Currently Open Research Projects
|Position Title||Supervisor(s)||Faculty||Research Classification|
|Postdoctoral Fellow, Gene Regulation - de Boer Lab||Carl De Boer||Faculty of Applied Science||Medical biotechnology|
|Postdoctoral Fellow, Wound Healing and/or Dermatology||David Granville||Faculty of Medicine||Medical, health and life sciences|
|Postdoctoral Fellow. Hydrogen Policy and Supply-Chain||Walter Merida-Donis||Faculty of Applied Science||Economic development policy, Land transportation systems engineering, n.e.c., Environmental impacts, Environment and natural resources economics, Other engineering and technologies, n.e.c., Transport economics|
|Postdoctoral Fellow in high-temperature and high-pressure electrochemistry||Walter Merida-Donis||Faculty of Applied Science||Other mechanical engineering, n.e.c., Electrochemistry, Carbon capture engineering, Chemical engineering design|
|Postdoctoral fellowship - Clinical research in autonomic dysfunctions||Andrei Krassioukov||Faculty of Medicine||Medical, health and life sciences|
|Postdoctoral Fellowship in Antimicrobial Stewardship Research||Fawziah Lalji||Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences||Pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences (except clinical aspects)|
|Postdoctoral Fellowships in Pharmacogenomics, Bioinformatics, and Clinical Pharmacology with a Focus on Adverse Drug Reactions to Cancer Treatment||Colin Ross||Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences||Genomics|
|PhD Student Position in the Development of Novel Topical Therapies for Atopic Diseases||Sarah Hedtrich||Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences||Pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences (except clinical aspects)|
|PhD Student in Topical Gene Therapy||Sarah Hedtrich||Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences|
|Postdoctoral Fellow - Translational Biomedical Research / Huntington Disease||Michael Hayden||Faculty of Medicine||Molecular genetics|
Faculty Members Recruiting Students
This list shows a selection of faculty members who are currently looking for new graduate students. They may have specified particular projects they wish to fill. Please ensure to review the departmental profile of each faculty member to learn more about their research interests and to ensure a good fit to your intended studies at UBC.
|Last name||First name||Research Interests||Desired start dates:||Project areas|
|Speller||Camilla||Archeological Data Analysis, Molecular Genetics, Bioarchaeology, Ancient DNA Analysis (paleogenetics), Ancient proteins (paleoproteomics), Environmental Archaeology, Marine Ecosystems, Animal Domestication||Any time / year round||
|Song||Weihong||Alzheimer's Disease, Molecular Genetics, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Cell Signaling, Cognition, Genetics of Neurological and Psychiatric Diseases, Neuropharmacology, Transgenic Model, Down Syndrome, mental health||2021||
Alzheimer's disease; Down syndrome; neuropsychiatric disorders; Neurogenesis.
|Sinnamon||Luanne Silvia||Information, Information Systems, Cultural Institutions (Museums, Libraries, etc.), New Technology and Social Impacts, information retrieval, human information interaction, open government and open data, research dissemination; knowledge exchange||Any time / year round||
Design and use of Internet search engines; scholarly communication and knowledge translation; online information interaction and information design; open government and open data; data literacy
|Sin||Nancy||Social Determinants of Health, Stress, Social Aspects of Aging, Health Promotion, Lifestyle Determinants and Health, Well-being, Stress processes, Adult development and aging, depression, Emotions, Health behaviours, cardiovascular disease||
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
|Silberman||Lior||Mathematics, Metric geometry, Number theory, Automorphic forms, Analysis on manifolds, Topology, Homogenous dynamics, Representation Theory, Group Theory||
Mathematics, almost any field
|Shan||Hongxia||Immigration and adult education and learning, Lifelong learning, Gender and work, Prof. learning||2022||
Migration and adult education and learning; Lifelong learning in Asia; Work and learning;
|Seow||Chun Yong||Biological and Biochemical Mechanisms, Asthma, Muscle, Respiratory System, Physiology, Airway smooth muscle, Contraction mechanism||Any time / year round||
Smooth muscle structure and function, contraction mechanism, lung mechanics, asthma
|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
|Seidel||Marc-David||New Technology and Social Impacts, Impacts of New Information Technologies, Media and Society, Social Networks, Social Organization and Political Systems, Social, Economical and Political Impacts of Innovations, Entrepreneurship, Socio-Economic Conditions, Economic Systems, Life Cycles ( Childhood, Adolescence, Adulthood, etc.), 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||
Primarily interested in students with an interest in developing projects about the organizational theory of distributed trust technologies (such as blockchain) and its impacts on society.
