Doctor of Philosophy in Physics (PhD)
Probing Brain Tissue Microstructure with Magnetic Resonance Imaging through Bayesian Learning of Signal Dynamics
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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.
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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|
|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 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|
|Gordon, Michael||Department of Zoology||Neurosciences, biological and chemical aspects; Neurosciences, medical and physiological and health aspects; Zoology; Chemosensation; Drosophila; Feeding; Gustation; Neural circuits; Neuronal Systems; neuroscience; Sensory systems; Taste|
|Graham, Sean||Department of Botany||Plant phylogenetics; Plant systematics; Plant evolution; Organelles; Phylogenomics; Land plants; Mycoheterotrophs|
|Grant, Edward||Department of Chemistry||Spectroscopy, molecular electronic structure, Chemical physics|
|Greenstreet, Mark||Department of Computer Science||Dynamic systems, formal methods, hybrid systems, differential equations|
|Greif, Chen||Department of Computer Science||Numerical computation; Numerical analysis; scientific computing; numerical linear algebra; numerical solution of partial differential equations; computational optimization|
|Groat, Lee||Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences||Mineralogy and crystallography (except soil mineralogy and chemicals aspects of crystallography); Inorganic geochemistry; Economic geology; mineralogy; crystal chemistry; Geochemistry; economic geology; gem deposits; pegmatites|
|Gustafson, Paul||Department of Statistics||Statistics; meta-analysis; Parametric and Non-Parametric Inference; Theoretical Statistics; Pharmacoepidemiology; Bayesian statistical methods; Biostatistics and Epidemiology; Causal inference; Evidence synthesis; Partial Identification|
|Gustafson, Stephen James||Department of Mathematics||Mathematics and statistics; Mathematical Analysis; Differential Equation; Global and Non-Linear Analysis; Mathematical physics; Nonlinear partial differential equations; Nonlinear waves; Topological solitons|
|Haber, Eldad||Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences||Scientific computing and its application to geophysical and medical imaging|
|Hallam, Steven||Department of Microbiology & Immunology||Microbiome; Microbial ecology; metagenomics; Biological engineering; Synthetic biology; Bioinformatics; Machine Learning; Entrepreneurship|
|Hallas, Alannah||Department of Physics & Astronomy||Physical sciences; quantum phenomena; magnetism; Materials design and discovery; Quantum materials|
|Halpern, Mark||Department of Physics & Astronomy||Cosmology, Cosmic background radiation, history of star formation, measuring the geometry and contents of the Universe, satellites, balloon-borne telescopes, the physics of music, Physics of music, Cosmic Microwave Background, Physical Cosmology, Star formation history|
|Hancock, Robert E||Department of Microbiology & Immunology||Cationic Antimicrobial Peptides, Host Defence Peptides and Innate Immunity, Functional Genomics of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Regulation of Antibiotic Resistance, Array Data, Self-promoted uptake hypothesis|
|Haney, Cara||Department of Microbiology & Immunology||genetic and metabolic factors that regulate assembly of host-associated microbial communities (|
|Harder, Kenneth||Department of Microbiology & Immunology||Host-pathogen, tumours, infection, immunity, atherosclerosis, role of macrophages in inflammation|
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. Foth developed new synthetic methods to incorporate fluorine atoms into organic molecules that are more efficient and practical than existing methods. These strategies access industrially-relevant compounds and will aid in the development of future pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, and materials.||Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Wang used optical tweezers to investigate the mechanical properties of proteins at the single molecular level. His study provided invaluable insights into the protein folding-unfolding mechanisms, and assisted us in understanding a variety of biological processes in the nano scale.||Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)|
|2021||Tumours are heterogeneous entities composed of genetically and functionally distinct cell populations. Dr. LeBlanc's work characterized this heterogeneity in brain tumours, shedding light on the biology of these lethal cancers and providing a resource to help guide the appropriate use of brain tumour models crucial to research.||Doctor of Philosophy in Genome Science and Technology (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Silva studied rocks formed in a sea that existed 240 million years ago in present-day British Columbia and Alberta. His research reconstructs how these rocks were deposited and describes how the minerals and rock properties vary across space, contributing to the understanding of the geologic history and energy resources of western Canada.||Doctor of Philosophy in Geological Sciences (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Maryam Shirmohammad conducted research on development of novel methods of Raman spectroscopy. She made a discovery in enhancement of intensity of the acquired Raman signals. This can revolutionize the practice of cancer screening/diagnosis through analysis of VOC biomarkers of breath.||Doctor of Philosophy in Physics (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Cleveland studied the natural diversity of the structure and function of fungal enzymes called copper radical oxidases. This research was motivated by the potential applications of these enzymes in biocatalysis for bio-product manufacturing.||Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Sheikh studied lung viral infections caused by influenza and how the cytokine IL-7 contributes to immunity against it. His work identified new roles for IL-7 in enhancing the function of immune cells in response to lung influenza infection. His findings provide insights into development of clinical interventions in lung inflammation.||Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology and Immunology (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Mo developed a novel radical cyclization for the synthesis of nitrogen heterocycles and new synthetic methods using sulfuryl fluoride and thionyl fluoride. These new processes are more efficient and milder than the existing protocols for the synthesis of organic molecules.||Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Tyrvainen examined stability and robustness in Machine learning. They collected a novel image dataset that includes new information about the images, and trained neural networks that were more immune to errors and malicious attacks. The findings yield insights for developing more secure Machine Learning applications.||Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Iyaniwura developed novel mathematical techniques for calculating the time it takes for a Brownian particle to reach a target location and he analyzed mathematical models of intracellular communication between biological cells owing to a diffusion field. The models and analysis are relevant to studying microbial communication.||Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics (PhD)|