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, 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

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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: Global Change Biology
UBC Author(s): Ussif Rashid Sumaila (Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries / Faculty of Science), Daniel Pauly (Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 13541013
Volume: 28
Page Range: 6254-6267
Publication Date: November 2022

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Publication: Cytotherapy
UBC Author(s): James Piret (Michael Smith Labs / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 14653249
Volume: 24
Page Range: 1121-1135
Publication Date: November 2022

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Publication: Limnology and Oceanography
UBC Author(s): Yevhenii Pakhomov (Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences / Faculty of Science)
Volume: 67
Page Range: 2516-2530
Publication Date: November 2022

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Publication: Ecography
UBC Author(s): Diane Srivastava (Zoology / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 09067590
Volume: 2022
Publication Date: November 2022

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Publication: Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters
UBC Author(s): Martin Tanner (Chemistry / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 0960894X
Volume: 75
Publication Date: 1 November 2022

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Publication: Renewable Energy
UBC Author(s): Steven Hallam (Microbiology & Immunology / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 09601481
Volume: 199
Page Range: 733-744
Publication Date: November 2022

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Publication: Journal of Structural Geology
UBC Author(s): Kenneth Hickey (Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 01918141
Volume: 164
Publication Date: November 2022

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Publication: Advances in Radiation Oncology
UBC Author(s): Stefan Reinsberg (Physics & Astronomy / Faculty of Science)
Volume: 7
Publication Date: 1 November 2022

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Publication: Metrika
UBC Author(s): Jiahua Chen (Statistics / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 00261335
Volume: 85
Page Range: 951-975
Publication Date: November 2022

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Publication: Fisheries Oceanography
UBC Author(s): Ussif Rashid Sumaila (Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 10546006
Volume: 31
Page Range: 601-614
Publication Date: November 2022

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Publication: Fish and Fisheries
UBC Author(s): Daniel Pauly (Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 14672960
Volume: 23
Page Range: 1371-1382
Publication Date: November 2022

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Publication: Science China: Physics, Mechanics and Astronomy
UBC Author(s): Fei Zhou (Physics & Astronomy / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 16747348
Volume: 65
Publication Date: November 2022

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Publication: Empirical Software Engineering
UBC Author(s): Reid Holmes (Computer Science / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 13823256
Volume: 27
Publication Date: November 2022

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Publication: International Journal of Solids and Structures
UBC Author(s): Anthony Peirce (Mathematics / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 00207683
Volume: 254-255
Publication Date: 1 November 2022

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Publication: Lithos
UBC Author(s): Matthijs Smit (Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 00244937
Volume: 428-429
Publication Date: 1 November 2022

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Publication: Resources, Conservation and Recycling
UBC Author(s): Gregory Dipple (Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 09213449
Volume: 186
Publication Date: November 2022

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Publication: Computational Statistics and Data Analysis
UBC Author(s): Harry Sue Wah Joe (Statistics / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 01679473
Volume: 175
Publication Date: November 2022

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Publication: ISME Journal
UBC Author(s): William Mohn (Microbiology & Immunology / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 17517362
Volume: 16
Page Range: 2503-2512
Publication Date: November 2022

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Publication: Journal of High Energy Physics
UBC Author(s): Douglas Bryman (Physics & Astronomy / Faculty of Science)
Volume: 2022
Publication Date: November 2022

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Publication: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
UBC Author(s): Francois Jean (Microbiology & Immunology / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 02780062
Volume: 41
Page Range: 3128-3145
Publication Date: 1 November 2022

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Publication: Journal of Biogeography
UBC Author(s): Leticia Aviles (Zoology / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 03050270
Volume: 49
Page Range: 1967-1977
Publication Date: November 2022

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Publication: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
UBC Author(s): Ninan Abraham (Zoology / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 07415400
Volume: 112
Page Range: 1105-1113
Publication Date: November 2022

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Publication: Nature
UBC Author(s): Colin Brauner (Zoology / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 00280836
Volume: 610
Page Range: 699-703
Publication Date: 27 October 2022

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Publication: mBio
UBC Author(s): Marc Horwitz (Microbiology & Immunology / Faculty of Science)
Volume: 13
Page Range: e0127722
Publication Date: 26 October 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
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)

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