Research Projects

Faculty Members Recruiting Students

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
Li Linda Arthritis / Osteo-Arthritis, Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation Care and Services, Health Care Technologies, 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: http... Read More

Lim Chinten James Cell Signaling and Cancer, Leukemia, Immunotherapy, Chemotherapy, 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.

Lindsey Charles Economic Policies, Transportation Systems, 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

Liu-Ambrose Teresa Age and Risk Factors, Mobility, Cognitive Neuropsychology of Aging, Lifestyle Determinants and Health, Rehabilitation, Healthy Aging, Fall prevention, Cognitive Aging, Sleep, Physical Activity 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.

Loewen Peter Cardiovascular Diseases, Arrhythmia, Thrombosis and Embolism, Heart Failure, Pharmacoepidemiology, Stroke, Health Care Technologies, Professional Practices, Hematology, Decision Making, atrial fibrillation, stroke prevention therapy, adherence to medication, Shared decision-making, pharmacy practice, knowledge translation of evidence to patient care, patient education, clinical prediction rules, prediction of stroke and bleeding in atrial fibrillation patients, patient decision aids, patient complexiometry, healthcare communication technologies, use of mobile technology for clinical decision-making, hospital pharmacy practice, quality of care, quality drug therapy 2021

In the above domains, to be worked out with excellent candidates.

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.

Lorincz Matthew Developmental Genetics, Genomics, Epigenetics, chromatin, Development, Epigenomics, Gene regulation
  • Role of epigenetics in male and female germline development
  • Role of retroelements in gene regulation
  • Interplay between epigenetic marks and DNA methylation in the early embryo
Loutzenheiser Lisa Educational Context, Sexuality, Gender Epidemiology, Social Contexts, Teacher Education, Ideology and Social Policy, Epistemology and Methodology, Thought Schools (education), anti-oppressive education, queer studies, curriculum theory, Youth Studies, curriculum policy, qualitative methodologies, ethnography, Gender Studies, social inequality, sexuality education, alternative education, marginalized youth, LGBT2SQ, Race Studies in Education 2021

Marginalized youth;SOGI Policy and Implementation; Queer and poststructural theories[Critical race theory;Gender;Sexuality;Education; Intersectionalities. 

Lu Xiaonan Sensors and Devices, Microbiology, Combinatorial Chemistry, Agriculture, 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

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

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

Macfarlane Allison science and technology policy; energy policy, regulation; nuclear energy, nuclear waste management Any time / year round

Nuclear waste management and disposal, nuclear energy policy and regulation issues.

MacLean Karon Information Systems, human-computer interaction, haptic interfaces, human-robot interaction, design of user interfaces

Human-robot interaction, user interface design, interactive sensing

Madden John Functional and Intelligent Materials, artificial muscle, wearables, smart materials, electronic skin, supercapacitors, electrochemical devices, medical devices Any time / year round

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

Madden Kenneth Aging Process, Cardiovascular Diseases, Diabetes, Community Health / Public Health, 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

Manges Amee Epidemiology, Molecular epidemiology, Public health

Human microbiome research and molecular epidemiology

Marra Marco Genomics, Bioinformatics, Molecular Genetics, Cancer Genetics, Genes, Genetic Mapping, Genome, Genetics, Epigenomics, Cancer biology Any time / year round

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

Marshall Katie Environmental Change, Marine biodiversity, Population Ecology, invertebrates and temperature adaptation 2021, 2022

Population variation in enzyme activity, metabolic rate

Marshall Sheila Life Cycles ( Childhood, Adolescence, Adulthood, etc.), Parent-Child Relationships, adolescent social identity, parent-adolescent interactions, adolescent well-being

Adolescent social identity; adolescent relationships with non-parental adults; adolescent well-being

Marshall Christopher Warren Literary or Artistic Works Analysis, Performance and Theatrical Productions Any time / year round

I am interested in Greek and Roman poetry and its receptions, and most of my scholarship has focused on ancient theatre. I look at how genre and structure (including metre and other formal elements) can shape a literary work and how it is perceived and understood by its original audience, and by subsequent audiences. My research falls into four broad categories: Greek and Roman Theatre and... Read More

Marshall Hallie Performance and Theatrical Productions, Religion, Culture and Space, Arts and Cultural Traditions, Poetry, Cultural Industries, Literary or Artistic Work Dissemination or Reception Contexts, Theatre, Ancient Greek Theatre, Classics, Reception Studies, History of the Book, Tony Harrison, Contemporary British Theatre

See my areas of research interest.

Martin Ginis Kathleen exercise behaviour change science, Spinal cord injury, participation, disability, psychological well-being 2021

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41393-020-0478-7

Masse Louise Obesity, Health Promotion, Nutrition, Films, Membranes and Multiphase Polymers, Childhood obesity with specific interests in prevention and treatment using lifestyle modification, Physical Activity 2021
  1. Understand how behaviour modification works to change lifestyles behaviours associated with obesity - Randomized control trial
  2. Understand how transitioning from elementary schools to secondary school influence student health behaviours associated with obesity
  3. Understand the influence of the Active Play standards influence licensed childcare centre as well as the... 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

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

Mccormick Kelly Modern Japan, History of Visual and Material Culture/Photography, History of Technology, History of Gender and Sexuality 2022

Modern Japan; 20th century visual and material culture

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

Menkis Richard Historical memory, Jewish history, Holocaust studies 2021

Historical writing, historical memory and identities of Canadian Jews

Canadian responses to the Third Reich and to the Holocaust

 

 

Menzies Charles Indigenous studies, Natural Resource Management, Maritime Anthropology, Western Europe, Ethnographic Film 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

Mercer Sterett curriculum-based measurement, academic intervention, written expression 2021

Development and evaluation of curriculum-based measurement tools in basic academic skill areas. Evaluation of academic interventions for students with learning difficulties.

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

Milloy Michael-John medical cannabis, overdose, HIV disease, people who use drugs, Substance use disorder 2021, 2022

Graduate trainees and post-graduate-level fellows are invited to express their interest in working on two funded studies involving the health of marginalized people who use drugs in Vancouver, Canada:

1. The AIDS Care Cohort to evaluate Exposure to Survival Services (ACCESS): This United States National Institutes of Health-funded open observational prospective cohort... Read More

Milner-Bolotin Marina Educational Technologies, Teacher Education, Science and Knowledge, Teaching, Teaching and Learning Systems, Technological Innovations, Teacher and Student Performance Evaluation, Educational technology, STEM education, educational innovation, physics education, STEM teacher education 2022

Physics education, STEM education

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)

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

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

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.

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.

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

Nicolaou Savvakis Computed Tomography, Artificial Intelligence, Emergency Radiology, Trauma Radiology, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Any time / year round, 2021

Emergency/Trauma Imaging, Computed Tomography, Machine Learning, Healthcare Applications

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

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

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.

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

High-speed bearingless motors and drive technology

Laser Interferemeter Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) 

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

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

The Egesta Lab is looking for graduate students with an interest in investigating 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 social sciences and... Read More

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

Ortner Christoph Numerical Analysis & Scientific Computing, Applied Analysis, Multi-scale Modelling and Coarse-graining, Molecular Simulation, Scientific Machine-learning, in particular for applications in multi-scale modelling Any time / year round

http://www.math.ubc.ca/~ortner/

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

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

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, Literature and Music, Literature and Mind Any time / year round, 2021, 2022

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.

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

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

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

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

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