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 Interests Desired start dates: Project areas
Silberman Lior Mathematics, Metric geometry, Number theory, Automorphic forms, Analysis on manifolds, Topology, Homogenous dynamics, Representation Theory, Group Theory 2020

Mathematics, almost any field

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

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.

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 2020

Development and execution of clinical studies; tendinopathy

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

Schmidt Julia Trauma / Injuries, Cognition, Neurological Diseases, Traumatic Brain Injury, Cognitive impairment, rehabilitation, Self-awareness, Self-identity, neuroscience 2020, 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.

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.

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

Schabas Margaret Philosophy, History and Comparative Studies, History and Philosophy of Economics Any time / year round, 2020

History and Philosophy of Economics; Philosophy of Nature; Environmental Philosophy; Early Modern Philosophy; British Nineteenth-Century Philosophy; Science and Technology Studies

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.

Ross Colin Biomedical Technologies, Gene Therapy, Drug Metabolism, Transgenic Model, Pharmacogenomics, Gene-based therapeutics, Precision Medicine 2020

see http://colinrosslab.com/who-we-are/colin-ross/ see https://pharmsci.ubc.ca/directory/colin-ross

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

Robinson Wendy Developmental Genetics, Genomics, Reproduction and Growth, DNA and RNA Chips, Bioinformatics, Medical Genetics, Human Development, Epigenetics, miRNA, Preterm Birth, Placenta, Mosaicism, Fetal Growth, DNA methylation, Sex differences 2020

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.

Strong background in genetics and stats/bioinformatics preferred. Students accepted into the Medical Genetics or GSAT rotation programs are prioritized. 

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

Adaptation, Speciation, Evolution of Crops and Weeds, Bioinformatics

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

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

Renwick Kerry Teacher Education, Familial Contexts, Human and Social Ecology, Critical Pedagogy, Educational Policy, Home Economics, Health Education, Public health 2020, 2021

Health Literacy; Food Literacy; Teacher Education: Curriculum Development; Educational Policy

Regier Dean Economical Analysis Methods, Health Care Technologies, Health Policies, Health economics, Preference Elicitation, Mixed methods, Econometrics, Qualitative research, Discrete choice experiment, Shared decision making, Economic evaluation

Precision medicine and health economics, including qualitative and quantitative analyses and shared decision-making

Rauscher Alexander Algorithms, Brain Metabolism, Imaging, Neurological Diseases, Modelization and Simulation, magnetic resonance imaging, physics, quantitative susceptibility mapping, myelin water imaging, brain 2020

MRI of multiple sclerosis, modelling of the MRI signal, quantitative susceptibility mapping, MRI physics

Ranger Manon Prematurity, Stress, Infant / Child Development, Pain, neurodevelopment, Early-adversity, Biomarkers of early stress exposure, Brain development Any time / year round

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

Ramana M. V. Energy Production, Nuclear and Fusion, nuclear energy, nuclear disarmament, arms control, nuclear policy, risk of nuclear accidents, political economy of energy 2020
  • political economy of nuclear energy
  • risk of accidental or inadvertent nuclear war
  • nuclear energy in developing countries
  • new nuclear reactor designs
  • international treaties promoting nuclear disarmament
  • fissile materials in India and Pakistan
Quon Bradley Cystic Fibrosis, Epidemiology, Respiratory System, Proteomics, Immune Mediators: Cytokines and Chemokines, biomarker discovery and development, clinical epidemiology, health care economics, medication adherence Any time / year round

Cystic Fibrosis blood biomarker research and development - proteomics and transcriptomics Health outcomes research using the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Registry - clinical epidemiology

Puterman Eli Health Psychology, Stress physiology, Acute exercise, Exercise interventions, Physical Activity, Physical literacy, cellular aging, telomeres, chronic stress Any time / year round

Our Fitness, Aging and Stress Lab at UBC is currently actively engaged in several different laboratory and community studies. In the laboratory, we are examining the impact of different lengths and intensities of exercise on biological and psychological responses to acute stressors. We are also examining the flip side of this - how chronic and acute stress impact biological and psychological... Read More

Price Morgan Health Information Systems, Design, family medicine, eHealth Adoption, eHealth Requirements Engineering, eHealth Ux/UI Design, software engineering, decision support systems, Treatment Adherence, Consumer eHealth, Health System Improvement, primary care, Team-based care Any time / year round, 2020

