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 descending First name Research Interests Desired start dates: Project areas
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

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

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

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

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

Rieseberg Loren plant evolutionary biology; adaptation; speciation; crops; weeds; invasive plants Any time / year round

Adaptation, Speciation, Evolution of Crops and Weeds, Bioinformatics

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.

 

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

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/

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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; 

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

Mathematics, almost any field

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

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

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.

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
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
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

Stephens Christopher philosophy of biology; philosophy of science; rationality; Why be rational?; scientific philosophy Any time / year round

philosophical debates about evolutionary biology, topics in philosophy of science concerning the nature of evidence, the nature and justification of rationality. Evolutionary approaches to philosophical topics.

Stull Roland Meteorology and weather; weather; Meteorology; atmospheric science; numerical weather prediction; clean energy meteorology; storms; transportation weather; forest fire weather; weather disasters; atmospheric boundary layers; aviation meteorology Any time / year round

Weather forecasting for clean energy (wind, hydro, solar).

Weather forecasting for transportation (shipping, highways, railroads)

Weather forecasting for forest fires (fire-atmosphere interaction, smoke dispersion)

Forecasting for other weather-related disasters (landslides, debris flows, floods, avalanches, windstorms, air pollution, etc.)

Special projects (e.g.,... Read More

Subramaniam Sriram Medical, health and life sciences; cryo-EM; cryo-electron microscopy; Cryoelectron Microscopy; Scanning Electron Microscopy; Advanced Electron Microscopy; drug discovery; Drug-design; Focused ion beams; Electron tomography; Tomography; Single particle imaging; Single particle analysis; structural bioinformatics; Structural Biology; COVID-19 therapeutic design 2022
  • structure guided drug design
  • machine learning methods in image processing
Sunderland Terence Earth and related environmental sciences; Social and economic geography; biodiversity; Communications; Communities and Livelihoods; conservation; Conservation Biology; Ecosystem services; Environmental communication; Forest policy; Land-use Change; Landscape ecology; Natural Resource Management; social science; sustainability; Tropical Landscapes and Livelihoods; Developing countries; Forest management 2021, 2022

Forests and food security; sustainable landscape management; biodiversity; rural livelihoods and markets; ecosystem services; non-timber forest products

Suttle Curtis Marine Environment; Microbial Diversity; Marine Microbiology; Environmental Virology; Biological Oceanography; Viral Discovery; Viruses; Phage Any time / year round

Generally students will need to be funded through external scholarships, or be funded through a University Graduate Fellowship, or other UBC Fellowship.

Taghipour Fariborz Clean Technologies; Solar and Wind Energy; Drinking Water; solar fuels; Artificial Photosynthetic Systems; UV Photoreactors; UV-LED Reactors; UV Microplasma; Modeling of Chemical and Biochemical Reactors; Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)

Artificial Photosynthetic Systems: Artificial photosynthesis involves capturing energy from the sun and storing it in the form of chemical fuels. The focus of this research is to create engineered solar fuel generators for the photocatalytic production of hydrogen, a leading candidate for the fuel of the future. Our team develops photoelectrochemical cells and multifunctional photocatalysts... Read More

Taubert Stefan Molecular Genetics; Genomics; Genetics of Aging; Metabolism; Stress and Cancer; Stress; Gene Regulation and Expression; Toxin and Toxicant Metabolism; Transcription; Gene regulation; Stress responses; Hypoxia; Aging; Diabetes; C. elegans; Mouse; beta cells Any time / year round

We study how cells, tissues, and organisms adapt to stresses such as hypoxia, oxidative stress, starvation, heavy metal exposure, and others. We investigate these stresses and stress responses because they contribute to or even cause human pathologies, including cancers, diabetes, and neurodegenerative disorders. In this context, we are especially interested in gene regulation by the Mediator... Read More

Taylor Eric Genomics; Evolutionary Genetics; biodiversity; speciation; fishes; conservation; biogeography

Genetics of speciation in sympatric char; population genomics; conservation

Tessier Anne-Michelle Phonology; Language Acquisition; Constraint-based grammars; Lexical avoidance; U-shaped development; L2 production and perception in childhood; Prosodic processing with cochlear implants; Shitgibbons Any time / year round

Constraint-based approaches to phonological development

Phonological learnability

L1 morpho-phonological learning

Traboulsee Anthony Multiple Sclerosis; Imaging; multiple sclerosis; magnetic resonance imaging; neuromyelitls optica (NMO) Any time / year round

Image analysis

Tseng Michelle Ecology and Quality of the Environment; Ecology; Evolutionary Biology 2021

