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 on issues of importance. We believe that by providing them with the opportunity to learn outside the traditional classroom - taking part in a community-based experiential learning project or studying overseas - we can enhance their education and help them develop to their full potential.
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||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||Biotechnology and Activity monitors, Dairy cattle reproduction, Endometrium-conceptus cross communication, Production medicine in dairy cattle, Estrous cycle physiology in cattle, Inflammation and stress|
|Dee, Derek||protein folding, protein aggregation, biophysics, food chemistry, protein engineering, funtional amyloid, protein nanofibrils, psychrophilic enzymes, aspartic proteases, prions, food proteins, meat analogues|
|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|
|Jessri, Mahsa||Nutritional Epidemiology, Public and Population Health, Dietetics, Clinical Epidemiology, Preventive Medicine, Chronic Disease Prevention, Dietary Pattern Modeling, Predictive Analytics, Dietary Assessment|
|Jovel, Eduardo||Ethnobotany, mycology, natural product chemistry and Aboriginal health|
|Karakochuk, Crystal Dawn||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||Nutritional Biochemistry, Micronutrients, Vitamins, Nutritional Biomarker, Pregnancy, Periconceptional folic acid supplementation, Prenatal Supplements, Newborn Screening, Toddler Nutrition, Clinical Chemistry, Maternal and Child Health, Newborn Screening|
|Lu, Xiaonan||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||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|
|Scaman, Christine||Glycosidases, Enzyme mechanism, Food carbohydrate chemistry|
Graduate Student Profiles
Alumni on Success
Recent Thesis Submissions
The effect of heat stress on the behaviour of dairy cows at the drinker (Applied Animal Biology - MSC)
Predicting health outcomes and sale price of male dairy calves undergoing long distance transportation (Applied Animal Biology - MSC)
Dairy cattle preference for different types of outdoor access and their influence on dairy cattle behaviour (Applied Animal Biology - PHD)
Management of vulnerable dairy cows (Applied Animal Biology - PHD)
Detection and speciation of Arcobacter bacteria using Raman spectroscopy (Food Science - MSC)
Dairy cattle transition period : disease prevalence and risk factors in grazing and freestall systems (Applied Animal Biology - PHD)
Individual variability in the feeding behaviour of dairy calves and goats (Applied Animal Biology - PHD)
Vitamin B6 status of young and older adult women in Metro Vancouver (Human Nutrition - MSC)
Management practices and cow-level factors related to claw horn disruption lesions in dairy cows (Applied Animal Biology - PHD)
Socioecological analysis of smallholder farming systems in the Philippines : identifying multi-scalar pathways and barriers to resilience (Integrated Studies In Land and Food Systems - PHD)
Examining sustainability in food-based dietary guidelines : an international comparison and systems thinking framework for sustainable dietary guideline development (Integrated Studies In Land and Food Systems - MSC)
Colonization and bacteriophage biocontrol of Salmonella on fresh produce (Food Science - MSC)
Characterization of cranberry field decline syndrome in British Columbia (Soil Science - MSC)
Using behaviour to identify sickness and to evaluate treatment in ill transition dairy cows (Applied Animal Biology - PHD)
Structure-function studies of processing alpha-glucosidase-i (Food Science - PHD)
Facial expression, vocalizations and eye temperature as potential indicators of pain in harbour seals (Phoca vitulina) (Applied Animal Biology - PHD)
Dietary choline intake and biomarkers of choline status across the life cycle (Human Nutrition - PHD)
Terroir and reputation : the economics of British Columbia wine industry in three essays. (Integrated Studies In Land and Food Systems - PHD)
LFS Research Café with Barbara Stefanska
Join us for the next LFS Research Café featuring Assistant Professor Barbara Stefanska! Dr. Stefanska will discuss some of her research findings in a presentation titled Eating the right foods to prevent disease: how your diet impacts DNA and gene functioning, and the link to long-term health...
Making the link between climate-friendly food
Making the link between climate-friendly food Sept. 6, 2019 – Should we add carbon pricing to our campus food so people become aware of emissions related to their food sources? That was one bold idea proposed by LFS 450 students. Senior undergraduate UBC students can take LFS 450,...
Barbara Hsiao receives President’s Staff Award
Barbara Hsiao, Director of HR & Administration, receives President’s Staff Award Barbara Hsiao, the director of HR and administration in the faculty, was recognized with a 2019 President’s Staff Award (Wellbeing). While she is a trusted advisor to many, Barbara stands out for her...