Davi de Ferreyro Monticelli
Doctor of Philosophy in Atmospheric Science (PhD)
Cannabis cultivation facilities: Linking emissions and air quality to inform regulation
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|
|De Martinez Gaspar Martins, Camila||,|
|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|
|Ding, Jiarui||Department of Computer Science||Bioinformatics; Basic medicine and life sciences; Computational Biology; Machine Learning; Probabilistic Deep Learning; single-cell genomics; visualization; Cancer biology; Computational Immunology; Food Allergy; neuroscience|
|Dipple, Gregory||Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences||carbon sequestration, geologic fluid flow, mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions|
|Doebeli, Michael Walter||Department of Mathematics, Department of Zoology||Mathematical ecology and evolution, evolution of diversity, adaptive speciation, evolution of cooperation, game theory, experimental evolution in microorganisms|
|Eberhardt, Erik||Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences||landslides, rockslides, tunnelling, mining, rock mechanics, geotechnical engineering, Rock Mechanics & Rock Engineering|
|Edelstein-Keshet, Leah||Department of Mathematics||Bioinformatics; Mathematics and statistics; Medical and biomedical engineering; Cell signaling; Cell Signaling and Cancer; cell polarity, cell migration, developmental and cellular biology; Differential Equation; Mathematics; Modelization and Simulation; Rho GTPases; swarming and aggregation|
|Eltis, Lindsay||Department of Microbiology & Immunology||Biochemistry; Genomics; Immunology; Microbiology; Bacterial catabolism of steroids and lignin; biocatalyst development; Enzymes and Proteins; Metabolism (Living Organisms); Mycobacterium tuberculosis|
|Evans, William||Department of Computer Science||Computer and information sciences; Algorithms; theoretical computer science; Computer Sciences and Mathematical Tools; computational geometry; graph drawing; program compression|
|Fast, Naomi||Department of Botany||Genomics, single-celled organisms|
|Feeley, Michael||Department of Computer Science||Distributed systems, operating systems, workstation and pc clusters|
|Fernandez, Rachel||Department of Microbiology & Immunology||Bordetella pertusis, whooping cough, lipopolysaccharide|
|Finlay, B Brett||Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology||Infectious agents, bacteria, microbial infections and how humans react to it|
|Folk, Joshua||Department of Physics & Astronomy||Physical sciences; 2D materials and Vanderwaals heterostructures; Quantum electronics; Thermodynamics of quantum systems; Strongly correlated phenomena; Topological phenomena; Quantum transport|
|Francois, Roger||Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences||Marine Geochemistry, Climate Change|
|Franz, Marcel||Department of Physics & Astronomy||Condensed matter theory|
|Fraser, Ailana||Department of Mathematics||Differential Geometry, Geometric Analysis|
|Friedlander, Michael||Department of Computer Science, Department of Mathematics||numerical optimization, numerical linear algebra, scientific computing, Scientific computing|
|Friedman, Joel||Department of Computer Science||Computer and information sciences; Algebraic Graph Theory; Combinatorics; Computer Science Theory|
|Gao, Lucy||Department of Statistics||Statistics; Selective Inference; Inference x Unsupervised Learning; Statistics x Optimization|
|Garcia, Ronald||Department of Computer Science||programming language semantics, design, and implementation, including language support for library-centric and modular software development, generic and generative programming, and domain specific languages and libraries.|
|Garcia Lorenzo, Iria||,|
|Gates, Derek||Department of Chemistry||Inorganic chemistry, materials science, polymer chemistry, catalysis|
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. Kuanr has developed efficient catalytic routes for the feasible synthesis of nitrogen-containing small molecules and polymers. He further explored their applications in energy-storage systems and as corrosion-resistant materials.||Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)|
|2022||Dr. Zhang studied the effect of insulin and insulin receptors on pancreatic cancer. She showed that low insulin levels and loss of insulin receptors reduce the number of precancerous lesions, and identified some mechanisms in the process. Her findings add to our understanding on how obesity and diabetes increase the risk of pancreatic cancer.||Doctor of Philosophy in Genome Science and Technology (PhD)|
|2022||Dr. Woodruff looked at different tools that fisheries managers can use to sustain productive recreational fisheries and how it is necessary to have trade-offs between fishery and conservation goals. Ecosystem models were created to examine the different interactions and consequences that can result while trying to maintain a stable ecosystem.||Doctor of Philosophy in Oceans and Fisheries (PhD)|
|2022||Dr. Falcao developed new methods to analyze single-particle tracking data. She achieved breakthroughs in estimating the number of distinct mobile states, while showing how to properly correct for experimental errors. Her work substantially advances our ability to analyze biological dynamics at the single-protein scale.||Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics (PhD)|
|2022||Dr. Trischuk analyzed proton collision data recorded by the ATLAS Experiment to search for clues left behind by a theoretical long-lived particle. No sign of this particle was seen in the data, which ruled out various new physics scenarios. She also contributed to the development of the next generation of ATLAS tracking detectors.||Doctor of Philosophy in Physics (PhD)|
|2022||Dr. Morgan-Lang charted the global distribution of microorganisms that cycle methane with software he developed for classifying proteins and inferring metabolic diversity of microbial communities. By linking metabolic function to organisms, these computational tools will help us monitor ecosystems as they respond to a changing planet.||Doctor of Philosophy in Bioinformatics (PhD)|
|2022||Dr. Wilson-Gerow and collaborators have been developing a quantum-gravity theory. These theories unite the microscopic world, governed by quantum physics, with the macroscopic world that is governed by classical gravitational physics. His main focus is making theoretical predictions for a wave of upcoming, first-ever, quantum gravity experiments.||Doctor of Philosophy in Physics (PhD)|
|2022||Dr. Gagalova studies the genomes of conifers, conifer insect pest and cannabis to find unique markers of evolution. This research looks for genes and features in the genomes to make possible the feature applied research.||Doctor of Philosophy in Bioinformatics (PhD)|
|2022||Dr. Byrne studied the complex dynamics of viral infections, examining how various viruses are transmitted and how elicited immune responses change over time. Combining methods of biological data collection and mathematical modelling, her work brings insight into potential treatment, vaccination, and control strategies.||Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology and Immunology (PhD)|
|2022||Dr. Xu used cellulose nanoparticles and graphene oxide to make materials with ordered structures. These materials have lightweight, mechanical adaptive, or photonic properties. They have applications in optical sensors and patterning.||Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)|