Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies

The Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of British Columbia (UBC) provides opportunities for world-class scholars to explore innovative research questions in a vibrant, collegial community spanning all disciplines. Our programs draw together scholars from UBC and around the world to engage in deep and unconstrained research into some of the most profound questions and challenges facing humanity.

We seek highly innovative, creative and unexpected research outcomes that come from a wide-ranging exploration between disciplines, including the creative and performing arts. We engage in primary research, and also in community outreach and knowledge mobilization through public programs and collaboration with non-academic community partners around the globe. The activities of the Institute also contribute to the cultural enrichment of UBC and the wider community through regular lecture series and artistic events. Since its founding in 1996, the Institute has created a community of scholars at UBC and beyond, including partner institutions.

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Affiliated UBC Faculty & Postdocs

Name Role Research Interests
Abolmaesumi, Purang Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Biomedical Technologies, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Medical Imaging, Biomedical Engineering, Ultrasound Imaging, Image Guided Surgery, Cancer Imaging, Computer Assisted Interventions, Surgical Robotics
Black, Jennifer Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Community Health / Public Health, Nutrition, Public health, food environments, social determinants of health, food banks, school food environments
Bowers, Katherine Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Arts, Literature and Subjectivity, Arts and Cultural Traditions, Arts and Technologies, Arts and Literary Policies, Russian literature, Russian culture, literary culture, genre, narrative, imagined geography, the novel, Dostoevsky, gothic fiction
Boyd, Lara Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Plasticity / Neuronal Regeneration, Stroke, Learning and Memory, Physiology, Motor learning, Motor System, Learning, Neurophysiology
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
Finlay, B Brett Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Infectious agents, bacteria, microbial infections and how humans react to it
Frackman, Kyle Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Arts, Literature and Subjectivity, Arts and Literary Policies, Arts and Cultural Traditions, Arts and Technologies, Artistic and Literary Theories, Literary or Artistic Work Analysis, Social Determinants of Arts and Letters, Cultural Industries, Sexuality, Media Types (Radio, Television, Written Press, etc.), Artistic and Literary Marginality, Artistic and Literary Movements, Schools and Styles, German studies, queer studies, Gender Studies, sexuality studies, literature, film, East Germany, Scandinavia, affect, Media, history of sexuality, history of science
Gregory, Derek John Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Political Geography War in the miiddle east, bombing
Kong, Hoi Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Administrative Law, Comparative Law, Constitutional law, Environmental Law, Legal theory, Regulatory Design and Governance
Ramana, M. V. Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Energy Production, Nuclear and Fusion, nuclear energy, nuclear disarmament, arms control, nuclear policy, risk of nuclear accidents, political economy of energy
Stack, Michelle Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Adult Education and Continuing Education, Media and Society, Educational Context, university rankings, media education, Knowledge translation, student engagement, social justice and equity
Tebbutt, Scott Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Genomics and Proteomics, Asthma, Heart Transplantation, Complex Trait Genetics, Fungal Infections, Occupational Lung Diseases, Dual organism molecular interaction (fungal spores & human airway epithelium), Early and late reactions in allergic asthma and rhinitis, Diagnostics of acute heart rejection, Neonatal vaccine immunogenicity, Systems biology, biomarkers & bioinformatics
Teves, Sheila Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Genetics, Genome Science, Epigenetics, molecular biology, Transcriptional memory and cellular identity in mouse embryonic stem cells, Molecular Epigenetics (MEG)
Troczynski, Tom Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) ceramics, coatings, biomaterials, refractories, fracture, Medical applications, Processing, microstructure and properties of ceramics