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
Mitchell Tamara 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 (developing interest) 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)

Miskovic Sanja Multiphase Flows, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Experimental Fluid Dynamics, High Performance Computing, Minerals Processing, Embedded Sensors, IIoT, Industrial Big Data, Critical Elements Extraction Any time / year round
Milstein Sara Hebrew Bible and Near Eastern Studies, literary history of the Bible, Near Eastern scribal culture, Mesopotamian literature, biblical and cuneiform law Any time / year round
Milligan Kevin Public Finance, Taxation, Pensions, Children, Inequality Any time / year round
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

Metcalfe Amy Higher Education, Faculty, Internationalization, Campus Environments Any time / year round
McKenna Janis Experimental Particle Physics Any time / year round
McIntosh Lawrence Protein structure-dynamics-function, Regulation of gene expression, Signal transduction, Cancer, Enzyme mechanisms Any time / year round
Mayor Thibault Proteostasis, Protein Degradation, Protein Folding, Proteomics, Ubiquitin, Proteasome, Neurodegenerative diseases, Aging, Cell Biology, Yeast Genetics, Biochemistry Any time / year round

The main lab focus is protein quality control and how misfolded proteins are triaged within the cell. In the next years, we want to establish several new projects and here are some examples:
- Identification of protein quality control pathways mediating rare genetic diseases in human.
- Reconstitution of the quality control machinery in vitro to better understand the molecular... Read More

Mayer Ulrich hydrogeology, low-temperature geochemistry, groundwater contamination, groundwater remediation, mine waste management Any time / year round

Development of multicomponent reactive transport modeling tools for multiphase systems

Maxwell Christopher Hereditary Cancer, Cell division, Cell migration, Differentiation, Cell polarity Any time / year round
Mawani Renisa Colonial Legal History, Critical Theory, Race and Racism, Oceans and Maritime Worlds, Time and Temporality Any time / year round
Matthewson Lisa Salish languages, Tsimshianic languages, Austronesian languages, Cross-linguistic variation and universals, Semantic fieldwork Any time / year round
Marzban Lucy Type 2 Diabetes, Type 1 Diabetes, Islet Transplantation, Beta Cell Death, Beta Cell survival, Islet Function, Apoptotic Pathways, Cytokines, Prohormone Processing Any time / year round
Martone Patrick Phycology, Macroalgae, Evolution, Biomechanics, Intertidal Zone, Ecology Any time / year round
Martindale Andrew Indigenous Archaeology, Northwest Coast, Oral Traditions, Spatial Analyses, Archaeology and the Law, Political Economy, Radiocarbon Dating, Indian Residential Schools Any time / year round
Marra Marco Cancer Biology, Genomics, Epigenomics, Bioinformatics, Genetics Any time / year round

Biomarker / gene signature discovery / Personalized genomic medicine / Cancer evolution / Cancer genome landscapes / Functional genomics

Mansoor Jaleh Modernism, Twentieth Century European Art, Formalism, Marxist Feminism, Marxism and Critical Theory Any time / year round
Malakaj Ervin German Studies, German Film Studies, German Media Studies, German Media History, Queer Theory and Queer Studies, Feminist and Queer Film Historiography, Critical Pedagogy Any time / year round
Madden Kenneth Exercise interventions, Sedentary Behaviour, Syncope, Falls Prevention, Infodemiology, Machine Learning Any time / year round

Dr. Ken Madden holds the Allan M. McGavin Chair in Geriatric Medicine at the University of British Columbia and the editor-in-chief of the Canadian Geriatrics Journal. His lab has examined the effect of exercise interventions in older adults with Type 2 diabetes, the ability of different forms of exercise to impact arterial stiffness in subjects at high cardiometabolic risk, and the impact of... Read More

Madden John artificial muscle, wearables, smart materials, electronic skin, supercapacitors, electrochemical devices, medical devices Any time / year round, 2019

We are developing new wearable technologies for medical, robotic and consumer applications.

