Doctor of Philosophy in Physics (PhD)
Direct dark matter search using the first SuperCDMS SNOLAB detector towers
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With access to master’s and doctoral degrees through nine departments and 350 research groups, our graduate students work with world-class faculty to explore the basic sciences, and to pursue interdisciplinary and applied research across departments and units. UBC’s research excellence in environmental science, math, physics, plant and animal science, computer science, geology and biology is consistently rated best in Canada by international and national ranking agencies.
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UBC Science houses a wide range of prestigious NSERC Collaborative Research and Training Experience and related industry programs: from atmospheric aerosols to high-throughput biology, from biodiversity research and ecosystems services to plant cell wall biosynthesis, from quantum science and new materials to applied geochemistry. The options for enriched graduate training in industry related fields are almost endless.
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Our affiliated institutes and centres include UBC's Michael Smith Laboratories, Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute, Biodiversity Research Centre, Life Sciences Institute, Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences, Mineral Deposit Research Unit, and TRIUMF, Canada’s national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics.
Top research talent
UBC Science boasts more than 50 Canada Research Chairs, 12 fellows of the Royal Society of London, and has been home to two Nobel Laureates. Our graduate students have won 15 prestigious Vanier Scholarships.
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UBC Science is committed to excellence, collaboration and inclusion. Women account for 41 per cent of the Faculty's graduate enrollments, and the percentage of international students has increased to 50 per cent over the past decade.
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Genomics and Biological Sciences
Chemistry and Materials Science
Designed to inspire collaboration and creativity across disciplines, the new Earth Sciences Building (ESB) lies at the heart of the science precinct on UBC’s Vancouver Campus. The $75 million facility is home to Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, Statistics, the Pacific Institute of the Mathematical Sciences, and the dean’s office of the Faculty of Science. ESB’s updated teaching facilities will help Canada meet the challenges of a transforming and growing resource sector. Just as importantly, the researchers and students working and learning in the new facility will offer a valuable flow of well-trained talent, new ideas, and fresh professional perspectives to industry.
Receiving more than $120 million in annual research funding, UBC Science faculty members conduct top-tier research in the life, physical, earth and computational sciences. Their discoveries help build our understanding of natural laws—driving insights into sustainability, biodiversity, human health, nanoscience and new materials, probability, artificial intelligence, exoplanets and a wide range of other areas.
UBC Science boasts 50 Canada Research Chairs and 10 fellows of the Royal Society of London, and has been home to two Nobel Laureates.
|Name||Academic Unit(s)||Research Interests|
|Abraham, Ninan||Department of Zoology||Mammals, pathogens, genetic analysis, proper cell funtion, development, maintenance and proper functioning of T- and B-cells|
|Adams, Keith||Department of Botany||Molecular evolution, genome evolution, and gene expression|
|Adem, Alejandro||Department of Mathematics||Cohomology of finite groups, orbifolds, stringy topology, algebra, sporadic simple group, group actions, arithmetic groups, K-theory, homotopy theory, spaces of homomorphisms|
|Alava Saltos, Juan Jose||Zoology, n.e.c.; Ecotoxicology; Environmental impact assessment; Population ecology; Marine ecology (including marine ichthyology); Global change biology; Ecological impacts of climate change; Global health; Veterinary parasitology; Marine Eco-toxicology, Ocean Pollution, Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry; Foodweb Bioaccumulation Modeling of Pollutants (Bioaccumulation Science); Persistent Organic Pllutants (POPs), Ocean Plastics & Microplastics., Hydrocarbons (PAHs); Mercury, Radionuclides (Cesium 137), Pharmceuticals and Person Care Products (PPCPs); Galapagos Science & Research; Eco-toxicology, Ecology & Conservation of Marine Mammals, Sea Turtles & Seabirds; Fishery Science and Management, Conservation Biology, Tropical Biodiversity; Climate Change Science, Adaptation and Mitigation in the Oceans, Marine Organisms & Fisheries; Aquatic Microbiology; Eco-toxicological Risk Assessment; Environmental Impact Assessments; Ocean Pollution Solutions; Ornithology and Zoology; Public Health, Tropical Parasitology and Environmental/Conservation Medicine.; COVID-19 related-multidisciplinary research|
|Algar, Russ||Department of Chemistry||Luminescent Materials; Bio/Chemical Sensing; Materials synthesis and biofunctionalization; Understanding the nanoparticle interface; New energy transfer configurations for sensing and imaging; Point-of-care diagnostic devices; Intracellular sensing|
|Allen, Susan||Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences||Atmospheric sciences; Oceanography; coastal oceanography; coupled bio-physics and chem-physics and all three models; forecast models; Oceans and Inland Waters; physical oceanography; Prediction and Climatic Modeling|
|Altshuler, Doug||Department of Zoology||Zoology; flight control; visual guidance; visual neuroscience; neuroethology; avian biomechanics; aerodynamics; wing morphing; motor control|
|Ameli, Ali||Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences||Geology; Applied Hydro-geochemistry; Climate Changes and Impacts; Environmental Tracer; Green Infrastructure; Ground Water and Water Tables; Groundwater Ecohydrology; Groundwater-Surfacewater & land Interaction; Hydro-geological Engineering; Hydrological Cycle and Reservoirs; Numerical analysis; Watershed Management|
|Andersen, Raymond||Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, Department of Chemistry||Chemicals produced by marine organisms|
|Angel, Omer||Department of Mathematics||Probability theory, percolation, random graphs, random walks, particle processes, scaling limits|
