The Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health is a story of innovative ideas, big questions, and persistence. Our researchers and clinicians are leaders in their fields, and from here they are taking on some of society's most urgent health priorities.

Diseases, disorders, and injuries of the brain have a profound influence on our communities; the direct and indirect costs of neurological and mood disorders to the Canadian economy total more than $61 billion per year and place enormous strain on affected individuals and their families. Understanding how a healthy brain works is essential to preventing and treating brain diseases, and both are essential to the health and well-being of British Columbians.

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Open Research Positions

This list of possible research projects is non-exhaustive. It only shows positions that are specifically advertised in the G+PS website.

Affiliated UBC Faculty & Postdocs

Name Role Research Interests
Bamji, Shernaz Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Medical and biomedical engineering; Neurosciences, biological and chemical aspects; Neurosciences, medical and physiological and health aspects; neurodevelopmental disease; primary neuronal cultures; synapse biology; transgenic mouse models
Barr, Alasdair Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Mental health and addictions, with a particular emphasis on psychosis and the medications used in its treatment, Anesthesiology
Benavente, Oscar Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Acute Stroke Trials, Secondary stroke prevention
Blouin, Jean-Sebastien Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Kinesiology; sensorimotor integration; Motor System; robotics and automation; Trauma / Injuries; Physiology; Balance robot; Computational approaches; Head and neck; Sensorimotor physiology; Sensory virtualisation; Standing balance; Whiplash injuries
Boyd, Lara Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Neurosciences, biological and chemical aspects; Neurosciences, medical and physiological and health aspects; Physical therapy; Rehabilitation medicine; Learning; Learning and Memory; Motor System; Motor learning; Neurophysiology; Physiology; Plasticity / Neuronal Regeneration; stroke
Cairns, Brian Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Neurosciences, biological and chemical aspects; Neurosciences, medical and physiological and health aspects; Pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences (except clinical aspects); electrophysiology; headache; Neuropharmacology; Oro-Facial Pain; pain; pain mechanisms; peripheral analgesics; sex-related differences; temporomandibular disorders
Cashman, Neil Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) prion disease, bovine spongiform encephalopathy, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, protein misfolding diseases, Alzheimer's
Cembrowski, Mark Steven Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Molecular neuroscience; Mathematical modelling and simulation; Mechanisms of memory in the brain; Anxiety; Big Data; Bioinformatics; Cell types; Computation; CRISPR-Cas9; Fear; Genetics; modeling; Neural circuits; neuroscience; Neuroscience of memory; PTSD; RNAseq
Chakrabarty, Trisha Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Cognitive dsyfunction; Virtual reality cognitive retraining; Bipolarity; Psychotherapy approaches for mood disorders
Christoff, Kalina Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) brain, cognitive neuroscience, psychology, prefronal cortex, fMRI, neuroimaging, neuropsychology, executive functions, problem solving, reasoning, thinking, mind-wandering, attention, consciousness, real-time fMRI, trauma and PTSD, Cognitive and neural basis of human thought, reasoning and problem solving
Ciernia, Annie Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Biochemistry; Neurosciences, biological and chemical aspects; Neurosciences, medical and physiological and health aspects; Autism; Brain development; Epigenetics; Gene-Environment Interactions; Neurodevelopmental disorders
Clark, Luke Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Gambling, Problem Gambling, Addiction, Decision-Making, Reward, Cognitive Neuroscience, Cognitive and neurobiological mechanisms involved in gambling behaviour and disordered gambling
Craig, Ann Marie Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Excitatory and inhibitory synapses, Synapse development and plasticity, Synapse organizing proteins, Neurotransmitter receptors, Autism and schizophrenia
Cresswell, Silke Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Functional imaging (PETand fMRI) in Parkinson
Cripton, Peter Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Mechanical engineering; Medical and biomedical engineering; biomechanics; Cranio-Encephalic and Spinal Cord Trauma; hip fracture; injury prevention; Mechanical Systems; neurotrauma; Spinal cord injury; spine biomechanics; Trauma / Injuries; Traumatic Brain Injury
