Doctor of Philosophy in Physics (PhD)
Charge-transfer dynamics in organic photovoltaic thin films using time- and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy and scanning tunneling microscopy
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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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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
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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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Holmes-Cerfon, Miranda||Department of Mathematics||Mathematical modelling and simulation; Computational methods in statistics; Numerical analysis; Thermodynamics and statistical physics|
|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|
|Hutchinson, Norman||Department of Computer Science||Computer and information sciences; Computer Systems; distributed systems; File Systems; Virtualization|
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. Xie developed algorithms and systems to control legged robot to move intelligently in challenging situations. His research brings us closer to having intelligent robots in our daily life.||Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science (PhD)|
|2022||The placenta is an essential organ in pregnancy but much is unknown about how epigenetics contributes to its function. Dr. Yuan studied how epigenetic marks like DNA methylation are important to the placenta. This understanding of fundamental placental biology will be important for understanding and improving pregnancy-related health.||Doctor of Philosophy in Genome Science and Technology (PhD)|
|2022||Dr. Bayly studied large protein complexes called polyketide synthases, some of which produce widely-used therapeutics. Dr. Bayly used PKS12 from M. tuberculosis to explore and demonstrate new approaches for engineering these complexes. Her work contributes to ongoing efforts to engineer polyketide synthases to produce new therapeutics.||Doctor of Philosophy in Genome Science and Technology (PhD)|
|2022||Dr. Christopherson developed novel polymer nanomaterials with biological relevance and subsequently used these polymers to sense the temperature of systems and to visualize cancer cells. Her research illuminated new ways of developing nanoparticles for diagnostic and therapeutic applications.||Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)|
|2022||Analyzing data stored in a distributed fashion requires new statistical strategies. Dr. Zhang developed novel approaches to combine summary information from separate locations under finite mixture models. Her work is useful for combining information in the data collected from and stored at different health centres and government agencies.||Doctor of Philosophy in Statistics (PhD)|
|2022||Dr. Howatt examined how physical oceanic processes influence the distribution of zooplankton. She found that stratification and flows with different geographic origins had more influence on zooplankton, but flow around a submarine canyon and turbulence had little influence. These findings are important for understanding and predicting ocean habitat.||Doctor of Philosophy in Oceanography (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Dehn used short-lived elementary particles called muons to study the magnetic and electronic properties of transition-metal compounds. His studies demonstrated that bound states comprised of a positive muon and an electron exist in magnetic materials, and explored the implications of this discovery for the study of magnetism with muons.||Doctor of Philosophy in Physics (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Sandeep's dissertation showed considerations of just energy transition for fossil fuel workers and their communities. This knowledge will aid in a more holistic understanding of the implications of fossil fuel industry declines on communities, by incorporating spatial, temporal, and justice aspects of transition.||Doctor of Philosophy in Resources, Environment and Sustainability (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Thompson's dissertation research made progress toward understanding how hybridization between species drives the origin of species. His studies illustrated the critical role of ecology in mediating this process and identified new ways to study natural selection acting on hybrids in field studies.||Doctor of Philosophy in Zoology (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Han's doctoral research focused on the study of the reactivities of phosphorus-containing compounds for the purpose of making the related inorganic polymers. He discovered the novel properties of several phosphorus species and investigated the possible mechanisms. His work helped to advance our understanding of the world of phosphorus chemistry.||Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)|