Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics (PhD)
Partial Differential Equations
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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.
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.
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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|
|Murphy, Michael||Department of Microbiology & Immunology||Bioinformatics; Immunology; Microbiology; Alternatives to antibiotics; Bacterial pathogenesis; Biological and Biochemical Mechanisms; Functional and Structural Proteomics; Microbial metal metabolism|
|Murphy, Gail||Department of Computer Science||Computer and information sciences; Software Development; knowledge worker productivity; software design; software engineering; software evolution|
|Murugan, Mathav||Department of Mathematics||Mathematics and statistics; boundary theory; Metric geometry; potential theory; probability theory and analysis; quasiconformal mappings; relationship between behavior of Markov processes and the geometry of the underlying state space; Sandpile models|
|Nagata, K Wayne||Department of Mathematics||Nonlinear dynamics and applied partial differential equations|
|Ng, Raymond Tak-yan||Department of Computer Science||Data mining and analysis, health informatics, text summarization, text mining|
|Nichols, Eva||Department of Chemistry||Inorganic catalysis and reaction mechanisms; carbon dioxide reduction; electrocatalysis; bioinspired catalyst designs; molecularly-modified materials; molecular mechanisms; self-assembled monolayers; operando spectroscopy|
|Nolde, Natalia||Department of Statistics||Statistics; Statistics and Probabilities; Applications in finance, insurance, geosciences; Multivariate extreme value theory; Risk assessment|
|O'Connor, Mary||Department of Zoology||climate change, ocean, seafood, seagrass, eelgrass, invertebrate, ecology, environment,|
|Oberg, Gunilla||Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability||Natural environment sciences; Science and Knowledge; Chemical Pollutants; Risk management; Social and Cultural Factors of Environmental Protection; environmental health; Sustainable Development; Environment and Society; Language, Knowledge, Significance and Thought Building; Urban and Rural Planning Policies; Learning and Development Approaches|
|Ollivier, Rachel||Department of Mathematics||Langlands Programme, a central theme in pure mathematics which predicts deep connections between number theory and representation theory;|
|Orians, Kristin||Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, Department of Chemistry||Chemical Oceanography, Trace metals in seawater|
|Orsi, Anais||Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences||Atmospheric measurement techniques; Physics of snow and ice; Cryosphere processes, n.e.c.; Isotope geochemistry; Geochronology; Environmental geochemistry; Quantitative methods for environmental sciences; Earth system sciences; Climate change impacts and adaptation; climate change; Polar climate; Data analysis, inverse modeling; Paleoclimate|
|Ortner, Christoph||Department of Mathematics||Numerical analysis; Mathematical modelling and simulation; Partial and ordinary differential equations; Computational chemistry; Condensed matter modelling and density functional theory; Numerical modelling and mechanical characterisation; Numerical Analysis & Scientific Computing; Applied Analysis; Multi-scale Modelling and Coarse-graining; Molecular Simulation; Scientific Machine-learning, in particular for applications in multi-scale modelling|
|Orvig, Chris||Department of Chemistry||Chemical sciences; Chemical Synthesis and Catalysis; Imaging; Inorganic and Organometallic Compounds; Nuclear medicine; Chemical Processes; Chemotherapy; bioinorganic chemistry; coordination chemistry; ligand design and synthesis; medicinal inorganic chemistry; radiopharmaceutical chemistry|
|Osborne, Lisa||Department of Microbiology & Immunology||influence that the bacteria that live on and in our intestines, lungs and skin have on human health; understanding how the host recognizes the diverse species that reside in the gut - from microscopic viruses to large, multicellular helminthic worms - and tailors an immune response of the appropriate scope and magnitude necessary to achieve homeostasis|
|Oser, Scott||Department of Physics & Astronomy||Physical sciences; dark matter; Elementary Particles; neutrinos; particle physics; statistical methods for physics|
|Otto, Sarah||Department of Zoology||evolution, mathematical modeling, population genetics, genomic evolution, evolution of sex, yeast experimental evolution, Population genetics and evolutionary biology, yeast|
|Pai, Dinesh||Department of Computer Science||Robotics, computer graphics, medical imaging, neuroscience, sensorimotor computation|
|Pakhomov, Yevhenii||Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries||Feeding ecophysiology of aquatic invertebrates and fishes, Antarctic ecology, Antarctic krill biology, Tunicate biology, Fishery ecology, Stable isotope ecology|
|Pante, Nelly||Department of Zoology||Molecular trafficking pathways within the cell|
|Parfrey, Laura||Department of Botany, Department of Zoology||Microbial ecology, microbial diversity, microbiome, protists|
|Park, Mi Jung||Department of Computer Science||Privacy-preserving machine learning algorithms, Compressing neural network models using Bayesian methods, Relationships between differential privacy and other emerging notions in machine learning|
|Pasquier, Thomas||Department of Computer Science||Development of more transparent computer systems, Whole-system provenance, Computational experiments reproducibility, Intrusion detection, privacy and compliance|
|Patey, Grenfell||Department of Chemistry||Liquid dynamics, chemical physics|
This is an incomplete sample of recent publications in chronological order by UBC faculty members with a primary appointment in the Faculty of Science.
