Doctor of Philosophy in Physics (PhD)
Quantitative magnetic resonance imaging of myelin in the central nervous system
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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|
|Harley, Christopher||Department of Zoology, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries||Fisheries sciences; Zoology; climate change; community ecology; Ecology and Quality of the Environment; marine algae; marine invertebrates|
|Harris, Leila||Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice||Critical identity, ethnic and race studies; Gender, sexuality and education; Human rights, justice, and ethical issues; Africa; Development Policies; Drinking Water; Environmental justice; equity and social justice; Ethics and Fundamental Issues of Law and Justice; Fresh Water; Gender Relationship; gender and social difference; Ghana; International development; participatory resource management; Resources Management; Social Contract and Social Justice; Social and Cultural Factors of Environmental Protection; South Africa; Turkey and Middle East; Water; water governance; water politics|
|Harvey, Nicholas||Department of Computer Science||randomized algorithms, combinatorial optimization, graph sparsification, discrepancy theory and learning theory; algorithmic problems arising in computer networking, including cache analysis, load balancing, data replication, peer-to-peer networks, and network coding.|
|Hasinoff, Michael||Department of Physics & Astronomy||Low-energy particle physics|
|Hauert, Christoph||Department of Mathematics||Mathematics and statistics; Modelization and Simulation; Evolution and Phylogenesis; Biological Behavior; dynamical systems; evolution; game theory; social dilemmas; stochastic processes|
|Haughn, George||Department of Botany||Molecular Genetics; Plants; Cellular Differentiation; plant cell wall biology; seed coat differentiation|
|Haynes, Charles||Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering||Protein purification, recombinant proteins, molecular thermodynamics, biocompatible polymers|
|Heagy, Lindsey||Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences||Geoelectrics and geoelectromagnetics; Magnetism and paleomagnetism; Gravimetry; Environmental monitoring; Numerical computation; Machine learning; Geophysics; Inverse theory; data science; Machine Learning; Electromagnetics; Carbon sequestration; Groundwater; Environmental geophysics; Resource exploration|
|Hearty, Christopher||Department of Physics & Astronomy||Subatomic physics, Experimental Particle Physics Research|
|Heckman, Nancy||Department of Statistics||Statistics; Statistics and Probabilities; functional data analysis; smoothing; splines|
|Hein, Jason||Department of Chemistry||discovery, design and study of new organometallic and organocatalytic reactions; investigating complex systems where multiple pathways compete, partitioning the active catalyst among many possible pathways|
|Hepburn, John||Department of Chemistry||Chemical physics|
|Hermon, Jonathan||Department of Mathematics||probability theory; Markov chains and the cutoff phenomenon; particle systems; percolation|
|Heyl, Jeremy||Department of Physics & Astronomy||Astronomical and space sciences; Physical sciences; Astrophysics; Black Holes; Neutron Stars; quantum phenomena; Quantum-Field Theory; Stellar; Stellar Physics|
|Hickey, Kenneth||Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences||understand the processes involved in the genesis of mineral deposits from a multidisciplinary perspective; Post-mineralization weathering, denudation and subsequent burial of Carlin-type Au-mineralization at the Cortez Hills deposit: Implications for finding Au-deposits in bedrock under cover.|
|Hickson, Paul||Department of Physics & Astronomy||cosmology, galaxies, telescopes, adaptive optics., Astronomy, astrophysics, Galaxies, clusters, instrumentation, adaptive optics|
|Hieter, Philip||Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Medical Genetics||Molecular biology of eukaryotic chromosome transmission|
|Hinshaw, Gary||Department of Physics & Astronomy||cosmology, cosmic background radiation, Cosmology, Measuring diffuse background radiations|
|Hirst, Martin||Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Michael Smith Laboratories||Bioinformatics; Clinical oncology; Genomics; Immunology; Microbiology; Carcinogenesis; Cellular Differentiation; Epigenomics; Leukemia; Molecular Genetics|
|Holmes, Reid||Department of Computer Science||Computer and information sciences; computer science; open source software; software comprehension; software development tools; software engineering; software quality; software testing; static analysis|
|Horwitz, Marc||Department of Microbiology & Immunology||Mechanisms of viral-induced immune disease in a variety of complex chronic disorders|
|Hu, Alan||Department of Computer Science||Computer and information sciences; formal methods; formal verification; model checking; nonce to detect automated mining of profiles; post-silicon validation; security; software analysis|
