Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)
Finding ways to use renewable energy to power chemical reactions
A diverse range of highly ranked programs
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.
Committed to outstanding graduate training
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.
World-class research infrastructure
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.
A diverse, supportive community of scholars
UBC Science is committed to excellence, collaboration and inclusion. Women account for 40 per cent of the Faculty's graduate enrollments, and the percentage of international students has increased to 48 per cent over the past decade.
Biodiversity, Evolution and Ecology
Computational Sciences and Mathematics
Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
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.
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|
|Berciu, Mona||Department of Physics & Astronomy||condensed matter theory, strongly correlated systems, polarons, bipolarons|
|Berlinguette, Curtis||Department of Chemistry, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering||Combinatorial Chemistry, CO2 conversion and utilization, clean energy, advanced solar cells, electrochromic windows, dynamic windows, hydrogen fuels production, catalysis, robotics and automation, machine learning / artificial intelligence|
|Bertram, Allan||Department of Chemistry||Atmosphere (Including Chemical Aspects), Physical and analytical chemistry of atmospheric aerosols|
|Beschastnikh, Ivan||Department of Computer Science||cloud computing, distributed systems, software engineering, software analysis|
|Bizzotto, Dan||Department of Chemistry||Electrochemical Systems, Surface Characterization, Surfaces, Interfaces and Thin Layers, Sensors and Devices, Electrochemical and Fuel Cells, Electrochemistry, interfacial analysis, biosensors, spectroelectrochemistry, electrocatalysis, self assembled monolayers, fluorescence microscopy|
|Bloem-Reddy, Benjamin||Department of Statistics||developing methods for evolving networks whose history is unobserved, distributional limits of preferential attachment networks, uses of symmetry in statistics, computation, and machine learning|
|Bohlmann, Joerg||Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Botany, Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences||plant biochemistry, forestry genomics, forest health, conifers, poplar, bark beetle, mountain pine beetle, natural products, secondary metabolites, terpenes, floral scent, grapevine, Conifer genomics Forest health genomics Mountain pine beetle, fungus, pine interactions and genomics Chemical ecology of conifer, insect interactions|
|Boley, Aaron||Department of Physics & Astronomy||Astronomy and Astrophysics; Planet formation, protoplanetary disk evolution, formation of meteorite parent bodies|
|Bonn, Douglas Andrew||Department of Physics & Astronomy||Condensed matter, high temperature superconductors, microwave measurements, crystal growth|
|Bostock, Michael||Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences||structure of the Canadian upper mantle, Geophysics, formation and evolution of the first continental landmasses, the structure and dynamics of subduction zones|
|Bouchard-Cote, Alexandre||Department of Statistics||machine/statistical learning; mathematical side of the subject as well as in applications in linguistics and biology|
|Bowman, William||Department of Computer Science||programming languages|
|Boyd, David||Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs||Sustainable Development, Environmental Law and Policy, Human Rights and Environment, Rights of Nature, Environmental justice, Plastic Pollution|
|Brauner, Colin||Department of Zoology||Gas exchange, ion regulation and acid-base balance in fish, Evolution and comparative physiology|
|Brumer, Harry||Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Chemistry||Biological and Biochemical Mechanisms, Chemical Synthesis and Catalysis, Enzymes, polysaccharides, carbohydrates, biomass, cellulose, plant cell walls, microbiota|
|Bryan, Jim||Department of Mathematics||Quantum invariants|
|Bryman, Douglas||Department of Physics & Astronomy||Science and Knowledge, Experimental Particle Physics, Applied physics, physics|
|Burke, Sarah||Department of Physics & Astronomy||Scanning probe microscopy, organic materials, nanoscale materials, surface physics, photovoltaics|
|Bustin, Robert Marc||Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences||Unconventional Petroleum Reservoirs|
|Campbell, Trevor||Department of Statistics||automated, scalable Bayesian inference algorithms, Bayesian nonparametrics, streaming data, Bayesian theory, Probabilistic Inference, computational statistics, large-scale data|
|Carenini, Giuseppe||Department of Computer Science||Artificial intelligence, user modeling, decision theory, machine learning, social issues in computing, computational linguistics, information visualization|
|Cautis, Sabin||Department of Mathematics||Geometry|
|Chan, Kai||Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability||Human Ecology, Ecology and Quality of the Environment, Social and Cultural Factors of Environmental Protection, Applied Ethics, Values and Lifestyles, Sustainable Development, Ecosystem services, sustainability science, Conservation science, cultural ecosystem services, environmental values, conservation finance, environmental assessment, social-ecological systems, resilience, payments for ecosystem services, incentive programs|
|Chau, Albert||Department of Mathematics||Differential Geometry and Partial Differential Equations|
|Chen, Jiahua||Department of Statistics||finite mixture model, empirical likelihood, asymptotic theory, sample survey|
This is an incomplete sample of recent publications by UBC faculty members with a primary appointment in the Faculty of Science.
