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 Fellowship in Decentralized Health Victoria Lemieux Faculty of Arts Privacy-enhancing technologies
Postdoctoral position in math/immunology/cell biology Daniel Coombs, Michael Gold Faculty of Science Cellular immunology, Mathematical biology
PhD positions – Cardiopulmonary Exercise Physiology Laboratory Jordan Guenette Faculty of Medicine Kinesiology, Physical therapy, Exercise physiology, Respiratory diseases
Postdoctoral Fellow in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering John Frostad, Mark MacLachlan Faculty of Applied Science Other engineering and technologies, Macromolecular and materials chemistry
Postdoctoral Fellow in Antimicrobial Stewardship Research Fawziah Lalji Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
MSc positions - Cardiopulmonary Exercise Physiology Laboratory Jordan Guenette Faculty of Medicine Kinesiology, Physical therapy, Exercise physiology, Respiratory diseases
Postdoctoral Fellow in the Reiner Laboratory Neil Reiner Faculty of Medicine Innate immunity, Immunology
Graduate Student Positions, Department of Psychology Eric Kim Faculty of Arts Health psychology, Positive psychology, Mental health and wellbeing, Psychology, social and behavourial aspects, n.e.c., Psychological methodology design and analysis, and psychometrics, Sport and exercise psychology, Psychosocial, sociocultural and behavioral determinants of health, Aging process, Social and biological determinants of aging, Epidemiology (except nutritional and veterinary epidemiology)
Postdoctoral Fellow, Statistical Methodologies for Metabolomics Data Analysis Tom Blydt-Hansen, Gabriela Cohen Freue Faculty of Science
PhD position – Modeling forced vibration of plates in contact with fluid Jasmin Jelovica Faculty of Applied Science Aerospace structures, Structural engineering, Naval architecture

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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
Stefanska Barbara Nutrition and Cancer; Breast Cancer; Hepatic Diseases; Gene Regulation and Expression; 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

Spering Miriam Biological sciences; vision; movement; perception and action; eye movements; hand movements; eye-hand coordination; sport vision; Parkinson's disease 2021, 2022
  • Development of eye-movement based diagnostic tools for neurological disease
  • Visual function and expertise in sport
  • Perception and action, eye-hand coordination
  • Serial dependencies in vision and movement
Speller Camilla Anthropology; Archeological Data Analysis; Molecular Genetics; Ancient DNA Analysis (paleogenetics); Ancient proteins (paleoproteomics); Animal Domestication; Bioarchaeology; Environmental Archaeology; Marine Ecosystems 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; Alzheimer's disease 2021

Alzheimer's disease; Down syndrome; neuropsychiatric disorders; Neurogenesis.

Sinnamon Luanne Silvia Archival, repository and related studies; Library science and information studies; Cultural Institutions (Museums, Libraries, etc.); human information interaction; Information; Information Systems; information retrieval; New Technology and Social Impacts; 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 Psychology and cognitive sciences; social determinants of health; stress; Social Aspects of Aging; Health Promotion; Lifestyle Determinants and Health; Adult development and aging; cardiovascular disease; depression; Emotions; Health behaviours; Stress processes; Well-being

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 and statistics; Mathematics; Analysis on manifolds; Automorphic forms; Group Theory; Homogenous dynamics; Metric geometry; Number theory; Representation Theory; Topology

Mathematics, almost any field

Shan Hongxia Other education, n.e.c.; 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; 

Shadgan Babak Medical biotechnology diagnostics (including biosensors); Biomedical instrumentation (including diagnostics); Orthopedics; Sports medicine; Bone, skin and cartilage science; Central nervous system; Implantable Biosensing; sensor and system design, clinical application development; Wearable Biosensors; design and application development in health care and exercise sciences; Musculoskeletal, Sports & Exercise Medicine; Bone Fracture Healing; Spinal Cord Injuries 2021, 2022

Implantable biosensors for monitoring organ health and function,

Spinal cord hemodynamics monitoring,

Bone healing research,

 

 

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 Physical sciences; Moedal experiment, Large Hadron Collider, CERN; String theory, quantum field theory, statistical mechanics; Theoretical and mathematical physics, the physics of elementary particles, condensed matter physics Any time / year round

String theory, quantum field theory

Seidel Marc-David Economics and business administration; Organizational behavior; Discrimination and networks in the employment relationship; Distributed Trust Technologies (Blockchain, etc.); Early life factors role in later life workplace outcomes; Economic Systems; Entrepreneurship; Impacts of New Information Technologies; Life Cycles ( Childhood, Adolescence, Adulthood, etc.); Media and Society; New Technology and Social Impacts; Organizational Theory; Social Networks; Social Organization and Political Systems; Social networks and organizational decision making; Social, Economical and Political Impacts of Innovations; Socio-Economic Conditions 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 Alexander Physical therapy; Rehabilitation medicine; musculoskeletal; Musculoskeletal Lesions and Repair; orthopaedics; physical therapy; physiotherapy; sports medicine

