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 40 per cent of the Faculty's graduate enrollments, and the percentage of international students has increased to 48 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

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
Jefferies, Wilfred Arthur Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Medical Genetics, Department of Microbiology & Immunology Iron transport molecules
Jellinek, Mark Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences Volcanology, Geodynamics, Planetary Science, Geological Fluid Mechanics
Jetter, Reinhard Department of Botany, Department of Chemistry Analytical Chemistry; Plant Ecophysiology; Plant Biochemistry; Molecular Genetics; Biological Chemistry
Joe, Harry Sue Wah Department of Statistics Statistics; Statistics and Probabilities; copula construction; dependence modelling; extreme value inference; non-normal time series; parsimonous high-dimensional dependence
Johnson, Catherine Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences Lunar geophysics, Evolution of Mars' Magnetic Field and Atmosphere
Johnson, Mark Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences Geology; Natural environment sciences; Agriculture; Biogeochemistry; Carbon cycle; Climate Changes and Impacts; data science; Ecohydrology; Ecology and Quality of the Environment; Fresh Water; Ground Water and Water Tables; Hydrological Cycle and Reservoirs; Land and Soil; land use; Running Water Hydrosystem; Water and Sustainability
Johnson, Pauline Department of Microbiology & Immunology Diseases of the Immune System; Immunology; Inflammation; Immune-cancer interactions; Innate immunity; Macrophages and myeloid cells
Jones, David Department of Physics & Astronomy Atomic, optical and molecular physics,Ultrafast Optics, Spectroscopy
Karczmarek, Joanna Department of Physics & Astronomy Physical sciences; Emergent spacetime and gravity; Matrix models; Noncommutative geometry; String theory
Karu, Kalle Department of Mathematics Algebraic geometry, toric varieties, log geometry, combinatorics of fans and posets
Kastrup, Christian Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology drug delivery, coagulation, biomaterials, atherosclerosis, in-vivo imaging, microfluidics
Keeling, Patrick John Department of Botany Molecular evolution and cell biology of eukaryotes
Kennedy, Lori Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences Geological science, structural geology, development of large-scale fault systems and shear zones, displacements, fluid-rock interactions, strain localization, confining pressure
Kiczales, Gregor Department of Computer Science MOOCs, Blended Learning, Flexible Learning, University Strategy for Flexible and Blended Learning, Computer Science Education, Programming Languages, Programming languages, aspect-oriented programming, foundations, reflections and meta programming, software design
Kiefl, Robert Department of Physics & Astronomy Physical sciences; condensed matter physics; magnetism; multiferroics; polarons; quantum phenomena; superconductivity
Kim, Young-Heon Department of Mathematics Partial Differential Equations and Geometry
Kopylova, Maya Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences diamond ore deposits, Diamond exploration, petrology and volcanology
Korthauer, Keegan Department of Statistics Bioinformatics; Genomics; Statistics; Epigenomics; Single-cell analysis; Statistical genomics
Kremen, Claire Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, Department of Zoology Natural environment sciences; Zoology; agroecological farming systems; Reconciliation of agricultural land use with biodiversity conservation; sustainable landscapes
Krems, Roman Department of Chemistry Theoretical chemistry, Molecular Spectroscopy, Dynamics of few- and many-body molecular systems in electromagnetic fields
Kronstad, James Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Microbiology & Immunology Bioinformatics; Immunology; Microbiology; Plant biology; Fungal diseases of plants; Genomics and Proteomics; Medical Mycology; Molecular Genetics; Pathogenesis of infectious diseases; Plant-Microbe Interactions
Kruecken, Reiner Department of Physics & Astronomy Physical sciences; Elementary Particles; Neutrino Physics; Nuclear Astrophysics; Nuclear Physics; Universe Structure
Kunst, Ljerka Department of Botany Seed storage oil production, biosynthesis
Laba, Izabella Department of Mathematics Harmonic analysis, geometric measure theory and additive combinatorics
Lakshmanan, Laks Department of Computer Science data management and data cleaning; data warehousing and OLAP; data and text mining; analytics on big graphs and news; social networks and media; recommender systems

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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: Chemistry - A European Journal
UBC Author(s): David Perrin (Chemistry / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 09476539
Volume: 27
Page Range: 10282-10292
Publication Date: 16 July 2021

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Publication: Physical Review Letters
UBC Author(s): Fei Zhou (Physics & Astronomy / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 00319007
Volume: 127
Publication Date: 16 July 2021

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Publication: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry
UBC Author(s): Brian Hunt (Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 09514198
Volume: 35
Publication Date: 15 July 2021

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Publication: Molecular Biology of the Cell
UBC Author(s): Raymond Andersen (Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 10591524
Volume: 32
Page Range: 1374-1392
Publication Date: 15 July 2021

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Publication: Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
UBC Author(s): Philip Matthews (Zoology / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 09628452
Volume: 288
Publication Date: 14 July 2021

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Publication: Chemistry of Materials
UBC Author(s): Mark MacLachlan (Chemistry / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 08974756
Volume: 33
Page Range: 5197-5209
Publication Date: 13 July 2021

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Publication: Current Biology
UBC Author(s): Patrick John Keeling (Botany / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 09609822
Volume: 31
Page Range: R862-R877
Publication Date: 12 July 2021

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Publication: Current Biology
UBC Author(s): Patrick John Keeling (Botany / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 09609822
Volume: 31
Page Range: 2920-2928.e4
Publication Date: 12 July 2021

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Publication: Statistics in Medicine
UBC Author(s): Paul Gustafson (Statistics / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 02776715
Volume: 40
Page Range: 3625-3644
Publication Date: 10 July 2021

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Publication: Astrophysical Journal
UBC Author(s): Jessica McIver (Physics & Astronomy / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 0004637X
Volume: 915
Publication Date: 10 July 2021

