Doctor of Philosophy in Physics (PhD)
Coherent control of ultrafast dynamics of materials studied with time and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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|
|Thachuk, Mark||Department of Chemistry||Reaction dynamics, mathematical techniques, Chemical physics|
|Tocheva, Elitza||Department of Microbiology & Immunology||Microbiology; Biological and Biochemical Mechanisms; Functional and Structural Proteomics; Microbial Ultrastructure; Cryo-electron tomography and Structural Biology; bacterial physiology; Microbial Diversity; Secretion systems and Mechanisms of pathogenesis; Novel bacterial phyla|
|Todesco, Marco||Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Botany||Plant biology; Quantitative genetics (including disease and trait mapping genetics); Biological adaptation; Developmental genetics (including sex determination); Genomics; Population, ecological and evolutionary genetics; Paleogenomics; Genetics engineering; Plant-animal interactions; Genetic and molecular basis of adaptation; Plant genomics; Chromosomal structural variation; Crop improvement and bioengineering; Wild sunflowers ecology and evolution; Cannabis diversity and domestication|
|Tokuriki, Nobuhiko||Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology||Experimental evolution of proteins and molecular networks.|
|Tokuyama, Maria||Department of Microbiology & Immunology||Endogenous retroviruses (ERVs), Chronic interaction between viruses and the immune system|
|Tortell, Philippe||Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, Department of Botany||Biological / Chemical Oceanography, Climate-active Trace Gases, Primary Productvity, Polar Marine Ecosystems|
|Trites, Andrew||Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries||marine mammals, seals, sea lions, whales, dolphins, fisheries competition, population biology, ecology, Marine mamals research centre, biology of marine mammals, population dynamics, bioenergetics, fisheries|
|Tropini, Carolina||Department of Microbiology & Immunology, School of Biomedical Engineering||Immunology; Medical and biomedical engineering; Microbiology; Bacteria; Bacteriophages; Bioengineering; Bioinformatics; Biological and Biochemical Mechanisms; Biophysics; Gut microbiota; Inflammatory bowel disease|
|Tsai, Tai-Peng||Department of Mathematics||Differential equations and integral equations in pure mathematics; Partial Differential Equations; Mathematical physics|
|Tseng, Michelle||Department of Botany, Department of Zoology||Population ecology; Community ecology (except invasive species ecology); Evolutionary impacts of climate change; Biological adaptation; Ecological impacts of climate change; Insect & plankton ecology; Community and evolutionary ecology; Community responses to warming; Urban biodiversity|
|Unruh, William||Department of Physics & Astronomy||black holes; cosmology; quantum computers; theory of gravity|
|Van de Panne, Michiel||Department of Computer Science||Computer Science and Statistics; Computer Sciences and Mathematical Tools; Robotics and Automation; simulation of human movement; computer animation; Robotics; deep reinforcement learning; motor control; computer graphics|
|Van Raamsdonk, Mark||Department of Physics & Astronomy||elementary particle theory, high energy theory. , String theory, quantum field theory, quantum gravity|
|Van Waerbeke, Ludovic||Department of Physics & Astronomy||astrophysics, cosmology, dark energy, universe, gravitational lensing, galaxy, galaxies, Cosmology, dark matter, galaxy formation, structure formation|
|van Willigenburg, Stephanie||Department of Mathematics||Combinatorics and discrete mathematics; algebraic combinatorics; Coxeter group; quasisymmetric function; Schur functions and generalizations; chromatic symmetric function|
|Vatsal, Vinayak||Department of Mathematics||Canonical periods, congruence formula, elliptic curve, Iwasawa invariants, Heegner points, L-functions|
|Vincent, Amanda||Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries||Ecological applications, n.e.c.; Marine ecology (including marine ichthyology); Biodiversity; Natural environment sustainability studies; Natural resource management; Wildlife and habitat management; marine conservation; threatened marine species, especially seahorses and their relatives; bottom trawling and other nonselective fisheries; wildlife trade; marine protected areas; Small-scale fisheries; community-based conservation; citizen/community science; multilateral environmental agreements; .|
|Wabnitz, Colette||Ecosystem (Aquatic and Terrestrial); Protected Areas; Vulnerable and Threatened Species; Biodiversity and Biocomplexity; Resources Management; Marine Environment; Telemetry (Remote Sensing, Radar); Biogeography; Ecological and Ecophysiological Processes; Socio-Economic Conditions; Fishery Resources; Sustainable Development; Marine Aquarium Trade; Marine Spatial Planning; Sustainable Natural Resource Use; marine conservation; Food Security and Well-Being; Ecotourism; Vulnerability; Climate change and anthropogenic stressors; Governance; Small-scale fisheries; Developing countries; Small Island States; Nutrition; Seagrass; fish ecology; population dynamics; life history; Ecosystem services; social-ecological systems|