Cullis, Pieter Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Molecular biology for therapeutic purposes, lipids, immunological drugs
Cynader, Max Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) eye diseases; glaucoma; dyslexia; stroke; neurotrauma; memory; vision; learning disabilities; hearing development; recovery after brain damage; ischemia; gene therapy, Alzheimer's
Diamond, Adele Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) 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
Dosso, Jill Postdoctoral Fellow Quality of Life and Aging; Intergenerational Relations; Loss of Independence; Social Aspects of Aging; Cognitive Development; Cognitive Development in Children; Infant / Child Development; Social Determinants of Child and Youth Development; Social Determinants of Health; Health Care Technologies; Health Policies; Telemedicine; Alzheimer's Disease; Anxiety; Cognition; Dementia; Mental Health and Society; Community Health / Public Health; Ethics and Health; Lifestyle Determinants and Health; Technological Innovations; Social, Economical and Political Impacts of Innovations; Robotics and Automation; social robotics; patient experience
Eich, Eric Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Mood congruence and mood dependence in learning and remembering, memory impairments associated with bipolar affective illness, the cognitive correlates of dissociative identity disorder, and subjective, behavioral, and neural differences between field (first-person perspective) and observer (third-person perspective) memories
Eng, Janice Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Neurorehabilitation, spinal cord, brain
Enns, James Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Behavioural neuroscience of reward and motivation; attention; action kinematics; social perception; perceptual development
Field, Thalia Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) stroke; Clinical trials; cerebral venous thrombosis; outcomes; cognition; Machine Learning
Floresco, Stanley Bogdan Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Neural circuits subserving learning and executive functions, behavioural and electrophysiological analyses of limbic-cortical-striatal interactions involved in decision making and behavioural flexibility, animal models of schizophrenia and drug addiction
Frangou, Sophia Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) the study of the human brain in health and disease
Galea, Liisa Ann Margaret Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Neurosciences, biological and chemical aspects; Neurosciences, medical and physiological and health aspects; Psychology and cognitive sciences; Aging Process; Alzheimer's disease; cognition; depression; Drugs and Pregnancy / Breast Feeding; estrogens; hippocampus; Hormones and Growth Factors; Learning and Memory; Neurogenesis and Gliogenesis; neuroplasticity; Postpartum Depression; Sex differences; women's health
Garbi, Rafeef Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Bioinformatics; Electrical engineering, computer engineering, and information engineering; Medical and biomedical engineering; Artificial Intelligence; Biomedical Engineering; Biomedical Technologies; Computer Vision; Deep Learning; image analysis; Imaging; Machine Learning; Medical Image Computing
Giaschi, Deborah Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Vision; Visual System; Sensation and Perception; Eye and Visual System Diseases; Infant / Child Development; amblyopia; reading
Goldowitz, Daniel Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Genetic basis of brain disease, neurobiology of autism, Huntingtong's gene, mouse/mice epigenetics, gene regulatory network
Gregory-Evans, Cheryl Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Tissue fusion during development, Aniridia, retinal therapeutics
Gregory-Evans, Kevin Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) retina, stem cells, gene therapy, retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration, age-related macular degeneration, Stargardt’s disease, Best’s disease, x-linked retinoschisis, electroretinography., Eye, novel molcular approaches in the treatment of retinal disease, cell-based therapeutics ofr age-related macular degenration and retinitis pigmentosa, molecular defects underlying retinal disease
Grunau, Ruth V Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Biobehavioural regulation, brain and neurodevelopment in premature infants and children, Long-term effects of neonatal pain on stress regulation, brain, behavior, neurodevelopment, Infant pain and stress, Parenting stress, parent-infant interaction
