Research Projects

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
Miller Bradley Canadian history, legal history, International Law and International Relations, Criminal Justice History, North American History, British Empire History, Political History Any time / year round

Canadian History; North American History; British Empire History; Legal History; Political History; Criminal Justice History; International Law and International Relations

Mercer Sterett curriculum-based measurement, academic intervention, written expression 2021

Development and evaluation of curriculum-based measurement tools in basic academic skill areas. Evaluation of academic interventions for students with learning difficulties.

Menzies Charles Indigenous studies, Natural Resource Management, Maritime Anthropology, Western Europe, Ethnographic Film 2021

Indigenous students engaged (and/or interested) in community based research, decolonizing practices, and process that support Indigneous authority and jurisdiction are encouraged to connect with Professor Menzies to discuss potential applications to graduate study.  Settler students intersted in exploring the relations of power and inequality within contepmorary capitalist society and settler... Read More

Menkis Richard Historical memory, Jewish history, Holocaust studies 2021

Historical writing, historical memory and identities of Canadian Jews

Canadian responses to the Third Reich and to the Holocaust

 

 

McKee William Behavioral Disorders in Children and Adolescents, Behavioral Problems, Learning Disorders in Children, Teaching and Learning Systems, Educational Counselling, Program Management (Education), Autism, Mental Health and Psychopathology in Children and Youth, School-Based Mental Health, Children and Youth with Special Needs

School-Based Mental Health, Educator Mental Health Literacy, Services for students with special needs

Mccormick Kelly Modern Japan, History of Visual and Material Culture/Photography, History of Technology, History of Gender and Sexuality 2022

Modern Japan; 20th century visual and material culture

Mayor Thibault Proteostasis, Protein Degradation, Protein Folding, Proteomics, Ubiquitin, Proteasome, Neurodegenerative diseases, Aging, Cell Biology, Yeast Genetics, Biochemistry Any time / year round

The main lab focus is protein quality control and how misfolded proteins are triaged within the cell. In the next years, we want to establish several new projects and here are some examples:
- Identification of protein quality control pathways mediating rare genetic diseases in human.
- Reconstitution of the quality control machinery in vitro to better understand the molecular... Read More

Mayer Ulrich hydrogeology, low-temperature geochemistry, groundwater contamination, groundwater remediation, mine waste management Any time / year round

Development of multicomponent reactive transport modeling tools for multiphase systems

Masse Louise Obesity, Health Promotion, Nutrition, Films, Membranes and Multiphase Polymers, Childhood obesity with specific interests in prevention and treatment using lifestyle modification, Physical Activity 2021
  1. Understand how behaviour modification works to change lifestyles behaviours associated with obesity - Randomized control trial
  2. Understand how transitioning from elementary schools to secondary school influence student health behaviours associated with obesity
  3. Understand the influence of the Active Play standards influence licensed childcare centre as well as the... Read More
Martin Ginis Kathleen exercise behaviour change science, Spinal cord injury, participation, disability, psychological well-being 2021

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41393-020-0478-7

Marshall Hallie Performance and Theatrical Productions, Religion, Culture and Space, Arts and Cultural Traditions, Poetry, Cultural Industries, Literary or Artistic Work Dissemination or Reception Contexts, Theatre, Ancient Greek Theatre, Classics, Reception Studies, History of the Book, Tony Harrison, Contemporary British Theatre

See my areas of research interest.

Marshall Katie Environmental Change, Marine biodiversity, Population Ecology, invertebrates and temperature adaptation 2021, 2022

Population variation in enzyme activity, metabolic rate

Marshall Sheila Life Cycles ( Childhood, Adolescence, Adulthood, etc.), Parent-Child Relationships, adolescent social identity, parent-adolescent interactions, adolescent well-being

Adolescent social identity; adolescent relationships with non-parental adults; adolescent well-being

Marshall Christopher Warren Literary or Artistic Works Analysis, Performance and Theatrical Productions Any time / year round

I am interested in Greek and Roman poetry and its receptions, and most of my scholarship has focused on ancient theatre. I look at how genre and structure (including metre and other formal elements) can shape a literary work and how it is perceived and understood by its original audience, and by subsequent audiences. My research falls into four broad categories: Greek and Roman Theatre and... Read More

Marra Marco Genomics, Bioinformatics, Molecular Genetics, Cancer Genetics, Genes, Genetic Mapping, Genome, Genetics, Epigenomics, Cancer biology Any time / year round

Biomarker / gene signature discovery / Personalized genomic medicine / Cancer evolution / Cancer genome landscapes / Functional genomics

