Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)
Statistical Models and Machine Learning for the Design and Optimization of Novel Catalysts
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.
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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|
|Chau, Albert||Department of Mathematics||Differential Geometry and Partial Differential Equations|
|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|
|Chen, David||Department of Chemistry||Instrumentation|
|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||Mathematical biology; Cellular immunology; Complex physical systems; Epidemiology (except nutritional and veterinary epidemiology); Cell Signaling and Infectious and Immune Diseases; Cell biophysics; Disease models; Epidemiology; Immune cell signalling; 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|
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. Eom studied the role of fish breathing against toxic chemicals in aquatic environments and found that the fish control their breathing by generating various patterns against toxicants, which is beneficial to increase survival rates. This information would help understand how aquatic animals respond to global and local toxicants.||Doctor of Philosophy in Zoology (PhD)|
|2022||Dr. Ingham's work involves the development of drugs based on radioactive metal atoms. He synthesized the metal grabbing components that these drugs require and tested them with several radioactive metals. His components were found to wrap around radioactive metals within minutes at room temperature, making radioactive drugs easier to assemble.||Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)|
|2022||Dr. Wu studied the natural resistance mechanisms of plants against microbial pathogens. He found that pathogen recognition and defense activation are fine-tuned and regulated to ensure effective and timely immune responses.||Doctor of Philosophy in Botany (PhD)|
|2022||Dr. Perkins studied lignin, a material that makes plants stand strong. He showed how plants move the building blocks of this material from inside cells, to the outside of cells where it is assembled. Instead of using active pumps, cells use passive flow to move vast quantities of lignin. This may help the development of biofuels and bioproducts.||Doctor of Philosophy in Botany (PhD)|
|2022||Dr. Yazdani developed three sets of new infection-resistant coatings with outstanding performance for medical devices such as urinary catheters that combat infections associated with device implantation/surgery over the long-term.||Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)|
|2022||Ice nucleating substances can initiate ice formations in clouds and affect the properties of clouds and climate. Dr. Xi studied ice nucleating substances sourced from high latitude regions, including biological materials and mineral dust. Her work contributes to our understanding of climate and climate feedback in high latitude regions.||Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)|
|2022||Can the harvest of soft shell crab be prevented? The fact that they moult at all the same time suggests that they can. Nonetheless, Dr. Greenberg developed a set of mathematical models fit to weekly catch and effort data that allowed for the simulation of different rules to avoid harvesting soft-shell Dungeness crab in Area A of the Hecate Strait.||Doctor of Philosophy in Oceans and Fisheries (PhD)|
|2022||Dr. Soni explored the mechanism of heterogeneous ice nucleation by molecular simulations and machine learning. To analyze surface water structure, he introduced a two-dimensional lattice perspective of ice. He found that the microscopic surface features and local water properties near the surface are important factors influencing ice nucleation.||Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)|
|2022||Dr. Chudnow examined the effectiveness of prospective management regulations to conserve bull trout in central British Columbia. Her work involved clarifying unknowns surrounding bull trout biology and ecology, specifically bull trout movement and migratory behaviour to determine where and when they may be vulnerable to fishing.||Doctor of Philosophy in Zoology (PhD)|
|2022||Severe cases of thrombosis can lead to stroke or heart attack. Dr. La developed a new strategy for creating positively charged therapeutic polymers. Their charge increases when binding to their target polyanion, resulting in a class of molecules able to inhibit blood clotting with reduced bleeding risk.||Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)|