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
Kalia Sunil Skin Cancer, Optics and Photonics, Skin Disorders, Epidemiology, optics, photobiology, dermatoepidemiology, Cancer Any time / year round

Dermatoepidemiology; Examining the epidemiology of skin cancer in the general population and identifying high risk population groups Skin cancer prevention; Using national surveys conducted by Statistics Canada, I have examined skin cancer prevention behaviours practiced by Canadians; Spectoscopy; Using imaging to differentiate skin cancer from benign lesions. Photobiology to study properties... Read More

Jones Steven J Any time / year round

Bioinformatics Cancer Genomics

Jin Xiao Liang Manufacturing Processes, Solid Mechanics, Manufacturing Processes for Advanced Materials, Vibration Assisted Machining, Machining Mechanics and Dynamics, Surface Integrity, Material Characterization

Surface integrity in vibration assisted machining process.
Surface texturing process.
Chip formation stability in high-speed machining process.

Jiang Xiaoyan Cancer Genetics, Cell Signaling and Cancer, Leukemia, Cancer Diagnosis and Detection, Cell Therapy of Cancer, Immunotherapy, Basic and translational leukemia research, Leukemic stem cell biology, Gene regulation, Drug resistance, Proteomics Any time / year round

The overall goal of my research program is to understand the molecular mechanisms and cellular functions of specific oncogenes, tumor suppressor genes, miRNAs and their target genes in the regulation of the properties of cancer/leukemic stem cells, signal transduction events, initiation and progression of human leukemia and drug resistance. The ultimate objective is to identify molecules and... Read More

Jenstad Lorienne hearing aids, Aging, audiology, hearing health, amplification Any time / year round

New ways of assessing hearing aid outcomes; encouraging older adults to seek and use hearing health care services; acoustic and behavioural assessment of hearing aid processing.

Communication between audiologists and patients.

Jelovica Jasmin Stress Analysis, Production and Process Optimization, Metals and Alloys, Solid Mechanics, Finite element analysis, Structural optimization, Welding and joining of metals, Sandwich structures, Ultimate, fatigue and impact strength Any time / year round

Welding of steels using low-heat input techniques; welding simulations using finite element method; optimization of structures using evolutionary algorithms

Jean Francois Cellular virology, Emerging human viruses, COVID-19, Host-virus interactions, Broad-based antiviral agents, Antiviral agents, Natural products as antiviral agents, Lipid-modulating drugs, Cellular protease inhibitors, Viral protease inhibitors, Human coronaviruses, SARS-CoV-2, Human flaviviruses, Dengue virus, Zika virus, West Nile virus, Influenza A virus, Human microRNAs, Therapeutic microRNA, Viral and cellular biomarkers, Molecular diagnostics for detecting viral infection, Circulating exosomes, Exosomal microRNAs, Proteomics-based technologies, Multiplexed and Mass Spectrometric quantitation assays Any time / year round
  1. Discovering circulating microRNAs as novel biomarkers for severe human diseases
  2. Developing broad-spectrum therapeutic microRNAs for human viral diseases
  3. Developing a new mass spectrometry (MS)-based technology for detecting and quantifying mosquito-borne flaviviruses
  4. Discovering novel broad-spectrum antiviral agents from natural product libraries
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Jarus Tal diversifying health and human service professions, Disabled students;, disabled practitioners;, art-based research Any time / year round
  • diversifying the health professions
  • decolonize the health professions
Jan Eric Virus, Nucleic Acids, Proteomics, Virology, Antiviral innate immunity, translation, Protein synthesis, RNA, RNA structure function, tRNA, ribosome, RNA virus, protease, molecular biology, picornavirus, Innate immunity, coronavirus, enterovirus, SARS, coxsackievirus, virus host interactions 2021

Projects include

  • elucidating virus host interactions such as antiviral innate immunity and viral proteins that modulate cellular processes
  • identifying host protein substrates by viral proteinases
  • non-canonical protein synthesis mechanisms used by viruses and cellular mRNAs

