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:
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, Evolution of asexulaity 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

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

syntax-pragmatics interface
syntax-prosedy interface

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
Wong Hubert Biostatistical methods 2018, 2019, 2020

Novel designs for real-world clinical trials
Statistical methodology

Some financial support is available
Wong Vincent 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
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 Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Wood Evan substance use, addiction, injection drug use, opioids, alcohol, population health, epidemiology, urban health Any time / year round
Woody Sheila 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 (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

Wylie Alison philosophy of social science, philosophy of the historial sciences, feminist philosophy, philosophy of archaeology, research ethics (non-medical) Any time / year round

Feminist standpoint theory; epistemic implications of community based collaborative practice (especially in archaeology); content effects of systemic inequities in the sciences.

Wyly Elvin gentrification, housing, the politics of data and quantitative methods 2018
Ye Ziliang Any time / year round
Yip Calvin 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 Human-computer interaction (HCI), Multimodal interaction, Interaction and interface design, Computer supported cooperative work (CSCW), Educational technology, Speech, touch, multitouch, stylus, gesture, augmented reality, virtual 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 2018
Yu Lingtao leadership and ethics , abusive supervision , workplace deviance , emotions , mindfulness 2020
Zerriffi Hisham 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 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.

Applicants need to be self-funded
Zhang Yuelin 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 Financial reporting, corporate disclosure, restatements, pension 2019

Financial reporting, corporate disclosure, restatements, pension

Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Zhao Jiaying Cognitive Science, Poverty, Sustainability, Behavior Change, Public Policy Any time / year round Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Zhou Youwen 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