|Huan, Tao||Department of Chemistry||Bioinformatics, n.e.c.; Analytical spectrometry; Metabolomics; Separation science; Cancer progression and metastasis; Human nutrition and metabolism; Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry; Cellular Metabolism; Bioinformatics|
|Hudson, Zachary||Department of Chemistry||Synthesis of materials; Functional materials in materials chemistry sciences; Organic chemical synthesis; Optical properties of materials; Luminescent materials; Organic electronics; Polymer chemistry; Organic chemistry; Organic light-emitting diodes|
|Hunt, Brian||Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries||Marine ecology (including marine ichthyology); Biological oceanography; marine food webs; ecosystem oceanography; plankton dynamics; open ocean; Coastal Ecosystems; climate change impacts on the ocean; salmon ecology; food web nutrition; microplastics; stable isotopes; forage fish; zooplankton|
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. May studied quantum gravity, which is the theory describing black holes and the big bang. He made contributions in understanding the role of quantum entanglement in the emergence of space and time from a quantum mechanical description.||Doctor of Philosophy in Physics (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Griffin studied the inner workings of metal-catalyzed chemical reactions. While traditional methods utilize precious metals, his work focused on using abundant and inexpensive metals to make industrially relevant compounds. His results inform the chemical community on design strategies for improved catalysts towards newly discovered reactions.||Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Vaidyanathan examined whether bans on capture and trade of threatened species helped with their conservation, using the case of India's seahorses. Her work illuminates the failures of bans in managing catch and trade of incidentally caught marine fishes and have implications for other countries considering bans as measures to manage wildlife.||Doctor of Philosophy in Zoology (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Ben Hasan showed that complex fisheries problems can be addressed with simple management interventions and that the public benefits from fishery resources are limited. These studies contribute toward alleviating overfishing and highlight the need for policies that consider redistributing a share of the fishing industry gains to the public purse.||Doctor of Philosophy in Oceans and Fisheries (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Belanger studied antibiotic susceptibility of the bacterial pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa. She identified altered susceptibility and genetic requirements in conditions relevant to human infection. Her research advanced our understanding of antibiotic resistance and advocates for more appropriate antibiotic testing conditions.||Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology and Immunology (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Mathur examined the evolutionary history of apicomplexan parasites, which are a large group of important animal parasites that cause malaria and other diseases. Her research used new single-cell techniques and has altered our fundamental understanding of how these parasites evolved.||Doctor of Philosophy in Botany (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Wang studied mathematical solutions of nonlinear differential equations that model chiral magnetic skyrmions. She provided a rigorous mathematical proof of the existence of skyrmions within the co-rotational symmetric class, and also examined their spectral and dynamical stability. This research contributes to the mathematics of chiral magnetism.||Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Maclean studied the mixing times of organic molecules and water within atmospheric aerosols, and the phase state of these aerosols. This research highlighted that aerosols in Earth's lowest layer of atmosphere, the troposphere, may be solid with long mixing times of organic molecules and water, contrary to typical assumptions in global models.||Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)|
|2021||Some advanced cancers can be treated with the radioactive isotope called actinium-225, yet current actinium supplies are limited and rely on decades-old material from nuclear weapons. Dr. Robertson used TRIUMF's particle accelerator to develop alternative actinium production methods that could support widespread use of actinium-based therapies.||Doctor of Philosophy in Physics (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Matthey-Doret worked on methods to detect adaptation and showed that deleterious mutations are unlikely to produce signals that can be confounded with beneficial mutations. He also demonstrated that plasticity can evolve in a constant environment. Finally, he created a high performance and flexible software for population genetic simulations.||Doctor of Philosophy in Zoology (PhD)|