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

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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
Goren, Liran ,
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

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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: Mathematika
UBC Author(s): Gregory Martin (Mathematics / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 00255793
Volume: 68
Page Range: 511-534
Publication Date: April 2022

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Publication: Journal of Applied Ecology
UBC Author(s): Claire Kremen (Institute for Resources,Environment & Sustainability / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 00218901
Volume: 59
Page Range: 898-908
Publication Date: April 2022

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Publication: Journal of Number Theory
UBC Author(s): Dragos Ghioca (Mathematics / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 0022314X
Volume: 233
Page Range: 112-125
Publication Date: April 2022

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Publication: Analytica Chimica Acta
UBC Author(s): Tao Huan (Chemistry / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 00032670
Volume: 1200
Publication Date: 1 April 2022

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Publication: Physical Review Letters
UBC Author(s): Marcel Franz (Physics & Astronomy / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 00319007
Volume: 128
Publication Date: 1 April 2022

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Publication: Physical Review Letters
UBC Author(s): Christopher Hearty (Physics & Astronomy / Faculty of Science), Thomas Mattison (Physics & Astronomy / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 00319007
Volume: 128
Publication Date: 1 April 2022

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Publication: Physical Review Materials
UBC Author(s): Andrea Damascelli (Physics & Astronomy / Faculty of Science)
Volume: 6
Publication Date: April 2022

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Publication: Nature Ecology and Evolution
UBC Author(s): Nobuhiko Tokuriki (Michael Smith Labs / Faculty of Science)
Volume: 6
Page Range: 427-438
Publication Date: April 2022

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Publication: Journal of Computer Languages
UBC Author(s): Reid Holmes (Computer Science / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 26659182
Volume: 69
Publication Date: April 2022

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Publication: Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
UBC Author(s): Paul Gustafson (Statistics / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 08954356
Volume: 144
Page Range: 194-197
Publication Date: April 2022

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Publication: Mathematische Annalen
UBC Author(s): Sebastien Picard (Mathematics / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 00255831
Volume: 382
Page Range: 1935-1955
Publication Date: April 2022

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Publication: Astrophysical Journal
UBC Author(s): Mark Halpern (Physics & Astronomy / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 0004637X
Volume: 928
Publication Date: 1 April 2022

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Publication: Fisheries Management and Ecology
UBC Author(s): Daniel Pauly (Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 0969997X
Volume: 29
Page Range: 183-195
Publication Date: April 2022

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Publication: Studia Scientiarum Mathematicarum Hungarica
UBC Author(s): Jozsef Solymosi (Mathematics / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 00816906
Volume: 59
Page Range: 30-39
Publication Date: 31 March 2022

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Publication: Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence
UBC Author(s): Frank Donald Wood (Computer Science / Faculty of Science)
Volume: 4
Publication Date: 31 March 2022

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Publication: Tetrahedron Letters
UBC Author(s): Raymond Andersen (Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences / Faculty of Science), Katherine Ryan (Chemistry / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 00404039
Volume: 94
Publication Date: 30 March 2022

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Publication: Plant physiology
UBC Author(s): Carl Bohlmann (Michael Smith Labs / Faculty of Science)
Volume: 188
Page Range: 1944-1949
Publication Date: 28 March 2022

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Publication: Canadian Mathematical Bulletin
UBC Author(s): Jozsef Solymosi (Mathematics / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 00084395
Volume: 65
Page Range: 84-94
Publication Date: 26 March 2022

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Publication: Journal of Differential Equations
UBC Author(s): Juncheng Wei (Mathematics / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 00220396
Volume: 314
Page Range: 56-127
Publication Date: 25 March 2022

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Publication: Frontiers in Psychology
UBC Author(s): Claire Kremen (Institute for Resources,Environment & Sustainability / Faculty of Science)
Volume: 13
Publication Date: 24 March 2022

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Publication: Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences
UBC Author(s): Steven Plotkin (Physics & Astronomy / Faculty of Science)
Volume: 9
Publication Date: 24 March 2022

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Publication: Nature
UBC Author(s): Douglas Altshuler (Zoology / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 00280836
Volume: 603
Page Range: 648-653
Publication Date: 24 March 2022

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Publication: Mathematical Proceedings of the Cambridge Philosophical Society
UBC Author(s): Joshua Zahl (Mathematics / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 03050041
Volume: 172
Page Range: 401-421
Publication Date: 24 March 2022

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Publication: Environmental science. Processes & impacts
UBC Author(s): Maria Maldonado-Pareja (Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences / Faculty of Science)
Volume: 24
Page Range: 486-487
Publication Date: 23 March 2022

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Publication: International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces, Proceedings IUI
UBC Author(s): Cristina Conati (Computer Science / Faculty of Science)
Page Range: 633-645
Publication Date: 22 March 2022

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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
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)

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