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 descending First name Research Interests Desired start dates: Project areas
Day Susan Plants and Forests, Landscape and Restoration, Ecology and Quality of the Environment, Environment Management and Protection, 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

De Longis Anita Social Determinants of Health, Health Psychology, stress, coping, social support, couples, marriage, families, chronic illness, health 2020

Coping with chronic illness; family and marital stress; social support; social relationships and health; life stress

Dee Derek Proteins, Enzymes and Proteins, Agri-food Transformation Products, Biological and Biochemical Mechanisms, Nanomaterials, Nutriceuticals and Functional Foods, 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

Deering Kathleen Social Determinants of Health, Environmental Health, Community Health / Public Health, Human and Social Ecology, 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

Dennis Jessica Complex Trait Genetics, Genetics of Neurological and Psychiatric Diseases, Epidemiology, Mental Health and Psychopathology in Children and Youth, Bioinformatics, 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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Diamond Adele executive functions, prefrontal cortex, dopamine, working memory, self-control, self-regulation, cognition, COMT gene, Sex differences, stress, ACEs (adverse childhood experiences), ELS (early life stress), resilience, social determinants of health, ADHD, depression, PTSD, Physical Activity, the arts, mindfulness 2020, 2021

In traumatized youth, can prefrontal cortex communication with the amygdala be restored by a stress-reduction program (e.g., Niroga’s yoga-based mindfulness program)? Are the benefits of music for improving executive functions (EFs), mood, and quality of life greater when the experience of listening to the music is socially shared? Can the benefits of listening to the spoken word be as great... Read More

Dick Alexander Literary or Artistic Work Analysis, Philosophy, History and Comparative Studies, Artistic and Literary Theories, Arts, Literature and Subjectivity, 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

Ding Yichuan Optimization, Control and Operations Research, Stochastic Processes, Computer Science and Statistics, Health Care Analytics, Health Care Operations Management, Operations Research Any time / year round

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

Doan Quynh Emergency Medicine, 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

Dollinger Stefan Language Contact and Linguistic Changes, Linguistic Variation and Society, Lexicography and Dictionaries, Language Interactions, Language Rights and Policies, Bilingualism and Multilingualism 2020

Projects revolving around the recently completed www.dchp.ca/dchp2, possibly towards a third edition.

For my work, see https://ubc.academia.edu/StefanDollinger for a nearly complete list and downloadable books/papers/squibs/reviews.

Dong Xuesen Hormone Dependent Cancers, Prostate Cancer, Endocrine Regulation, Gene Regulation and Expression, Prematurity 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

Du Caigan Renal Diseases, Bioactive Molecules, Immune Reactions, Immunotherapy, Cell Therapy of Infectious and Immune Diseases, 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

Ellis Jason history of education, Education policy, Politics of education Any time / year round, 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.

Eltis Lindsay Microbiology, Enzymes and Proteins, Metabolism (Living Organisms), 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.

Englezos Peter Clathrate (gas) hydrate science, engineering and novel applications, Clathrates-applications: natural gas storage & transport, CO2 capture & storage, water treatment), Thermodynamics of fluids and super-hydrophobic surfaces,, Novel materials from forest bio-resources, High-value papermaking 2021

Clathrate hydrate science and engineering fundamentals and novel applications Novel materials from forest bioresources

Enns James Cognition, Sensation and Perception, attention, action kinematics, social perception 2020, 2021

social cognition, joint action, collaborative cognition, emotional and social attention

Etminan Mahyar Eye and Visual System Diseases, Pharmacoepidemiology, Epidemiology, Oular Epidemiology, Drug Safety, Epidemiologist Study Design, Causal Inference

Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, Drug Safety (all therapeutics areas)

Faulkner Guy Community Health / Public Health, 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

Fisher Kevin Archeological Data Analysis, Archeological Excavation Methods and Techniques, Dynamics of Social Transformations, Urban Spaces and Urbanity, Social Life / Societal Life, 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/

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

Ford Nancy Imaging, Biomedical Technologies, micro-computed tomography, physiological gating, models of respiratory disease, image-based measurements, dental imaging, x-ray imaging 2020