Manges Amee Epidemiology, Molecular epidemiology, Public health

Human microbiome research and molecular epidemiology

Madden Kenneth Aging Process, Cardiovascular Diseases, Diabetes, Community Health / Public Health, Exercise interventions, Sedentary Behaviour, Syncope, Falls Prevention, Infodemiology, Machine Learning Any time / year round

Dr. Ken Madden holds the Allan M. McGavin Chair in Geriatric Medicine at the University of British Columbia and the editor-in-chief of the Canadian Geriatrics Journal. His lab has examined the effect of exercise interventions in older adults with Type 2 diabetes, the ability of different forms of exercise to impact arterial stiffness in subjects at high cardiometabolic risk, and the impact of... Read More

Madden John Functional and Intelligent Materials, artificial muscle, wearables, smart materials, electronic skin, supercapacitors, electrochemical devices, medical devices Any time / year round

We are developing new wearable technologies for medical, robotic and consumer applications.

MacLean Karon Information Systems, human-computer interaction, haptic interfaces, human-robot interaction, design of user interfaces

Human-robot interaction, user interface design, interactive sensing

Macfarlane Allison science and technology policy; energy policy, regulation; nuclear energy, nuclear waste management Any time / year round

Nuclear waste management and disposal, nuclear energy policy and regulation issues.

Lynn Francis Diabetes, ß-cell development, ß-cell biology, Human pluripotent stem cells, CRISPR/Cas, transcriptional regulation Any time / year round

Research in the Lynn lab is targeted at understanding the insulin-producing pancreatic β-cell, how it fails during diabetes mellitus and how we can make surrogate cells to cure diabetes. We use a variety of models to study the regulatory pathways important for embryonic β-cell genesis and function. The current focus of research in the lab is understanding how DNA-binding transcription factors... Read More

Lu Xiaonan Sensors and Devices, Microbiology, Combinatorial Chemistry, Agriculture, Food safety, Food microbiology, Analytical Chemistry, Molecular microbiology, Nanotechnology, Advanced material, Microfluidic "lab-on-a-chip", Sensor, Gut microbiome, Food microbiome Any time / year round

Food safety Food microbiology Molecular microbiology Nanotechnology Microfluidic "lab-on-a-chip" Food authentication Fabrication of nano-biosensor Gut microbiome Food microbiome

Loutzenheiser Lisa Educational Context, Sexuality, Gender Epidemiology, Social Contexts, Teacher Education, Ideology and Social Policy, Epistemology and Methodology, Thought Schools (education), anti-oppressive education, queer studies, curriculum theory, Youth Studies, curriculum policy, qualitative methodologies, ethnography, Gender Studies, social inequality, sexuality education, alternative education, marginalized youth, LGBT2SQ, Race Studies in Education 2021

Marginalized youth;SOGI Policy and Implementation; Queer and poststructural theories[Critical race theory;Gender;Sexuality;Education; Intersectionalities. 

Lorincz Matthew Developmental Genetics, Genomics, Epigenetics, chromatin, Development, Epigenomics, Gene regulation
  • Role of epigenetics in male and female germline development
  • Role of retroelements in gene regulation
  • Interplay between epigenetic marks and DNA methylation in the early embryo
Loewen Peter Cardiovascular Diseases, Arrhythmia, Thrombosis and Embolism, Heart Failure, Pharmacoepidemiology, Stroke, Health Care Technologies, Professional Practices, Hematology, Decision Making, atrial fibrillation, stroke prevention therapy, adherence to medication, Shared decision-making, pharmacy practice, knowledge translation of evidence to patient care, patient education, clinical prediction rules, prediction of stroke and bleeding in atrial fibrillation patients, patient decision aids, patient complexiometry, healthcare communication technologies, use of mobile technology for clinical decision-making, hospital pharmacy practice, quality of care, quality drug therapy 2021

In the above domains, to be worked out with excellent candidates.

Loewen Christopher Membranes and Organelles, Lipid Signalling, Lipid Traffic, Membrane Contact Sites, Genetic Networks, Systems Biology, Super Resolution Microscopy, Cell polarity, Endoplasmic Reticulum, Golgi, Membrane Diffusion Barriers, Cell Biology, Autism, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Cancer Cell Metabolism Any time / year round

We currently have projects in the areas of genetic networks, cell signalling, membrane contact sites, cell polarity, cancer metabolism and autism. We use multiple model systems to study these topics including budding yeast for genetic network analysis, model human cell lines for cell signalling and microscopy, and knockout mouse genetic models for in vivo functional analysis.

Liu-Ambrose Teresa Age and Risk Factors, Mobility, Cognitive Neuropsychology of Aging, Lifestyle Determinants and Health, Rehabilitation, Healthy Aging, Fall prevention, Cognitive Aging, Sleep, Physical Activity Any time / year round

Increasing precision in exercise prescription to promote cognitive and brain health. The neural interplay between cognitive function and mobility. The relationship between sleep and cognitive function. Preventing falls in high-risk older adults.

