At UBC Science, outstanding scientists and students strive to unravel the principles that underlie our universe - from the subatomic to the macroscopic, from pure mathematics to biotechnology, from ecosystems to galactic systems. Through the breadth and depth of our academic endeavours and the calibre of the people who make up our community, we take pride in discovering new scientific knowledge and preparing Canada’s and the world’s next generation of scientists.

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 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.

Mission
To nurture an exceptional scientific learning and research environment for the people of British Columbia, Canada, and the world.
 

Research Centres

Biodiversity, Evolution and Ecology

Computational Sciences and Mathematics

Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences

Genomics and Biological Sciences

Human-Computer Interaction

Life Sciences

Chemistry and Materials Science

Physics

Sustainability

Research Facilities

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.

Research Highlights

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. 

Graduate Degree Programs

Research Supervisors in Faculty

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Name Academic Unit(s) Research Interests
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 Atmospheric sciences; Chemical sciences; Atmosphere (Including Chemical Aspects); Physical and analytical chemistry of atmospheric aerosols
Beschastnikh, Ivan Department of Computer Science Computer and information sciences; cloud computing; distributed systems; software analysis; software engineering
Bizzotto, Dan Department of Chemistry Electroanalytical chemistry; Electrochemistry; Colloid and surface chemistry; Electrochemical Systems; Surface Characterization; Surfaces, Interfaces and Thin Layers; Sensors and Devices; Electrochemical and Fuel Cells; biosensors; electrocatalysis; fluorescence microscopy; interfacial analysis; self assembled monolayers; spectroelectrochemistry
Blakney, Anna Michael Smith Laboratories, School of Biomedical Engineering Biomedical materials; Medical molecular engineering of nucleic acids and proteins; Gene and molecular therapy; Gene delivery; RNA; Biomaterials; Immunoengineering
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 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
Borduas-Dedekind, Nadine Department of Chemistry Chemical sciences; atmospheric chemistry; chemical mechanisms; atmospheric ice nucleation; Biogeochemistry; mass spectrometry; Photochemistry; indoor chemistry; atmospheric aerosols; singlet oxygen
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 Computer and information sciences; Programming languages and software engineering; Programming languages; Compilers; programming languages
Boyd, David Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs Human rights
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 Biochemistry; Chemical sciences; Genomics; Biological and Biochemical Mechanisms; biomass; carbohydrates; cellulose; Chemical Synthesis and Catalysis; Enzymes; microbiota; plant cell walls; polysaccharides
Bryan, Jim Department of Mathematics Quantum invariants
Bryman, Douglas Department of Physics & Astronomy Particle physics, experimental; Experimental Particle Physics; Applied physics; physics
Burke, Sarah Department of Physics & Astronomy, Department of Chemistry 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 Mathematics and statistics; Geometry
Chan, Kai Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability Natural environment sciences; Human Ecology; Ecology and Quality of the Environment; Social and Cultural Factors of Environmental Protection; Applied Ethics; Values and Lifestyles; Sustainable Development; conservation finance; Conservation science; cultural ecosystem services; Ecosystem services; environmental assessment; environmental values; incentive programs; payments for ecosystem services; resilience; social-ecological systems; sustainability science
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Recent Publications

This is an incomplete sample of recent publications in chronological order by UBC faculty members with a primary appointment in the Faculty of Science.

 

Publication: Planetary and Space Science
UBC Author(s): Catherine Johnson (Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 00320633
Volume: 217
Publication Date: August 2022

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Publication: Renewable Energy
UBC Author(s): Steven Hallam (Microbiology & Immunology / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 09601481
Volume: 196
Page Range: 366-374
Publication Date: August 2022

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Publication: Numerische Mathematik
UBC Author(s): Christoph Ortner (Mathematics / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 0029599X
Volume: 151
Page Range: 779-805
Publication Date: August 2022

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Publication: Conservation Biology
UBC Author(s): Michael Whitlock (Zoology / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 08888892
Volume: 36
Publication Date: August 2022

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Publication: Communications on Pure and Applied Mathematics
UBC Author(s): Yaniv Plan (Mathematics / Faculty of Science), Ozgur Yilmaz (Mathematics / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 00103640
Volume: 75
Page Range: 1713-1754
Publication Date: August 2022

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Publication: Progress in Oceanography
UBC Author(s): Brian Hunt (Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 00796611
Volume: 206
Publication Date: August 2022

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Publication: Economic Geology
UBC Author(s): Kenneth Hickey (Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 03610128
Volume: 117
Page Range: 1225-1249
Publication Date: August 2022

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Publication: Current Opinion in Insect Science
UBC Author(s): Katie Marshall (Zoology / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 22145745
Volume: 52
Publication Date: August 2022

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Publication: Ecological Entomology
UBC Author(s): Quentin Charles Cronk (Botany / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 03076946
Volume: 47
Page Range: 713-718
Publication Date: August 2022

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Publication: Ecology Letters
UBC Author(s): Katie Marshall (Zoology / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 1461023X
Volume: 25
Page Range: 1905-1913
Publication Date: August 2022

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Publication: Oikos
UBC Author(s): Katie Marshall (Zoology / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 00301299
Volume: 2022
Publication Date: August 2022

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Publication: Conservation Biology
UBC Author(s): Claire Kremen (Institute for Resources,Environment & Sustainability / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 08888892
Volume: 36
Publication Date: August 2022