I accept students in the following Programs: Craniofacial Science, Experimental Medicine, Medical Physics (CAMPEP accredited)

Frank Erica Preventive medicine, 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

Freund Luanne Information, Information Systems, Cultural Institutions (Museums, Libraries, etc.), New Technology and Social Impacts, 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

Friedel Tracy Native Health, Cultural and Health, Participatory research, Health Promotion, Social Contexts, Learning and Development Approaches, place-based/land-based learning, forum theatre, labour histories, oral history 2020

Indigenous forum theatre

Digial stories

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

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

Friedman Jan Marshall Genetics and Heredity, Developmental Genetics, Genomics, 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

Frostad John Nutriceuticals and Functional Foods, Fluid Mechanics, 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, 2020, 2021

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

Gaertner David Video and New Media, Artistic and Literary Theories, 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

Garrett Bernard Mark Health Care Technologies, Ethics and Health, Media Influence on Behavior, Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented reality, Evidence-basedPpractice, Deception in Healthcare, Healthcare Regulation, Alternative Medicine 2020

Therapeutic uses of VR/AR technologies, Reviews or Trials of Alternative Medicine, REA's on healthcare practices, Policy Analysis on Professional Regulation Issues

Giang Amanda Atmospheric Pollutants, Climate Changes and Impacts, Chemical Pollutants, Social and Cultural Factors of Environmental Protection, Public Policies

modelling the impact of technology and policy on the long range transport of global pollutants; developing tools and processes to support community-based environmental monitoring; understanding the role of scientific assessment in environmental governance, from global to local scales

Gibson William Genetic Diseases, Chromosomes: Structure / Organization, 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

Girling Cynthia Landscape and Restoration, People, Cities and Lands, Design and Planning of Space, Sustainable neighbourhood design, Vizualization and community engagement, Public realm design and planning

Geospatial analysis at neighbouhood scale/ measuring spatial indicators of livable, sustainable neighbourhoods.

Goerges Matthias Biomedical Technologies, Artificial Intelligence, Decision Making, Software Development, Health Care Technologies, Human Computer Interaction and Design, Medical informatics, decision support systems, predictive analytics, Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine 2020

I am currently mainly considering trainees with engineering or informatics backgrounds as my program is moving more and more towards medical informatics and clinical applications in biomedical engineering. Pharmacology is too far from my research interests and core training, so I am not recruiting Pharmacology students.

Goldbach Toby Political Culture, Society and Ideology, Procedural Law, Jurisprudence, 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

Gordon Michael Neuronal Systems, 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.

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

Plant phylogenetics and molecular evolution

Granville David Aging Process, Skin Disorders, Auto-Immune Diseases, Aneurism, Connective Tissue Diseases, Cardiovascular Diseases, Chronic Diseases in Elderly, 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

Griess Verena Resources Management, Plants and Forests, Landscape and Environmental Organization, sustainable forest management, forest management planning, decision support systems, forest economics, mixed species, near natural/ close to nature forestry, plantation forests, silviculture 2020, 2021

Please see my lab website http://fresh.forestry.ubc.ca to find out more about the research done in my lab.

Gustafson Stephen James Mathematical Analysis, Differential Equation, Global and Non-Linear Analysis, 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.

Haas Kurt Plasticity / Neuronal Regeneration, Neurological Diseases, Genetics of Neurological and Psychiatric Diseases, Neuronal and Synaptic Activity, Neuronal Systems, Neuronal Modeling, Neuronal Communication and Neurotransmission, 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.

Hakkinen Lari Cell Therapy, Cell Signaling, Connective Tissue, Wound Healing, Tissue regeneration, Fibroblasts, MSC, Extracellular matrix, Cell to cell communication, Oral mucosa and skin 2020

Wound healing, cell communication, fibroblast biology, cell therapy

Hallas Alannah Quantum Phenomena, Quantum materials, Materials design and discovery, magnetism Any time / year round

Materials innovations have sparked most of the major technological advances across the millennia – from the stone, bronze, and iron ages through to the current silicon age. Science now stands on the precipice of a new era: the age of quantum materials – materials with extraordinary electronic and magnetic properties that rely on quantum mechanical effects. In the Hallas group, we use state-of-... Read More