|Scott||Douglas||Science and Knowledge, Cosmology||Any time / year round||
A wide range of topics within observational and theoretical cosmology
|Scott||Alexander||Musculoskeletal Lesions and Repair, musculoskeletal, sports medicine, physiotherapy, physical therapy, orthopaedics||
Development and execution of clinical studies; tendinopathy
|Schoof||Christian||Ice and Snow, Transformation and Evolution of the Earth Surface, Fluid Mechanics, Hydraulic, Asymptotic and Classical Applied Analysis, Differential Equation, Glaciology, ice sheet dynamics, glacier hydrology, applied mathematics||Any time / year round||
Glacier surging, glacier and ice sheet hydrology, modelling ice sheet dynamics
|Schmidt||Julia||Trauma / Injuries, Cognition, Neurological Diseases, Traumatic Brain Injury, Cognitive impairment, rehabilitation, Self-awareness, Self-identity, neuroscience||2021||
Dr. Schmidt's research investigates the alteration in a person’s life and brain after traumatic brain injury. Specifically, she is interested in self-awareness and self-identity changes after injury and neurological underpinnings of injury and recovery. Additionally, she aims to determine effective rehabilitation strategies and mechanisms of recovery for people with brain impairment.
|Schaller||Mark||Motivations and Emotions, Psychology - Biological Aspects, social psychology, Social Cognition, Social influence, Evolutionary Psychology||
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.
|Schaeffer||David||Cancer Genetics, Pancreas, Genomics, Pathology, Bioinformatics, Cancer biology, Genomic rearrangements, patient derived models||Any time / year round||
We conduct translational cancer research and have various ongoing projects focusing on Pancreatic Cancer. We are looking for students interested in a bioinformatics and bench top project studying genomic alterations and rearrangements and students interested in the development and use of patient deterived organoid models for translational research including drug screening, metabolism, and... Read More
|Schabas||Margaret||Philosophy, History and Comparative Studies, History and Philosophy of Economics||Any time / year round||
History and Philosophy of Economics; Philosophy of Nature; Environmental Philosophy; Early Modern Philosophy; British Nineteenth-Century Philosophy; Science and Technology Studies
|Sawatzky||Bonita||Spinal Cord Diseases, Mobility, Outcome measures, biomechanics, assistive devices, rare disease||
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.
|Sadatsafavi||Mohsen||Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Respiratory Research||Any time / year round||
I lead the Respiratory Evaluation Sciences Program (RESP). At RESP, our plan is to improve both clinical decision-making and policymaking for prevention and management of chronic respiratory diseases through applicaiton of cutting-edge epidemiological methods to high-quality research data.
|Sadarangani||Manish||Microbiology, Bacteria, Immune System, Epidemiology, Vaccine Development, Bacterial Vaccines, Vaccine immunity, Childhood infections||Any time / year round||
My research covers several independent, but related, areas of infectious diseases and vaccine research, including:
- Understanding vaccine-induced immunity, particular for bacterial vaccines including vaccines against Neisseria meningitidis, Streptococcus pneumoniae and Bordetella pertussis.
- Development of novel vaccines for pathogens of major public health importance... Read More
|Ross||Colin||Biomedical Technologies, Gene Therapy, Drug Metabolism, Transgenic Model, Pharmacogenomics, Gene-based therapeutics, Precision Medicine||Any time / year round|
|Rodrigues||Brian||Diabetes, Cardiomyopathy, Heart Failure, Energy Metabolism, Cardiovascular metabolism, Endothelial cell - cardiomyocyte crosstalk, Vascular Endothelial Growth factors||Any time / year round||
The objective of our study is to examine the biology of lipoprotein lipase (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... Read More
|Robinson||Wendy||Medical Genetics, Human Development, Epigenetics, miRNA, Preterm Birth, Placenta, Mosaicism, Fetal Growth, DNA methylation, Sex differences||2021||
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.