Approaches include biochemical, molecular and cell biology methods, proteomics... Read More

Iurascu Ilinca Arts and Technologies, Artistic and Literary Theories, Media and Society, Arts and Cultural Traditions, Theories and Philosophies, German literature, media theory, Cultural Studies, film studies, critical theory, visual studies, media archeology Any time / year round

media theory; cutlural studies; Frankfurt School; film history; history of the book; German cultural studies; comparative literature; history of technology

Ishiguro Laura Any time / year round

I supervise graduate students working on a range of topics, including related to the history of British Columbia or Canada, settler colonialism and empire, gender, race, and/or migration.

Irwin Darren Evolutionary Genetics, speciation, hybridization, ornithology, seasonal migration, genomic differentiation Any time / year round

Please see: https://www.zoology.ubc.ca/~irwin/irwinlab/

 

Innes John Plants and Forests, Climate Changes and Impacts, Forestry Any time / year round

Because of UBC requirements for minimum funding, I will only accept new students or post-docs who are fully funded.

Illes Judy Ethics and Health, Ethics, Law and Responsibilities, Neurological Diseases, Biomedical Ethics, Aging and dementia, Neurodevelopmental disorders, Brain Injury, Stem Cells, Neurotechnology, Neuroethics Any time / year round

I am open to inspiring and supporting research in any area at the intersection of biomedicine, neuroscience, and ethics.

Hurd Laura Aging, health, Gender, body image, embodiment or embodied experience, disability, chronic illness or chronic conditions, Assistive technology, sexuality, gender identity, sexual orientation, Physical Activity, qualitative methods, LGBTQ older adults, media representation, ageism, heterosexism, ableism, sociology of aging, social gerontology 2021

I supervise students with backgrounds in sociology or socio-cultural studies. Students under my supervision typically conduct research in the areas of aging, health, gender, body image, embodiment, disability, and/or physical activity.

Huot Suzanne Migrations, Populations, Cultural Exchanges, occupational science, Migration Studies, immigration, refugees, asylum seekers, intersectionality, francophone minority communities, francophones, bilingualism, french, community-engaged research, Qualitative research, critical theory, social inclusion, social integration, Gender 2021

global migration, occupational science, francophone minority communities

Hudson Zachary Luminescent materials, Organic electronics, Polymer chemistry, Organic chemistry, Organic light-emitting diodes 2021, 2022

1) Luminescent materials design for applications in organic electronics.

2) Fluorescent polymer nanoparticles for biological sensing with high sensitivity.

3) Ultrastable fluorophores for catalysis, electroluminescence, and two-photon fluorescence.

 

Hubley Anita Depression, Drug Abuse, Social Determinants of Health, Homelessness and Homeless People, Mental Health and Society, Quality of Life and Aging, Cognitive Neuropsychology of Aging, Social Aspects of Aging, Executive Functions, Dementia, Aging Process, Identity Building, Learning and Memory, Psychological and health measurement, Test development and validation, Adult neuropsychological, personality, and mental health topics and assessment, Research with general community and vulnerable populations (e.g. elderly, homeless, drug addicted)

The field of measurement is a graduate area of study that does not exist at the undergraduate level. This is not statistics but rather focuses on test/measure/instrument development, reliability, and validation. Many students don't discover this field until they take a (usually required) course at the graduate level and are often surprised by how fascinating this area can be and how they can... Read More

Huan Tao Metabolic measurements, Metabolomics, Cellular Metabolism Any time / year round

Our research interests include:

  • Integration of metabolomics with other ‘omics’ (epigenomics, genomics, transcriptomics, and proteomics) data for the systems-level interrogation of biological problems
  • Application of state-of-art metabolomics technologies in various biological challenges, such as mechanistic understanding of cancer metabolism and disease biomarker discovery... Read More
Howe LeAnn Gene regulation, Epigenetics, chromatin Any time / year round

inheritance of gene expression states, maintenance of genome stability

Holsti Liisa premature infants, neurodevelopment, stress, pain, measurement, technology transfer, sucrose, rehabilitation, pediatrics Any time / year round

neonatology, pediatrics, occupational therapy, measurement, rehabilitation

Hohl Corinne Emergency Medicine, Epidemiology, Pharmacoepidemiology, Health Information Systems, Health Care Organization, Decision Making, Patient Safety, Medication Safety, Adverse Drug Events, Drug safety and effectiveness, Health Information Technology, Clinical Decision Making, Health services research, Adverse Event Reporting

My research group is working with Ministry to develop, implement and evaluate a new provincial medication safety information technology we have developed. This work will provide multiple opportunities for graduate students to be involved in. With the implementation of this technology more robust data will become available on adverse drug events experienced by patients. Future projects include... Read More

Hodges Nicola action anticipation and observation, coaching and motor skill expertise, skill acquisition, Motor learning, observational learning and instruction Any time / year round

Sport development pathways, women's and men's soccer, action observation and prediction, observational learning of perceptual motor skills, optimizing practice conditions through practice manipulations and instructions, motor skill expertise and associated processes

Hirsh Elizabeth Law, Structures and Organization, Inequality, Gender and Race Discrimination, Work Organizations, Law Any time / year round
  • Analzying the impact of diversity policies on gender and race workplace diversity
  • Case studies of employment discrimination and human rights complaints
Henry Gregory H Biodiversity and Biocomplexity, Biogeography, Ecological and Ecophysiological Processes, Climate Changes and Impacts, Environment and Habitats, Plants, Genotype and Phenotype, tundra ecosystems, experimental climate change, plant-animal interactions, Arctic environments, vegetation change, plant traits

1. Synthesis of tundra plant community changes to nearly 30 years of experimental warming using a suite of plant traits, including ecophysiology. PhD or postdoctoral study to involve 2-3 years of fieldwork and working with long-term data sets from an experimental study established in the Canadian High Arctic in 1992. 2. Ecological relaxation response of tundra after 30 years of experimental... Read More

Hedtrich Sarah Nanotechnologies, Structural Tissue Engineering / Biomaterials, Inflammatory Respiratory Diseases, Skin, Novel therapies for inflammatory and genetic diseases of human epithelia, Tissue Regeneration and Wound Healing, Topical drug delivery and Nanomedicine, New Biomedical Approaches - Alternatives to Animal Testing Any time / year round

1. Development and characterization of complex, human-based organ models

2. Development of novel treatment options for inflammatory skin disease

Hayden Michael Genetic Diseases, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Huntington disease, Disease progression, Diabetes, Neurodegenerative disorders, Gene Therapy, Drug development Any time / year round

Hayden Lab Research Projects

Huntington Disease (HD) is a devastating incurable neurodegenerative disease that affects about 5,000 Canadians. Inheriting a single mutant copy of the Huntingtin (HTT) gene from either parent is sufficient to cause HD. The mutated HTT gene codes for production of the toxic, mutant huntingtin protein (mHTT) that is responsible for killing... Read More

Haughn George Molecular Genetics, Plants, Cellular Differentiation, plant cell wall biology, seed coat differentiation

Molecular Genetic Analysis of Plant Cell Walls Using Seed Coat Mucilage, Targeted Induced Local Lesions in Genomes (TILLING), Seed Coat Differentiation, for details see Haughn lab website.

