Research Projects

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 Interest Desired start dates: Project areas
Zwicker Jill Infant / Child Development, Motor System, Rehabilitation, Prematurity, Learning Disorders in Children, developmental coordination disorder, brain development, neuroplasticity, rehabilitation Any time / year round
Zhou Youwen Skin Cancer, Skin Disorders, Lymphoma, Gene Regulation and Expression, Genomics, Molecular Genetics, Transgenic Model, Immune Mediators: Cytokines and Chemokines, 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

Zhao Jiaying Psychology - Biological Aspects, Environment and Society, Socio-Economic Conditions, Cognitive Science, Poverty, Sustainability, Behavior Change, Public Policy Any time / year round
Zhang Gaoheng Intercultural and Ethnic Relationships, Cultural Exchanges, Migrations, Populations, Cultural Exchanges, Media and Society, Media Ethics, Media and Democratization, 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.

Zerriffi Hisham Biomass (Energy), Energy Transformation and Energy Using, International Development, Environment and Society, Ideological, Political, Economical and Social Environments of Social Transformations, Social and Cultural Factors of Environmental Protection, 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

Young Margot Constitutional Law, Law, constitutional law, equality law, social welfare law, international rights protection, , women’s right, Housing rights Any time / year round
Yoon Dongwook Computer Science and Statistics, Design, Educational Technologies, 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

Ye Ziliang Optics and Photonics, Nanomaterials Any time / year round
Yadav Vikramaditya Biotechnology, Bioinformatics, Biomass (Energy), Bioremediation, Bioactive Molecules, Biomaterials, Structural Tissue Engineering / Biomaterials, Biological and Biochemical Mechanisms, Synthetic biology, Metabolic engineering, Biocatalysis, Bioprocess engineering, Bioremediation, Medical biotechnology, Tissue engineering, Drug delivery, Drug discovery & development, Technoeconomics, Vaccines Any time / year round

My research group utilizes metabolic & enzyme engineering to investigate and customize novel biosynthetic enzymes that can convert biomass-derived feedstocks into value-added chemicals. We have published highly acclaimed papers on model-guided enzyme engineering, process development, enzyme discovery using metagenomics and engineering metabolic control schemes that bridge with bioprocess... Read More

Wylie Alison Philosophy, History and Comparative Studies, philosophy of science, philosophy of the social and historial sciences, feminist philosophy, philosophy of archaeology, research ethics (non-medical), science studies Any time / year round

Feminist standpoint theory; community based collaborative practice; Indigenous/science; content effects of systemic inequities in the sciences.

Wright Handel Transcultural Studies, Educational Approaches, (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; comparative and international education

Wood Evan Community Health / Public Health, substance use, addiction, injection drug use, opioids, alcohol, population health, epidemiology, urban health Any time / year round
Woo Carson C Information Systems, 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
Wong Vincent Telecommunication networks, Computer Systems, Network Analysis (Information), wireless networks, communication systems, Internet of Things (IoT), mobile computing, Internet, smart grid, energy systems, machine learning, protocol design Any time / year round
Wilton Steven Integrated Circuits, Computer Architecture, Computer Hardware, Field-Programmable Gate Arrays, Computer-Aided Design Algorithms, High-Level Synthesis Any time / year round

Debug for FPGAs FPGA Architectures CAD for FPGAs

Whitlock Michael Evolutionary Genetics, Population Genetics Any time / year round
Whitehead Lorne Applied physics, especially novel geometrical approaches, Applied optics, Illuminating engineering and display technology Any time / year round
Werker Janet Language Acquisition and Development, Speech and Language Development Disorders, Language and Cognitive Processes, Bilingualism and Multilingualism, Psychology - Biological Aspects, Language Acquisition, Speech Perception, Multisensory Processing, Critical Periods, Plasticity, Psycholinguistics Any time / year round
Wellington Cheryl Lea Alzheimer's Disease, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Trauma / Injuries, Lipid/Lipoprotein analysis, Structural Tissue Engineering / Biomaterials, 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

Weijs Steven Water, Hydrological Cycle and Reservoirs, Drinking Water, Fresh Water, Information, Hydroelectricity, Ice and Snow, 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

Wei Juncheng nonlinear partial differential equations, applied and geometric analysis, reaction-diffusion systems, singular perturbations and concentration phenomena, mathematical biology, singularity formations in fluids Any time / year round

