Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)
Development of new methods and applications of sulfur-fluoride reagents for chemical synthesis
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.
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|
|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|
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||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)|