Harris Leila Drinking Water, Fresh Water, Water, Resources Management, Development Policies, International Development, Gender Relationship, Ethics and Fundamental Issues of Law and Justice, Social and Cultural Factors of Environmental Protection, Social Contract and Social Justice, water politics, water governance, Environmental justice, gender and social difference, equity and social justice, participatory resource management, Turkey and Middle East, Africa, Ghana, South Africa

Please see www.edges.ubc.ca and www.watergoveranance.ca for ongoing research efforts. There are currently funded research opportunities with the decolonizingwater.ca project on Indigenous water governance issues (in Canada and elsewhere) and there may be upcoming support for analysis of non material dimensions... Read More

Hansson Gunnar theoretical phonology, morphology-phonology interface, phonological typology, historical linguistics (language change), locality relations, Icelandic Any time / year round
  • theoretical phonology
  • phonological typology
  • segmental phonology (esp. harmony/dissimilation processes, locality)
  • morphology-phonology interface (e.g. allomorphy, paradigm gaps, construction-specific phonology)
  • diachronic phonology and "morpho-phonology (e.g. sound change, phonologization, lexicalization/morphologization, "analogical change")
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Hamlin Kiley Cognitive Development, Moral Judgement and Duty or Obligation Morals, Infant / Child Development, Foundations of Religious, Mystical, Mythical and Moral Thoughts, Infant moral cognition, infant social cognition Any time / year round

Our work focuses on the early development of moral cognition and action in infancy.

Hallensleben Markus Transcultural Studies, Artistic and Literary Theories, Literary or Artistic Works Analysis, Migrations, Populations, Cultural Exchanges, German Language Cultures and Literatures, Transnational Literatures, Visual Arts and Literature, European Studies, Literature and Sciences, Literature and Migration, Narratives of Belonging Any time / year round

Literature and migration; literature and Visual Arts; critical European Studies; gender, race, ethnicity; diversity and super-diversity; sociographic approaches to literatures; postmigrant condition; narratives of belonging; avant-garde arts, literature and theories; art and bioart performances; biopolitics; images of the body;

Hallas Alannah Quantum Phenomena, Quantum materials, Materials design and discovery, magnetism Any time / year round

Materials innovations have sparked most of the major technological advances across the millennia – from the stone, bronze, and iron ages through to the current silicon age. Science now stands on the precipice of a new era: the age of quantum materials – materials with extraordinary electronic and magnetic properties that rely on quantum mechanical effects. In the Hallas group, we use state-of-... Read More

Hakkinen Lari Cell Therapy, Cell Signaling, Connective Tissue, Wound Healing, Tissue regeneration, Fibroblasts, MSC, Extracellular matrix, Cell to cell communication, Oral mucosa and skin

Wound healing, cell communication, fibroblast biology, cell therapy

Haase Kristen oncology, Older Adults, Geriatric oncology, Health systems research, Mixed Methods Research, Qualitative research, Self-management, E-health Any time / year round, 2021, 2022

Currently my research focuses on supporting older adults and their caregivers as then engage in managing cancer treatment and survivorship. I am looking to develop patient-oriented research partnerships in BC.

Haas Kurt Plasticity / Neuronal Regeneration, Neurological Diseases, Genetics of Neurological and Psychiatric Diseases, Neuronal and Synaptic Activity, Neuronal Systems, Neuronal Modeling, Neuronal Communication and Neurotransmission, Autism, Epilepsy, Synaptic Plasticity, Dendritogenesis, Brain Circuit Development, Neurodevelopmental disorders, Neuronal Computation Any time / year round

Understanding neuronal integration of information.
Development of neuronal encoding properties.
Developmental epiletogenesis.
Metaplasticity.
Genetic and molecular mechanisms of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Gustafson Stephen James Mathematical Analysis, Differential Equation, Global and Non-Linear Analysis, Mathematical physics, Nonlinear partial differential equations, Topological solitons, Nonlinear waves Any time / year round

Mathematical analysis of fundamental properties (e.g. stability and dynamical behaviour) of topological solitons in physical systems such as ferromagnets.

Groat Lee mineralogy, crystal chemistry, Geochemistry, economic geology, gem deposits, pegmatites 2021

Gem deposits and pegmatites in northern Canada.