|2020||Dr. Chung developed new automated technologies to solve difficult problems relevant to modern organic chemistry. By providing access to data-rich information, these technologies have the potential to alleviate bottlenecks in chemical process development in both academic and industrial settings, with an overall reduction in time and resources.||Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)|
|2020||Dr. Dorri explored methods for detecting genetic mutations with a resolution down to one cell. The accumulation of genetic mutations disrupts regular cell activity and leads to tumour development. Her findings can be applied to the study of clonal dynamics in tumours, which can potentially lead to enhanced cancer diagnosis and treatment.||Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science (PhD)|
|2020||Dr. Wiggermann examined two MRI techniques in the context of myelin health in multiple sclerosis. Through simulations, studies of tissue samples, control and MS populations, she linked the MR measures to the biology of MS. By establishing their robustness for probing myelin at different field strength, she addressed a key issue of using MRI for MS.||Doctor of Philosophy in Physics (PhD)|
|2020||The Arctic Ocean is tightly linked to Earth's climate and one of the least understood oceans in the world. Dr. Chanona used large datasets to produce the first pan-Arctic map of ocean mixing rates and robustly describe their patterns in space and time. Her work is critical to improving our ability to forecast and understand the future Arctic Ocean.||Doctor of Philosophy in Oceanography (PhD)|
|2020||Dr. Wilson used volcanoes that erupt beneath glaciers to reveal the existence of ancient continental-scale ice sheets in Southern British Columbia. His work helps us to understand the nature of rapid climate fluctuation and suggests that melting glaciers may be an important trigger for global volcanic eruption rates.||Doctor of Philosophy in Geological Sciences (PhD)|
|2020||Dr. MacPherson examined the effect of disease epidemiology on coevolution between hosts and their infectious diseases, exploring how coevolution affects disease spread. She also developed a method for identifying genes underlying these coevolutionary interactions. This research will improve our ability to predict disease susceptibility.||Doctor of Philosophy in Zoology (PhD)|
|2020||Dr. Chu improved the process of using computers to extract meaningful information from biological sequences such as DNA. He designed computer programs to store data in probabilistic data structures, which purposely store data as approximate signatures in order to surpass the computational memory and speed limits of representing the data perfectly.||Doctor of Philosophy in Bioinformatics (PhD)|
|2020||Dr. Robinson identified new chemical leads that he developed as therapeutics for the tropical parasitic disease, Chagas. These drug-candidates aim to block the parasite's ability to camouflage inside the body, thereby enabling the host immune system to effectively fight the disease.||Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)|
|2020||Dr. Chiu studied the reactivity of nickel complexes towards breaking and forming chemical bonds. This fundamental work will help researchers to understand how nickel can be used to make complex molecules from simple starting materials, and will lead to the development of catalytic transformations that are more efficient and sustainable.||Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)|
|2020||Dr. Sedivy-Haley studied responses to Salmonella infection in macrophage activation states, including the "tolerant" state seen in sepsis. She identified differences in gene expression that may account for different levels of resistance to Salmonella. This could help us to improve the ability of macrophages to resist infection and treat sepsis.||Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology and Immunology (PhD)|