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Biodiversity, Evolution and Ecology
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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|
|Taylor, Eric||Department of Zoology||Genomics; Evolutionary Genetics; biodiversity; speciation; fishes; conservation; biogeography|
|Tetzlaff, Wolfram||Department of Zoology||Neural development and regeneration|
|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|
|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||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||Plant biology; Zoology; Ecology; Ecology and Quality of the Environment; Evolutionary Biology|
|Turner, Robin||Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering||Biomedical Technologies|
|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 der Burg, Karin||,|
|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||Marine Environment; Fishery Resources; Sustainable Development; Protected Areas; Biodiversity and Biocomplexity; Ecology and Quality of the Environment; ocean conservation; threatened marine species, especially seahorses and their relatives; marine protected areas; Small-scale fisheries; nonselective fisheries, especially trawling; wildlife trade; community-based conservation; citizen science; multilateral environmental agreements|
|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, Yan||Department of Chemistry||Quantum chemistry, Chemical physics|
This is an incomplete sample of recent publications in chronological order by UBC faculty members with a primary appointment in the Faculty of Science.
|2020||Dr. Gatev developed a new method for analyzing epigenetic data to characterize genomic regions of concordant DNA methylation, which is an important part of the epigenome. His approach was used to characterize sex differences in DNA methylation of blood tissue. This work will improve statistical discovery and validation in future applications.||Doctor of Philosophy in Bioinformatics (PhD)|
|2020||Dr. Colombo describes some of the first distributions of lead, iron, and manganese in the Canadian Arctic Ocean, as well as trace metals in remote rivers in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. His findings shed light on important biogeochemical processes and water masses circulation taking place in this unique and sensitive environment.||Doctor of Philosophy in Oceanography (PhD)|
|2020||Dr. Munz examined how plants and algae respond to a lack of nitrogen, a macronutrient that is essential for growth and development. Using the genetics model of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, a single-cell green algae, Dr. Munz makes a critical first step toward uncovering the elusive signaling mechanism that responds to cellular nitrogen status.||Doctor of Philosophy in Botany (PhD)|
|2020||Dr. Zwartsenberg discovered a novel quantum mechanical approach to switching materials from electrically conductive, to electrically non-conductive. His results are not only of importance to the understanding of fundamental physics, but also open up new avenues to explore in the design of future electronics and sensing materials.||Doctor of Philosophy in Physics (PhD)|
|2020||Dr. Oyinlola studied the effects of climate change on global seafood production. His findings show that increasing greenhouse gases will negatively affect mariculture production in many regions of the world, particularly the tropics and sub-tropical regions. This research supports continuous mariculture related research and industry applications.||Doctor of Philosophy in Zoology (PhD)|
|2020||Dr. Lix studied and improved a new type of ultrabright fluorescent probe called polymer dots that are used in bioanalysis and imaging. She investigated how these materials interact with other fluorescent materials. Her research will be used to develop new technologies that will enable medical diagnosis at the point-of-care.||Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)|
|2020||Dr. Wu studied the signaling transduction pathways in plant immunity. His work revealed novel regulatory mechanisms governing the activation of plant immune receptors, which may contribute to the engineering of broad-spectrum resistance in crops.||Doctor of Philosophy in Botany (PhD)|
|2020||Dr. Babanezhad's research explored optimizing parameters for machine learning algorithms, like those used in data processing, focusing specifically on computational cost. His proposed method, which he has tested on a new set of constraints and machine learning models, can train models in less time and achieve better results than previous methods.||Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science (PhD)|
|2020||Dr. Paudel studied two key aspects of plant-virus interaction: how viruses coerce plants to produce viral products and how the plant defends itself. He identified regions in the viral genome that help in hijacking the host resources. Also, his results showed a variety of host antiviral defenses and highlighted the complexity of the interaction.||Doctor of Philosophy in Botany (PhD)|
|2020||Dr. Yeo examined the fundamental chemistry of early and late transition metal complexes. She studied the reactivity of early transition metal dinitrogen complexes and synthesized novel late transition metal complexes, exploring the capability of these chemical systems to provide insight for future advances in synthetic chemistry.||Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)|