Development and execution of clinical studies; tendinopathy

Scott Douglas Astronomical and space sciences; Physical sciences; Cosmology; Science and Knowledge Any time / year round

A wide range of topics within observational and theoretical cosmology

Schoof Christian Geophysics; Ice and Snow; Transformation and Evolution of the Earth Surface; Fluid mechanics; Hydraulic; Asymptotic and Classical Applied Analysis; Differential Equation; applied mathematics; glacier hydrology; Glaciology; ice sheet dynamics Any time / year round

Glacier surging, glacier and ice sheet hydrology, modelling ice sheet dynamics

Schmidt Julia Occupational therapy; Trauma / Injuries; cognition; Neurological diseases; Cognitive impairment; neuroscience; rehabilitation; Self-awareness; Self-identity; Traumatic Brain Injury 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 Psychology and cognitive sciences; Motivations and Emotions; Psychology - Biological Aspects; Evolutionary Psychology; Social Cognition; Social influence; social 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 Clinical oncology; Pathology (except oral pathology); Bioinformatics; cancer genetics; Cancer biology; Genomic rearrangements; genomics; Pancreas; Pathology; 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 Philosophy of Economics; Philosophy, History and Comparative Studies 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.

Sakakibara Brodie Clinical medicine; Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy; Gerontology; rehabilitation; Physical Activity; Physical Rehabilitation; Spinal cord injury; Stroke Rehabilitation; Chronic disease self-management and prevention; Telehealth in people with stroke and cardiovascular disease; Complex behavioural intervention development; Clinical trial methodologies; Participatory and patient-oriented research Any time / year round

Chronic disease management

telehealth/rehabilitation

Stroke recovery

Chronic care

Sadatsafavi Mohsen Respiratory diseases; Epidemiology (except nutritional and veterinary epidemiology); 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 Immunology; Microbiology; Bacteria; Bacterial Vaccines; Childhood infections; Epidemiology; Immune System; Vaccine Development; Vaccine immunity 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 Genetic medicine; Genomics; Neurosciences, biological and chemical aspects; Neurosciences, medical and physiological and health aspects; Pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences (except clinical aspects); Biomedical Technologies; Drug Metabolism; Gene Therapy; Gene-based therapeutics; Pharmacogenomics; Precision Medicine; Transgenic Model Any time / year round

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

Rodrigues Brian Pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences (except clinical aspects); 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 Other basic medicine and life sciences; 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 Bioinformatics; Genomics; Plant biology; adaptation; crops; invasive plants; plant evolutionary biology; speciation; weeds Any time / year round

Adaptation, Speciation, Evolution of Crops and Weeds, Bioinformatics

Richman Joy Marion Dentistry and oral health; Cell signaling; chicken embryo limb development; Congenital Anomalies; craniofacial development; Developmental biology; Embryonic Development; Evo-Devo; Growth Factors; orofacial clefting; reptilian tooth development

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 Forestry sciences; Ecology and Quality of the Environment; Ecological Trends; Landscape and Restoration; Environment Management and Protection; Biodiversity and Biocomplexity; Conservation & Poverty Alleviation; Ecosystem services; Landscape ecology & spatial analysis; Reforestation; socio-ecological systems; Temperate & tropical forest & agroforestry systems

Forest restoration in tropical systems

Renwick Kerry Curriculum, pedagogy and didactics; Specialized studies in education; Critical Pedagogy; Educational Policy; Familial Contexts; Health Education; Home Economics; Human and Social Ecology; Public health; teacher education 2021, 2022

Health Literacy; Food Literacy; Teacher Education: Curriculum Development; Educational Policy

Rauscher Alexander Physical sciences; Neurosciences, medical and physiological and health aspects; magnetic resonance imaging; physics; quantitative susceptibility mapping; myelin water imaging; brain; maschine learning Any time / year round

MRI of multiple sclerosis, modelling of the MRI signal, quantitative susceptibility mapping, myelin water imaging, MRI physics, deep learning

 

Ranger Manon Neurodevelopment; Clinical nursing, secondary (acute care); 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 Kinesiology; Neurosciences, biological and chemical aspects; Neurosciences, medical and physiological and health aspects; Acute exercise; cellular aging; chronic stress; Exercise interventions; Health Psychology; Physical Activity; Physical literacy; Stress physiology; telomeres 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

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 English language; Literary or Artistic Work Analysis; Artistic and Literary Theories; Artistic and Literary Movements, Schools and Styles; Cultural Theory; Gender and Sexuality Studies; Literature and Mind; Literature and Music; Modernist Studies 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 Pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences (except clinical aspects); Cell Signaling and Cancer; Cancer; Cell signaling; Chemical Biology; Drug development; drug discovery; Medicinal Chemistry; Target Engagement 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. 

