Relevant Thesis-Based Degree Programs
Affiliations to Research Centres, Institutes & Clusters
Neonatal Brain Imaging
Fractal Analysis of fMRI Signals
Cerebral Metabolic Rate of Oxygen (CMRO2) Mapping by Combining Quantitative Susceptibility Mapping (QSM) and Quantitative Blood Oxygenation Level Dependent Imaging (qBOLD)
Concussions / Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries
Using Advanced MRI Techniques FLAIR2 and QSM to Identify and Classify Focal Cortical Dysplasia (FCD)
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Complete these steps before you reach out to a faculty member!
- Familiarize yourself with program requirements. You want to learn as much as possible from the information available to you before you reach out to a faculty member. Be sure to visit the graduate degree program listing and program-specific websites.
- Check whether the program requires you to seek commitment from a supervisor prior to submitting an application. For some programs this is an essential step while others match successful applicants with faculty members within the first year of study. This is either indicated in the program profile under "Admission Information & Requirements" - "Prepare Application" - "Supervision" or on the program website.
- Identify specific faculty members who are conducting research in your specific area of interest.
- Establish that your research interests align with the faculty member’s research interests.
- Read up on the faculty members in the program and the research being conducted in the department.
- Familiarize yourself with their work, read their recent publications and past theses/dissertations that they supervised. Be certain that their research is indeed what you are hoping to study.
- Compose an error-free and grammatically correct email addressed to your specifically targeted faculty member, and remember to use their correct titles.
- Do not send non-specific, mass emails to everyone in the department hoping for a match.
- Address the faculty members by name. Your contact should be genuine rather than generic.
- Include a brief outline of your academic background, why you are interested in working with the faculty member, and what experience you could bring to the department. The supervision enquiry form guides you with targeted questions. Ensure to craft compelling answers to these questions.
- Highlight your achievements and why you are a top student. Faculty members receive dozens of requests from prospective students and you may have less than 30 seconds to pique someone’s interest.
- Demonstrate that you are familiar with their research:
- Convey the specific ways you are a good fit for the program.
- Convey the specific ways the program/lab/faculty member is a good fit for the research you are interested in/already conducting.
- Be enthusiastic, but don’t overdo it.
G+PS regularly provides virtual sessions that focus on admission requirements and procedures and tips how to improve your application.
ADVICE AND INSIGHTS FROM UBC FACULTY ON REACHING OUT TO SUPERVISORS
These videos contain some general advice from faculty across UBC on finding and reaching out to a potential thesis supervisor.
Graduate Student Supervision
Master's Student Supervision
Theses completed in 2010 or later are listed below. Please note that there is a 6-12 month delay to add the latest theses.
Background: Preterm birth is associated with a higher rate of brain injury and neurodevelopmental delays in children. The brain is dependent on oxidative metabolism of glucose to meet its significant energy requirements. Understanding the cerebral metabolic rate of oxygen (CMRO₂) and how it is affected by ventilation in the neonatal population is crucial to the advancement of neonatal medicine. This study aims to assess the feasibility of quantifying CMRO₂ and cerebral blood flow (CBF) using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in preterm infants at term equivalent age (TEA) and to determine how various ventilatory support may affect CMRO₂. We hypothesized that increased time on mechanical ventilation would be negatively associated with CMRO2 and CBF levels in preterm neonates at TEA.Methods: Very preterm neonates (n=19) born
Interrupted brain maturation from preterm birth increases the consequences of altered functional development (
- Fractal-Based Analysis of fMRI BOLD Signal During Naturalistic Viewing Conditions (2022)
Frontiers in Physiology, 12
- Monofractal analysis of functional magnetic resonance imaging: An introductory review (2022)
Human Brain Mapping, 43 (8), 2693-2706
- Quantitative susceptibility mapping of venous vessels in neonates with perinatal asphyxia (2021)
American Journal of Neuroradiology, 42 (7), 1327-1333
- Myelin water imaging and R 2 * mapping in neonates: Investigating R 2 * dependence on myelin and fibre orientation in whole brain white matter (2019)
NMR in Biomedicine, 33 (3)
- Quantitative Analysis of Punctate White Matter Lesions in Neonates Using Quantitative Susceptibility Mapping and R2* Relaxation. (2019)
AJNR. American journal of neuroradiology,
- Pathological Insights From Quantitative Susceptibility Mapping and Diffusion Tensor Imaging in Ice Hockey Players Pre and Post-concussion. (2018)
Frontiers in neurology,
- Imaging the Role of Myelin in Concussion. (2017)
Neuroimaging clinics of North America,
- A preliminary study of functional connectivity of medication naïve children with obsessive-compulsive disorder. (2014)
Progress in neuro-psychopharmacology & biological psychiatry,
- Proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy of prefrontal white matter in psychotropic naïve children and adolescents with obsessive-compulsive disorder. (2014)
- A preliminary study on the effects of acute ethanol ingestion on default mode network and temporal fractal properties of the brain. (2013)
Magma (New York, N.Y.),
- Metabolite measurements in the caudate nucleus, anterior cingulate cortex and hippocampus among patients with mitochondrial disorders: a case-control study using proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy. (2013)
- N-type Ca2+ channels carry the largest current: implications for nanodomains and transmitter release. (2010)
- PDLIM5 is not a neuronal CaV2.2 adaptor protein. (2009)