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, 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
Correia, Miguel
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

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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: Scientific Data
UBC Author(s): Andrew Trites (Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries / Faculty of Science)
Volume: 9
Publication Date: December 2022

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Publication: Nature Communications
UBC Author(s): James Kelly Russell (Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences / Faculty of Science)
Volume: 13
Publication Date: December 2022

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Publication: Empirical Software Engineering
UBC Author(s): Reid Holmes (Computer Science / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 13823256
Volume: 27
Publication Date: December 2022

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Publication: Nature Communications
UBC Author(s): Curtis Berlinguette (Chemistry / Faculty of Science)
Volume: 13
Publication Date: December 2022

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Publication: Scientific Data
UBC Author(s): Thomas Pasquier (Computer Science / Faculty of Science)
Volume: 9
Publication Date: December 2022

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Publication: Nature Communications
UBC Author(s): Eric Cytrynbaum (Mathematics / Faculty of Science)
Volume: 13
Publication Date: December 2022

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Publication: Computing and Software for Big Science
UBC Author(s): Alison Lister (Physics & Astronomy / Faculty of Science)
Volume: 6
Publication Date: December 2022

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Publication: Communications Physics
UBC Author(s): Andrea Damascelli (Physics & Astronomy / Faculty of Science)
Volume: 5
Publication Date: December 2022

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Publication: Scientific Reports
UBC Author(s): Vesna Sossi (Physics & Astronomy / Faculty of Science)
Volume: 12
Publication Date: December 2022

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Publication: Nature Communications
UBC Author(s): Hongbin Li (Chemistry / Faculty of Science)
Volume: 13
Publication Date: December 2022

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Publication: Scientific Reports
UBC Author(s): Ninan Abraham (Zoology / Faculty of Science)
Volume: 12
Publication Date: December 2022

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Publication: Environmental Microbiomes
UBC Author(s): Laura Parfrey (Botany / Faculty of Science)
Volume: 17
Publication Date: December 2022

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Publication: Nature Communications
UBC Author(s): Alexandre Bouchard-Cote (Statistics / Faculty of Science)
Volume: 13
Publication Date: December 2022

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Publication: Research in Mathematical Sciences
UBC Author(s): Eldad Haber (Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 25220144
Volume: 9
Publication Date: December 2022

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Publication: Nature Communications
UBC Author(s): Miranda Holmes-Cerfon (Mathematics / Faculty of Science)
Volume: 13
Publication Date: December 2022

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Publication: Communications Biology
UBC Author(s): Dolph Schluter (Zoology / Faculty of Science)
Volume: 5
Publication Date: December 2022

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Publication: EJNMMI Physics
UBC Author(s): Vesna Sossi (Physics & Astronomy / Faculty of Science)
Volume: 9
Publication Date: December 2022

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Publication: Arctic Science
UBC Author(s): Ussif Rashid Sumaila (Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries / Faculty of Science)
Volume: 8
Page Range: 1252-1275
Publication Date: December 2022

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Publication: Thermochimica Acta
UBC Author(s): Gregory Dipple (Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 00406031
Volume: 718
Publication Date: December 2022

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Publication: Nature Communications
UBC Author(s): Leticia Aviles (Zoology / Faculty of Science)
Volume: 13
Publication Date: December 2022

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Publication: IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
UBC Author(s): Helge Rhodin (Computer Science / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 01628828
Volume: 44
Page Range: 9574-9588
Publication Date: 1 December 2022

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Publication: IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
UBC Author(s): Tamara Munzner (Computer Science / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 10772626
Volume: 28
Page Range: 4855-4872
Publication Date: 1 December 2022

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Publication: IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
UBC Author(s): Michiel Van de Panne (Computer Science / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 10772626
Volume: 28
Page Range: 4700-4712
Publication Date: 1 December 2022

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Publication: Phytochemistry
UBC Author(s): Raymond Andersen (Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 00319422
Volume: 204
Publication Date: December 2022

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Publication: Experimental Hematology and Oncology
UBC Author(s): Tao Huan (Chemistry / Faculty of Science)
Volume: 11
Publication Date: December 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
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)

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