Doctor of Philosophy in Zoology (PhD)
Modular optic flow processing during natural locomotion
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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|
|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|
|Leander, Brian||Department of Botany, Department of Zoology||Plant biology; Zoology; Comparative organismal biology; Evolutionary morphology; Evolutionary protistology; Marine biodiversity; Marine invertebrate zoology; Phylogenetic biology; Species discovery|
|Lecuyer, Mathias||Department of Computer Science||Machine learning systems; Guarantees of robustness, privacy, and security|
|Leitch, Duncan||Department of Zoology||understanding sensory system adaptations in diverse organisms; contributions of nervous system properties to natural behaviours|
|Leslie, Sabrina||Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Physics & Astronomy|
|Leyton-Brown, Kevin||Department of Computer Science||Computer and information sciences; Artificial Intelligence; Algorithms; theoretical computer science; Resource Allocation; Computer Science and Statistics; Auction theory; game theory; Machine Learning|
|Li, Hongbin||Department of Chemistry||Biophysical chemistry, biomaterials, single molecule studies, biological, atomic force, polymer chemistry|
|Li, Yue-Xian||Department of Mathematics||Calcium signalling in neuroendocrine cells Fertilization calcium waves in oocytes|
|Li, Xin||Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Botany||Molecules in plants, plants defence against pathogen infection, plant genes|
|Lister, Alison||Department of Physics & Astronomy||Particle physics, experimental; Large Hadron Collier (LHC); ATLAS experiment; Search for physics beyond the standard model; top quarks; dark matter; Machine Learning; Long-lived particles|
|Little, James||Department of Computer Science||Artificial intelligence, computational vision, geographic information systems, robotics|
|Loewen, Philip||Department of Mathematics||Mathematical optimization; Calculus of Variations; Optimal Control; optimization; Machine Learning|
|Lukes, Laura||Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences||Earth and related environmental sciences; Psychology and cognitive sciences; Education; Geoscience Education Research (Discipline-Based Education Research); Self-regulated Learning; field-based experiential learning; learning in informal settings (e.g., museums, parks, science centers); crowdsourced and citizen science; teacher beliefs; motivation, emotion, and beliefs in learning; Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in STEM; learning engineering|
|MacDonald, Colin||Department of Mathematics||List of publications; The Closest Point Method: a new method for PDEs on surfaces; Time-stepping for PDEs: constructing Runge-Kutta methods, strong-stability-preserving methods (visit the SSP Site); WENO spatial discretizations; The Predicted Sequential Regularization Method; List of talks and presentations.|
|MacFarlane, Andrew||Department of Chemistry||Chemical physics, Electronic and magnetic properties of crystalline solids, especially strongly correlated materials such as the cuprate high temperature superconductors|
|MacLachlan, Mark||Department of Chemistry||Supramolecular inorganic chemistry; Inorganic materials; Supramolecular organic chemistry; Synthesis of materials; Functional materials in materials chemistry sciences; Supramolecular Chemistry; Nanomaterials; Biomaterials; Cellulose nanocrystals; Chitin; Materials Chemistry; Inorganic Chemistry|
|MacLean, Karon||Department of Computer Science||Computer and information sciences; Information Systems; design of user interfaces; haptic interfaces; human-computer interaction; human-robot interaction|
|Maddison, Wayne||Department of Zoology, Department of Botany||Arachnology, Biodiversity, Spiders, Phylogenetic Theory and Programming|
|Madison, Kirk||Department of Physics & Astronomy||Condensed matter, atomic, molecular and optical physics|
|Maldonado, Maite||Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences||Phytoplankton Trace Metal Physiology|
|Man, Allison||Department of Physics & Astronomy||Cosmology and extragalactic astronomy; galaxy formation and evolution|
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. Janzen systematically studied the establishment of a replicative niche by Salmonella bacteria within host cells. Her findings set a new paradigm for future Salmonella research and demonstrated the necessity of a wholistic view of Salmonella-host interactions to illuminate the poorly understood Salmonella replicative niche.||Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology and Immunology (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Kostelnik studied new radioactive drugs for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. He found a number of compounds that form highly stable bonds with radioactive metals. These studies assist in the development of optimal radiopharmaceuticals for a wide range of diseases.||Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Zhan studied the impact of genome doubling on the evolution of organisms. He found that genome doubling frequently coincides with the formation of new species but does not necessarily improve the evolutionary success of eukaryotic organisms. His work has helped to understand the role of genome doubling in shaping the biodiversity on Earth.||Doctor of Philosophy in Bioinformatics (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Livingston studied the cell biology of cannabis glandular trichomes, which are tiny structures that produce cannabinoids such as THC and CBD. His work revealed how the trichomes develop, and how the plant cells can produce and store cannabinoids. His work provides a molecular roadmap for cannabis production in a growing Canadian industry.||Doctor of Philosophy in Botany (PhD)|
|2021||Poor data collection protocols can severely bias statistical methods. Dr. Watson developed elementary space-time statistical methodologies for detecting and mitigating sampling bias. He applied his work to tackle issues in the fields of public health and endangered species conservation.||Doctor of Philosophy in Statistics (PhD)|
|2021||Nowadays, there is a growing concern over the potentially catastrophic effects of climate change. Dr. Rodriguez-Arelis' research has used statistical computer experiments to simulate complex natural phenomena and engineering processes. These tools have improved the prediction accuracy of different systemic responses such as hurricane hazards.||Doctor of Philosophy in Statistics (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Montenegro Alonso studied a specific small protein that is secreted by the smut fungus when it infects barley. She revealed its timing of expression, localization in the plant and the role it plays in weakening the plant defenses. These findings can be used to better understand plant-fungal interactions and to develop resistant crop varieties.||Doctor of Philosophy in Botany (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Horianopoulos characterized the roles of heat shock proteins in the disease-causing fungus Cryptococcus neoformans, focusing on the family of co-chaperone proteins containing the J domain. She identified proteins that allow this fungus to grow at human body temperature and adapt to the human host environment in order to establish infection.||Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology and Immunology (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Chun studied deadly paediatric cancers called rhabdoid tumours using sophisticated DNA sequencing and computational tools. She revealed diverse molecular characteristics of these cancers and discovered that a subset of tumours had more immune activities than others, thus revealing the potential use of immunotherapy for rhabdoid tumour patients.||Doctor of Philosophy in Bioinformatics (PhD)|
|2021||Many of the artificial-intelligence-powered products that we use daily rely on a family of methods called "deep learning"'. Dr. Shafaei presented solutions that enable a broader and safer application of these techniques. He also introduced a new application of deep learning for automated portrait editing that produces high-quality images.||Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science (PhD)|