|Wachs, Anthony||Department of Mathematics, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering||Fluidization and fluid mechanics; Process control and simulation in chemical engineering; Numerical computation; Fluid mechanics; Particle-laden flows; Non Newtonian flows; Heat and mass transfer; Numerical simulation; High performance computing; Multi-scale modelling|
|Wagner, Alan||Department of Computer Science||Parallel computation, interconnection networks, parallel programming environments|
|Waltham, Christopher||Department of Physics & Astronomy||Physical sciences; Musical Acoustics|
|Wang, Daochen||Department of Computer Science|
|Wang, Yan||Department of Chemistry||Quantum chemistry, Chemical physics|
|Ward, Michael Jeffrey||Department of Mathematics||Applied analysis, singular perturbations, reaction-diffusion theory, mathematical modeling and scientific compution, nonlinear dynamics and applied partial differential equations|
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. Fan studied mathematical optimization techniques for large-scale data-driven applications. He explored how the duality theory can help to develop scalable optimization algorithms. His works provide state-of-the-art solutions to many challenging optimization problems arising from machine learning, signal processing and data mining.||Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science (PhD)|
|2022||The prevailing theory of particle physics has been immensely successful but is known to be incomplete. Many of its extensions predict modifications to the rate at which Higgs bosons are produced in pairs. Dr. Gubbels analyzes data collected by the ATLAS detector to search for this process, placing strong constraints on any such new theories.||Doctor of Philosophy in Physics (PhD)|
|2022||Dr. Pushak studied the recipes computers use to solve problems. Computational recipes, or algorithms, are similar to baking recipes, which can be adjusted by modifying parameters such as temperature. He showed that computer parameters contain simple, exploitable patterns that can substantially reduce the time needed to solve computational problems.||Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science (PhD)|
|2022||Dr. Fu studied three kinds of numerical schemes for phase field models and proved that they preserve intrinsic properties including the maximum principle and the energy dissipation law. This research offers high-order structure-preserving numerical solutions for phase field models and other gradient flows with special structures.||Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics (PhD)|
|2022||Dr. Togunov developed statistical tools to study behaviour using tracking data for animals in moving environments. Using these tools, he identified temporal and environmental conditions that drive polar bear behaviour, which appeared to be tied to the behaviour of ringed and bearded seals, the main prey of polar bears.||Doctor of Philosophy in Zoology (PhD)|
|2022||Dr. Moore-Maley showed how wind-driven ocean currents in the Strait of Georgia transport nutrients from deep water to the surface where photosynthesis occurs. This nutrient pathway is important for summer growth of phytoplankton and their zooplankton grazers, and may help explain observed ecosystem and fisheries trends such as salmon declines.||Doctor of Philosophy in Oceanography (PhD)|
|2022||The motion of ions in a crystal lattice is described as phonons in quantum mechanics. The interaction, or coupling, between electrons and phonons is important in determining many properties of materials. In contrast to the oversimplified coupling customary used, we showed that some different Physics can be seen using the more detailed coupling.||Doctor of Philosophy in Physics (PhD)|
|2022||Computer experiments are used as replacements for physical experiments in a wide variety of applications. Dr. Isberg's research addressed the analysis of large datasets arising from computer models, as well as the combination of multiple competing computer models. The work can be applied broadly in science and engineering, including climate models.||Doctor of Philosophy in Statistics (PhD)|
|2022||Dr. Shen studied collision physics in the two body system and formulated the universal behavior of the quantum diffractive collisions. Based on the universal behavior, he realized the world's first cold atom based primary pressure standard. This new pressure standard will help redefine the pressure unit, Pascal, in the quantum scale.||Doctor of Philosophy in Physics (PhD)|
|2022||Dr. Cooney produced molecular data for rare and understudied dinoflagellates, substantially expanding data availability for this important group. She identified several new species along the way and revealed new insights about dinoflagellate biology and evolution.||Doctor of Philosophy in Botany (PhD)|