Our researchers are studying everything from climate change and storm water management to the relationship between food, nutrition, diet and health. The research discoveries being made here have the potential to reach across borders for world-wide applications.
We are also sharing what we’ve learned with the next generation of scientists - our students. They come to us with a strong sense of global responsibility, passionate about creating positive and lasting change. We believe that by providing them with the opportunity to learn outside the traditional classroom - whether it's through an internship in their chosen field, taking part in a community-based experiential learning project or studying overseas - we can enhance their education and help them develop the skills they need to make their mark.
The Wine Research Centre has modern and fully equipped molecular biology laboratories and a mass spectrometry laboratory. In addition, the Microarray Facility in the Centre serves as a core DNA Array Facility for scientists on the UBC campus. Researchers in the Wine Research Centre also have full access to the outstanding research facilities in the Michael Smith Laboratories (MSL) which is conveniently located adjacent to the Centre.
UBC Farm is a living laboratory that contains agricultural, forest, and transitional landscape areas for interdisciplinary field research. The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems (CSFS), located at UBC Farm, is a unique research centre that aims to understand and fundamentally transform local and global food systems towards a more sustainable, food secure future.
The Dairy Education and Research Centre is an internationally recognized dairy cattle research centre supporting the development and adaptation of new technologies for the dairy industry in BC and beyond. The Centre has a large research herd that can provide sufficient numbers of experimental animals at a given physiological stage to meet most research requirements. These features support a vibrant critical mass of students, postdoctoral fellows, staff, visiting scientists, and faculty. A 10,800 square-foot student residence building opened in September 2015, which allows students and researchers to live on-site at the Agassiz research station, and more closely monitor their research projects in dairy cattle welfare, animal reproduction, and resource recovery.
In the Faculty of Land and Food Systems, our researchers are focused on finding viable solutions to pressing global crises and are known worldwide for their innovation and leadership in areas such as dairy, aquaculture and wine research.
Our researchers have attracted millions of dollars in research funding from sources including Genome Canada, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Michael Smith Scholar, the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
Our experts are conducting groundbreaking research in many areas including:
- animal biology, health, and welfare;
- food technology, genomics, and safety;
- plant and soil health;
- watershed management;
- food security and sovereignty;
- community health and nutrition;
- agricultural land use and impact.
Graduate Degree Programs
Research Supervisors in Faculty
|Allen, Kevin||why foodborne pathogens continue to be a significant issue in our food chain; antimicrobial resistance of zoonotic foodborne pathogens; factors which may contribute to pathogen contamination of produce (e.g. Norovirus, E. coli O157:H7 and other STEC, Salmonella, etc.).|
|Barichello, Richard||Capitlization of Government program benefits , quota systems and markets, agricultural policy, trade,industrial and agricultural pocliy reform in South East Asian Countries, economics of raw material export|
|Black, Jennifer||Community Health / Public Health, nutrition, public health, food environments, social determinants of health, food banks, school food environments|
|Black, Thomas Andrew||Biometeorology, Soil physics, Microclimate modification|
|Castellarin, Simone||viticulture and grapevine physiology; physiological and molecular aspects that underlay fruit ripening and the biosynthesis of secondary metabolites, and how they are modulated by the environment and viticultural practices; molecular viticulture|
|Cerri, Ronaldo||Animal Reproduction, Animal Production, Agricultural Machinery and Technology, Endocrine Regulation, Biotechnology and Activity monitors, Dairy cattle reproduction, Endometrium-conceptus cross communication, Production medicine in dairy cattle, Estrous cycle physiology in cattle, Inflammation and stress|
|Fraser, David||Welfare of animals on farms, animal ethics, animal behaviour, Animal welfare, innovations in animal housing and management, practical and cultural dimensions of applying ethics to animal issues|
|Gulati, Sumeet||Tax Incentives for Hybrid or Electric Vehicles, Carbon Tax, Cap and Trade, India, Effectiveness of environmental policy, political economy of environmental and trade policy, international trade and its effect on the environment|
|Isman, Murray||pesticides (conventional and natural), toxicology and food safety, insects, pest management, Entomology/Toxicology|
