Research Projects

Below is a sample of research projects that you can consider as part of your graduate degree program. Please ensure to review the departmental websites of all potential faculty members by using the supervisor search.

Last namesort ascending First name Research Interest Desired start dates: Project areas Financial support options:
Zhou Youwen Biomarkers in cancer and inflammation, Genetics and genomics of skin diseases, Melanoma, vitiligo, hyperhidrosis, and skin lymphoma, Innovative therapeutic development Any time / year round

(1). Treating cancer by targeting tumor microenvironment
(2). Modulating innate immunity for treatment of melanoma and vitiligo
(3). Genetic determinants of sweating and anxiety--discovery and clinical translation
(4). Novel therapeutics for skin inflammation and cancer

Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Zhao Jiaying Cognitive Science, Poverty, Sustainability, Behavior Change, Public Policy Any time / year round Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Zhang Gaoheng Migration Studies, Mobility Studies , Postcolonial Studies , Gender and Masculinity Studies, Race Theory, Film and Media Studies, Rhetoric and Communication Studies , Cultural Theory, Italian-Chinese relations , Italy's global networks , Modern and contemporary Italian literature and culture Any time / year round

Migration, postcolonial, and tourism studies relating to Italy and Europe;
Networks between Italy and China, and Europe and East Asia;
Italy's international past and present;
Transnationalism and globalization in Italy;
Media, filmic, and literary depictions of minorities;
Italian and comparative male and gender identities.

Applicants need to be self-funded
Zhang Yuelin Plant immunity, Systemic acquired resistance, ROS signaling, MAPK signaling, plant immune receptors 2018, 2019, 2020

Systemic acquired resistance, ROS signaling, MAPK signaling, signal transduction pathways downstream of plant immune receptors

Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Zhang Jenny Li Financial reporting, corporate disclosure, restatements, pension 2019

Financial reporting, corporate disclosure, restatements, pension

Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Zerriffi Hisham energy poverty Any time / year round

Modeling of energy access in developing countries, assessment of socio-ecological linkages in energy use, household choice and welfare implications related to energy use

Yu Lingtao leadership and ethics , abusive supervision , workplace deviance , emotions , mindfulness 2020
Young Margot constitutional law, equality law, social welfare law, international rights protection, , women’s right, Housing rights 2018
Yoon Dongwook Human-computer interaction (HCI), Multimodal interaction, Interaction and interface design, Computer supported cooperative work (CSCW), Educational technology, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Speech, touch, multitouch, stylus, gesture, mixed-reality, 3d interaction Any time / year round

My research lies at the intersection of human-computer interaction (HCI), computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW), computer-mediated communication (CMC), and educational technology. My primary research focus is to build rich collaboration systems that offer expressive multimodal interactions, i.e., interactions through multiple communication channels (e.g., speech, gesture, and grasp). My... Read More

Yip Calvin Regulation of autophagy degradation , Chromatin modification / epigenetic regulation, Molecular etiologies of rare diseases 2018, 2019, 2020

1. Characterizing protein complexes involved in chromatin modification and epigenetic regulation
2. Dissecting the regulatory mechanisms of autophagy degradation
3. Investigating the molecular bases of rare diseases

Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Ye Ziliang Any time / year round
Wyly Elvin gentrification, housing, the politics of data and quantitative methods 2018
Wylie Alison philosophy of social science, philosophy of the historial sciences, feminist philosophy, philosophy of archaeology, research ethics (non-medical) Any time / year round

Feminist standpoint theory; epistemic implications of community based collaborative practice (especially in archaeology); content effects of systemic inequities in the sciences.

Wright Handel (post)multiculturalism and multicultural education, cultural studies, youth studies, Critical Race Theory, identity, citizenship and belonging, Africana studies, postcolonialism and decolonization Any time / year round

(post)multiculturalism; youth identity and belonging; cultural studies and education; Africana identity

Woody Sheila Hoarding 2018

The Centre for Collaborative Research on Hoarding, which I direct, has two lines of research that present opportunities for a postdoctoral fellow. One area of inquiry is in the cognitive underpinnings of hoarding disorder, and the other is on community-based interventions for hoarding.

Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Wood Evan substance use, addiction, injection drug use, opioids, alcohol, population health, epidemiology, urban health Any time / year round
Woo Carson C Conceptual modeling, Information systems analysis and design, Requirements engineering, Applications of block chain and artificial intelligence technology to business, Philosophy of Design Science Any time / year round Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Wong Hubert Biostatistical methods 2018, 2019, 2020

Novel designs for real-world clinical trials
Statistical methodology

Some financial support is available
Wong Vincent protocol design, optimization, wireless networks, communication systems, Internet, Internet of Things (IoT), mobile computing, smart grid, energy systems Any time / year round Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Wittman Hannah food sovereignty, sustainable agriculture, socio-ecological systems, agro-ecology 2019, 2020

policy reform for food sovereignty and agroecology; socio-ecology systems monitoring for diversified agriculture

Some financial support is available
Withers Stephen Drug development, enzyme inhibition, carbohydrates, glycobiology, metagenomics, directed evolution 2018

Development of novel therapeutics for diabetes and lysosomal storage diseases
Discovery of enzymes for the enzymatic removal of cell surface antigens
In vitro and In vivo glycosylation of proteins

Some financial support is available
Winstanley Catharine Behavioural neuroscience, Gambling disorder, Addiction, Decision making, Impulsivity, Traumatic brain injury 2018, 2019, 2020

Exploring the neural, neurochemical and molecular basis of impulsivity and risky decision making, particularly as these cognitive traits relate to addiction disorders. Most of the work we do uses rat models of cognitive behaviour, but we are starting to translate our findings into human subjects.

Some financial support is available
Wiltschko Martina syntax and its interfaces, , speech acts, interactive language, categories 2018, 2019, 2020

syntax-pragmatics interface
syntax-prosedy interface
field-work

Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Wilton Steven Field-Programmable Gate Arrays, Computer-Aided Design Algorithms, High-Level Synthesis Any time / year round

Debug for FPGAs
FPGA Architectures
CAD for FPGAs

Wilkinson David Electrochemistry, electrocatalysis, electrochemical power sources, advanced electrolysis, , hydrogen production and storage, waste water and drinking water treatment, solar fuels, carbon dioxide conversion, clean and sustainable energy and water 2017, 2018
Wilbur Kerry workplace-based learning, culture and health professional education, patient and medication safety, interprofessional education, public health roles of pharmacists Any time / year round Some financial support is available
Whitton Jeannette Plant evolution, Plant systematics, Evolutionary ecology, Conservation policy, Species at risk, Evolution of asexulaity 2018 Some financial support is available
Whitlock Michael Evolution, forces which control the nature and distribution of genotypes in subdivided populations and how does this affect the outcome of other evolutionary processes Any time / year round Some financial support is available
Whitehead Lorne Applied physics, especially novel geometrical approaches, Applied optics, Illuminating engineering and display technology Any time / year round
Wellington Cheryl Lea Alzheimer's Disease, Traumatic Brain Injury, Tissue Engineering, Biomarkers, Drug Discovery, Apolipoprotein E, Cerebrovascular function Any time / year round

Relationship of biomechanics to pathology in TBI animal models
Translational biomarkers for TBI across clinical and animal specimens
ApoE modulators
Cerebrovascular contributions to Alzheimer's Disease pathogenesis
Animal Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Weijs Steven Hydrological Prediction, hydrology, water resources management, information theory, uncertainty, experimental hydrology, sensors, mountain hydrology, droughts, floods, control of water systems Any time / year round

Projects regarding new measurement techniques for catchment hydrology
Projects working on uncertainty analysis / quantification for hydrological prediction
Projects on optimal monitoring network layout / optimal expermental design
Projects on applications of information theory in hydrology and water resources

Applicants need to be self-funded
Wei Juncheng nonlinear partial differential equations, applied and geometric analysis, reaction-diffusion systems, singular perturbations and concentration phenomena, mathematical biology Any time / year round