|Rieseberg||Loren||plant evolutionary biology, adaptation, speciation, crops, weeds, invasive plants||Any time / year round||
Adaptation, Speciation, Evolution of Crops and Weeds, Bioinformatics
|Richman||Joy Marion||Embryonic Development, Cell Signaling, Congenital Anomalies, Growth Factors, Developmental biology, craniofacial development, Evo-Devo, reptilian tooth development, chicken embryo limb development, orofacial clefting||
The role of non-canonical WNT signaling in facial and limb development in the chicken embryo
|Rhemtulla||Jeanine||Ecology and Quality of the Environment, Ecological Trends, Landscape and Restoration, Environment Management and Protection, Biodiversity and Biocomplexity, Landscape ecology & spatial analysis, Ecosystem services, Reforestation, Conservation & Poverty Alleviation, socio-ecological systems, Temperate & tropical forest & agroforestry systems||
Forest restoration in tropical systems
|Renwick||Kerry||Teacher Education, Familial Contexts, Human and Social Ecology, Critical Pedagogy, Educational Policy, Home Economics, Health Education, Public health||2021, 2022||
Health Literacy; Food Literacy; Teacher Education: Curriculum Development; Educational Policy
|Rauscher||Alexander||Algorithms, Brain Metabolism, Imaging, Neurological Diseases, Modelization and Simulation, magnetic resonance imaging, physics, quantitative susceptibility mapping, myelin water imaging, brain||
MRI of multiple sclerosis, modelling of the MRI signal, quantitative susceptibility mapping, MRI physics
|Ranger||Manon||neurodevelopment, Early-adversity, Biomarkers of early stress exposure, Brain development, pain, Prematurity||2021, 2022||
I am conducting novel translational research to advance the health and care of children and their families. Specifically, my long-term goal is to improve the care of infants born preterm (< 37 weeks gestation). To accomplish this, I am leading a research program to address the impact of early stress, such as pain, inflammation, clinical treatments and maternal separation, on the developing... Read More
|Quon||Bradley||Cystic Fibrosis, Epidemiology, Respiratory System, Proteomics, Immune Mediators: Cytokines and Chemokines, 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
|Puterman||Eli||Health Psychology, Stress physiology, Acute exercise, Exercise interventions, Physical Activity, Physical literacy, cellular aging, telomeres, chronic stress||Any time / year round||
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
|Price||Morgan||Health Information Systems, Design, family medicine, eHealth Adoption, eHealth Requirements Engineering, eHealth Ux/UI Design, software engineering, decision support systems, Treatment Adherence, Consumer eHealth, Health System Improvement, primary care, Team-based care||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
|Priatel||John||Auto-Immune Diseases, Cell Signaling and Infectious and Immune Diseases, Diseases of the Immune System, Cell Therapy of Infectious and Immune Diseases, Autoimmunity, 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
|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 Neurotransmission, Protein Microarrays, Protein Kinases, Protein Phosphatases, Protein phosphorylation, Mitosis, Meiosis, Cell signalling, Signal transduction||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 monitoring... Read More
|Paltin||Judith||Literary or Artistic Work Analysis, Artistic and Literary Theories, Artistic and Literary Movements, Schools and Styles, Modernist Studies, Cultural Theory, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Literature and Music, Literature and Mind||Any time / year round, 2021, 2022||
I welcome graduate projects in modernism, understood broadly, twentieth-century Anglophone literatures, postcolonial, cultural, and materialist studies, intersectional work in feminism, gender, race, and sexuality, and media and technology studies.
|Page||Brent||Cell Signaling and Cancer, drug discovery, Drug development, Medicinal Chemistry, Chemical Biology, Cancer, Target Engagement, Cell signaling||Any time / year round, 2021||
Several drug discovery and development projects are available for new and exciting targets involved in cancer cell signaling and metabolism.
|Ortner||Christoph||Numerical Analysis & Scientific Computing, Applied Analysis, Multi-scale Modelling and Coarse-graining, Molecular Simulation, Scientific Machine-learning, in particular for applications in multi-scale modelling||Any time / year round|
|Olson||Robert||Radiotherapy, Head and Neck Cancer, Breast Cancer, Lung Cancer, Epidemiology, Community Health / Public Health, Social Determinants of Cancer, patient reported outcomes, health services delivery, stereotactic radiotherapy, Clinical trials||2021||
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
|Oberg||Gunilla||Science and Knowledge, Chemical Pollutants, Risk Management, Social and Cultural Factors of Environmental Protection, Environmental Health, Sustainable Development, Environment and Society, Language, Knowledge, Significance and Thought Building, Urban and Rural Planning Policies, Learning and Development Approaches||2021||
The Egesta Lab is looking for graduate students with an interest in investigating how to transparently communicate uncertainties embedded in science for policy, with a particular focus on risk assessment of endocrine disrupting substances or complex mixtures (such as in wastewater). If your education is mainly in the social sciences and... Read More
|Nolde||Natalia||Statistics and Probabilities, Multivariate extreme value theory, Risk assessment, Applications in finance, insurance, geosciences||Any time / year round||
Financial risk analytics
|Noh||Minkyun||Mechatronics, Control System, Electric and Electronic Systems, Servo-Control, Robotics and Automation, Instruments, Machinery, Sensors and Devices, Mechatronic system design, Electric machines and drives, Precision engineering, Magnetic levitation, Magnetic bearings, Bearingless motors, Instrumentation, Robotics, Control, sensors, Actuators||
High-speed bearingless motors and drive technology
Laser Interferemeter Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO)
|Nimmon||Laura||Interpersonal Communication, Family and Care Givers, Palliative Care, Chronic Diseases in Elderly, Health Care Organization, Power and Organization, Adult Education and Continuing Education, Health Professions Education, Qualitative research, Interdisciplinary team communication, Patient centered care, Chronic disease care, End of life care, Collaborative pratice, Teamwork, Families and Caregivers, Adult education||Any time / year round||
Negotiation and power dynamics on chronic disease healthcare teams; Team coordination of health literacy for chronic disease patients; Patient centered collaborative practice in chronic disease care.