|Jovel, Eduardo||Ethnobotany, mycology, natural product chemistry and Aboriginal health|
|Karakochuk, Crystal Dawn||Nutrition, Global Health and Emerging Diseases, Hematology, Maternal and child nutrition, Micronutrients (namely iron, folic acid, and zinc), Biochemical markers of iron status, Determinants and causes of anemia, Inherited blood disorders (sickle cell, thalassemia, glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency), International nutrition, Clinical dietetics, Risk-benefit of micronutrient supplementation|
|Kitts, David||Food chemistry and toxicology, cellular and molecular mechanism, oncology|
|Krzic, Maja||Soil science, Soil science education, Integration of multimedia and soil science|
|Lamers, Yvonne||Nutrition, Nutrients, Biological and Biochemical Mechanisms, Breast Feeding and Infant Nutrition, Nutritional Biochemistry, Micronutrients, Vitamins, Nutritional Biomarker, Pregnancy, Periconceptional folic acid supplementation, Prenatal Supplements, Newborn Screening, Toddler Nutrition, Clinical Chemistry|
|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|
|McAusland, Carol||Interactions between globalization and public good provision, impacts of trade liberalization on environmental politics, potential use of trade policy to stem damages from exotic species introductions and biological invasions Environmental impacts of international trade, implications of skilled labor migration for the global provision of public goods|
|Measday, Vivien||Chromosome segregation in the budding yeast using molecular biology and genomic tools|
|Noack, Frederik||Interaction of economic development and the environment|
|Pratap Singh, Anubhav||Agri-food Transformation Products, Nutriceuticals and Functional Foods, food processing, novel non-thermal processing, functional foods, pulsed light, high pressure, cold plasma, pasteurization, sterilization, heat transfer, mass transfer, food engineering|
|Riseman, Andrew||plant breeding; plant genetics; horticulture; roots; stress physiology, Plant breeding, intercrop interactions, nutrient use efficiency, root physiology, biotic/abtioic stressor|
|Samuels, Susan Elizabeth||Human and animal nutrition|
|Scaman, Christine||Glycosidases, Enzyme mechanism, Food carbohydrate chemistry|
|Smukler, Sean||agriculture, environment, sustainable development, ecosystem services|
Graduate Student Profiles
Alumni on Success
Recent Thesis Submissions
Planning for whom? The practice of cultural inclusion in alternative food initiatives in Metro Vancouver (Integrated Studies In Land and Food Systems - MSC)
Vitamin B6 status of young and older adult women in Metro Vancouver (Human Nutrition - MSC)
The food choice process as experienced by men who live alone (Human Nutrition - MSC)
Weight cycling in competitive judokas (Human Nutrition - MSC)
The effect of dietary manipulation in chronic urticaria and angioedema (Human Nutrition - MSC)
The mobility and adsorption of sewage sludge-derived copper and zinc in forest soil (Soil Science - MSC)
Pruning management of Leucaena leucocephala alleycropped with maize and cassava (Soil Science - MSC)
Carbon sequestration : trade-offs of planting trees on agricultural land (Agricultural Economics - MSC)
Determining factors of Canadian milk quota prices (Agricultural Economics - MSC)
Optimal risk management strategies for a cattle backgrounding operation in the Peace River area (Agricultural Economics - MSC)
Factors and policies affecting demand for light vehicle transportation in the lower mainland of British Columbia (Agricultural Economics - MSC)
The effects of freestall surfaces and geometry on dairy cattle behavior (Plant Science - PHD)
Sweet potato response to shading and potassium (Plant Science - MSC)
Sugar loss during baking means calorie counts could be off
Labels often provide the nutritional information of the recipe – not the final product. What goes in and what comes out during food processing aren’t necessarily the same. To better understand the changes that occur during baking, researchers at UBC measured how much of a recipe’s sugar is lost...
Gerry Kasten, Adjunct Professor, receives the 2018 Ryley-Jeffs Memorial Lecture Award
Gerry Kasten RD, MSc, FDC, an adjunct professor with the Faculty, has been chosen as the recipient of the 2018 Ryley-Jeffs Memorial Lecture Award by the Board of Directors of Dietitians of Canada (DC). The Ryley-Jeffs Award is the highest recognition that the Board of Dietitians of Canada can...
Jeff Holmes, Undergraduate, Receives Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism Undergraduate Research Excellence Award
Jeff Holmes and Dr. Crystal Karakochuk. Congratulations to Jeff Holmes, an undergraduate student in the Food, Nutrition and Health program, on receiving the Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism Undergraduate Research Excellence Award. Jeff’s research project is titled ‘Serum zinc,...
New national award for the UBC Animal Welfare Program
From left to right: Prof. David Fraser, Ms. Raegan Ahlbaum, Mr. Craig Daniell, Nicole Fenwick, Elisabeth Ormandy, Erin Ryan, Jeffrey Spooner, Catherine Schuppli, Sara Dubois, and Lee Neil. On April 22, 2018, at the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS) Animal Welfare Leadership &...