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Publication: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
UBC Author(s): Douglas Scott (Physics & Astronomy / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 00358711
Volume: 514
Page Range: 2915-2935
Publication Date: 1 August 2022

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Publication: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
UBC Author(s): Jeremy Heyl (Physics & Astronomy / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 00358711
Volume: 514
Page Range: 5024-5034
Publication Date: 1 August 2022

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Publication: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
UBC Author(s): Douglas Scott (Physics & Astronomy / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 00358711
Volume: 514
Page Range: 5004-5023
Publication Date: 1 August 2022

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Publication: ISME Journal
UBC Author(s): Lindsay Eltis (Microbiology & Immunology / Faculty of Science), William Mohn (Microbiology & Immunology / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 17517362
Volume: 16
Page Range: 1944-1956
Publication Date: August 2022

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Publication: Computer Vision and Image Understanding
UBC Author(s): Leonid Sigal (Computer Science / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 10773142
Volume: 221
Publication Date: August 2022

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Publication: Biological Conservation
UBC Author(s): Ussif Rashid Sumaila (Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 00063207
Volume: 272
Publication Date: August 2022

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Publication: Applied Geochemistry
UBC Author(s): Ulrich Mayer (Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 08832927
Volume: 143
Publication Date: August 2022

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Publication: Partial Differential Equations and Applications
UBC Author(s): Stephen James Gustafson (Mathematics / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 26622963
Volume: 3
Publication Date: August 2022

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Publication: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
UBC Author(s): Sarah Otto (Zoology / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 09628436
Volume: 377
Publication Date: 1 August 2022

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Publication: Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins
UBC Author(s): Robert E Hancock (Microbiology & Immunology / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 18671306
Volume: 14
Page Range: 620-629
Publication Date: August 2022

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Publication: Chemistry - A European Journal
UBC Author(s): Martin Tanner (Chemistry / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 09476539
Volume: 28
Publication Date: 1 August 2022

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Publication: Leukemia
UBC Author(s): Martin Hirst (Microbiology & Immunology / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 08876924
Volume: 36
Page Range: 1980-1989
Publication Date: August 2022

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Recent Thesis Submissions

Doctoral Citations

A doctoral citation summarizes the nature of the independent research, provides a high-level overview of the study, states the significance of the work and says who will benefit from the findings in clear, non-specialized language, so that members of a lay audience will understand it.
Year Citation Program
2022 Dr. Roccor investigated how a bacterium can degrade the natural polymer lignin and the plastic polymer PET. His research helps us to engineer bacteria that can transform these waste streams into valuable products to replace petroleum-derived chemicals. Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology and Immunology (PhD)
2022 In many real-world applications, data are collected as multiple samples from connected populations. Dr. Zhang developed statistical methodologies to jointly analyze the multiple samples. His research leads to more efficient and reliable data analysis procedures than some existing ones in the literature. Doctor of Philosophy in Statistics (PhD)
2022 Dr. Li investigated the folding-unfolding mechanisms of four important metalloproteins at the single-molecule level. These studies revealed some fundamental principles that guide the folding-unfolding processes of metalloproteins in general. Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)
2022 Dr. Sha developed artificial intelligence methods to make precipitation forecasts in British Columbia more accurate. Dr. Sha also developed a new method to automatically remove poor-quality observational data. Dr. Sha's research improved heavy-rain forecasts, hydropower generation and flood forecasting. Doctor of Philosophy in Atmospheric Science (PhD)
2022 Dr. Islam studied epigenetic alterations associated with a subset of human lymphoid leukemias, which are the cancer of white blood cells. He identified key mechanisms for enhancer activation driving the oncogenic transcriptional program in those leukemias that might help to develop potential targeted anti-leukemic therapeutics. Doctor of Philosophy in Bioinformatics (PhD)
2022 Dr. Savard developed a Penning ion source using helium gas, with the end-goal of generating alpha-particles for medical accelerators. He studied the internal plasma properties of this ion source, in order to better understand how these ion sources work. This will allow for better optimization of these ion sources in the future. Doctor of Philosophy in Physics (PhD)
2022 Dr. Yang characterized the molecular mechanism of a unique nuclear entry pathway used by parvoviruses. As these viruses are recognized for their great potential as anti-cancer agents, her findings deepen our understanding on how these viruses infect host cells and contribute to the development of novel anti-cancer therapies. Doctor of Philosophy in Zoology (PhD)
2022 Dr. Alford studied the bacterial pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which causes infection of many bodily niches including the skin and lungs. Her research identified mechanisms of antibiotic resistance and virulence using host-like models of infection. Her findings will be used to develop new therapies for treating infections in clinical settings. Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology and Immunology (PhD)
2022 Dr. Banerjee proposed a model that combines utility-driven item adoption with the viral network effect helping to propagate adoption of and desire for items from users to their peers. He subsequently applied the model to study influence maximization and filter bubble problem. Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science (PhD)
2022 Across all eukaryotic life, genes contain introns that must be removed for proper expression. This process is thought to occur similarly across species. Dr. Wong, however, discovered unusual features and patterns of this key process in a diverse array of algae, which highlights the importance of expanding our understanding beyond model organisms. Doctor of Philosophy in Botany (PhD)

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