MacLachlan Mark Supramolecular Chemistry, Nanomaterials, Biomaterials, Cellulose nanocrystals, Chitin, Materials Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry Any time / year round
MacKenzie Scott Eighteenth Century British Literature, British Romantic Literature, Prose Fiction, Poetry, Scotland, Jane Austen, Walter Scott, James Hogg, Laurence Sterne, Henry Fielding, Ann Radcliffe, Gothic, Picturesque, Aesthetics, Home/Domesticity, Poverty, Scarcity, Ecologies, Political Economy, Edmund Burke, Animal Studies, Literary Theory Any time / year round
Lynn Francis diabetes, ß-cell development, ß-cell biology, Human pluripotent stem cells, CRISPR/Cas, transcriptional regulation Any time / year round

Research in the Lynn lab is targeted at understanding the insulin-producing pancreatic β-cell, how it fails during diabetes mellitus and how we can make surrogate cells to cure diabetes. We use a variety of models to study the regulatory pathways important for embryonic β-cell genesis and function. The current focus of research in the lab is understanding how DNA-binding transcription factors... Read More

Lu Xiaonan Food safety, Food microbiology, Analytical chemistry, Molecular microbiology, Nanotechnology, Advanced material, Microfluidic "lab-on-a-chip", Sensor, Gut microbiome, Food microbiome Any time / year round, 2019, 2020

Food safety Food microbiology Molecular microbiology Nanotechnology Microfluidic "lab-on-a-chip" Food authentication Fabrication of nano-biosensor Gut microbiome Food microbiome

Low Margaret Indigenous sovereignty , Reconciliation, Indigenous community planning Any time / year round
Loss Cristiano Timber Engineering, Wood Building Systems, Hybrid Wood-Based Systems, Seismic Design and Analysis of Timber Structures, Industrialised Wood Systems, Engineered Wood Solutions, Wood as Structural Material, Engineering Wood Design Any time / year round, 2019, 2020
Loewen Christopher Membranes and Organelles, Lipid Signalling, Lipid Traffic, Membrane Contact Sites, Genetic Networks, Systems Biology, Super Resolution Microscopy, Cell Polarity, Endoplasmic Reticulum, Golgi, Membrane Diffusion Barriers, Cell Biology, Autism, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Cancer Cell Metabolism Any time / year round

We currently have projects in the areas of genetic networks, cell signalling, membrane contact sites, cell polarity, cancer metabolism and autism. We use multiple model systems to study these topics including budding yeast for genetic network analysis, model human cell lines for cell signalling and microscopy, and knockout mouse genetic models for in vivo functional analysis.

Liu-Ambrose Teresa Healthy Aging, Fall Prevention, Cognitive Aging, Sleep, Physical Activity, Mobility Any time / year round

Increasing precision in exercise prescription to promote cognitive and brain health. The neural interplay between cognitive function and mobility. The relationship between sleep and cognitive function. Preventing falls in high-risk older adults.

Lister Alison Large Hadron Collier (LHC), ATLAS experiment, Search for physics beyond the standard model, top quarks, Dark Matter, Detector development Any time / year round
Lindsey Charles Traffic congestion, Road pricing, Financing transportation infrastructure, Public transit, Advanced traveler information systems, Queuing, Parking policy, Climate change Any time / year round

Traffic congestion, Road pricing, Financing transportation infrastructure, Public transit, Advanced traveler information systems, Parking policy, Climate change

Lim Chinten James tumour cell biology, mechanisms of drug resistance, integrin cell adhesion and migration, tumour microenvironment, pediatric oncology Any time / year round

Integrin cell adhesion in chemotherapeutic resistance. Immunogenic cell death. Cardiomyocyte biology. Pediatric oncology.

Li Linda Patient help-seeking experiences , Shared decision-making, Patient self-management , E-health, Rehabilitation and lifestyle interventions in arthritis management , Health services research, Patient engagement, Knowledge translation, Implementation science, Digital media Any time / year round
  1. Physical activity promotion using digital technology
  2. Shared-decision making
  3. Patient self-management
  4. Integrated knowledge translation - patient engagement in research

Visit the Arthritis, Joint Health & Knowledge Translation Research Program website for a current list of Dr Li's research projects:... Read More

Li Shyh-dar drug delivery, pharmaceutics, nanomedicine, biopharmaceutics Any time / year round

1. Development of lipid and polymer based nanoparticles for targeted drug delivery to tumors 2. Development of child-friendly formulations 3. Ocular drug delivery 4. Drug delivery to the brain 5. Sustained drug release formulations 6. Gene delivery

Lester Richard Digital health, Mobile health (mHealth), Precision Public Health, Patient-centered care, Global Health Any time / year round

Global digital health for patient engagement in care. Work in Canada, Africa and globally. Quantitative and qualitative studies, implementation research, and digital health policy and ethics. Especially among scaling interventions to benefit vulnerable populations.