|2020||Dr. Malig developed an automated device to monitor chemical transformations as they progress. He used this platform to perform kinetic studies of chemical reactions leading to increased mechanistic understanding and process efficiency. His research will allow chemical researchers to maximize chemical understanding while minimizing analyst workload.||Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)|
|2020||Dr. Cashion examined the economic and environmental trade-offs of capture fisheries. His work evaluated how current fishing methods negatively affect threatened species and their contribution to wasteful practices such as discarding fish at sea. This research can inform conservation efforts by improving the spatial management of fisheries.||Doctor of Philosophy in Oceans and Fisheries (PhD)|
|2020||Dr. Bowles investigated an axiomatic framework for problems concerning optimal ways to transport a distribution into another. In his work, he focused on an associated class of non-linear operators and developed their invariant properties. This research contributes to our understanding of common structures that persists across such problems.||Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics (PhD)|
|2020||Dr. Cheng introduced nonaqueous solvents into capillary electrophoresis (CE), which separates species based on charge and size. He modified the connection of CE to modern mass spectrometry and optimized its analysis of hydrophobic compounds. His work complements the state-of-art CE by achieving its analysis of hydrophobic analytes.||Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)|
|2020||Dr. Vitale studied how everyday technology users curate their personal data, such as photos, documents, or mobile apps, by deciding what to keep or discard. His work characterizes the strong individual differences that users display in their decisions and provides implications for designing personalized tools that can meet different user needs.||Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science (PhD)|
|2020||Dr. Qiu used computer simulations to explain the motion of drops made from a magnetic liquid, and developed a general computational method to study liquid crystals with a free surface. His research helps understand the physics of complex fluids under surface tension, and design new materials for many possible applications, such as medical care.||Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics (PhD)|
|2020||Dr. Martinez-Dibene laid the foundations for the uniform spanning forest model with uniform drift in one coordinate. He studied basic statistics such as the number of visits to a point as well as the geometry of the resulting forest. This helps understanding better the models of random forests in graphs which have applications in the design of networks.||Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics (PhD)|
|2020||Dr. Zhang identified two protein kinases that are critical for plant defense against pathogens. She found that these two kinases are involved in a conserved signalling transduction process in plant immunity. This research contributes to our understanding of plant immunity and will potentially help with sustainable agriculture.||Doctor of Philosophy in Botany (PhD)|
|2020||Dr. Bauer explored the influence of gut microbes on early-life malnutrition. This work revealed key gut microbiota-brain interactions linked to cognitive function and glial biology. In addition, Dr. Bauer assessed how dietary intervention impacts the malnourished microbiome and improves fatty liver pathology.||Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology and Immunology (PhD)|
|2020||By analysing the gravitational response to quantum matter, Dr. Arderucio Costa has shown that a hybrid classical and quantum-mechanical formulation of general relativity is sufficient for accounting for the laws of black hole thermodynamics. This work unifies the understanding of the thermodynamics of black holes and ordinary systems||Doctor of Philosophy in Physics (PhD)|