At UBC Science, outstanding scientists and students strive to unravel the principles that underlie our universe - from the subatomic to the macroscopic, from pure mathematics to biotechnology, from ecosystems to galactic systems. Through the breadth and depth of our academic endeavours and the calibre of the people who make up our community, we take pride in discovering new scientific knowledge and preparing Canada’s and the world’s next generation of scientists.

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 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.

Mission
To nurture an exceptional scientific learning and research environment for the people of British Columbia, Canada, and the world.
 

Research Centres

Biodiversity, Evolution and Ecology

Computational Sciences and Mathematics

Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences

Genomics and Biological Sciences

Human-Computer Interaction

Life Sciences

Chemistry and Materials Science

Physics

Sustainability

Research Facilities

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.

Research Highlights

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. 

Graduate Degree Programs

Research Supervisors in Faculty

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Name Academic Unit(s) Research Interests
Chau, Albert Department of Mathematics Differential Geometry and Partial Differential Equations
Chen, David Department of Chemistry Instrumentation
Chen, Jingyi Department of Mathematics Algebraic and differential geometry; Differential Geometry, Partial Differential Equations
Chen, Jiahua Department of Statistics Statistics; asymptotic theory; empirical likelihood; finite mixture model; sample survey
Cheung, Wai Lung Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries Global change biology; Ecological impacts of climate change; climate change; Marine Ecosystems; sustainability; biodiversity; Interdisciplinary
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; Global change biology; Ecosystem function
Chritz, Kendra Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences Anthropocene, Onset, tempo, and trajectory of human impacts on biological processes and environmental change
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
Cooke, Ilsa Department of Chemistry Role of icy dust grains in interstellar chemistry; Constraining aromatic and carbon chemistry during star formation; Observational Astronomy
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
De Martinez Gaspar Martins, Camila

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Recent Publications

This is an incomplete sample of recent publications in chronological order by UBC faculty members with a primary appointment in the Faculty of Science.

 

Publication: Computers and Fluids
UBC Author(s): Anthony Wachs (Mathematics / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 00457930
Volume: 238
Publication Date: 30 April 2022

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Publication: Science
UBC Author(s): Carl Michal (Physics & Astronomy / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 00368075
Volume: 376
Page Range: 502-507
Publication Date: 29 April 2022

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Publication: Chemistry of Materials
UBC Author(s): William Andrew MacFarlane (Chemistry / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 08974756
Volume: 34
Page Range: 3616-3623
Publication Date: 26 April 2022

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Publication: Cell reports
UBC Author(s): B Brett Finlay (Michael Smith Labs / Faculty of Science)
Volume: 39
Page Range: 110731
Publication Date: 26 April 2022

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Publication: Organometallics
UBC Author(s): Laurel Schafer (Chemistry / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 02767333
Volume: 41
Page Range: 907-913
Publication Date: 25 April 2022

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Publication: Glycobiology
UBC Author(s): Stephen Withers (Chemistry / Faculty of Science)
Volume: 32
Page Range: 429-440
Publication Date: 21 April 2022

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Publication: Journal of Physical Chemistry C
UBC Author(s): Grenfell Patey (Chemistry / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 19327447
Volume: 126
Page Range: 6716-6723
Publication Date: 21 April 2022

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Publication: Advances in Mathematics
UBC Author(s): Malabika Pramanik (Mathematics / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 00018708
Volume: 399
Publication Date: 16 April 2022

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Publication: Advances in Mathematics
UBC Author(s): Pablo Shmerkin (Mathematics / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 00018708
Volume: 399
Publication Date: 16 April 2022

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Publication: Geophysical Research Letters
UBC Author(s): Stephanie Block (Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 00948276
Volume: 49
Publication Date: 16 April 2022

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Publication: Physical Review B
UBC Author(s): Andrea Damascelli (Physics & Astronomy / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 24699950
Volume: 105
Publication Date: 15 April 2022

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Publication: Journal of Molecular Biology
UBC Author(s): Elitza Tocheva (Microbiology & Immunology / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 00222836
Volume: 434
Publication Date: 15 April 2022

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Publication: Physical Review D
UBC Author(s): Philip C Stamp (Physics & Astronomy / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 24700010
Volume: 105
Publication Date: 15 April 2022

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Publication: Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta
UBC Author(s): Maria Maldonado-Pareja (Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 00167037
Volume: 323
Page Range: 183-201
Publication Date: 15 April 2022

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Publication: Physical Review D
UBC Author(s): Douglas Scott (Physics & Astronomy / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 24700010
Volume: 105
Publication Date: 15 April 2022

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Publication: Physical Review Letters
UBC Author(s): Andrew Potter (Physics & Astronomy / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 00319007
Volume: 128
Publication Date: 15 April 2022