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Publication: Journal of visualized experiments : JoVE
UBC Author(s): Carolina Tropini (Microbiology & Immunology / Faculty of Science)
Publication Date: 9 July 2021

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Publication: Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution
UBC Author(s): Marie Auger-Methe (Statistics / Faculty of Science)
Volume: 9
Publication Date: 9 July 2021

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Publication: Ocean Science
UBC Author(s): Richard Pawlowicz (Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 18120784
Volume: 17
Page Range: 909-918
Publication Date: 9 July 2021

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Publication: Frontiers in Marine Science
UBC Author(s): Ussif Rashid Sumaila (Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries / Faculty of Science)
Volume: 8
Publication Date: 7 July 2021

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Publication: Frontiers in Microbiology
UBC Author(s): William Mohn (Microbiology & Immunology / Faculty of Science)
Volume: 12
Publication Date: 6 July 2021

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Publication: Nature Medicine
UBC Author(s): Maria Tokuyama (Microbiology & Immunology / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 10788956
Volume: 27
Page Range: 1309
Publication Date: July 2021

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Publication: Applications in Plant Sciences
UBC Author(s): Sean Graham (Botany / Faculty of Science)
Volume: 9
Publication Date: July 2021

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Publication: ACM Transactions on Graphics
UBC Author(s): Michiel Van de Panne (Computer Science / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 07300301
Volume: 40
Publication Date: 1 July 2021

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Publication: APL Photonics
UBC Author(s): Jeff Young (Physics & Astronomy / Faculty of Science)
Volume: 6
Publication Date: 1 July 2021

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Publication: American Journal of Botany
UBC Author(s): Sean Graham (Botany / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 00029122
Volume: 108
Page Range: 1059-1065
Publication Date: July 2021

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Publication: Transfusion
UBC Author(s): Christian Kastrup (Michael Smith Labs / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 00411132
Volume: 61
Page Range: S275-S285
Publication Date: July 2021

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Publication: Classical and Quantum Gravity
UBC Author(s): Jessica McIver (Physics & Astronomy / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 02649381
Volume: 38
Publication Date: July 2021

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Publication: Classical and Quantum Gravity
UBC Author(s): Jessica McIver (Physics & Astronomy / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 02649381
Volume: 38
Publication Date: July 2021

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Publication: Nature Medicine
UBC Author(s): Maria Tokuyama (Microbiology & Immunology / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 10788956
Volume: 27
Page Range: 1178-1186
Publication Date: July 2021

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Publication: Journal of Geometric Analysis
UBC Author(s): Malabika Pramanik (Mathematics / Faculty of Science)
ISSN: 10506926
Volume: 31
Page Range: 6725-6765
Publication Date: July 2021

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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. Nguyen investigated the characteristics of bone marrow mesenchymal stromal cells, which are believed to play a significant role in maintaining and regulating blood stem cells. Deletion of the Hic1 gene was found to expand these cells and further increase the number of blood stem cells, findings that offer great promise to stem cell therapy. Doctor of Philosophy in Genome Science and Technology (PhD)
2021 Dr. Deng designed the wide-bandwidth, cloverleaf-shaped antenna array for the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME). She helped calibrate the experiment by simulating its beam response, and conducted a wide-band survey of the north celestial cap to better understand our galaxy and cosmic signals. Doctor of Philosophy in Physics (PhD)
2020 Dr. Soto Gomez used genomics to reconstruct the evolutionary history of the three major plant groups Pandanales, Dioscoreales and the Dioscorea yams, shedding light on their relationships, genomes, biogeography and morphology. She also developed methods to uncover wild yam species of utility for improving crop yams, which feed millions globally. Doctor of Philosophy in Botany (PhD)
2020 Dr. Irwin studied the molecular biology and evolution of the cell nucleus by examining how nuclear processes function in diverse organisms. His work revealed the capacity for viruses to shape cellular evolution, identified novel nuclear mechanisms, and highlighted the utility of new model organisms for future research. Doctor of Philosophy in Botany (PhD)
2020 Dr. Jing developed high-throughput methods for the analysis of trace compounds in complex matrices. He coupled novel sample preparation methods to direct analysis in real time mass spectrometry, placing particular attention to the extraction and ionization processes. This work provides strategies for environment monitoring and quality control. Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)
2020 Dr. Evoy studied the physical properties of organic aerosols, which are known to be important for environmental and human health. She evaluated the accuracy of different equations used to describe the diffusion of molecules within aerosols. The results improve our ability to understand and quantify the effects of organic aerosols in the atmosphere. Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)
2020 Dr. Petel studied the transport of molecules and ions in innovative materials to improve our understanding of the mechanisms behind their unique physical and electrical properties. Her research assists in the development of applications such as artificial muscles, electro-optical devices, and recyclable polymers. Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)
2020 Dr. Hersh studied why asexual plants are often more widespread than their sexual relatives using Easter daisies, and found that asexuals are aided by particularly successful clones and seed traits that help promote colonization. This work challenges the assumption that asexuals' only advantage is the ability to reproduce without mates. Doctor of Philosophy in Botany (PhD)
2020 Dr. Astic coupled multi-physics simulations with data science to develop a new methodology to image the subsurface and map underground resources from geophysical data with an improved resolution. This new approach will help locate and estimate the resources available for a sustainable future, such as minerals, water, and CO2 storage capacity. Doctor of Philosophy in Geophysics (PhD)
2020 Dr. Amundrud combined machine learning, observational surveys along environmental gradients and controlled experiments to demonstrate that the processes that shape species distributions and ecological communities depend on spatial scale and environmental context. This research sheds new light on how ecosystems will respond to climate change. Doctor of Philosophy in Zoology (PhD)

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