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
Haas Kurt Autism, Epilepsy, Synaptic Plasticity, Dendritogenesis, Brain Circuit Development, Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Neuronal Computation Any time / year round

Understanding neuronal integration of information.
Development of neuronal encoding properties.
Developmental epiletogenesis.
Metaplasticity.
Genetic and molecular mechanisms of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Gustafson Stephen James Mathematical physics, Nonlinear partial differential equations, Topological solitons, Nonlinear waves Any time / year round

Mathematical analysis of fundamental properties (e.g. stability and dynamical behaviour) of topological solitons in physical systems such as ferromagnets.

Gustafson Paul Bayesian statistical methods, Causal inference, Evidence synthesis, Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Partial Identification Any time / year round
Granville David Proteases, Granzymes, Extracellular Matrix, Chronic inflammation, Aging, Disease models, Autoimmune disease, Skin, Vascular biology Any time / year round, 2020

I am looking for Graduate students seeking a PhD only or post-doctoral fellows within 3 years of defending their PhD. Trainees will be actively involved in the translational research effort pertaining to understanding the physiological and/or pathophysiological role(s) of the serine protease family, granzymes, in the context of skin or vascular inflammation regeneration, in aging, autoimmune... Read More

Graham Sean Plant phylogenetics, Plant systematics, Plant evolution, Organelles, Phylogenomics, Land plants, Mycoheterotrophs Any time / year round

Plant phylogenetics and molecular evolution

Gordon Michael Neuroscience, Neural circuits, Sensory systems, Feeding, Taste, Gustation, Drosophila, Chemosensation Any time / year round

Most projects centre on the neural circuits underlying taste processing and feeding in the fly brain. Potential projects include looking at circuit mechanisms underlying taste integration, hunger, feeding, taste memories, chemosensory integration, and taste circuit development.

Goldbach Toby Dispute Resolution, Comparative Law, Judicial Politics, Law and Development Any time / year round

Fairness hearings in class action settlements in the US; judges' international travel for judicial education; development of court-connected ADR in Ghana

Gibson William Epigenetics Any time / year round

Genetics of Rare Obesity and Overgrowth Disorders; Epigenetics of Body Weight and Body Composition; Genetics of Familial Intracranial Aneurysms.     Please note that recruitment is extremely competitive. Applicants with external scholarship/fellowship funding are strongly preferred, as are applicants who already have an MD or MBBS degree, or who are applying to UBC's MD-PhD program.... Read More

Giaschi Deborah amblyopia, reading Any time / year round
Gelinas-Lemaire Vincent French Literature (1945 to the present), Québec and French-Canadian Literature and Culture, Comparative Literature, Spatial Poetics, Visual Culture, Creative Writing Any time / year round
Garbi Rafeef Medical Image Computing, Machine learning, Computer Vision, Image Analysis, Biomedical Engineering, Deep Learning Any time / year round
Gaertner David Indigenous Literature , Digital storytelling , Digital Humanities, Speculative fiction , Reconciliation Any time / year round

Indigenous new media theory and design; Indigenous speculative fiction; community-oriented makerspaces; augmented/virtual reality in community settings; digital surveillance in the context of Indigenous studies; sound studies; open access

Frostad John Emulsions, Foams, Functional Foods, Interfacial Rheology, Interfacial Phenomena, Sensory Analysis, Novel Instrumentation, Physics of Soft Matter, See my website: food.chbe.ubc.ca/opportunities/ Any time / year round, 2019, 2020, 2021

For more information, please see: http://food.chbe.ubc.ca/opportunities/

Friedman Jan Marshall Application of whole genome sequencing to diagnose genetic disease, Clinical genomics, Neurofibromatosis, Birth defects epidemiology Any time / year round

* Improving the sensitivity of whole genome sequencing as a clinical test for genetic causes of intellectual disability
* Development and evaluation of genetic e-counselling for clinical whole genome sequencing
* Which maternal medications can harm the developing human embryo?
* Improving the clinical care of patients with neurofibromatosis 1, an autosomal dominant... Read More

Friedman Joel Computer Science Theory, Algebraic Graph Theory, Combinatorics Any time / year round