Lindsey Charles Economic Policies, Transportation Systems, Traffic congestion, Road pricing, Financing transportation infrastructure, Public transit, Advanced traveler information systems, Queuing, Parking policy, climate change Any time / year round

Traffic congestion, Road pricing, Financing transportation infrastructure, Public transit, Advanced traveler information systems, Parking policy, Climate change

Lim Chinten James Cell Signaling and Cancer, Leukemia, Immunotherapy, Chemotherapy, tumour cell biology, mechanisms of drug resistance, integrin cell adhesion and migration, tumour microenvironment, pediatric oncology Any time / year round

Integrin cell adhesion in chemotherapeutic resistance. Immunogenic cell death. Cardiomyocyte biology. Pediatric oncology.

Li Shyh-dar drug delivery, pharmaceutics, nanomedicine, biopharmaceutics Any time / year round
  1. Development of lipid and polymer based nanoparticles for targeted drug delivery to tumors
  2. Development of child-friendly formulations
  3. Ocular drug delivery
  4. Drug delivery to the brain
  5. Sustained drug release formulations
  6. Gene delivery
Li Linda Arthritis / Osteo-Arthritis, Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation Care and Services, Health Care Technologies, Patient help-seeking experiences, Shared decision-making, Patient self-management, E-health, Rehabilitation and lifestyle interventions in arthritis management, Health services research, Patient Engagement, Knowledge translation, Implementation Science, digital media Any time / year round
  1. Physical activity promotion using digital technology
  2. Shared-decision making
  3. Patient self-management
  4. Integrated knowledge translation - patient engagement in research

Visit the Arthritis, Joint Health & Knowledge Translation Research Program website for a current list of Dr Li's research projects: http... Read More

Lester Richard Infectious Diseases, Telemedicine, Teleinformatics, Tuberculosis, Ethics and Health, AIDS / HIV, Health Care Technologies, Global Health and Emerging Diseases, Native Health, Digital health, Mobile health (mHealth), Precision Public Health, Patient-centered care, Global Health Any time / year round

Global digital health for patient engagement in care. Work in Canada, Africa and globally. Quantitative and qualitative studies, implementation research, and digital health policy and ethics. Especially among scaling interventions to benefit vulnerable populations.

Lee Jae-Hyeok Molecular Genetics, Evolutionary Genetics, molecular genetics of microalgae for robust biomass production, evolution of developmental mechanisms, cell and molecular biology of cellular differentiation Any time / year round

Our work aims to explore evolutionary potential of microalgae using Chlamydomonas reinhardtii as a model system. 1) Functional genomics projects to improve photosynthetic productivity of microalgae under stressors like excess light and poor nutrient. 2) Molecular genetics projects to analyze mutants defective for sexual development in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. 3) Comparative genomics projects... Read More

Leavitt Blair Neurodegenerative Diseases, Alzheimer's Disease, Dementia, Ataxia, Huntington disease, Neurogenetics, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Frontotemporal Dementia, Mouse models of disease, Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells, Gene regulation, Experimental Therapeutics, Gene Silencing and Gene Editing, Gene Therapy, Medical Genetics

Mouse models of neurodegenerative diseases
Clinical biomarkers of neurodegenerative diseases (Imaging, CSF, Blood)
Gene silencing, gene editing and gene therapy for brain diseases
Transcriptional regulation of disease genes
Experimental therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases
Induced pluripotent stem cells models of human brain diseases

Lazrak Ali Finance and Accounting, Economic Phenomena on an Individual or Organizational Level, Asset pricing, Corporate Finance, Behavioral Finance, Household portfolio choice

Different research projects in the finance area are available

Lange Philipp Cell Signaling and Cancer, Bioinformatics, Proteomics, pediatric cancer, post translational protein modification, personalized medicine, mass spectrometry Any time / year round
  • translational portoemics in childhood cancer
  • advancing precision medicine in childhood cancer
  • proteolytic regulation of cell-cell communication
  • computational and experimental approaches to better understand and classify proteoforms
  • new algorithms in quantitative mass spectrometry data analysis  
Lamers Yvonne Nutrition, Nutrients, Biological and Biochemical Mechanisms, Breast Feeding and Infant Nutrition, Nutritional Biochemistry, Micronutrients, Vitamins, Nutritional Biomarker, Pregnancy, Periconceptional folic acid supplementation, Prenatal Supplements, Newborn Screening, Toddler Nutrition, Clinical Chemistry, Maternal and child health Any time / year round