Haas, Kurt Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Medical and biomedical engineering; Neurosciences, biological and chemical aspects; Neurosciences, medical and physiological and health aspects; Autism; Brain Circuit Development; Dendritogenesis; Epilepsy; Genetics of Neurological and Psychiatric Diseases; Neurodevelopmental disorders; Neurological diseases; Neuronal Communication and Neurotransmission; Neuronal Computation; Neuronal Modeling; Neuronal Systems; Neuronal and Synaptic Activity; Plasticity / Neuronal Regeneration; Synaptic Plasticity
Hayden, Michael Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Genetic medicine; Health counselling; Neurosciences, biological and chemical aspects; Neurosciences, medical and physiological and health aspects; Diabetes; Disease progression; Drug development; Gene Therapy; Genetic Diseases; Huntington disease; Neurodegenerative diseases; Neurodegenerative disorders
Honer, William Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Brain disorders, risk factors for disease
Illes, Judy Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Ethics and Health; Ethics, Law and Responsibilities; Neurological Diseases; Biomedical Ethics; Aging and dementia; Neurodevelopmental disorders; Brain Injury; Stem Cells; Neurotechnology; Neuroethics
Jefferies, Wilfred Arthur Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Iron transport molecules
Kobor, Michael Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Biochemistry; Bioinformatics; Genetic medicine; Genomics; Chromatin Biology; Epigenetics; molecular biology; Social Epigenetics
Kolind, Shannon Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Medical physics; Neurosciences, biological and chemical aspects; Neurosciences, medical and physiological and health aspects; brain; Imaging; MRI; medical physics; multiple sclerosis; myelin; Neurological Disease; spinal cord
Kozlowski, Piotr Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) development and application of MRI techniques to study pre-clinical models of human diseases with specific focus on cancer and spinal cord injuries; development of the multi-parametric MRI techniques for prostate cancer diagnosis in the clinical setting.
Krassioukov, Andrei Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) autonomic dysfunctions following spinal cord injury (SCI)
Kumar, Ujendra Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Somatostatin hormone, molecular pharmacology, Somatostatin, , Hormones, somatostatin, locomotor and cognitive function, neurodegenerative diseases, drugs
Kwon, Brian Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Spinal cord injury
Lam, Raymond Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Psychiatry (including psychotherapy); depression; Biomarkers; light therapy; cognition; digital technologies; bipolar disorder; antidepressants; global mental health
Laule, Cornelia Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Medical physics; Neurosciences, biological and chemical aspects; Neurosciences, medical and physiological and health aspects; Pathology (except oral pathology); Auto-Immune Diseases; brain; Central Nervous System Inflammatory Diseases; Cerebral Atrophy; image analysis; Imaging; magnetic resonance imaging; multiple sclerosis; myelin; Nervous System Development; Neurodegenerative diseases; Neurological diseases; Neuronal Systems; pain; Pathology; Schizophrenia; Spinal Cord Diseases; spinal cord; Spinal cord injury
Leavitt, Blair Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Genetic medicine; Neurosciences, biological and chemical aspects; Neurosciences, medical and physiological and health aspects; Alzheimer's disease; Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis; Ataxia; Dementia; Experimental Therapeutics; Frontotemporal Dementia; Gene regulation; Gene Silencing and Gene Editing; Gene Therapy; Huntington disease; Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells; Medical Genetics; Mouse models of disease; Neurodegenerative diseases; Neurogenetics
Liu-Ambrose, Teresa Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Neurosciences, biological and chemical aspects; Neurosciences, medical and physiological and health aspects; Physical therapy; Rehabilitation medicine; Age and Risk Factors; Cognitive Aging; Cognitive Neuropsychology of Aging; Fall prevention; Healthy Aging; Lifestyle Determinants and Health; Mobility; Physical Activity; rehabilitation; Sleep
Loewen, Christopher Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) 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
Mackenzie, Ian Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Alzheimer's Disease
MacVicar, Brian Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Brain Research, epilepsy, astrocyte, glia, dendrites, synapse, imaging, two photon laser scanning microscopy, neurophysiology, Role of calcium, regulation of neurons, cell death

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