Computer Science Theory, Graph Theory, Combinatorics, Algebraic Topology applied to Combinatorics

Freund Luanne 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

Frank Erica Free accredited education Any time / year round

I perform occasional domestic and global intervention research on physicians' and medical students' health practices and their effects on patients, on climate change, THC policy in Canada and the US, the built environment and health, and other topics of interest where I can make a particular difference [more on that here:  ... Read More

Frackman Kyle German studies, gender studies, sexuality studies, literature, film, East Germany, Scandinavia, affect, media Any time / year round
Folk Joshua Quantum devices, Majorana fermions , Strongly correlated electronics, Topological phenomena, Fractional quantum Hall effect, Vanderwaals heterostructures Any time / year round

Topological quantum computing Graphene spintronics Vanderwaals heterostructures

Fisher Kevin Near Eastern archaeology, Mediterranean archaeology, built environments, architecture, urbanism, digital archaeology, social interaction, power Any time / year round

Kalavasos and Maroni Built Environments (KAMBE) Project: http://kambe.cnrs.ubc.ca/

Computational Research on the Ancient Near East (CRANE) Project: https://www.crane.utoronto.ca/

Field Thalia stroke, clinical trials, cerebral venous thrombosis, cerebral small vessel disease, cognition Any time / year round
Feng Hsi-Yung Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing (CAD/CAM), Geometric Modeling, Multi-Axis CNC Machining, Machining Simulation, 3D Laser Scanning, 3D Printing Any time / year round
Feng James Jingtao Complex fluids, Biophysics, Mathematical biology Any time / year round
Faulkner Guy physical activity and public health, mental health, physical activity interventions, exercise psychology, behavioral medicine Any time / year round

Physical activity and public health - intervention development and evaluation

Farrer Matthew Parkinson's disease, Dementia, Epilepsy Any time / year round, 2019

Research projects are devoted to 'precision' medicine, namely the development of novel therapeutics based on the genetic etiology of brain disorders. Over the past 20 years my group has identified many of the molecular causes of Parkinson's disease, some genetic forms of dementia and epilepsy, and has exploited that knowledge to make physiologic models with which to characterize subtle changes... Read More

Eva Kevin Health Professions Education, Assessment and Selection, Clinical Reasoning, Implementation Science, Continuing Professional Development, Judgment and Decision-Making Any time / year round
Eltis Lindsay Bacterial catabolism of steroids and lignin, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, biocatalyst development Any time / year round

Understanding the degradation of cholesterol catabolism by Mycobacterium tuberculosis and its role in pathogenesis. Developing new therapeutics that target cholesterol catabolism. Understanding the bacterial degradation of lignin and developing biocatalysts to upgrade lignin.

Ellis Jason History of education, Education policy, Politics of education Any time / year round, 2019, 2020, 2021

Projects related to my current research: history of education and social mobility, opportunity; education and housing markets; political economy of metropolitan schooling; policy; space and historical GIS mapping; history of immigration and education; history of educational finance and taxation. Or any project in the history of education; education policy.

Edelstein-Keshet Leah cell polarity, cell migration, developmental and cellular biology, swarming and aggregation, Rho GTPases Any time / year round
Echard Sian History of the book, Medieval literature, Arthurian literature, Anglo-Latin literature, Manuscript studies, John Gower Any time / year round
Ducharme Michel Canadian History before Confederation, Quebec History, Liberalism and Nationalism in Canada and Quebec, Canada and the Atlantic World Any time / year round
Du Caigan pathophysiology of Kidney disease, cell and antibody/protein therapy, Kidney transplantation and organ preservation , Technology for diagnosis of kidney disease, Peritoneal dialysis Any time / year round

Mesenchymal stromal cells-based therapy, antibody therapy, cold organ preservation in transplantation, Roles of clusterin in kidney disease, Novel methods for monitoring kidney damage and function

Donner Simon Climate change science, Climate policy, Science communication, Coastal Ecosystems Any time / year round
Dong Xuesen Any time / year round

1) neuroendocrine prostate cancer; 2) AR driven castrate-resistant prostate cancer 3) drug screening novel DNA topoisomerase II inhibitors 4) cell free nucleotide biomarkers from liquid biopsy

