Doctor of Philosophy in Resources, Environment and Sustainability (PhD)
Air Quality, Health, and Climate Impacts of Global Shipping
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.
Biodiversity, Evolution and Ecology
Computational Sciences and Mathematics
Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
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|
|Irwin, Darren||Department of Zoology||Zoology; evolutionary genetics; genomic differentiation; hybridization; ornithology; seasonal migration; speciation|
|Jankowski, Jill||Department of Zoology||Ecology|
|Jean, Francois||Department of Microbiology & Immunology||Medical virology; Protein trafficking in cell biology; Proteomics; Enzymes (including kinetics and mechanisms, and biocatalyst); Organelle function; Virology; Systems biology; Cellular virology; Emerging human viruses; COVID-19; Host-virus interactions; Broad-based antiviral agents; Antiviral agents; Natural products as antiviral agents; Lipid-modulating drugs; Cellular protease inhibitors; Viral protease inhibitors; Human coronaviruses; SARS-CoV-2; Human flaviviruses; Dengue virus; Zika virus; West Nile virus; Influenza A virus; Human microRNAs; Therapeutic microRNA; Viral and cellular biomarkers; Molecular diagnostics for detecting viral infection; Circulating exosomes; Exosomal microRNAs; Proteomics-based technologies; Multiplexed and Mass Spectrometric quantitation assays|
|Jefferies, Wilfred Arthur||Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Medical Genetics||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, Pauline||Department of Microbiology & Immunology||Diseases of the Immune System; Immunology; Inflammation; Immune-cancer interactions; Innate immunity; Macrophages and myeloid cells|
|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|
|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|
|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||Bioinformatics; Immunology; Microbiology; Plant biology; Fungal diseases of plants; Genomics and Proteomics; Medical Mycology; Molecular Genetics; Pathogenesis of infectious diseases; Plant-Microbe Interactions|
|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|
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. Walters developed novel renewable nanomaterials from cellulose, a major component of plants and trees. Taking advantage of the unique structural and mechanical properties of cellulose, Dr. Walters demonstrated these materials could be valuable in packaging, catalytic, and energy storage applications.||Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Kariyawasam explored the gene regulatory networks during the zygote differentiation of the unicellular green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Her research identified developmental mechanisms that play critical roles during the unicellular life cycle transitions and conserved between multicellular animal and plant embryo development.||Doctor of Philosophy in Botany (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Hong studied super-Brownian motion, a mathematical model for an evolving population undergoing random migration and reproduction. His research provided insight into the occupation density of the population and the interface between the infected and susceptible individuals in an epidemic.||Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Arcila-Maya explored questions about a mathematical structure called a topological Azumaya algebra, an important object of study in topology. Her work provides conditions for a topological Azumaya algebra to be broken down into smaller topological Azumaya algebras. Her research makes progress on the decomposition problem for this structure.||Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Lee's doctoral studies focused on how plants respond to environmental stresses such as drought and heat, and how they resist such stresses by examining changes in the expression of genes in two hybrid crops, canola and sunflower. His research advanced our understanding of the greater resilience of hybrid crops to environmental stresses.||Doctor of Philosophy in Botany (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Izett developed new tools for estimating rates of marine net community production, an important metric for describing the ocean's role in the global carbon cycle. This work significantly enhances the community's capacity to assess how variability in marine biological productivity will respond to ongoing climate change.||Doctor of Philosophy in Oceanography (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Kim's research utilized nanoparticles in bioanalysis, including in assays, as sensors and for cellular imaging. For example, Dr. Kim developed new nanoparticle-based probes capable of real-time and simultaneous analysis of 3 distinct enzymes, which will be useful for gaining better understanding of complex biological mechanisms.||Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)|
|2021||Glass-forming materials are solid upon cooling but remain disordered on a molecular scale. Dr. Fujimoto has examined the near-surface molecular motion of two such glass-formers: a polymer and an ionic liquid. His characterization of these dynamics contributes to an understanding of the fundamental physics governing these materials.||Doctor of Philosophy in Physics (PhD)|
|2021||Petroleum resource development has raised concerns about fugitive natural gas leakage into the environment. Dr. Chao's research advances the understanding of the transport and fate of natural gas in a typical groundwater system of Western Canada. Her findings address the potential environmental impacts of fugitive gas and contribute to environmental practices at sites impacted by gas leakage.||Doctor of Philosophy in Geological Sciences (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Morishige studied enumerative geometry, which classifies spaces by counting geometric solutions. She developed a method to compute invariants associated to a type of Calabi-Yau threefold. These flat 6 dimension spaces are fundamental in string theory as the hidden directions of space-time, and a central focus of research in mathematics.||Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics (PhD)|