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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|
|Plotkin, Steven||Department of Physics & Astronomy||Biophysics theory and computation|
|Poole, David||Department of Computer Science||Artificial Intelligence; Machine Learning; Knowledge Representation; Decision Analysis; Preference Elicitation; Reasoning under Uncertainty; Probabilistic Graphical Models; Relational Learning|
|Pottinger, Rachel||Department of Computer Science||Computer Science and Statistics; databases; data management; data integration; metadata management|
|Pramanik, Malabika||Department of Mathematics||Harmonic analysis, partial differential equations, several complex variables|
|Radic, Valentina||Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences||Climate Changes and Impacts; Glaciology; Meteorology; Climate Science|
|Ramdorai, Sujatha||Department of Mathematics||Algebraic theory of quadratic forms, non-cummutative Iwasawa theory, motives|
|Ramer, Matthew||Department of Zoology||Pain, Plasticity, Regeneration, Sensory neurons, Sympathetic neurons|
|Raussendorf, Robert||Department of Physics & Astronomy||Measurement-based models for quantum computation, fault-tolerant quantum computation under geometric constraints, quantum cellular automata|
|Rechnitzer, Andrew||Department of Mathematics||Enumerative combinatorics, Simulation of combinatorial objects, Lattice statistical mechanics|
|Redfield, Rosemary||Department of Zoology||Microbial evolution|
|Reichstein, Zinovy||Department of Mathematics||Algebra, algebraic geometry, algebraic groups|
|Reid, Jolene||Department of Chemistry|
|Reinsberg, Stefan||Department of Physics & Astronomy||Medical physics, MRIs|
|Rensink, Ronald||Department of Computer Science, Department of Psychology||vision, attention, consciousness, interface design, Cognitive vision|
|Rhodin, Helge||Department of Computer Science||Shape Recognition and Computer Graphics; Virtual Reality; Neuronal Systems; Computer Vision; computer graphics; Machine Learning|
|Richards, Jeffrey||Department of Zoology||Adaptive significance of the mechanisms coordinating cellular responses to stress|
|Rieseberg, Loren||Department of Botany||plant evolutionary biology; adaptation; speciation; crops; weeds; invasive plants|
|Robeva, Elina||Department of Mathematics||Statistical theory and modeling; Machine learning; Algebra; Algebraic statistics; Graphical Models; Tensor decomposition; Causality; Applied algebraic geometry; Shape-constrained density estimation; Tensor networks|
|Rosado Rey, Abel||Department of Botany||Plasma membrane repair mechanisms in plants|
|Rosen, David||Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries||Animal physiology; Physiology, behaviour, and ecology of marine mammals;; Bioenergetics; Nutrition; Conservation physiology|
|Roskams, Angela Jane||Department of Zoology||Alzheimer's, cellular development, degeneration and regeneration in the olfactory system|
|Rottler, Joerg||Department of Physics & Astronomy||Solids; Polymers; Nanomaterials; Condensed Matter and Materials Physics; Soft Matter|
|Rozali, Moshe||Department of Physics & Astronomy||String theory, high energy physics, quantum field theory, cosmology and classical gravitational physics|
|Russell, Kelly||Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences||Physical sciences; volcanology; petrology; magma rheology; geochemical thermodynamics|
|Ryan, Katherine||Department of Chemistry||drug molecules in use today are organic compounds isolated from organisms such as bacteria, plants, and fungi; understand how natural products are made.|
This is an incomplete sample of recent publications in chronological order by UBC faculty members with a primary appointment in the Faculty of Science.
|2019||Dr. Michiels developed an integrated approach using biogeochemical in situ measurements, molecular tools, and flux-balance models to create new knowledge about the microbial processes recycling nitrogen under low oxygen conditions in the ancient and modern oceans.||Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology and Immunology (PhD)|
|2019||Dr. Crisan examined how 'big data' used by public health systems should be visually represented for decision making. She developed software tools and methods that can help people analyze, see, and understand complex data used to monitor and control disease outbreaks.||Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science (PhD)|
|2019||Dr. Chan showed that the supplementation of an enzyme, coagulation factor XIIIa, and its synthetic substrates can improve the adhesiveness of blood clots to wounds. This study assists us in developing new therapies for treating traumatic bleeding.||Doctor of Philosophy in Genome Science and Technology (PhD)|
|2019||Dr. Bauer studied the geochemistry of chromium and iron in modern and ancient rock and sediments. He created new knowledge about the implementation of these two transition metals as paleoredox proxies that will allow for more nuanced reconstructions of the complex history of oxygen in Earth's surface environments.||Doctor of Philosophy in Geological Sciences (PhD)|
|2019||Dr. Kovalchik developed computational tools for the analysis of high-resolution mass spectrometry data relating to oil sands process-affected water and cancer biology.||Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)|
|2019||Dr. Fournier's research builds upon well established imaging technologies used by earth scientists to better understand the sub surface and interior of our planet. He focused on the processing of surface gravity and magnetic field data -- an active field of research in applied geophysics. His work is frequently used in the scientific community.||Doctor of Philosophy in Geophysics (PhD)|
|2019||Dr. Beattie examined how nickel, a sustainable and cheap metal element, can activate carbon-hydrogen bonds, including effects of different reaction variables. His studies inform the inorganic and organic chemical communities on the mechanism of how nickel can be used for sustainable chemical transformations.||Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)|
|2019||Dr. Hsu constructed a categorical action of the shifted q=0 affine algebra on the derived categories of coherent sheaves on partial flag varieties. Then he applied this action to obtain an action of the q=0 affine Hecke algebra on the derived categories of coherent sheaves on the full flag variety.||Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics (PhD)|
|2019||Dr. Kazemi explored how machine learning can be applied to worlds composed of objects and relations. He devised models and facilitated computational techniques that use data about objects to make predictions about their properties and relations. His work can be used in applications where the underlying data is in the form of a graph.||Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science (PhD)|
|2019||Dr. Torres-Beltran explored how microbes interact to build networks driving methane consumption under low water column oxygen conditions. Her observations expand our understanding on how this greenhouse gas is cycled in ocean regions where oxygen loss is ongoing due to global warming effects.||Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology and Immunology (PhD)|