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 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.

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

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, 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

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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: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
UBC Author(s): Paul Gustafson (Statistics / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 01692607
Volume: 208
Publication Date: September 2021

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Publication: EBioMedicine
UBC Author(s): Wilfred Arthur Jefferies (Michael Smith Labs / Faculty of Science)
Volume: 71
Publication Date: September 2021

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Publication: Journal of Animal Ecology
UBC Author(s): Diane Srivastava (Zoology / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 00218790
Volume: 90
Page Range: 2015-2026
Publication Date: September 2021

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Publication: IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
UBC Author(s): Kwang Moo Yi (Computer Science / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 01628828
Volume: 43
Page Range: 3167-3182
Publication Date: 1 September 2021

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Publication: AIChE Journal
UBC Author(s): Neil Balmforth (Mathematics / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 00011541
Volume: 67
Publication Date: September 2021

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Publication: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology -Part A : Molecular and Integrative Physiology
UBC Author(s): Katie Marshall (Zoology / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 10956433
Volume: 259
Publication Date: September 2021

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Publication: Journal of Marine Systems
UBC Author(s): Brian Hunt (Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 09247963
Volume: 221
Publication Date: September 2021

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Publication: Current Opinion in Systems Biology
UBC Author(s): Geoffrey Schiebinger (Mathematics / Faculty of Science)
Volume: 27
Publication Date: September 2021

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Publication: Artificial Intelligence
UBC Author(s): Cristina Conati (Computer Science / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 00043702
Volume: 298
Publication Date: September 2021

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Publication: British Journal of Pharmacology
UBC Author(s): Terrance Preston Snutch (Michael Smith Labs / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 00071188
Volume: 178
Page Range: 3517-3532
Publication Date: September 2021

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Publication: International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences
UBC Author(s): Erik Eberhardt (Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 13651609
Volume: 145
Publication Date: September 2021

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Publication: Geostandards and Geoanalytical Research
UBC Author(s): Dominique Weis (Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 16394488
Volume: 45
Page Range: 501-523
Publication Date: September 2021

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Publication: Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research
UBC Author(s): Andrew Jellinek (Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 03770273
Volume: 417
Publication Date: September 2021

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Publication: Frontiers in Marine Science
UBC Author(s): Ussif Rashid Sumaila (Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries / Faculty of Science)
Volume: 8
Publication Date: 27 August 2021

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Publication: Journal of the American Chemical Society
UBC Author(s): Zachary Hudson (Chemistry / Faculty of Science), Walter Algar (Chemistry / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 00027863
Volume: 143
Page Range: 13342-13349
Publication Date: 25 August 2021

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Publication: Langmuir
UBC Author(s): Hongbin Li (Chemistry / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 07437463
Volume: 37
Page Range: 10214-10222
Publication Date: 24 August 2021

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Publication: Current Biology
UBC Author(s): Michael Gordon (Zoology / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 09609822
Volume: 31
Page Range: 3525-3537.e6
Publication Date: 23 August 2021

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Publication: Astrophysical Journal
UBC Author(s): Wing Shan Man (Physics & Astronomy / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 0004637X
Volume: 917
Publication Date: 20 August 2021

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Publication: Physical Review Letters
UBC Author(s): Scott Oser (Physics & Astronomy / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 00319007
Volume: 127
Publication Date: 20 August 2021

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Publication: Frontiers in Plant Science
UBC Author(s): Loren Rieseberg (Botany / Faculty of Science)
Volume: 12
Publication Date: 19 August 2021

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Publication: ACS Earth and Space Chemistry
UBC Author(s): Allan Bertram (Chemistry / Faculty of Science), Grenfell Patey (Chemistry / Faculty of Science)
Volume: 5
Page Range: 2169-2183
Publication Date: 19 August 2021

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Publication: Bioconjugate Chemistry
UBC Author(s): Hongbin Li (Chemistry / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 10431802
Volume: 32
Page Range: 1926-1934
Publication Date: 18 August 2021

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Publication: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
UBC Author(s): Sean Graham (Botany / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 00278424
Volume: 118
Publication Date: 17 August 2021

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Publication: Inorganic Chemistry
UBC Author(s): Christopher E Orvig (Chemistry / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 00201669
Volume: 60
Page Range: 12186-12196
Publication Date: 16 August 2021

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Publication: Angewandte Chemie - International Edition
UBC Author(s): Zachary Hudson (Chemistry / Faculty of Science), Walter Algar (Chemistry / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 14337851
Volume: 60
Page Range: 18630-18638
Publication Date: 16 August 2021

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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 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)

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