Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)
Exploration of Crystal Nucleation Phenomena Through Molecular Simulation
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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|
|Shwartz, Vered||Department of Computer Science||Artificial Intelligence; Machine Learning; Natural Language Processing|
|Sigal, Leonid||Department of Computer Science||Computer and information sciences; Artificial Intelligence; Computer Science and Statistics; Parametric and Non-Parametric Inference; Computer Vision; Machine Learning; Semantic Recognition; Vision + Natural Language Processing; Visual Recognition and Understanding|
|Sigurdson, Kris||Department of Physics & Astronomy||The Universe, Cosmology, Dark Matter, Dark Energy, Particle Physics, Astrophysics, Cosmic Microwave Background, Cosmic 21-cm Fluctuations, Radio Astronomy, CHIME|
|Silberman, Lior||Department of Mathematics||Mathematics and statistics; Mathematics; Analysis on manifolds; Automorphic forms; Group Theory; Homogenous dynamics; Metric geometry; Number theory; Representation Theory; Topology|
|Slade, Gordon||Department of Mathematics||Renormalisation, Lace explansion, self-avoiding walk, scaling limits|
|Smit, Matthijs||Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences||1) timing and duration of|
|Snutch, Terrance Preston||Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Psychiatry||Molecular and genetic analysis of the nervous system|
|Solymosi, Jozsef||Department of Mathematics||Additive Combinatorics, Discrete and Computational Geometry, Graph theory, and Combinatorial Number Theory|
|Song, Liang||Department of Botany||Plant genomics; Environmental stresses; Seed development; Gene Expression|
|Sossi, Vesna||Department of Physics & Astronomy||Medical Imaging, Brain imaging|
|Srivastava, Diane||Department of Zoology||biodiversity, tropics, Costa Rica, insects, mites, food webs, habitat loss, Community ecology, conservation, how species loss from food webs can affect the way ecosystems function|
|Stairs, Ingrid||Department of Physics & Astronomy||pulsars, gravity, general relativity, radio astronomy, radio pulsars, pulsar searches and long-term timing, Radio astronomy|
|Stamp, Philip C||Department of Physics & Astronomy||Theoretical physics, strongly-correlated condensed matter systems, quantum magnetism, decoherence, quantum information, gravity|
|Straus, Suzana||Department of Chemistry||Chemical sciences; Proteins; Antimicrobial peptides; Protein-protein interactions; Structure-function; Viral membrane proteins|
|Stull, Roland||Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences||Meteorology and weather; weather; Meteorology; atmospheric science; numerical weather prediction; clean energy meteorology; storms; transportation weather; forest fire weather; weather disasters; atmospheric boundary layers; aviation meteorology|
|Sugioka, Kenji||Department of Zoology||Basic medicine and life sciences; Cell division; Animal morphogenesis; Cytoskeletal dynamics|
|Sumaila, Ussif Rashid||Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs||Bioeconomics, marine ecosystem valuation and the analysis of global issues such as fisheries subsidies, IUU (illegal, unreported and unregulated) fishing and the economics of high and deep seas fisheries|
|Summers, Alexander||Department of Computer Science||Programming languages and software engineering; programming languages; software engineering|
|Sun, Chin||Natural sciences; I am a field ecologist by training,having studied behaviour and ecology of mammals and birds|
|Sutherland, Danica||Department of Computer Science|
|Suttle, Curtis||Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, Department of Botany, Department of Microbiology & Immunology||Bioinformatics; Fisheries sciences; Immunology; Microbiology; Oceanography; Plant biology; Biological Oceanography; Environmental Virology; Marine Environment; Marine Microbiology; Microbial Diversity; Phage; Viral Discovery; Viruses|
|Tanner, Martin||Department of Chemistry||Enzymes responsible for the biosynthesis of the sialic acids in mammals|
|Taylor, Eric||Department of Zoology||possible threats to native fish; native BC fish biodiversity; fish biology and conservation; evolution, Evolution and conservation of fishes|
|Tetzlaff, Wolfram||Department of Zoology||Neural development and regeneration|
This is an incomplete sample of recent publications in chronological order by UBC faculty members with a primary appointment in the Faculty of Science.
|2022||Dr. Novakovskiy advanced our understanding of genome regulation by improving stem cell differentiation protocols and designing inherently interpretable deep learning methods. His bioinformatics advances will help achieve cell therapies for diabetes patients.||Doctor of Philosophy in Bioinformatics (PhD)|
|2022||Dr. Moore investigated the chemistry of chiral molecules which, like human hands, have non-identical mirror images. He identified a number of new light-initiated reaction pathways in these molecules. These studies contribute to the astrochemistry of biomolecules, and reveal why certain mirror images of biomolecules are favoured in life on earth.||Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)|
|2022||Dr. Melese studied T cell immune response inhibition in lung cancer. His research showed tumour cells produce factors that contribute to the recruitment of suppressive immune cells; that specific circulating immune cells distinguish a patient with a beneficial response to immunotherapy; and showed roles for lung resident T cells in lung cancer.||Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology and Immunology (PhD)|
|2022||Dr. Silva studied an immune cell type called patrolling monocytes, which are important in maintaining vascular health. She identified a beneficial role for these cells in obesity, Alzheimer's disease, and tumour metastases. Her work contributes to the potential of harnessing these cells in novel disease therapies.||Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology and Immunology (PhD)|
|2022||Dr. Zhou's research focused on the understanding and development of iridium catalysed water oxidation system. This research contributes to our understanding of catalyst design for water oxidation reactions, and will have implications for the realization of artificial photosynthesis.||Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)|
|2022||Dr. Southcott designed new compounds that bind radiometals with high affinity and stability which can have applications as diagnostic imaging agents or therapeutics in cancer treatment. She developed an array of compounds which were tested with relevant medical isotopes and help progress the next generation of radiopharmaceuticals.||Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)|
|2022||Dr. Bradley explored mathematical properties and solution methods for large-scale linear systems arising in problem in multiphysics and constrained optimization. Her research provides a theoretical framework for the development of efficient and robust computational methods.||Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science (PhD)|
|2022||Dr. Monnet studied the mechanisms of growth variation in fish. His work demonstrates the role of physiology and behaviour in differentiating growth trajectories in fish that have specialized to different freshwater habitats. This research provides insight into the evolutionary mechanisms that allow organisms to coexist in nature.||Doctor of Philosophy in Zoology (PhD)|
|2022||Dr. Hamadeh studied how DNA repair is perturbed in selected cancers. He used single-cell methods to better characterize the function of several DNA repair enzymes and identified regions of the genome that are prone to abnormalities in the absence of those enzymes. This knowledge will aid in the future design of targeted cancer therapies.||Doctor of Philosophy in Genome Science and Technology (PhD)|
|2022||Dr. Ievdokymenko investigated molecular mechanisms that help microorganisms in terrestrial, aquatic, engineered and host-associated environments to survive in the presence of toxic chemicals. Her research identified novel tolerance genes relevant for developing biological processes for bioremediation and biotechnological applications.||Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology and Immunology (PhD)|