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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

or browse the list of faculty members in various academic units. You may click each unit to view faculty members appointed in that unit. View the full faculty member directory for more search and filter options.
Name Academic Unit(s) Research Interests
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 Geotechnical engineering; Mining engineering; Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering; Deep Underground Excavations; Rock Slope Engineering; Block Cave Mining
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
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
Gantois, Joséphine Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability Human Dimensions of Biodiversity Conservation
Gao, Lucy Department of Statistics Statistics; Selective Inference; Inference x Unsupervised Learning; Statistics x Optimization
Garcia, Ronald Department of Computer Science Programming languages; programming languages
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, Kaitlyn Department of Zoology, Department of Botany behavioral responses of animals to human presence; effects of anthropogenic disturbance on predator-prey and other species interactions; socio-ecological dynamics of conservation and coexistence
Germain, Rachel Department of Zoology Ecology; evolution
Ghioca, Dragos Department of Mathematics Drinfeld modules, isotrivial semiabelian varieties, Lehmer inequality
Giang, Amanda Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, Department of Mechanical Engineering Atmospheric sciences; Mechanical engineering; Natural environment sciences; Atmospheric Pollutants; Chemical Pollutants; Climate Changes and Impacts; Public Policies; Social and Cultural Factors of Environmental Protection
Gladman, Brett Department of Physics & Astronomy Astronomy, Planetary Science, meteorites, astrobiology, Solar system formation and evolution
Gold, Michael Department of Microbiology & Immunology understanding cell signaling, morphology, trafficking, and effector function of immune cells and tumour cells
Gordon, Julia Yulia Department of Mathematics Representation theory of p-adic groups and motivic integration; Trace Formula and its applications

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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: Physical review letters
UBC Author(s): Colin Gay (Physics & Astronomy / Faculty of Science)
Volume: 132
Page Range: 231801
Publication Date: 7 June 2024

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Publication: Open Biology
UBC Author(s): Steven Plotkin (Physics & Astronomy / Faculty of Science)
Volume: 14
Publication Date: 5 June 2024

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Publication: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
UBC Author(s): Andrea Damascelli (Physics & Astronomy / Faculty of Science)
Volume: 121
Publication Date: 4 June 2024

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Publication: Genome biology and evolution
UBC Author(s): Carl Bohlmann (Michael Smith Labs / Faculty of Science)
Volume: 16
Publication Date: 4 June 2024

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Publication: Molecular Pharmaceutics
UBC Author(s): Robert E Hancock (Microbiology & Immunology / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 15438384
Volume: 21
Page Range: 2751-2766
Publication Date: 3 June 2024

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Publication: ACM International Conference Proceeding Series
UBC Author(s): Giuseppe Carenini (Computer Science / Faculty of Science)
Publication Date: 3 June 2024

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Publication: ACM International Conference Proceeding Series
UBC Author(s): Cristina Conati (Computer Science / Faculty of Science)
Publication Date: 3 June 2024

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Publication: Evolution
UBC Author(s): Amy Angert (Botany / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 00143820
Volume: 78
Page Range: 1067-1077
Publication Date: June 2024

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Publication: Nature Chemistry
UBC Author(s): Curtis Berlinguette (Chemistry / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 17554330
Volume: 16
Page Range: 979-987
Publication Date: June 2024

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Publication: Metrologia
UBC Author(s): Lorne Whitehead (Physics & Astronomy / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 00261394
Volume: 61
Publication Date: 1 June 2024

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Publication: Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics
UBC Author(s): Gordon Walter Semenoff (Physics & Astronomy / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 03702693
Volume: 853
Publication Date: June 2024

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Publication: Theoretical Population Biology
UBC Author(s): Sarah Otto (Zoology / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 00405809
Volume: 157
Page Range: 138
Publication Date: June 2024

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Publication: Freshwater Biology
UBC Author(s): Diane Srivastava (Zoology / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 00465070
Volume: 69
Page Range: 879-893
Publication Date: June 2024

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Publication: Journal of Computational Physics
UBC Author(s): Miranda Holmes-Cerfon (Mathematics / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 00219991
Volume: 506
Publication Date: 1 June 2024

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Publication: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
UBC Author(s): Patrick John Keeling (Botany / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 10557903
Volume: 195
Publication Date: June 2024

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Publication: European Journal of Protistology
UBC Author(s): Patrick John Keeling (Botany / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 09324739
Volume: 94
Publication Date: June 2024

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Publication: Evolution
UBC Author(s): Sarah Otto (Zoology / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 00143820
Volume: 78
Page Range: 1092-1108
Publication Date: June 2024

