Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)
Conversion of carbon dioxide into chemicals and fuels in a flow reactor
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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|
|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|
|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.
|2022||Dr. Folinsbee developed a sheaf model for Riemann functions. He used this model to express the graph Riemann-Roch theorem as a Euler characteristic.||Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics (PhD)|
|2022||Dr. Lim studied the patterns of gene expression changes across thousands of human and mouse datasets, which can be used to interpret results from genetic studies. The findings deepen our understanding of gene expression patterns and their potential for discovering gene functions related to human health and disease.||Doctor of Philosophy in Genome Science and Technology (PhD)|
|2022||Dr. Mitchell developed methods to examine the variability in flowing landslide movement to better estimate the areas potentially impacted by landslides, and the range of depth and velocity of those impacts. This was done using a combination of statistical modelling of observations of past events, and computer simulations of flowing landslides.||Doctor of Philosophy in Geological Engineering (PhD)|
|2022||Dr. Baghela used statistical learning methods to identify distinct gene expression patterns in early sepsis patients that predict impending disease severity. He indicates these patterns can be rapidly measured in patient blood at hospital admission, providing clinicians with an accurate and early means to predict specific patient outcomes.||Doctor of Philosophy in Bioinformatics (PhD)|
|2022||Dr. Hill studied galaxy clusters, which are the largest structures in the Universe. He observed one of the most distant galaxy clusters known using a range of telescopes in order to understand how gas was converted into stars at the onset of cluster formation. His thesis helps explain why galaxy evolution occurred differently in dense environments.||Doctor of Philosophy in Physics (PhD)|
|2022||Dr. Rosales developed a novel surfacing algorithm to convert raw VR drawings into usable 3D models. He also created a new VR brush that increases the number of shapes that can be comfortably drawn. This research expands the range of applications of VR drawings and makes VR drawing a practical alternative to 3D modeling for inexperienced users.||Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science (PhD)|
|2022||Dr. Yang developed novel bioinformatic methods to characterize, model, and simulate nucleotide sequences via descriptive and predictive data analytics. The software and pipelines she developed improved the current understanding of long-read sequencing data, leveraged short-read sequencing information, and facilitated relevant algorithm development.||Doctor of Philosophy in Bioinformatics (PhD)|
|2022||Dr. Abouei studied the optical imaging system known as optical coherence tomography (OCT) for early cancer diagnosis. Her work improved the image quality. She also studied high resolution OCT for early diagnosis of cervical cancer and discussed development of a novel cervical probe to be used in clinics.||Doctor of Philosophy in Physics (PhD)|
|2022||Dr. Wu studied synthetic host defence peptides (small cationic peptides) as therapies for skin inflammation and highly antibiotic resistant bacterial biofilms. Her research revealed the intrinsic promise of synthetic host defence peptides and provided new insights into their mechanisms of action.||Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology and Immunology (PhD)|
|2022||Dr. Zhu studied the formation of protein macro-assemblies and aggregation in budding yeast. He identified proteins found in yeast protein aggregates under different conditions. By analyzing common features shared by those proteins, he uncovered the potential cause for aggregates formed by them and provided valuable resource for future studies.||Doctor of Philosophy in Genome Science and Technology (PhD)|