Granville David Proteases, Granzymes, Extracellular matrix, Chronic inflammation, Aging, Disease models, Autoimmune disease, Skin, Vascular biology Any time / year round

I am looking for post-doctoral fellows. Trainees will be actively involved in the translational research effort pertaining to understanding the physiological and/or pathophysiological role(s) of the serine protease family, granzymes, in the context of skin or vascular inflammation regeneration, in aging, autoimmune and/or chronic disease. Granzymes are a family of 5 serine proteases in humans... Read More

Graham Sean Plant phylogenetics, Plant systematics, Plant evolution, Organelles, Phylogenomics, Land plants, Mycoheterotrophs Any time / year round

Plant phylogenetics and molecular evolution

Gordon Michael Neuronal Systems, neuroscience, Neural circuits, Sensory systems, Feeding, Taste, Gustation, Drosophila, Chemosensation Any time / year round

Most projects centre on the neural circuits underlying taste processing and feeding in the fly brain. Potential projects include looking at circuit mechanisms underlying taste integration, hunger, feeding, taste memories, chemosensory integration, and taste circuit development.

Goldbach Toby Political Culture, Society and Ideology, Procedural Law, Jurisprudence, Dispute Resolution, Comparative Law, Judicial Politics, law and development Any time / year round

Fairness hearings in class action settlements in the US; judges' international travel for judicial education; development of court-connected ADR in Ghana

Goerges Matthias Biomedical Technologies, Artificial Intelligence, Decision Making, Software Development, Health Care Technologies, Human Computer Interaction and Design, Medical informatics, decision support systems, predictive analytics, Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine 2021, 2022

I am currently mainly considering trainees with engineering or informatics backgrounds as my program is moving more and more towards medical informatics and clinical applications in biomedical engineering. Pharmacology is too far from my research interests and core training, so I am not recruiting Pharmacology students.

Glassheim Eagle History of Central and Eastern Europe, Environmental History Any time / year round

Environmental history; histories of health of communities and landscapes; mining history; histories of communism in Central/Eastern Europe

Gibson William Genetic Diseases, Chromosomes: Structure / Organization, Epigenetics Any time / year round

Genetics of Rare Obesity and Overgrowth Disorders; Epigenetics of Body Weight and Body Composition; Genetics of Familial Intracranial Aneurysms.     Please note that recruitment is extremely competitive. Applicants with external scholarship/fellowship funding are strongly preferred, as are applicants who already have an MD or MBBS degree, or who are applying to UBC's MD-PhD program.... Read More

Giang Amanda Atmospheric Pollutants, Climate Changes and Impacts, Chemical Pollutants, Social and Cultural Factors of Environmental Protection, Public Policies

modelling the impact of technology and policy on the long range transport of global pollutants; developing tools and processes to support community-based environmental monitoring; understanding the role of scientific assessment in environmental governance, from global to local scales

Garrett Bernard Mark Health Care Technologies, Ethics and Health, Media Influence on Behavior, Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented reality, Evidence-basedPpractice, Deception in Healthcare, Healthcare Regulation, Alternative Medicine

Therapeutic uses of VR/AR technologies, Reviews or Trials of Alternative Medicine, REA's on healthcare practices, Policy Analysis on Professional Regulation Issues

Gaertner David Indigenous Literature, Digital storytelling, Digital Humanities, Speculative fiction, Reconciliation, New Media, Indigenous Cyberspace 2021, 2022

Indigenous new media theory and design via CEDaR (Centre for Engaged Documentation and Research) the Indigneous new media lab I co-operate with Daisy Rosenblum. 

Frostad John Nutriceuticals and Functional Foods, Fluid Mechanics, Emulsions, Foams, Functional Foods, Interfacial Rheology, Interfacial Phenomena, Sensory Analysis, Novel Instrumentation, Physics of Soft Matter, See my website: food.chbe.ubc.ca/opportunities/ Any time / year round, 2021

For more information, please see: http://food.chbe.ubc.ca/opportunities/

Friedman Joel Computer Science Theory, Algebraic Graph Theory, Combinatorics Any time / year round

Computer Science Theory, Graph Theory, Combinatorics, Algebraic Topology applied to Combinatorics

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