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Publication: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
UBC Author(s): Yevhenii Pakhomov (Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences / Faculty of Science), Brian Hunt (Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries / Faculty of Science), Edward Grant (Chemistry / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 07307268
Volume: 43
Page Range: 1442-1457
Publication Date: June 2024

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Publication: Journal of Metamorphic Geology
UBC Author(s): Matthijs Smit (Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 02634929
Volume: 42
Page Range: 703-727
Publication Date: June 2024

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Publication: Physical Review D
UBC Author(s): Alison Lister (Physics & Astronomy / Faculty of Science), Colin Gay (Physics & Astronomy / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 24700010
Volume: 109
Publication Date: 1 June 2024

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Publication: Physical Review D
UBC Author(s): Alison Lister (Physics & Astronomy / Faculty of Science), Colin Gay (Physics & Astronomy / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 24700010
Volume: 109
Publication Date: 1 June 2024

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Publication: Physical Review D
UBC Author(s): Alison Lister (Physics & Astronomy / Faculty of Science), Colin Gay (Physics & Astronomy / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 24700010
Volume: 109
Publication Date: 1 June 2024

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Publication: Astrophysical Journal
UBC Author(s): Jeremy Heyl (Physics & Astronomy / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 0004637X
Volume: 968
Publication Date: 1 June 2024

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Publication: Oceanography
UBC Author(s): Maria Maldonado-Pareja (Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 10428275
Volume: 37
Page Range: 162-166
Publication Date: June 2024

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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
2024 Dr. Allanach focused on determining how viral infection influences autoimmune disease in a newly developed humanized mouse model of multiple sclerosis.She observed that Epstein-Barr virus worsened disease by altering the balance of beneficial and detrimental immune subsets in the brain. These findings have implications for how infections should be targeted in diseases like MS. Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology and Immunology (PhD)
2024 Dr. Gheorghiu has made a contribution to algebra. One of the simplest algebraic structures are groups. Cohomology is an algebraic tool that can discern geometric objects by looking at their "holes". Then group cohomology is a tool that can discern different groups. Dr. Gheorghiu has developed a generalization of a specific form of group cohomology. Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics (PhD)
2024 Dr. Jawahar explored how deep learning models in natural language processing could be more efficient. He introduced new, cutting-edge methods using neural architecture search, improving efficiency and performance tradeoffs in tasks like autocomplete, machine translation, and language modeling. Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science (PhD)
2024 Dr. Hamidi studied elliptic curves over quadratic imaginary fields. Using a new and robust technique, Dr. Hamidi proved significant results about the vanishing and bounding of certain invariants. His results could have applications in number theory, cryptography, and other areas of mathematics. Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics (PhD)
2024 Dr. Pata is an oceanographer and studied the physical and ecological mechanisms that affect the distribution of zooplankton communities in the Northeast Pacific Ocean. He developed a global database of zooplankton species traits and used that in improving the estimates of the role of zooplankton in ecosystem functioning. Doctor of Philosophy in Oceanography (PhD)
2024 Dr. Noonan developed various tools and methodologies enabling the high-throughput testing and engineering of metabolisms in bacteria and microalgae, with the objective of applying microbial metabolisms to support sustainable industrial practices. Doctor of Philosophy in Genome Science and Technology (PhD)
2024 Dr. Maschmeyer-Tombs examined the use of benchtop nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy as a tool to monitor chemical reactions. He evaluated the use of different sampling methods and applied his findings to study a variety of chemical reactions, demonstrating how similar approaches can be used in industrial pharmaceutical research. Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)
2024 Dr. Montante studied the application of Artificial Intelligence for the advancement of biomedical research. Manual analysis of data extracted from blood samples is becoming increasingly complex. He developed a new Artificial Intelligence algorithm that is simple to use, accurate and able to analyze complex biomedical data in a few minutes. Doctor of Philosophy in Bioinformatics (PhD)
2024 Dr. Zhang developed a flexible statistical model with which the relations among multiple time series variables can be considered after modeling each individual time series. It is applied to macroeconomic variables with changing business cycles. Doctor of Philosophy in Statistics (PhD)
2024 Dr. Lerner investigated Chinook salmon marine ecology. He used lipid analysis to determine Chinook fat content, and chemical tracers to examine sub-adult Chinook marine distribution, foraging, and food webs. This research improves our understanding of the marine life stage of this valuable species and can enhance conservation and management objectives. Doctor of Philosophy in Oceanography (PhD)

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