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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 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|
|O'Connor, Mary||Department of Zoology||climate change, ocean, seafood, seagrass, eelgrass, invertebrate, ecology, environment,|
|Oberg, Gunilla||Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability||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|
|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, Christopher E||Department of Chemistry||Chemical Synthesis and Catalysis; Imaging; Inorganic and Organometallic Compounds; Nuclear medicine; Chemical Processes; Chemotherapy; medicinal inorganic chemistry; coordination chemistry; radiopharmaceutical chemistry; bioinorganic chemistry; ligand design and synthesis|
|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||Elementary Particles; particle physics; neutrinos; dark matter; 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|
|Patey, Grenfell||Department of Chemistry||Liquid dynamics, chemical physics|
|Pauly, Daniel||Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, Department of Zoology||World fisheries; Marine life; Global catch; Management of fisheries; Fish growth and ecophysiology|
|Pawlowicz, Richard||Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences||Oceans and Inland Waters; ocean physics; properties of seawater; geophysical fluid dynamics; Nonlinear waves|
|Peacock, Simon||Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences||understanding the thermal, petrologic, and seismological structure of subduction zones|
|Peirce, Anthony||Department of Mathematics||Scientific computing, nonlinear dynamics and applied partial differential equations|
|Pennell, Matthew||Department of Zoology||evolution; Bioinformatics; Computational Biology; Biodiversity Theory and Informatics; Evolutionary change across different time scales; Ecological and evolutionary processes operating in "deep time"; Ecological models for adaptive radiation; Long-term dynamics of evolutionary change; Phylogenetics; Macroevolution; evolutionary genetics|
|Perrin, David||Department of Chemistry||Bioorganic Chemistry, Combinatorial Chemistry Enzyme Mimics Antisense Therapies, Radiopharmaceuticals|
|Picard, Sebastien||Department of Mathematics||Differential geometry|
|Piret, James||Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering||Biomedical engineering, regenerative medicine Cell-based therapies have the potential to provide improved treatments for major diseases such as cancer and diabetes|
|Pitcher, Tony||Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, Department of Zoology||Evaluation of the impacts of fishing on marine ecosystems with special emphasis on restoration ecology, development of a predictive understanding of how fish shoaling behavior impacts fisheries|
|Plan, Yaniv||Department of Mathematics||applied probability, high-dimensional inference, random matrix theory, compressive sensing, and matrix completion.|
This is an incomplete sample of recent publications in chronological order by UBC faculty members with a primary appointment in the Faculty of Science.
|2019||Dr. Zhang developed new and efficient synthetic technologies using radical reactions for the production of pharmaceutically relevant molecules, which have either fluorine atoms or nitrogen rings. These technologies are able to address some of the long standing challenges that are present in chemical synthesis for drug discovery.||Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)|
|2019||Dr. Held studied the interaction process between two fundamental particles, the Higgs boson and the top quark. He contributed to the observation of this rare process by analyzing proton-proton collisions recorded by the ATLAS detector. The measurement experimentally confirms an important prediction by the Standard Model of particle physics.||Doctor of Philosophy in Physics (PhD)|
|2019||Dr. Leung used applied voltages to deposit chemically modified DNA molecules onto gold surfaces. Using electrochemical fluorescence microscopy, she investigated the effect of the gold surface morphology and other conditions on this process. Her research could be used to optimize DNA biosensors that are to be used as medical diagnostic devices.||Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)|
|2019||Dr. Peters developed mathematical tools and software to merge measurements and prior knowledge to improve the quality of imaging methods. His work focussed on imaging applications in the earth sciences.||Doctor of Philosophy in Geophysics (PhD)|
|2019||Dr. Nigge studied the design of novel quantum phenomena. He used the two-dimensional, atomically thin material of graphene as a platform. His research paves the way towards the on demand engineering of quantum materials.||Doctor of Philosophy in Physics (PhD)|
|2019||Dr. Kwon examined the existence and ill-posedness for partial differential equations describing the motion of fluid when the given data is rough. The construction of the various type of flows with desired properties gives a deeper understanding of the behavior of fluid flows.||Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics (PhD)|
|2019||Dr. Chiykowski worked to improve the stability of next generation solar cells by designing new materials that withstand the stresses of use. She designed novel materials that do not: dissolve in water, or change shape in heat; and that conduct charge efficiently without the use of additives leading to more robust components.||Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)|
|2019||Dr. Abdelmagid conducted his research in the field of chemistry, and his doctoral studies focused on the isoprenoid biosynthetic pathway enzymes. He developed an inhibition strategy for enzymes that are considered potential drug targets for cancer therapy. His novel work may lead to the development of a new class of anti-cancer drugs.||Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)|
|2019||Dr. Sachdeva designed techniques for biomechanical simulation of the human hand. He modelled the dynamics of tendons wrapped on bones. He developed anatomical simulation software capable of modelling human hand function driven by muscles. Such a model may be used to explain the role of different muscles and ligaments in coordinating movement.||Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science (PhD)|
|2019||Dr. Guzman studied how food webs change when species have different body sizes or when they move different distances. These studies help us understand how food webs can persist through time. She also complemented her scientific research with a study aimed at improving undergraduate science student learning.||Doctor of Philosophy in Zoology (PhD)|