Doan Quynh Health Services Any time / year round, 2021

Dr. Doan’s research program includes projects evaluating pediatric emergency department patterns of use, quality of care, and service delivery efficiency. Through a variety of projects, the program aims to answer questions about the need for pediatric emergency care and how well the healthcare system is able to meet this need, as well as the how the quality and value of care provided to... Read More

Ding Yichuan Health Care Analytics, Health Care Operations Management , Operations Research Any time / year round

Emergency Department Operations, Public Health Management, Kidney Allocation System Design

Dierkes Julian public policy, digital diplomacy, policy communication, contemporary Japan, Mongolia, Japanese education, supplementary education, mining policy, democratization Any time / year round
Dick Alexander British Romanticism, Scottish Enlightenment, Literature and Economics, Literature and the Environment, Literature and Science, Scottish Literature Any time / year round

Scottish Literature; British Romanticism; Literature and Science; Literature and the Environment

Devlin Angela obesity, children, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, developmental programming Any time / year round
Dennis Jessica Genetic epidemiology, Statistical genetics, Precision health, Electronic health records, Administrative health data, Machine learning Any time / year round

The last decade has seen an unprecedented explosion of data. In medicine, data are increasingly being generated and linked across electronic health records, administrative databases, and biobanked samples. These resources hold tremendous promise for improving human health and achieving precision medicine, which will only be realized by thoughtful study designs and innovative analyses.

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Deering Kathleen Sexual health inequities, Gender and health, HIV prevention, treatment and care, Sex work, Social/health geography , Gender and violence, Stigma , Community-based research, Novel methodological approaches in epidemiology Any time / year round

Among other potential projects, I am looking for students or postdocs to work with a five-year community-based longitudinal cohort of women living with HIV in Metro Vancouver (2014-2020), and many options for projects working with this community and these data. The study includes quantitative survey data on broad topics related to social, spatial and structural determinants of health (... Read More

Dee Derek protein folding, protein aggregation, biophysics, food chemistry, protein engineering, funtional amyloid, protein nanofibrils, psychrophilic enzymes, aspartic proteases, prions, food proteins, meat analogues Any time / year round

1. genetic and chemical modification to engineer functional amyloid

2. examine misfolding and aggregation of prion proteins

3. conversion of plant proteins into nanofibrils for use in foods

4. mechanisms of biofilm-associated amyloid fibril formation

De Angelis Franco Any time / year round
Day Susan urban forestry, urban soils, urban ecology Any time / year round

Greeninfrastructure and urban forests, manufactured and engineered soils for urban applications, effects of urban forest structure on soil properties, building construction and greeninfrastructure, below-ground streetscape design, urban ecology related to urban forests

Dawes Martin pharmacogenetics, primary care, chronic disease, Machine learning Any time / year round

Primary care pharmacogenetics

Davies Hugh William Occupational Health, Noise and Chrnoic Disease Any time / year round
Daley Denise genetic epidemiology, statistical genetics, epigenetics, gene-gene and gene-environment interactions Any time / year round

Genetics and epigenetics of common complex diseases including peanut allergy, food allergy, asthma, atopy, healthy aging, aortic valve stenosis. Longitudinal analyses of childhood birth cohorts. The lab is currently initiating several targeted whole genome bisulfate sequencing projects and we plan on integrating data from a variety of omics approaches. We are also developing genetic risk... Read More

Curat Herve Grammatical semantics of modern French, linguistic analysis of texts, structural analysis, Claude Levi-Strauss, Jean de La Fontaine, native mythology of the Americas Any time / year round, 2019, 2020
Cui Wei tax and development, law and development, tax policy, Chinese legislative system, Chinese administrative law, Law and political economy Any time / year round

Research in Chinese law that focuses on the legislative and executive branches; Tax policy, especially in the areas of international taxation, VAT, and tax administration Taxation in developing countries (but not international taxation)

Cripton Peter spinal cord injury, neurotrauma, traumatic brain injury, biomechanics, injury prevention, hip fracture, spine biomechanics Any time / year round

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