1. How do species interactions mediate adaptation to new environments?

Global climate change is resulting in increases in mean and variation in temperature. Concurrently, organisms are experiencing novel environments via land-use change and eutrophication.  Can organisms adapt fast enough to respond to these changing environments?  Ongoing projects: How do species interactions such as... Read More

Turvey Stuart Immune System; Asthma; Immunodeficiencies; Microbiome cohort studies; Primary Immune Deficiencies; Precision Medicine Any time / year round

Genetics of Susceptibility to Childhood Infection Until very recently, clinical immunologists have focused most attention on patients with a ‘noisy clinical phenotype’—multiple, severe and recurrent infections. Indeed, the origin of primary immunodeficiencies is generally attributed to Bruton’s 1952 description of X-linked agammaglobulinemia in a boy whose repeated pneumococcal infections... Read More

Upham David Chester Energy Transformation and Energy Using; catalysis; Energy; Greenhouse gas mitigation Any time / year round

CO2-free conversion of greenhouse gases into chemicals, fuels, and products

Van de Panne Michiel Computer Science and Statistics; Computer Sciences and Mathematical Tools; Robotics and Automation; simulation of human movement; computer animation; Robotics; deep reinforcement learning; motor control; computer graphics Any time / year round

simulation of agile human motion, robotics, motion planning, sensorimotor control, dexterous manipulation, computer animation, machine learning, computer graphics, novel interfaces

Van Petegem Filip Biological and Biochemical Mechanisms; Genetic Diseases; Ion channels; electrical signaling; Cardiac arrhythmia; Epilepsy; Calcium signaling; Structural Biology; electrophysiology Any time / year round

1) Muscle excitation-contraction coupling: How does an electrical signal in a muscle cell get transmitted into contraction? We investigate the membrane proteins involved in this process (L-type calcium channels, Ryanodine Receptors), as well as the various proteins that modulate these channels. Projects include solving crystal and cryo-EM structures of these channels in complex with the... Read More

Van Raamsdonk Catherine Cancer Genetics; Developmental Genetics; Molecular Genetics; Human Cancer Genetics; Mouse Genetics and Transgenesis; Melanoma; Oncogenesis; Melanocytes; Pigmentation 2021

Cancer cell metastasis. Neural crest cell development. Molecular analysis of melanocytes and melanoma cells from mouse models: transcriptomics, bioinformatics, proteomics. Primary cell culture, FACS, Immunohistochemistry/Immunofluorescence. Therapeutics and signaling pathways in melanoma.

Vanderwal Tamara Functional Neuroimaging; child psychiatric disorders Any time / year round
  • Movie + OCD = This project creates and tests a novel movie stimulus designed specifically to evoke symptoms of OCD while participants are undergoing fMRI scans. The goal is to identify a disorder-specific network that has clinical relevance at the individual-subject level.  Analytic approaches will include machine-based learning algorithmes (e.g., Connectome Predictive Modeling) and... Read More
Vedam Saraswathi Gestation / Parturition; Human Rights and Liberties, Collective Rights; Right and Access to Information; Home Care Services; Law and Health; Social Contract and Social Justice; Community Health / Public Health; Breast Feeding and Infant Nutrition; Family and Child Services; Home Birth; Place of Birth; Provider Attitudes; Respectful Maternity Care; Midwifery; Interprofessional relationships; Person-Centered Care; Patient Autonomy; Institutional Racism in Maternity Care; Maternal and Newborn Outcomes; Maternity care for diverse populations; Transdisciplinary engagement in health care; Mistreatment Any time / year round

Active analysis and knowledge translation projects: qualitative and quantitative data generated by participatory maternity care research: Changing Childbirth in BC, Giving Voice to Mothers - US (participatory research on experiences of maternity care and disparities), Access and Integration Maternity Care Mapping study (links between regulatory frameworks and disparities), Giving Voice to... Read More

Victoriano Ramon Antonio Caribbean literatures; Latin American literatures; Contemporary literatures; Hispanic Caribbean Literatures and Cultures; Latin American Contemporary Novel and Short Story Any time / year round

Blackness in the Hispanic Caribbean.

Cultural History of Hispanic Caribbean printed media. 

Vincent Amanda Marine Environment; Fishery Resources; Sustainable Development; Protected Areas; Biodiversity and Biocomplexity; Ecology and Quality of the Environment; ocean conservation; threatened marine species, especially seahorses and their relatives; marine protected areas; Small-scale fisheries; nonselective fisheries, especially trawling; wildlife trade; community-based conservation; citizen science; multilateral environmental agreements Any time / year round
  • India: costs and benefits of trawl fisheries
  • China: threatened species and spatial planning
  • Southeast Asia: emergence of biomass trawling
  • IndoPacific: ecology and conservation of the seahorse
  • Hippocampus kuda global: CITES and marine conservation
  • and other projects compatible with my group's priority interests

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