Doctor of Philosophy in Genome Science and Technology (PhD)
Genomic and epigenomic features of prostate tumors with high metastatic potential
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|
|Chau, Albert||Department of Mathematics||Differential Geometry and Partial Differential Equations|
|Chen, Jiahua||Department of Statistics||Statistics; asymptotic theory; empirical likelihood; finite mixture model; sample survey|
|Chen, David||Department of Chemistry||Instrumentation|
|Chen, Jingyi||Department of Mathematics||Algebraic and differential geometry; Differential Geometry, Partial Differential Equations|
|Cheung, Wai Lung||Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries||Impacts of fishing and climate change on marine ecosystems and their goods and services|
|Choptuik, Matthew||Department of Physics & Astronomy||Theoretical physics, Relativity/Computational Physics|
|Chou, Keng Chang||Department of Chemistry||Chemical physics|
|Christensen, Villy||Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries||Fisheries management|
|Chritz, Kendra||Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences|
|Clune, Jeff||Department of Computer Science|
|Cohen Freue, Gabriela||Department of Statistics||statistical genomics (focus in proteomics), robust estimation and inference, linear models with endogeneity|
|Colliander, James||Department of Mathematics||hamiltonian dynamical systems; partial differential equations; harmonic analysis|
|Conati, Cristina||Department of Computer Science||artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction, affective computing, personalized interfaces, intelligent user interfaces, intelligent interface agents, virtual agent, user-adapted interaction, computer-assisted education, educational computer games, computers in education, user-adaptive interaction, Artificial intelligence, adaptive interfaces, cognitive systems, user modelling|
|Condon, Anne||Department of Computer Science||Algorithms; Molecular Programming|
|Coombs, Daniel||Department of Mathematics||Mathematics and statistics; Cell Signaling and Infectious and Immune Diseases; Cell biophysics; Disease models; Epidemiology; Immune cell signalling; Mathematical biology; Mathematics|
|Cronk, Quentin Charles||Department of Botany||Comparative genomics, molecular developmental biology and evolutionary biology to study plant form|
|Crowe, Sean||Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences||Geobiology, biogeochemistry, microbial evolution|
|Cytrynbaum, Eric||Department of Mathematics||Bacterial cell division, Microtubule and cellular organization, Wave propagation in excitable media|
|d'Arcy, Mitch||Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences||Earth and related environmental sciences; Geomorphology; Climate/palaeoclimate; Sedimentology; Geochronology; remote sensing|
|Dake, Gregory||Department of Chemistry||Organic, bioactive, metal as catalyist|
|Damascelli, Andrea||Department of Physics & Astronomy||Electronic structure of solids, strongly correlated electron systems, low dimensional spin systems, thin films and nanostructures, transition metal oxides, high-Tc superconductors, linear and nonlinear optical spectroscopies, angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy, photoelectron spectroscopy, synchrotron based spectroscopies., Electronic structure of novel complex systems in nanostructured materials|
|Dao Duc, Khanh||Department of Mathematics||Genomics; Mathematics and statistics; combine mathematical,computational and statistical tools to study fundamental biological processes; regulation and determinants of gene expression and translation|
|Davies, Jonathan||Department of Botany||Phylogenetics & Biodiversity. Development and application of phylogenetic methods in ecology and conservation biology|
|Dean, Gillian||Plants; Genes; Cell wall; plant development; Genetics; mutants; Cell Biology|
|Dierker, Steve||Department of Physics & Astronomy||Physical sciences; Collective dynamics of condensed matter systems; Dependence on reduced dimensionality, strong interactions, disorder, and mesoscale structure|
This is an incomplete sample of recent publications in chronological order by UBC faculty members with a primary appointment in the Faculty of Science.
|2021||Nowadays, there is a growing concern over the potentially catastrophic effects of climate change. Dr. Rodriguez-Arelis' research has used statistical computer experiments to simulate complex natural phenomena and engineering processes. These tools have improved the prediction accuracy of different systemic responses such as hurricane hazards.||Doctor of Philosophy in Statistics (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Montenegro Alonso studied a specific small protein that is secreted by the smut fungus when it infects barley. She revealed its timing of expression, localization in the plant and the role it plays in weakening the plant defenses. These findings can be used to better understand plant-fungal interactions and to develop resistant crop varieties.||Doctor of Philosophy in Botany (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Horianopoulos characterized the roles of heat shock proteins in the disease-causing fungus Cryptococcus neoformans, focusing on the family of co-chaperone proteins containing the J domain. She identified proteins that allow this fungus to grow at human body temperature and adapt to the human host environment in order to establish infection.||Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology and Immunology (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Chun studied deadly paediatric cancers called rhabdoid tumours using sophisticated DNA sequencing and computational tools. She revealed diverse molecular characteristics of these cancers and discovered that a subset of tumours had more immune activities than others, thus revealing the potential use of immunotherapy for rhabdoid tumour patients.||Doctor of Philosophy in Bioinformatics (PhD)|
|2021||Many of the artificial-intelligence-powered products that we use daily rely on a family of methods called "deep learning"'. Dr. Shafaei presented solutions that enable a broader and safer application of these techniques. He also introduced a new application of deep learning for automated portrait editing that produces high-quality images.||Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Mora studied how DNA is taken up from the environment by two bacteria that are characterized as Gram-negative based on the characteristics of their cellular walls. His analysis was able to predict DNA uptake and explain several factors that influence this process.||Doctor of Philosophy in Zoology (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Verhaven studied the surface of DNA biosensors. She examined the relationship between applied electrical voltage and DNA melting. Her findings could contribute to the improved fabrication of future biosensors.||Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Lan developed an ion trap to separate and identify atoms through their mass and light emission. His research contributes to understanding whether one of the most mysterious fundamental subatomic particles known as neutrinos behave as their own anti-particles.||Doctor of Philosophy in Physics (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Hoffarth explored the catalytic potential of the biosynthetic pathway of an antibiotic called indolmycin for contributions to natural product and antibiotic development. This exploration provided mechanistic insights for rare types of oxygen-dependent enzymes and produced novel derivatives of indolmycin using bacteria.||Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Camacho showed that predation rates and the strength of mutualistic associations decrease with elevation in the New World tropics. His research teased apart possible mechanisms behind these patterns, which are likely ultimately linked between elevation and changes in temperature and productivity.||Doctor of Philosophy in Zoology (PhD)|