De Giorgi conjectures, fractional equations, blow-ups in nonlinear parabolic and elliptic equations

Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Webb P. Taylor Education policy and social theory, Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, Neoliberalism, Governmentality, Micropolitics , Biopolitics, Subjectivity 2018

*Education policy, especially enactments and problematizations
*Governmentality studies in education, particularly micropolitics and subjectivities
*Methodological uses of 'fieldwork in philosophy' and post-qualitative approaches

Watson Peter biomarker 2018, 2019 Applicants need to be self-funded
Wasteneys Geoff Plant Growth and Development, Microtubule Dynamics and Organization, Trafficking of Membrane Receptors and Transporters, Cellulose Biosynthesis, Plant Cell Walls in Cell Shape and Tissue Function 2017, 2018, 2019

1) The role of Microtubule-Associated Proteins in Microtubule Dynamics

2) Mechanisms of Cell Wall Construction and Modification in Plant Organ Morphogenesis

3) Microtubule-mediated turnover of membrane receptors and transporters

Applicants need to be self-funded
Wang Siyun Food Safety Any time / year round Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Wang Fei Educational administration and leadership, social justice and diversity, comparative policy studies, the role of the school principals 2018

My research lies in the areas of educational leadership and administration, social justice and diversity, “subversive” leadership, leadership in cross-cultural settings, and educational policy studies. I explore how principals negotiate policies and practices that they consider socially unjust to students and how they “creatively” cope with conflicts between moral and ethical obligations and... Read More

Wang Yanwen public policy, public health, technology, financial decision making 2018, 2019, 2020
Wachs Anthony Fluid mechanics, Particle-laden flows, Non Newtonian flows, Heat and mass transfer, Numerical simulation, High performance computing, Multi-scale modelling Any time / year round

* Development of massively parallel codes for granular and particle-laden flow simulation
* Multi-scale modeling of particle-laden flows
* Shape effect in granular and particle-laden flows
* Heat and mass transfer in fluidized beds

Some financial support is available
von Bergmann HsingChi Assessment, PBL, Teacher Beliefs & Identity, Opportunity to Learn, HPS 2018

Health Science Education
Assessment and Competency Based Education

Some financial support is available
Vincent Amanda 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 2018, 2019, 2020

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

Vilarino-Guell Carles Multiple sclerosis, Neuromyelitis optica, Neurological disorders Any time / year round

- Study of the genetic factors contributing to the onset of familial multiple sclerosis and its clinical presentations.

- Biological and behavioral characterization of the first animal model of multiple sclerosis based on human etiology.

Veenstra Gerry racial health inequalities, social class and health, intersectionality and health, Bourdieusian field theory, lifestyle practices and health, culture and class 2018, 2019, 2020 Applicants need to be self-funded
Vedam Saraswathi 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 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

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, Access and Integration Maternity Care Mapping study (links between regulatory frameworks and disparities)

Some financial support is available
Van Willigenburg Stephanie algebraic combinatorics, Coxeter group, quasisymmetric function, Schur functions and generalizations, chromatic symmetric function 2019
Van Raamsdonk Catherine Human Cancer Genetics, Developmental Genetics, Mouse Genetics and Transgenesis, Mutation, Cell Migration, Melanocytes 2018, 2019

Identification and validation of somatic and germline mutations in human cancer. Cell migration in development and metastasis. Investigation of the developmental biology of neural crest lineages using transgenic mice. Culturing, FACS sorting, and transcriptome analysis of melanocytes from the skin, eyes, and metastatic sites. Testing therapeutics and signaling pathways for uveal melanoma.

Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Van Petegem Filip 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... Read More

Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Van de Panne Michiel 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

Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Turvey Stuart Microbiome cohort studies, Primary Immune Deficiencies 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... Read More

Some financial support is available
Turin Mark Nepal, Tibet, Sikkim, Bhutan, First Nations, Bella Bella, Heiltsuk, Indigeneity Any time / year round Some financial support is available

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