Our lab is based in Victoria and connected to both the Island Medical Program and UVic Computer Science. We have a range of projects including: eHealth related projects connected to community based Electronic Medical record design and assessment of adoption; action research projects with partners related to health system improvement using EMRs in practice; consumer mHealth projects related to... Read More

Priatel John Auto-Immune Diseases, Cell Signaling and Infectious and Immune Diseases, Diseases of the Immune System, Cell Therapy of Infectious and Immune Diseases, Autoimmunity, Immunodeficiency, Tumour immunotherapy, Viral infection, host-pathogen interactions Any time / year round

T cells form an integral part of our immune system and are essential to fight off most infections. To perform these roles, T cells must be able to discriminate between various antigens and elicit the appropriate type and the appropriate strength of response. Excessive T cell responses towards harmless antigens may result in dangerous allergies while attack against healthy cells or tissue can... Read More

Prange Sebastian History of Major Eras, Great Civilisations or Geographical Corpuses, Religious Systems, Life and Economic Production, Social Organization and Political Systems, History of Capitalism, Economic History, Trade and Trade Diasporas, Islam, South Asia, Indian Ocean 2020

History of the Indian Ocean world (medieval and early modern)

Pinar William Education Systems, History

Curriculum Studies in Canada

Pelech Steven Daniel Cell Signaling, Neurological Diseases, Cell Signaling and Cancer, Cellular Differentiation, Cellular Division, Enzymes and Proteins, Functional and Structural Proteomics, Genomics and Proteomics, Proteomics, Bioinformatics, Diabetes, Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease, Neuronal Communication and Neurotransmission, Protein Microarrays, Protein Kinases, Protein Phosphatases, Protein phosphorylation, Mitosis, Meiosis, Cell signalling, Signal transduction Any time / year round

Investigation of protein kinase signalling networks in diverse experimental model systems, including growth factor-treated human cancer cell lines and meiotic maturation of sea star and frog oocytes. Investigations of protein kinase signalling networks in biopsied human tissues from patients with cancer, neurological disorders and diabetes. Development of microarray technology for monitoring... Read More

Paltin Judith Literary or Artistic Work Analysis, Artistic and Literary Theories, Artistic and Literary Movements, Schools and Styles, Modernist Studies, Cultural Theory, Gender and Sexuality Studies 2020

I welcome graduate projects in modernism, understood broadly, twentieth-century Anglophone literatures, postcolonial, cultural, and materialist studies, intersectional work in feminism, gender, race, and sexuality, and media and technology studies.

Page Brent Cell Signaling and Cancer, drug discovery, Drug development, Medicinal Chemistry, Chemical Biology, Cancer, Target Engagement, Cell signaling Any time / year round, 2020, 2021

Several drug discovery and development projects are available for new and exciting targets involved in cancer cell signaling and metabolism. 

Oser Scott Elementary Particles, particle physics, neutrinos, dark matter, statistical methods for physics 2020

dark matter, SuperCDMS

Onyeoziri-Miller Gloria Memory, Artistic and Literary Marginality, African and Caribbean Literatures, African and Caribbean Women Writers, Utopian Studies, Memory Studies and Marginalized groups

Utopian Memory in African and Caribbean Literatures (SSRCH Insight Grant)

Olson Robert Radiotherapy, Head and Neck Cancer, Breast Cancer, Lung Cancer, Epidemiology, Community Health / Public Health, Social Determinants of Cancer, patient reported outcomes, health services delivery, stereotactic radiotherapy, Clinical trials 2021

1) Clinical trials assessing stereotactic radiotherapy in the setting of metastatic disease 2) Population-level collection and use of patient reported outcomes to improve care and guide comparative effectiveness research 3) Assessing interventions to impact prescribing practices of oncologists

Oberg Gunilla Science and Knowledge, Language, Knowledge, Significance and Thought Building, Urban and Rural Planning Policies, Urban, Industrial and Agricultural Waste Water Treatment, Learning and Development Approaches, Sustainable Development, Environment and Society, Environmental Health, Social and Cultural Factors of Environmental Protection, Chemical Pollutants, Risk Management 2020, 2021

The Egesta Lab is looking for graduate students with an interest in investingating how to transparently communicate uncertainties embedded in science for policy, with a particular focus on risk assessment of endocrine disrupting substances or complex mixtures (such as in wastewater). If your education is mainly in the natural sciences or engineering, it is an advantage if you also have some... Read More