|Angert, Amy||Department of Botany, Department of Zoology||Plant biology; Zoology; Biodiversity and Biocomplexity; biogeography; biological responses to climate change; Conservation Biology; Ecological and Ecophysiological Processes; evolutionary ecology; population biology|
|Anstee, Richard||Department of Mathematics||Discrete Mathematics, Extremal Set Theory, Graph Theory, Matching Theory|
|Aronson, Meigan||Department of Physics & Astronomy||heavy-ferromagnetic compounds; charge density waves; magnetic nanoparticles|
|Auger-Methe, Marie||Department of Statistics, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries||Fisheries sciences; Statistics; Zoology; Animal movement; Polar ecology; Statistical Ecology|
|Auld, Vanessa||Department of Zoology||Neurosciences, biological and chemical aspects; Neurosciences, medical and physiological and health aspects; Zoology; Cell; Cell Biology; Development; Developmental Genetics; epithelia; Genetics; glia; in vivo imaging; Molecular Genetics; nervous system; Neurogenesis and Gliogenesis; permeability barriers|
|Austin, Philip||Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences||global climate; climate change; greenhouse effect; global warming; clouds; lightning; storms, Cloud physics, radiative properties of layer clouds, status cirrus formation, global climate, cloug aerosol feedbacks and climate|
|Aviles, Leticia||Department of Zoology||Community ecology (except invasive species ecology); Animal behaviour|
|Bachmann, Sven||Department of Mathematics||Mathematics and statistics; Mathematical Analysis; quantum phenomena; Mathematical physics; Quantum statistical physics; Topological states of matter|
|Balmforth, Neil||Department of Mathematics||Fluid mechanics, nonlinear dynamics and applied partial differential equations|
|Barker, Shaun||Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences|
|Beckie, Roger||Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences||Ground hydrology, geotechnical engineering|
|Behrend, Kai||Department of Mathematics||Moduli spaces, Gromov-Witten invariants, string theory, Donaldson-Thomas invariants, Euler characteristics, categorification|
|Bennett, Michael||Department of Mathematics||Number Theory, Diophantine Approximation and Classical Analysis|
|Berbee, Mary||Department of Botany||Plant biology; Evolution and Phylogenesis; Microorganisms; Taxonomy and Systematics; fungi; molecular phylogenetics; mycology; systematics|
|Berciu, Mona||Department of Physics & Astronomy||Electronic and magnetic properties of condensed matter and supraconductivity; Physical sciences; condensed matter theory; polarons, bipolarons; strongly correlated systems|
This is an incomplete sample of recent publications in chronological order by UBC faculty members with a primary appointment in the Faculty of Science.
|2021||Dr. Mathur examined the evolutionary history of apicomplexan parasites, which are a large group of important animal parasites that cause malaria and other diseases. Her research used new single-cell techniques and has altered our fundamental understanding of how these parasites evolved.||Doctor of Philosophy in Botany (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Wang studied mathematical solutions of nonlinear differential equations that model chiral magnetic skyrmions. She provided a rigorous mathematical proof of the existence of skyrmions within the co-rotational symmetric class, and also examined their spectral and dynamical stability. This research contributes to the mathematics of chiral magnetism.||Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Maclean studied the mixing times of organic molecules and water within atmospheric aerosols, and the phase state of these aerosols. This research highlighted that aerosols in Earth's lowest layer of atmosphere, the troposphere, may be solid with long mixing times of organic molecules and water, contrary to typical assumptions in global models.||Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)|
|2021||Some advanced cancers can be treated with the radioactive isotope called actinium-225, yet current actinium supplies are limited and rely on decades-old material from nuclear weapons. Dr. Robertson used TRIUMF's particle accelerator to develop alternative actinium production methods that could support widespread use of actinium-based therapies.||Doctor of Philosophy in Physics (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Matthey-Doret worked on methods to detect adaptation and showed that deleterious mutations are unlikely to produce signals that can be confounded with beneficial mutations. He also demonstrated that plasticity can evolve in a constant environment. Finally, he created a high performance and flexible software for population genetic simulations.||Doctor of Philosophy in Zoology (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Huang's research focused on metabolite analysis using capillary electrophoresis-mass spectrometry. He established reliable methods to identify and quantify small molecules from biological samples and developed a software tool to facilitate metabolomics data processing. His work contributed to the biomarker discovery for biomedical research.||Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Tran studied the microscopic assembly of cellulose nanocrystals derived from sustainable sources. He produced colourful materials ranging from thin films to stretchable elastomers for applications including optical sensors and filters. His findings contribute to the search for and development of sustainable and renewable alternative materials.||Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Wong studied the maximum possible number of certain mathematical objects when specific restrictions are imposed. Her investigation assists the community in understanding a number of important mathematical problems in extremal combinatorics, a field of study focused on the limits of finite objects.||Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Henriques used mathematical models to study the evolution of cooperative behaviour in nature. He explored how cooperation between organisms affected their ability to adapt to changing environments. His research showed that cooperation can be maintained by interactions between groups of organisms, and that it can promote species diversification.||Doctor of Philosophy in Zoology (PhD)|
|2021||There are many who believe that genes commonly code for more than one functional product, through a process called alternative splicing. Dr. Bhuiyan studied the evidence for this claim, and showed that - despite what we learn in our textbooks - alternative splicing is not as common as we thought.||Doctor of Philosophy in Bioinformatics (PhD)|