My enthusiasm for research draws from my interest in the biochemistry and physiology of nutrition-related diseases and in targeted and population-based strategies of chronic disease prevention and optimal health promotion. My research focuses on micronutrients and specifically B-vitamins and their kinetics and functions in human metabolism. B-vitamins are required for normal cell growth and... Read More

Laffin Christina premodern Japanese literature, medieval Japanese history, women's writing, Japanese women's history, travel writing, autobiography, Japanese poetry, Literacy, socialization, wet nursing, narratology Any time / year round

Heian and Kamakura-era literature, late Heian and medieval women's history

Kwakkel Erik Audiovisual, Visual, Audio and Written Communications, Communication Contexts, Cultural Institutions (Museums, Libraries, etc.), History of the Book, reading, Medieval Manuscripts, Paleography, Codicology, Digital Humanities, Cultural Heritage, History of Libraries 2021

Manuscript studies; History of the Book; History of Reading; History of Libraries; Materiality of Information (Book Design); Digitization in Rare Books and Special Collections environment; Digital Humanities where it intersects with the History of the Book.

Kubota Ryuko Language Rights and Policies, language education, multicultural education, culture and language, race and language teaching, language ideologies, critical applied linguistics Any time / year round

Historical study on meta discourse on language and language learning among Japanese students in China from 1900-1945.

Kruecken Reiner Elementary Particles, Universe Structure, Nuclear Physics, Nuclear Astrophysics, Neutrino Physics

Structure and Dynamics of Rare Isotopes relevant for the synthesis of the heavy chemical elements in the universe Detector Technologies for the next generation neutrinoless double beta-decay search experiment nEXO

Kronstad James Microbiology, Molecular Genetics, Genomics and Proteomics, Pathogenesis of infectious diseases, Medical Mycology, Plant-Microbe Interactions, Fungal diseases of plants Any time / year round
  • Characterization of iron uptake and regulatory functions in Cryptococcus neoformans
  • Analysis of virulence factor export to the cell surface in Cryptococcus neoformans
  • Characterization of the chloroplast as a target of fungal attack
  • Analysis of nutrient acquisition during fungal pathogenesis
Kopp Janel Pancreas, Pancreatic cancer, Pancreatic development, Modeling cancer Any time / year round

Tumor biology

Koehle Michael Physiology, Environmental Health, Health Promotion, Environment and Respiratory Diseases, Respiratory System, Exercise physiology, environmental physiology, sport and exercise medicine, air pollution, Sport and Exercise Medicine, Environmental Physiology, Altitude Any time / year round

Interaction between exercise and air pollution.

Klinkenberg Brian Geomatics, Biogeography, Bioinformatics, Environmental Health, Geographic Information Science, Environmental Remote Sensing, Spatial Analysis, Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) and Citizen Science Initiatives Any time / year round

Please view my home page for a listing of current projects.

Klein Geltink Ramon Metabolism, Immunotherapy, Cell Signaling and Infectious and Immune Diseases, Auto-Immune Diseases, Cell Therapy of Cancer, Immunometabolism, T cell function, Adoptive cellular therapy Any time / year round

My research program at UBC/BCCHRI aims to better understand how the immune system can be used to treat childhood diseases. In children with cancer, the immune system is no longer able to rid the body of cancerous cells. In children with autoimmune diseases the immune system gets rid of healthy cells of the body. We are particularly interested in the metabolism of immune cells. 

Cellular... Read More

Klein Peter Media Types (Radio, Television, Written Press, etc.), Video and New Media, Global Health and Emerging Diseases, Large International Projects, Media and Democratization, Global Journalism, Innovation in Journalism, Documentary Production, Investigative Reporting Any time / year round

Investigative reporting on global supply chains

Kiefl Robert Quantum Phenomena, condensed matter physics, polarons, multiferroics, superconductivity, magnetism Any time / year round
  • controlling magnetic and electric properties with electric fields
  • diffusion of Li in battery  electrode materials
Karsan Aly Leukemia, Hematopoiesis, Genomics and epigenomics, Noncoding RNAs, Aging Any time / year round

The major research focus of my lab revolves around acute myeloid leukemia, and preleukemias referred to as myelodysplastic syndromes. Within this context we are interested in various posttranscriptional mechanisms that drive these cancers, how aging increases the risk of developing leukemias, and how to potentially target genomic and epigenomic vulnerabilities.

Kamat Vinay Ramnath Global Health and Emerging Diseases, Medical Anthropology, Global Health, ethnography, India, Outsourcing of Clinical Trials, Tanzania, Malaria, East Africa, marine conservation, Dispossession, Extractive Industry, political ecology

Politics of marine conservation and natural gas extraction in East Africa; Behavioral Aspects of Tuberculosis and Dengue in India.

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