Research Projects

Currently Open Research Projects

This list of possible research projects is non-exhaustive. It only shows positions that are specifically advertised in the G+PS website.

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

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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 namesort ascending 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
  • Genetic diversity of past Pacific Herring populations
  • Genetic diversity and stock identification of ancient Pacific Salmon
  • Changes in marine biogeography relating to past climate change
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

see http://colinrosslab.com/who-we-are/colin-ross/

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
Rare diseases - validation of disease-causing human variants in animal models
The molecular basis of the ever-renewing reptilian dentition using the gecko model

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

http://www.math.ubc.ca/~ortner/

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
Multivariate extreme value theory

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

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