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

Wang Siyun Agri-food Transformation Products, Microbiology, Bioactive Molecules, Food Safety, Food Microbiology Any time / year round
Wang Yuzhuo Prostate Cancer, Modeling and Targeting the Development of Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer Any time / year round
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

Vora Siddharth Oro-Dental Disorders, Craniofacial Biology, Developmental Biology, Orthodontics, Cleft lip and/or palate, Tooth development Any time / year round
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, 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 (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

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
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 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

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

Turin Mark Cultural Institutions (Museums, Libraries, etc.), Lexicography and Dictionaries, Language Contact and Linguistic Changes, Language Rights and Policies, Language Interactions, Political Culture, Society and Ideology, Nepal, Tibet, Sikkim, Bhutan, First Nations, Bella Bella, Heiltsuk, Indigeneity Any time / year round
Traboulsee Anthony Multiple Sclerosis, Imaging, multiple sclerosis, magnetic resonance imaging, neuromyelitls optica (NMO) Any time / year round

Image analysis

Thompson Evan Philosophical Foundations, Philosophy, History and Comparative Studies, Theories and Philosophies, Cognitive Science, Philosophy of Mind, Phenomenology, Asian Philosophies Any time / year round
Tebbutt Scott Genomics and Proteomics, Asthma, Heart Transplantation, Complex Trait Genetics, Fungal Infections, Occupational Lung Diseases, Dual organism molecular interaction, Early and late reactions in allergic asthma, Diagnostics of acute heart rejection, Neonatal vaccine immunogenicity Any time / year round, 2020
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, Metabolism, Lipid biology, C. elegans, Mouse Any time / year round

My lab is interested in gene regulation by the so-called Mediator complex, an essential eukaryotic transcriptional regulator that is mutated or deregulated in various human diseases (cancers, developmental disorders, etc). In particular, we study how Mediator and their associated transcriptional partners control stress responses (hypoxia, oxidative stress, starvation) and (lipid) metabolism.... Read More

Talhouk Aline Computer Science and Statistics, Epidemiology, Bioinformatics, Cancer of the Reproductive System, predictive modeling, clinical utility, diagnostic models, prognostic models, personalized medicine Any time / year round
Tai Isabella Cancer of the Digestive System Any time / year round
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.

Strike Vanessa Private Sector Corporations, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, Family Business, Governance, Entrepreneurship, Advising, Sensemaking Any time / year round
Straus Suzana Proteins, Antimicrobial peptides, Viral membrane proteins, Structure-function, Protein-protein interactions Any time / year round
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.

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 Sensation and Perception, Sensorimotor Integration, Motor System, Locomotor Activity / Movement Disorders, vision, movement, perception and action, eye movements, hand movements, eye-hand coordination, sport vision, Parkinson's disease Any time / year round

- 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 Archeological Data Analysis, Molecular Genetics, Bioarchaeology, Ancient DNA Analysis (paleogenetics), Ancient proteins (paleoproteomics), Environmental Archaeology, Marine Ecosystems, Animal Domestication Any time / year round, 2019, 2020
  • 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
Soma Kiran Biological Behavior, Neuroendocrine Diseases, Neuronal Communication and Neurotransmission, Neuronal Systems, Neuroscience, Endocrinology, Stress Any time / year round

See lab website: http://somalab.psych.ubc.ca/

Sinclair Chadwick Modelization and Simulation, Theoretical Approach, Metals and Alloys, Material Design, Mechanical and Physical Processes, Materials Science and Engineering, Computational Materials Science, Manufacturing, Alloy Design, Solid State Physics, Mechanics Any time / year round
Simpson Elizabeth Congenital Anomalies, Eye and Visual System Diseases, Gene therapy for brain and eye diseases, In vivo gene augmentation and genome editing (CRISPR/CAS9), CRISPR, Aniridia, Rare diseases, Congenital blindness, MiniPromoters for restricted expression Any time / year round
Silver Erin Artist or Author Social Identity, Artistic and Literary Marginality, Artistic and Literary Movements, Schools and Styles, Social Movements, Canadian contemporary art, Queer art , Feminist art histories, Activism and visual culture, Performance studies, Movement culture Any time / year round
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 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

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