Doctor of Philosophy in Physics (PhD)
Development, validation and application of advanced MRI techniques to measure white matter microstructure
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.
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.
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|
|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|
|Dowlatabadi, Hadi||Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability||Natural environment sciences; Energy Production; Economic Planning of Energy; Climate Changes and Impacts; Public Policies; New Technology and Social Impacts; Health Policies; Transportation Systems; The systematic study of systems at the interface of humans, nature, technology and policy|
|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, Department of Microbiology & Immunology||Infectious agents, bacteria, microbial infections and how humans react to it|
|Folk, Joshua||Department of Physics & Astronomy||Physical sciences; Fractional quantum Hall effect; Majorana fermions; Quantum devices; Strongly correlated electronics; Topological phenomena; Vanderwaals heterostructures|
|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|
|Froese, Richard Gerd||Department of Mathematics||Mathematics and statistics; Mathematics; Mathematical physics; quantum mechanics; scattering theory; spectral theory|
|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.|
|Gates, Derek||Department of Chemistry||Inorganic chemistry, materials science, polymer chemistry, catalysis|
|Gay, Colin||Department of Physics & Astronomy||Experimental subatomic physics, Beyond Standard Model physics, Extra dimensions|
|Gaynor, Erin||Department of Microbiology & Immunology||Molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis, foodborne human pathogen, Campylobacter jejuni|
|Germain, Rachel||Department of Zoology||Ecology; evolution|
|Ghioca, Dragos||Department of Mathematics||Drinfeld modules, isotrivial semiabelian varieties, Lehmer inequality|
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. Sonier examined the improvement of radiation therapy accuracy for cancer patients by adapting for patient-specific systematic soft tissue deformations in the planning and delivery of prostate, lung, and head and neck treatment plans.||Doctor of Philosophy in Physics (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Morrison examined how temperature affects the binding of oxygen by haemoglobin in warm-bodied fishes such as opah, swordfish, and common thresher shark. He found that the haemoglobin of these fish have lower sensitivity to temperature than most animals. This comparative study contributes to understanding the convergent evolution of haemoglobin.||Doctor of Philosophy in Zoology (PhD)|
|2021||The human intestine contains trillions of microbes. Dr. Huus studied how these intestinal bacteria respond to malnutrition, a serious global health issue. She found that malnourished gut bacteria change their metabolism and interact differently with the immune system. Understanding these differences may help to improve treatments for malnutrition.||Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology and Immunology (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Wamer studied novel forms of quantum magnetism that correspond to physical systems with a larger number of symmetries. He classified the phases of matter of these systems and deepened our understanding of a large family of theoretical models, whose applicability spans from material science to mathematical physics.||Doctor of Philosophy in Physics (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Fu focused on the design of protein-based biomaterials at both molecular and macroscopic levels. Her research allows for precise control over the mechanical performance of protein-based hydrogels for a variety of applications, such as soft actuators, cartilage-like biomaterials, and artificial substrates for laboratory cell biology studies.||Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Epifanov developed novel applications of sulfuryl fluoride, a common fumigant produced industrially on a multi-ton scale. The unique chemical properties of sulfuryl fluoride was used to render important transformations in organic synthesis to be more efficient and operationally simpler than existing methods.||Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Zolaktaf studied ways to improve the prediction of nucleic acid kinetics. This study provides more efficient computational methods for predicting nucleic acid kinetics and improving the underlying kinetic models for nucleic acids. Her contributions will make it easier to design nucleic-acid based devices, such as DNA robots.||Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. DiPucchio developed catalysts based on the element Tantalum to accelerate carbon-carbon bond-forming reactions. These resultant catalysts used ureate ligands and displayed reactivity that allowed for making new types of drug-inspired products. Her project has inspired a variety of current and future projects in the Schafer lab."||Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)|
|2021||Climate change is shifting the distribution of marine fish species that cross international borders. Dr. Palacios-Abrantes's research identified the impacts of climate change-induced shifts on transboundary fish stocks distributions and their management, thereby informing international fisheries governance to prepare and respond to climate change.||Doctor of Philosophy in Zoology (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Gomez studied the structure and dynamics of localized patterns in cellular biology using several new mathematical models, some patterns of which have applications to bulk-membrane processes. The analysis of such patterns provides insights on the phenomena being modeled and contributes to our general understanding of pattern formation.||Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics (PhD)|