Hallensleben Markus Transcultural Studies, Artistic and Literary Theories, Literary or Artistic Works Analysis, Migrations, Populations, Cultural Exchanges, German Language Cultures and Literatures, Transnational Literatures, Visual Arts and Literature, European Studies, Literature and Sciences, Literature and Migration, Narratives of Belonging Any time / year round

Literature and migration; literature and Visual Arts; critical European Studies; gender, race, ethnicity; diversity and super-diversity; sociographic approaches to literatures; postmigrant condition; narratives of belonging; avant-garde arts, literature and theories; art and bioart performances; biopolitics; images of the body;

Hamlin Kiley Cognitive Development, Moral Judgement and Duty or Obligation Morals, Infant / Child Development, Foundations of Religious, Mystical, Mythical and Moral Thoughts, Infant moral cognition, infant social cognition Any time / year round, 2020

Our work focuses on the early development of moral cognition and action in infancy.

Hansson Gunnar Phonology, Morphology, theoretical phonology, morphology-phonology interface, phonological typology, historical linguistics (language change), locality relations, Icelandic 2020, 2021

I am currently applying for SSHRC funding for a multi-year (2020–2025) research project on the morpho-phonology of Icelandic and its implications for formal-theoretical models of phonology and the morphology-phonology interface. If funded, that project will provide Research Assistantship opportunities for several students. Prospective graduate students or postdocs with relevant interests or... Read More

Harris Leila Drinking Water, Fresh Water, Water, Resources Management, Development Policies, International Development, Gender Relationship, Ethics and Fundamental Issues of Law and Justice, Social and Cultural Factors of Environmental Protection, Social Contract and Social Justice, water politics, water governance, Environmental justice, gender and social difference, equity and social justice, participatory resource management, Turkey and Middle East, Africa, Ghana, South Africa 2020

Please see www.edges.ubc.ca and www.watergoveranance.ca for ongoing research efforts. There are currently funded research opportunities with the decolonizingwater.ca project on Indigenous water governance issues (in Canada and elsewhere) and there may be upcoming support for... Read More

Haughn George Molecular Genetics, Plants, Cellular Differentiation, plant cell wall biology, seed coat differentiation

Molecular Genetic Analysis of Plant Cell Walls Using Seed Coat Mucilage, Targeted Induced Local Lesions in Genomes (TILLING), Seed Coat Differentiation, for details see Haughn lab website.

Hayden Michael Genetic Diseases, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Huntington disease, Disease progression, Diabetes, Neurodegenerative disorders, Gene Therapy, Drug development Any time / year round

Hayden Lab Research Projects

Huntington Disease (HD) is a devastating incurable neurodegenerative disease that affects about 5,000 Canadians. Inheriting a single mutant copy of the Huntingtin (HTT) gene from either parent is sufficient to cause HD. The mutated HTT gene codes for production of the toxic, mutant huntingtin protein (mHTT) that is responsible for killing... Read More

Hedtrich Sarah Nanotechnologies, Structural Tissue Engineering / Biomaterials, Inflammatory Respiratory Diseases, Skin, Novel therapies for inflammatory and genetic diseases of human epithelia, Tissue Regeneration and Wound Healing, Topical drug delivery and Nanomedicine, New Biomedical Approaches - Alternatives to Animal Testing Any time / year round

1. Development and characterization of complex, human-based organ models

2. Development of novel treatment options for inflammatory skin disease

Henry Gregory H Biodiversity and Biocomplexity, Biogeography, Ecological and Ecophysiological Processes, Climate Changes and Impacts, Environment and Habitats, Plants, Genotype and Phenotype, tundra ecosystems, experimental climate change, plant-animal interactions, Arctic environments, vegetation change, plant traits 2020

1. Synthesis of tundra plant community changes to nearly 30 years of experimental warming using a suite of plant traits, including ecophysiology. PhD or postdoctoral study to involve 2-3 years of fieldwork and working with long-term data sets from an experimental study established in the Canadian High Arctic in 1992. 2. Ecological relaxation response of tundra after 30 years of experimental... Read More

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