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Publication: ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
UBC Author(s): Carl Michal (Physics & Astronomy / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 19448244
Volume: 14
Page Range: 16755-16763
Publication Date: 13 April 2022

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Publication: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
UBC Author(s): Daniel McDonald (Statistics / Faculty of Science)
Volume: 119
Publication Date: 12 April 2022

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Publication: Journal of Fluid Mechanics
UBC Author(s): Neil Balmforth (Mathematics / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 00221120
Volume: 936
Publication Date: 10 April 2022

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Publication: Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction
UBC Author(s): Tamara Munzner (Computer Science / Faculty of Science), Giuseppe Carenini (Computer Science / Faculty of Science)
Volume: 6
Publication Date: 7 April 2022

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Publication: BMJ open
UBC Author(s): Daniel Coombs (Mathematics / Faculty of Science)
Volume: 12
Page Range: e057846
Publication Date: 5 April 2022

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Publication: Environmental Science and Technology
UBC Author(s): Allan Bertram (Chemistry / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 0013936X
Volume: 56
Page Range: 3960-3973
Publication Date: 5 April 2022

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Publication: Chemical Geology
UBC Author(s): Dominique Weis (Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 00092541
Volume: 594
Publication Date: 5 April 2022

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Publication: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
UBC Author(s): Terrance Preston Snutch (Michael Smith Labs / Faculty of Science)
Volume: 119
Publication Date: 5 April 2022

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Publication: G3 (Bethesda, Md.)
UBC Author(s): Carl Bohlmann (Michael Smith Labs / Faculty of Science)
Volume: 12
Publication Date: 4 April 2022

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Recent Thesis Submissions

Doctoral Citations

A doctoral citation summarizes the nature of the independent research, provides a high-level overview of the study, states the significance of the work and says who will benefit from the findings in clear, non-specialized language, so that members of a lay audience will understand it.
Year Citation Program
2021 Dr. Macdonald investigated practical uses for enzymes that carry out carbohydrate metabolism. This work lead to the discovery of 11 new enzymes and developed a suite of new tools that can be used for future enzyme discovery efforts, which can be applied toward making the next-generation of carbohydrate based materials. Doctor of Philosophy in Genome Science and Technology (PhD)
2021 Information visualization helps us to explore, analyze and communicate data. Dr. Oppermann studied the use of real-world data in visualization prototyping. He contributed tools, techniques, and guidelines for visualizing indoor spatial data and time-oriented data. He improved recommendations and compact previews for Tableau visualization workbooks. Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science (PhD)
2021 Dr. Jansonius showed that chemical manufacturing can safer and cleaner using electricity and water to produce chemicals that would otherwise come from fossil fuel sources. His thesis provides strategies to enhance the efficiency and versatility of electrochemical membrane reactors. Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)
2021 Thriving oceans require abundant and biodiverse marine invertebrate communities. Dr. Gillespie examined how marine conservation can be tuned to support data-limited invertebrate species. He found that well-designed marine reserves combined with size limits for fisheries can support invertebrate conservation and contribute to human protein needs. Doctor of Philosophy in Zoology (PhD)
2021 Dr. Fang studied first-order optimization algorithms. His work has contributed to a better understanding of first-order methods for structured problems. Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science (PhD)
2021 Certain phases of matter admit an intriguing connection to gravity, providing a fruitful way to study exotic objects such as black holes and wormholes. Dr. Lantagne-Hurtubise studied toy models of such holographic quantum matter, discovering new phenomena and developing connections to physical platforms where they may be experimentally probed. Doctor of Philosophy in Physics (PhD)
2021 Dr. Lin studied how Campylobacter jejuni helical cell shape is generated by enzyme actions. She found the shape-determining enzymes digest sites in the cell wall structure. This knowledge adds mechanistic insight on bacterial morphology maintenance, and provides a platform to design drugs targeting the helical cell shape necessary for infection. Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology and Immunology (PhD)
2021 Dr. Gilchrist combined laboratory, field and computer-based methods to characterize explosive volcanic eruptions ranging from small puffs of ash to civilization-ending super eruptions. The culmination of his PhD dissertation is a new classification for eruptions that represents a paradigm shift in the direction of future volcanology research. Doctor of Philosophy in Geophysics (PhD)
2021 In this dissertation, Dr. Cheng studied analytical and numerical methods of partial differential equations. Dr. Cheng studied the Allen-Cahn dynamics, the Oxygen depletion model and the stationary surface quasi-geostrophic equation. These models can be applied to material sciences, biology and geography. Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics (PhD)
2021 Dr. Zonno studied the physical properties of quantum materials, such as superconductors and rare-earth compounds, by employing laser excitations and chemical substitution. Her results testify to the importance of electron-electron interactions in dictating the behavior of these materials, which may play a vital role in future technologies. Doctor of Philosophy in Physics (PhD)

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