identity, Opportunity to Learn, HPS 2018

Health Science Education
Assessment and Competency Based Education

Some financial support is available
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

Some financial support is available
Wang Yanwen public policy, public health, technology, financial decision making 2018, 2019, 2020
Wang Siyun Food Safety Any time / year round Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Wang Fei Educational administration and leadership, social justice and diversity, comparative policy studies, the role of the school principals 2018

My research lies in the areas of educational leadership and administration, social justice and diversity, “subversive” leadership, leadership in cross-cultural settings, and educational policy studies. I explore how principals negotiate policies and practices that they consider socially unjust to students and how they “creatively” cope with conflicts between moral and ethical obligations and... Read More

Wasteneys Geoff Plant Growth and Development, Microtubule Dynamics and Organization, Trafficking of Membrane Receptors and Transporters, Cellulose Biosynthesis, Plant Cell Walls in Cell Shape and Tissue Function 2017, 2018, 2019

1) The role of Microtubule-Associated Proteins in Microtubule Dynamics

2) Mechanisms of Cell Wall Construction and Modification in Plant Organ Morphogenesis

3) Microtubule-mediated turnover of membrane receptors and transporters

Applicants need to be self-funded
Watson Peter biomarker 2018, 2019 Applicants need to be self-funded
Webb P. Taylor Education policy and social theory, Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, Neoliberalism, Governmentality, Micropolitics , Biopolitics, Subjectivity 2018

*Education policy, especially enactments and problematizations
*Governmentality studies in education, particularly micropolitics and subjectivities
*Methodological uses of 'fieldwork in philosophy' and post-qualitative approaches

Wei Juncheng 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

Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
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

Applicants need to be self-funded
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

Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Whitehead Lorne Applied physics, especially novel geometrical approaches, Applied optics, Illuminating engineering and display technology Any time / year round
Whitlock Michael Evolution, forces which control the nature and distribution of genotypes in subdivided populations and how does this affect the outcome of other evolutionary processes Any time / year round Some financial support is available
Whitton Jeannette Plant evolution, Plant systematics, Evolutionary ecology, Conservation policy, Species at risk 2018 Some financial support is available
Wilbur Kerry workplace-based learning, culture and health professional education, patient and medication safety, interprofessional education, public health roles of pharmacists Any time / year round Some financial support is available
Wilkinson David Electrochemistry, electrocatalysis, electrochemical power sources, advanced electrolysis, , hydrogen production and storage, waste water and drinking water treatment, solar fuels, carbon dioxide conversion, clean and sustainable energy and water 2017, 2018
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

Wiltschko Martina syntax and its interfaces, , speech acts, interactive language, categories 2018, 2019, 2020

syntax-pragmatics interface
syntax-prosedy interface
field-work

Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Winstanley Catharine Behavioural neuroscience, Gambling disorder, Addiction, Decision making, Impulsivity, Traumatic brain injury 2018, 2019, 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.

Some financial support is available
Withers Stephen Drug development, enzyme inhibition, carbohydrates, glycobiology, metagenomics, directed evolution 2018

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

Some financial support is available
Wittman Hannah food sovereignty, sustainable agriculture, socio-ecological systems, agro-ecology 2019, 2020

policy reform for food sovereignty and agroecology; socio-ecology systems monitoring for diversified agriculture

Some financial support is available

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