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:
Van Raamsdonk Catherine Cancer Genetics, Developmental Genetics, Molecular Genetics, 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 Combinatorial, Algebra, algebraic combinatorics, Coxeter group, quasisymmetric function, Schur functions and generalizations, chromatic symmetric function 2019
Vedam Saraswathi Gestation / Parturition, Human Rights and Liberties, Collective Rights, Right and Access to Information, Home Care Services, Law and Health, Social Contract and Social Justice, Community Health / Public Health, Breast Feeding and Infant Nutrition, Family and Child Services, 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 Any time / year round, 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 (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

Some financial support is available
Veenstra Gerry Social Determinants of Health, Lifestyle Determinants and Health, Arts and Cultural Traditions, 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 Genetic Diseases, 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 Marine Environment, Fishery Resources, Sustainable Development, Protected Areas, Biodiversity and Biocomplexity, Ecology and Quality of the Environment, 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 Science and Knowledge, Educational Approaches, Ethics and Health, Structures and Organization, Teaching and Learning Systems, Epistemology of Education, Teaching, Education Systems, Epistemology and Methodology, Scientific Awareness, Decision Making, Assessment, PBL, Teacher Beliefs & Identity, Opportunity to Learn, HPS 2018

Health Science Education
Assessment and Competency Based Education

Some financial support is available
Vora Siddharth Oro-Dental Disorders, 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

Some financial support is available
Wang Siyun Agri-food Transformation Products, Microbiology, Food Safety Any time / year round Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Wang Fei Education and Training Management, Leadership, Social Contract and Social Justice, Ideology and Social Policy, 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

Wang Yanwen Marketing, public policy, public health, technology, financial decision making 2018, 2019, 2020
Wasteneys Geoff Cell Signaling, Hormones and Growth Factors, Molecular Genetics, 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, Plant Responses to Abiotic Stress 2018, 2019, 2020

1) Coordination of Microtubule Assembly Dynamics by the Microtubule Polymerase MOR1 and the ARK Catastrophe Factors
2) The Function of the GPI-anchored Protein COBRA in Plant Cell Wall Construction and Modification
3) Hormone Signalling and Microtubule Array Organization During Meristem Development
4) The Function of Microtubule Dynamics in Plant Resilience to Environmental... Read More

Applicants need to be self-funded
Watson Peter Breast Cancer, Pathology, biomarker 2018, 2019 Applicants need to be self-funded
Webb P. Taylor Thought Schools (education), 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 Mathematics, 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 Water, Hydrological Cycle and Reservoirs, Drinking Water, Fresh Water, Information, Hydroelectricity, Ice and Snow, 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, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Trauma / Injuries, Lipid/Lipoprotein analysis, Structural Tissue Engineering / Biomaterials, 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
Werker Janet Language Acquisition and Development, Speech and Language Development Disorders, Language and Cognitive Processes, Bilingualism and Multilingualism, Psychology - Biological Aspects, Language Acquisition, Speech Perception, Multisensory Processing, Critical Periods, Plasticity, Psycholinguistics Any time / year round Some financial support is available
Whitehead Lorne Applied physics, especially novel geometrical approaches, Applied optics, Illuminating engineering and display technology Any time / year round
Whitlock Michael Evolutionary Genetics, Population Genetics Any time / year round Some financial support is available
Whitton Jeannette Evolution and Phylogenesis, Plant Reproduction, Plant evolution, Plant systematics, Evolutionary ecology, Conservation policy, Species at risk, Evolution of asexulaity 2018 Some financial support is available
Wilbur Kerry Professional Practices, workplace-based learning, culture and health professional education, patient and medication safety, interprofessional education, public health roles of pharmacists Any time / year round, 2018

I will be accepting applications from domestic or International Masters Students (2018/2019 academic year) who are interested in exploring novel ways to assess health professional students in workplace-based settings, including development of entrustable professional activities and use of mult-source feedback.

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 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

Wiltschko Martina Syntax, Linguistic Variation and Society, Cognition and Language, Language, Knowledge, Significance and Thought Building, 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 Neuronal Systems, Mental Health and Society, Neuropharmacology, Trauma / Injuries, 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 Enzymes and Proteins, Blood Substitutes, Organic Molecules and Biomolecules, Biological and Biochemical Mechanisms, Diabetes, 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 Social Movements, Environment and Society, Dynamics of Social Transformations, 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
Wong Vincent Telecommunication networks, Computer Systems, protocol design, optimization, wireless networks, communication systems, Internet, Internet of Things (IoT), mobile computing, smart grid, energy systems Any time / year round Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Wong Hubert Statistics and Probabilities, Biostatistical methods 2018, 2019, 2020

Novel designs for real-world clinical trials
Statistical methodology

Some financial support is available
Woo Carson C Information Systems, 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 Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Wood Evan Community Health / Public Health, substance use, addiction, injection drug use, opioids, alcohol, population health, epidemiology, urban health Any time / year round
Woody Sheila Mental Health and Society, Anxiety, Cognition, Community Health / Public Health, Specific Social Services (Clientele), Hoarding 2018

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

Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
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 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.

Wyly Elvin Urban Spaces and Urbanity, gentrification, housing, the politics of data and quantitative methods 2018
Ye Ziliang Optics and Photonics, Nanomaterials Any time / year round
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 2018, 2019, 2020

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

Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
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

Young Margot Constitutional Law, Law, constitutional law, equality law, social welfare law, international rights protection, , women’s right, Housing rights 2018
Yu Lingtao Management, leadership and ethics , abusive supervision , workplace deviance , emotions , mindfulness 2020
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

Modeling of energy access in developing countries, assessment of socio-ecological linkages in energy use, household choice and welfare implications related to energy use

Zhang Yuelin Plants, Immune Reactions, Plant immunity, Systemic acquired resistance, ROS signaling, MAPK signaling, plant immune receptors 2018, 2019, 2020

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

Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Zhang Jenny Li Finance and Accounting, Financial reporting, corporate disclosure, restatements, pension 2019

Financial reporting, corporate disclosure, restatements, pension

Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
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.

Applicants need to be self-funded
Zhao Jiaying Psychology - Biological Aspects, Environment and Society, Socio-Economic Conditions, Cognitive Science, Poverty, Sustainability, Behavior Change, Public Policy Any time / year round Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
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

Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer

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