Lee Jae-Hyeok genetic engineering of microalgae for robust biomass production, the roles of sexuality in the evolution of developmental mechanisms Any time / year round

Our work aims to explore evolutionary potential of microalgae using Chlamydomonas reinhardtii as a model system.
1) Functional genomics projects to improve photosynthetic productivity of microalgae under stressors like excess light and poor nutrient.
2) Molecular genetics projects to analyze mutants defective for sexual development in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii.
3) Comparative... Read More

Leander Brian Evolutionary morphology, Marine invertebrate zoology, Evolutionary protistology, Species discovery, Phylogenetic biology, Comparative organismal biology, Marine biodiversity Any time / year round
Law Michael Pharmaceutical policy, Program evaluation, Observational studies, Global Health, Health Policy Any time / year round
Laule Cornelia magnetic resonance imaging, brain, spinal cord, myelin, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, neurological diseases, image analysis Any time / year round
Lansdorp Peter DNA replication, epigenetics and stem cells, Telomeres, genomic instability, aging and cancer, Application of single cell Strand-seq in precision medicine Any time / year round, 2019

Asymmetric cell divisions are essential for the development of all multicellular organisms. Many mechanisms are known to help secure differences in cell fate between daughter cells following the division of a parental stem cell. Current studies in the Lansdorp lab focus on three questions that can only (!) be answered using our single cell sequencing technique called Strand-seq:

  1. ... Read More
Lange Philipp pediatric cancer, post translational protein modification, personalized medicine Any time / year round
Lamontagne Andre Quebecois Literature, Literary Theory, Canadian Studies Any time / year round
Lamers Yvonne Nutritional Biochemistry, Micronutrients, Vitamins, Nutritional Biomarker, Pregnancy, Periconceptional folic acid supplementation, Prenatal Supplements, Newborn Screening, Toddler Nutrition, Clinical Chemistry, Maternal and Child Health, Newborn Screening Any time / year round, 2019

My enthusiasm for research draws from my interest in the biochemistry and physiology of nutrition-related diseases and in targeted and population-based strategies of chronic disease prevention and optimal health promotion. My research focuses on micronutrients and specifically B-vitamins and their kinetics and functions in human metabolism. B-vitamins are required for normal cell growth and... Read More

Lagresa Elizabeth Early modern Literature and Culture, Early modern Theater, Early modern Visual and Material culture, Queer, Gender and Sexuality studies, Cross-cultural and Comparative studies Any time / year round
Laffin Christina premodern Japanese literature, medieval Japanese history, women's writing, Japanese women's history, travel writing, autobiography, Japanese poetry, literacy, socialization, wet nursing, narratology Any time / year round

Heian and Kamakura-era literature, late Heian and medieval women's history

Kwakkel Erik History of the Book, Reading, Medieval Manuscripts, Paleography, Codicology, Digital Humanities, Cultural Heritage, History of Libraries Any time / year round

Manuscript studies; History of the Book; History of Reading; History of Libraries; Materiality of Information (Book Design); Cultural Heritage; Digitization; Digital Humanities.

Kruk Edward Andrew child and family policy and practice, family mediation, co-parenting after divorce, addiction Any time / year round
Kronstad James Pathogenesis of infectious diseases, Medical Mycology, Plant-Microbe Interactions, Fungal diseases of plants Any time / year round, 2019

Characterization of iron uptake and regulatory functions in Cryptococcus neoformans

Analysis of virulence factor export to the cell surface in Cryptococcus neoformans

Characterization of the chloroplast as a target of fungal attack

Analysis of nutrient acquisition during fungal pathogenesis

Krishnan Harish Incentive distortions in supply chains, Contracts and supply chains, Supply chain management, Operations management Any time / year round
Kopp Janel Pancreas, Pancreatic cancer, Pancreatic development, Modeling cancer Any time / year round, 2019, 2020

Tumor biology

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