Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology and Immunology (PhD)
Teaching science beyond content: introducing what science is and how it is done to first-year students
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|
|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||Mathematics; Modelization and Simulation; Cell Signaling; Cell Signaling and Cancer; Differential Equation; cell polarity, cell migration, developmental and cellular biology; swarming and aggregation; Rho GTPases|
|Eltis, Lindsay||Department of Microbiology & Immunology||Microbiology; Enzymes and Proteins; Metabolism (Living Organisms); Bacterial catabolism of steroids and lignin; Mycobacterium tuberculosis; biocatalyst development|
|Evans, William||Department of Computer Science||Algorithms; Theoretical Computer Science; Computer Sciences and Mathematical Tools; theoretical computer science; 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||Quantum devices; Majorana fermions; Strongly correlated electronics; Topological phenomena; Fractional quantum Hall effect; 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 Science Theory; Algebraic Graph Theory; Combinatorics|
|Froese, Richard Gerd||Department of Mathematics||Mathematics; Mathematical physics; quantum mechanics; spectral theory; scattering theory|
|Fryzuk, Michael||Department of Chemistry||energy; fuel cells; hydrogeny economy; nitrogen fixation, Metal, energy|
|Fu, Hu||Department of Computer Science||algorithmic game 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|
|Ghoussoub, Nassif||Department of Mathematics||Mathematical sciences, R&Ed policies, developing science in Africa, Non-linear analysis and partial differential equations|
|Giang, Amanda||Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, Department of Mechanical Engineering||Atmospheric Pollutants; Climate Changes and Impacts; Chemical Pollutants; Social and Cultural Factors of Environmental Protection; Public Policies|
This is an incomplete sample of recent publications in chronological order by UBC faculty members with a primary appointment in the Faculty of Science.
|2020||Dr. Oyinlola studied the effects of climate change on global seafood production. His findings show that increasing greenhouse gases will negatively affect mariculture production in many regions of the world, particularly the tropics and sub-tropical regions. This research supports continuous mariculture related research and industry applications.||Doctor of Philosophy in Zoology (PhD)|
|2020||Dr. Lix studied and improved a new type of ultrabright fluorescent probe called polymer dots that are used in bioanalysis and imaging. She investigated how these materials interact with other fluorescent materials. Her research will be used to develop new technologies that will enable medical diagnosis at the point-of-care.||Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)|
|2020||Dr. Wu studied the signaling transduction pathways in plant immunity. His work revealed novel regulatory mechanisms governing the activation of plant immune receptors, which may contribute to the engineering of broad-spectrum resistance in crops.||Doctor of Philosophy in Botany (PhD)|
|2020||Dr. Babanezhad's research explored optimizing parameters for machine learning algorithms, like those used in data processing, focusing specifically on computational cost. His proposed method, which he has tested on a new set of constraints and machine learning models, can train models in less time and achieve better results than previous methods.||Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science (PhD)|
|2020||Dr. Paudel studied two key aspects of plant-virus interaction: how viruses coerce plants to produce viral products and how the plant defends itself. He identified regions in the viral genome that help in hijacking the host resources. Also, his results showed a variety of host antiviral defenses and highlighted the complexity of the interaction.||Doctor of Philosophy in Botany (PhD)|
|2020||Dr. Yeo examined the fundamental chemistry of early and late transition metal complexes. She studied the reactivity of early transition metal dinitrogen complexes and synthesized novel late transition metal complexes, exploring the capability of these chemical systems to provide insight for future advances in synthetic chemistry.||Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)|
|2020||Dr. Chen studied numerical algorithms for stiff elastodynamic simulation, a key procedure in computer graphics applications. He developed models for natural physical movements that would maintain stability and produce lively simulations at a lower cost. This work will improve the efficiency and accuracy for physically-based computer simulation.||Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science (PhD)|
|2020||Dr. Xu's research explored the interactions between light and new synthetic molecules. These interactions include chemical changes such as photochromism or physical changes such as thermally activated delayed fluorescence and phosphorescence. This work will impact applications such as super-resolution imaging and display technology.||Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)|
|2020||Dr. McMillan developed and applied sophisticated geochemical approaches to stakeholder- and Indigenous-led investigations of archaeological biominerals and mineraloids, encompassing a large span of human history on two continents. The resulting techniques and data provided key information for addressing modern questions about the human journey.||Doctor of Philosophy in Geological Sciences (PhD)|
|2020||Dr. Hao investigated Ti-catalyzed hydroamination, a powerful tool in the synthesis of various nitrogen-containing compounds. He used this complex to transform simple starting materials into complex nitrogen containing products, which can be used in new chemical reactions to make important commercial products like drugs and herbicides.||Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)|