|Nielsen||Torsten||Cancer of the Musculoskeletal System, Breast Cancer, Cancer Diagnosis and Detection, Translational research, Biomarker development, Experimental Therapeutics, Clinical trials, Epigenomics, Immuno-oncology, Tissue-based diagnostic technologies||2021||
Fusion oncogene biology and experimental therapeutics Cancer biomarker development: immuno-oncology, in situ multiplex diagnostics, NanoString profiling
|Nicolaou||Savvakis||Computed Tomography, Artificial Intelligence, Emergency Radiology, Trauma Radiology, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance||Any time / year round, 2021||
Emergency/Trauma Imaging, Computed Tomography, Machine Learning, Healthcare Applications
|Nagamune||Ryozo||Control System, Servo-Control, Mechatronics, control engineering, robust control, modeling, wind turbine control, solar themal system control, automotive engine control, optimization||
Floating offshore wind farm control and optimization, control of an integrated solar thermal system
|Mortenson||Ben||Quality of Life and Aging, Social Aspects of Aging, Mobility, Rehabilitation, Accessibility, Assistive technology, Occupational therapy, Caregiving, Social participation, Spinal cord injury, Outcome measures, Robotics||Any time / year round||
My research focuses on four overlapping areas: assistive technology, social participation, caregiving and outcome measurement. My work is centered on four main populations: assistive technology users, informal and formal caregivers, individuals with spinal cord injury and residents in long-term care.
|Moran||Patrick||Arts, Literature and Subjectivity, History of Major Eras, Great Civilisations or Geographical Corpuses, Popular Cultures Produced and Broadcasted by Media, Medieval French Literature, Reader-Response Theory, Genre Theory, Narrative Theory, Material Philology, Comparative Medieval Literature, Arthurian Romance, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Interactive Fiction, Cognitive Poetics, Medieval Narrative Literature, Old French, Medievalism||Any time / year round||
Medieval French literature, primarily (but not limited to) narrative literature of the 12th and 13th centuries.
Medievalism in contemporary literature.
|Moore||Robert Daniel||Fresh Water, Ice and Snow, Hydrology, hydroclimatology, stream temperature, fish habitat, forest hydrology, glacier hydrology, snow hydrology||
stream temperature, forest hydrology, effects of glacier retreat and vegetation succession
|Mitchell||Tamara||Literary or Artistic Work Analysis, Artistic and Literary Theories, Political Ideologies, Contemporary Mexican Literature and Culture, Neoliberalism, Globalization, (Post-)National Politics, Political Philosophy, Critical Theory, Border and Diaspora Studies, Contemporary Central American Literature and Culture, Digital Humanities, Sound Studies||Any time / year round||
"Noisy Narrative" Latin American Literary Soundscapes" (Digital Humanities, Sound Studies, Literary Analysis)
Unbounded: Latin American Literature in the Age of Technological Globalization (book project)
|Milner-Bolotin||Marina||Educational Technologies, Teacher Education, Science and Knowledge, Teaching, Teaching and Learning Systems, Technological Innovations, Teacher and Student Performance Evaluation, Educational technology, STEM education, educational innovation, physics education, STEM teacher education||2022||
Physics education, STEM education
|Milloy||Michael-John||medical cannabis, overdose, HIV disease, people who use drugs, Substance use disorder||2021, 2022||
Graduate trainees and post-graduate-level fellows are invited to express their interest in working on two funded studies involving the health of marginalized people who use drugs in Vancouver, Canada:
1. The AIDS Care Cohort to evaluate Exposure to Survival Services (ACCESS): This United States National Institutes of Health-funded open observational prospective cohort... Read More