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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 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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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|
|Samuels, Anne Lacey||Department of Botany||plant cell biology; plant cell walls|
|Satterfield, Theresa||Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability||Sustainable development, environmental health, First Nation & land management, social and cultural consequences of contamination|
|Saylor, Joel Edward||Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences||Paleoaltimetry; Paleoclimatology; Tectonic Basin analysis; Quantitative sediment provenance analysis; Rivers; Tectonics; Sedimentary Basins; Structural Geology; Field Geology; Sedimentology; Stratigraphy; Sequence Stratigraphy; Sediments; Geology|
|Schafer, Laurel||Department of Chemistry||catalysis, chemical synthesis, heterocycles, titanium, zirconium, yttrium, tantalum, hydroamination, hydroaminoalkyltion, biodegraable polymers, sustainable synthesis, Green Chemistry, Organometallic and organic chemistry|
|Schiebinger, Geoffrey||Department of Mathematics||Applied & Theoretical Statistics; data science; Machine Learning; Theory of Statistics; Measurement technologies; Single-cell RNA sequencing; Genetics; Genome Sciences; Computational Genomics; Models Inference and Algorithms|
|Schleich, Kristin||Department of Physics & Astronomy||Theoretical physics, general relativity|
|Schluter, Dolph||Department of Zoology||Evolution of ecological diversity in groups of organisms that are multiplying rapidly|
|Schmidt, Mark||Department of Computer Science||Machine learning; Numerical Optimizaiton; Probabilistic Graphical Models; Causality|
|Schoof, Christian||Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences||Ice and Snow; Transformation and Evolution of the Earth Surface; Fluid Mechanics; Hydraulic; Asymptotic and Classical Applied Analysis; Differential Equation; Glaciology; ice sheet dynamics; glacier hydrology; applied mathematics|
|Schotzau, Dominik||Department of Mathematics||Numerical methods for partial defferential equations, finite element methods, discontinuous Galerkin methods, scientific computing|
|Schulte, Patricia||Department of Zoology||Molecular biology, biochemistry, physiology, genomics, population genetics, and evolutionary biology to address the question, what are the physiological adaptations that allow animals to live in particular environments?|
|Scoates, James Stewart||Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences||Origin and evolution of silicate magmas and mineralization potential; Applications of geochemistry and isotopic geochemistry to problems in petrology and mineral deposit geology; Physical volcanology and geochemical evolution of Large Igneous Provinces; Origin of igneous layering and the development of layered igneous intrusions; Petrologic, geochemical, isotopic, and geochronological aspects of Proterozoic anorthosite plutonic suites; Origin of magmatic Fe-Ti oxide, Cr, Ni, and PGE deposits|
|Scott, Douglas||Department of Physics & Astronomy||Science and Knowledge; Cosmology|
|Seltzer, Margo||Department of Computer Science||Computer Systems; Data Quality; Storage; Machine Learning & Systems; Systems for capturing and accessing data provenance; File Systems; databases; Transaction processing systems; Storage and analysis of graph-structured data; New architectures for parallelizing execution; Systems that apply technology to problems in healthcare.; Artificial Intelligence; Decision-making & Action; Software Practices; Networks, Systems and Security|
|Semenoff, Gordon Walter||Department of Physics & Astronomy||Theoretical and mathematical physics, the physics of elementary particles, condensed matter physics; String theory, quantum field theory, statistical mechanics; Moedal experiment, Large Hadron Collider, CERN|
|Shadwick, Robert Edward||Department of Zoology||Comparative Physiology Fish and whale swimming, Whale feeding and diving, Whale arteries and lungs|
|Sheffer, Alla||Department of Computer Science||Computer graphics, shape modeling and geometry processing|
|Shepherd, Frederick||Department of Computer Science||algorithms, optimization, convex geometry, and graph theory|
|Sherman, John||Department of Chemistry||Molecular structure of protein|
|Sigal, Leonid||Department of Computer Science||Artificial Intelligence; Computer Science and Statistics; Parametric and Non-Parametric Inference; Computer Vision; Machine Learning; Visual Recognition and Understanding; Vision + Natural Language Processing; Semantic Recognition|