O'Brien Heather New Technology and Social Impacts, Public Communication, Media Influence on Behavior, Right and Access to Information, Impacts of New Information Technologies, user engagement, user experience, community engagement, information seeking and retrieval, information access, cognitive processes related to information searching and evaluation 2020, 2021

User engagement with search systems; learning outcomes of engagement with search systems; Knowledge mobilization; community engagement; lay audience engagement with research

Nolde Natalia Statistics and Probabilities, Multivariate extreme value theory, Risk assessment, Applications in finance, insurance, geosciences Any time / year round

Financial risk analytics
Multivariate extreme value theory

Noh Minkyun Mechatronics, Control System, Electric and Electronic Systems, Servo-Control, Robotics and Automation, Instruments, Machinery, Sensors and Devices, Mechatronic system design, Electric machines and drives, Precision engineering, Magnetic levitation, Magnetic bearings, Bearingless motors, Instrumentation, Robotics, Control, sensors, Actuators 2020

High-speed bearingless motors and drive technology

Laser Interferemeter Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) 

Nimmon Laura Interpersonal Communication, Family and Care Givers, Palliative Care, Chronic Diseases in Elderly, Health Care Organization, Power and Organization, Adult Education and Continuing Education, Health Professions Education, Qualitative research, Interdisciplinary team communication, Patient centered care, Chronic disease care, End of life care, Collaborative pratice, Teamwork, Families and Caregivers, Adult education Any time / year round, 2020

Negotiation and power dynamics on chronic disease healthcare teams; Team coordination of health literacy for chronic disease patients; Patient centered collaborative practice in chronic disease care.

Nielsen Torsten Cancer of the Musculoskeletal System, Breast Cancer, Cancer Diagnosis and Detection, Translational research, Biomarker development, Experimental Therapeutics, Clinical trials, Epigenomics, Immuno-oncology, Tissue-based diagnostic technologies 2021

Fusion oncogene biology and experimental therapeutics

Cancer biomarker development: immuno-oncology, in situ multiplex diagnostics, NanoString profiling

Nagamune Ryozo Control System, Servo-Control, Mechatronics, control engineering, robust control, modeling, wind turbine control, solar themal system control, automotive engine control, optimization

Floating offshore wind farm control and optimization, control of an integrated solar thermal system

Mortenson Ben Quality of Life and Aging, Social Aspects of Aging, Mobility, Rehabilitation, Accessibility, Assistive technology, Occupational therapy, Caregiving, Social participation, Spinal cord injury, Outcome measures, Robotics Any time / year round

My research focuses on four overlapping areas: assistive technology, social participation, caregiving and outcome measurement. My work is centered on four main populations: assistive technology users, informal and formal caregivers, individuals with spinal cord injury and residents in long-term care.

Moran Patrick Arts, Literature and Subjectivity, History of Major Eras, Great Civilisations or Geographical Corpuses, Popular Cultures Produced and Broadcasted by Media, Medieval French Literature, Reader-Response Theory, Genre Theory, Narrative Theory, Material Philology, Comparative Medieval Literature, Arthurian Romance, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Interactive Fiction, Cognitive Poetics, Medieval Narrative Literature, Old French, Medievalism Any time / year round

Medieval French literature, primarily (but not limited to) narrative literature of the 12th and 13th centuries.

Medievalism in contemporary literature.

Moore Robert Daniel Fresh Water, Ice and Snow, Hydrology, hydroclimatology, stream temperature, fish habitat, forest hydrology, glacier hydrology, snow hydrology 2020

stream temperature, forest hydrology, effects of glacier retreat and vegetation succession

Mitchell Tamara Literary or Artistic Work Analysis, Artistic and Literary Theories, Political Ideologies, Contemporary Mexican Literature and Culture, Neoliberalism, Globalization, (Post-)National Politics, Political Philosophy, Critical Theory, Border and Diaspora Studies, Contemporary Central American Literature and Culture, Digital Humanities, Sound Studies Any time / year round

"Noisy Narrative" Latin American Literary Soundscapes" (Digital Humanities, Sound Studies, Literary Analysis)

Unbounded: Latin American Literature in the Age of Technological Globalization (book project)

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 Literacy Training, Learning Disabilities, curriculum-based measurement, academic intervention 2020, 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 Local Cultures and Dynamics, Resources Management, Dynamics of Social Transformations, Social Movements, Indigenous studies, Natural Resource Management, Maritime Anthropology, Western Europe, Ethnographic Film 2020, 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

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

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