Doctor of Philosophy in Oceanography (PhD)
Evaluating jellyfish as keystone species in marine food webs
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.
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.
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|
|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|
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. 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)|