|Sigurdson, Kris||Department of Physics & Astronomy||The Universe, Cosmology, Dark Matter, Dark Energy, Particle Physics, Astrophysics, Cosmic Microwave Background, Cosmic 21-cm Fluctuations, Radio Astronomy, CHIME|
|Silberman, Lior||Department of Mathematics||Mathematics; Metric geometry; Number theory; Automorphic forms; Analysis on manifolds; Topology; Homogenous dynamics; Representation Theory; Group Theory|
|Slade, Gordon||Department of Mathematics||Renormalisation, Lace explansion, self-avoiding walk, scaling limits|
|Smit, Matthijs||Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences||1) timing and duration of|
|Snutch, Terrance Preston||Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Psychiatry, Department of Zoology||Molecular and genetic analysis of the nervous system|
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. Sim studied biogeochemical cycling of trace metals in the world oceans. She evaluated the relative importance of input and removal mechanisms of trace metals in the Pacific and Arctic Oceans. Her research expands our knowledge about the cycling of trace metals and the role of particles in determining the distribution of dissolved metals in the ocean.||Doctor of Philosophy in Oceanography (PhD)|
|2019||Dr. Liu studied plant immunity using the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana. Her studies provide new insights on how plants sense pathogens and regulate defense responses, which help us better understand the complicated plant immune system||Doctor of Philosophy in Botany (PhD)|
|2019||Dr. Javadi studied the waste rock piles that mining companies pile up following excavation. She developed numerical models to investigate and understand flow rates, and the chemistry of the water that discharges from stockpiled waste. These models can help industry make more informed decisions to manage the potential effects of contaminated water.||Doctor of Philosophy in Geological Engineering (PhD)|
|2019||Dr. Lee examined and developed human-computer interactive approaches, where clinical experts and computers collaboratively analyze genomic data for rare genetic disease diagnoses. This research will contribute to future genome analysis methods that empower experts to expedite critical diagnoses.||Doctor of Philosophy in Genome Science and Technology (PhD)|
|2019||Dr. Berseth developed new methods for controlling the movement of simulated characters and robots. Using machine learning methods, he developed control structures that allow for more efficient learning as well as the integration of multiple motion skills.||Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science (PhD)|
|2019||Dr. Carta studied macrocycles, defined as molecules with a cyclic structure. She developed new metal-containing macrocycles and investigated their change in properties when large molecules are hosted in their cavity. This new approach could make certain polymerization reactions accessible to a wider number of macrocycles.||Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)|
|2019||Dr. Zhao worked on improving probabilistic models for Continuous Time Markov Chains and developing Bayesian models and associated Monte Carlo methods for inference. Her modelling framework has been applied to build novel protein evolution models, where the model complexity can be controlled and good estimation is achieved.||Doctor of Philosophy in Statistics (PhD)|
|2019||Dr. Huang studied how plant immunity is regulated in a small plant called Arabidopsis. He found out that plants use two sets of proteins to oppositely control the synthesis of salicylic acid, a hormone vital for plant immunity. Such knowledge will assist the development of eco-friendly strategies to protect agriculture from plant diseases.||Doctor of Philosophy in Botany (PhD)|
|2019||Can artificial intelligence learn quantum physics? Dr. Vargas Hernandez's research shows that big data tools can reduce the computational resources needed to predict the properties of quantum systems and also help us discover new phases of matter.||Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)|
|2019||Dr. McAfee studied how honey bees fight off diseases and parasites by selectively removing sick brood from their colonies. She discovered odorants that interact with receptors in the antennae to stimulate this behaviour. Her results improve our understanding of bee behaviour and validate existing methods of selectively breeding disease-resistant stock.||Doctor of Philosophy in Genome Science and Technology (PhD)|