Paat Joseph Mathematical optimization; Programming in operational research (including linear and nonlinear programming); Mixed integer programming; Combinatorial optimization; Polyhedral Geometry; Convex optimization 2021, 2022

Using machine learning techniques to learn heuristics for mixed integer programming.

Extending continuous optimization algorithms to work for mixed integer problems.

Designing strong mixed integer relaxations for generic integer programs. 

Ortner Christoph Numerical analysis; Mathematical modelling and simulation; Partial and ordinary differential equations; Computational chemistry; Condensed matter modelling and density functional theory; Numerical modelling and mechanical characterisation; 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 Clinical oncology; Radiotherapy; Head and Neck Cancer; Breast Cancer; Lung cancer; Epidemiology; Community Health / Public Health; Social Determinants of Cancer; Clinical trials; health services delivery; patient reported outcomes; stereotactic radiotherapy 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 Natural environment sciences; 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 seeks outstanding graduate student applicants to obtain doctoral or masters degrees under the Resources, Environment and Sustainability (RES) graduate program. Successful candidates will study the production and use of science for policy addressing questions such as What kind of knowledge is needed, used and trusted? Why... Read More

Nolde Natalia Statistics; Statistics and Probabilities; Applications in finance, insurance, geosciences; Multivariate extreme value theory; Risk assessment Any time / year round

Financial risk analytics
Multivariate extreme value theory

Noh Minkyun Mechanical engineering; Mechatronics; Control System; Electric and Electronic Systems; Servo-Control; robotics and automation; Instruments; Machinery; Sensors and Devices; Actuators; Bearingless motors; Control; Electric machines and drives; Instrumentation; Magnetic bearings; Magnetic levitation; Mechatronic system design; Precision engineering; Robotics; sensors

High-speed bearingless motors and drive technology

Laser Interferemeter Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) 

Nimmon Laura Occupational therapy; Rehabilitation medicine; Adult Education and Continuing Education; Adult education; Chronic Diseases in Elderly; Chronic disease care; Collaborative pratice; End of life care; Families and Caregivers; Family and Care Givers; Health Care Organization; Health Professions Education; Interdisciplinary team communication; Interpersonal Communication; Palliative Care; Patient centered care; Power and Organization; Qualitative research; Teamwork 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 Clinical oncology; Pathology (except oral pathology); Biomarker development; Breast Cancer; Cancer Diagnosis and Detection; Cancer of the Musculoskeletal System; Clinical trials; Epigenomics; Experimental Therapeutics; Immuno-oncology; Tissue-based diagnostic technologies; Translational research 2022

Fusion oncogene biology and experimental therapeutics Cancer biomarker development: immuno-oncology, in situ multiplex diagnostics, NanoString profiling

Nicolaou Savvakis Radiology, nuclear medicine and medical imaging; 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 Systems control and automation; Manufacturing engineering; control engineering; data-driven modeling and control; robust and linear parameter-varying control; modeling and control of floating offshore wind turbines and wind farms; modeling and control of COVID-19 outbreak; modeling and control of solar themal systems; control of automotive engines; optimization 2021

Floating offshore wind farm control and optimization.

Modeling and control of COVID-19 outbreak.

Control of an integrated solar thermal system.

Mortenson Ben Occupational therapy; Rehabilitation medicine; Accessibility; Assistive technology; Caregiving; Mobility; Outcome measures; Quality of Life and Aging; rehabilitation; Robotics; Social Aspects of Aging; Social participation; Spinal cord injury 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 French language; Arts, Literature and Subjectivity; History of Major Eras, Great Civilisations or Geographical Corpuses; Popular Cultures Produced and Broadcasted by Media; Arthurian Romance; Cognitive Poetics; Comparative Medieval Literature; Genre Theory; Interactive Fiction; Material Philology; Medieval French Literature; Medieval Narrative Literature; Medievalism; Narrative Theory; Old French; Reader-Response Theory; Science Fiction and Fantasy Any time / year round

Medieval French literature, primarily (but not limited to) narrative literature of the 12th and 13th centuries.

Medievalism in contemporary literature.

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