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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|
|Van de Panne, Michiel||Department of Computer Science||Computer Science and Statistics; Computer Sciences and Mathematical Tools; Robotics and Automation; simulation of human movement; computer animation; Robotics; deep reinforcement learning; motor control; computer graphics|
|Van Raamsdonk, Mark||Department of Physics & Astronomy||elementary particle theory, high energy theory. , String theory, quantum field theory, quantum gravity|
|Van Waerbeke, Ludovic||Department of Physics & Astronomy||astrophysics, cosmology, dark energy, universe, gravitational lensing, galaxy, galaxies, Cosmology, dark matter, galaxy formation, structure formation|
|Van Willigenburg, Stephanie||Department of Mathematics||Combinatorics and discrete mathematics; algebraic combinatorics; Coxeter group; quasisymmetric function; Schur functions and generalizations; chromatic symmetric function|
|Vatsal, Vinayak||Department of Mathematics||Canonical periods, congruence formula, elliptic curve, Iwasawa invariants, Heegner points, L-functions|
|Vincent, Amanda||Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries||Marine Environment; Fishery Resources; Sustainable Development; Protected Areas; Biodiversity and Biocomplexity; Ecology and Quality of the Environment; ocean conservation; threatened marine species, especially seahorses and their relatives; marine protected areas; Small-scale fisheries; nonselective fisheries, especially trawling; wildlife trade; community-based conservation; citizen science; multilateral environmental agreements|
|Wachs, Anthony||Department of Mathematics, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering||Fluidization and fluid mechanics; Process control and simulation in chemical engineering; Numerical computation; Fluid mechanics; Particle-laden flows; Non Newtonian flows; Heat and mass transfer; Numerical simulation; High performance computing; Multi-scale modelling|
|Wagner, Alan||Department of Computer Science||Parallel computation, interconnection networks, parallel programming environments|
|Waltham, Christopher||Department of Physics & Astronomy||Musical Acoustics|
|Wang, Yan||Department of Chemistry||Quantum chemistry, Chemical physics|
|Ward, Michael Jeffrey||Department of Mathematics||Applied analysis, singular perturbations, reaction-diffusion theory, mathematical modeling and scientific compution, nonlinear dynamics and applied partial differential equations|
|Wasteneys, Geoff||Department of Botany||Cell Signaling; Hormones and Growth Factors; Molecular Genetics; Plant Growth and Development; Microtubule Dynamics and Organization; Trafficking of Membrane Receptors and Transporters; Cellulose Biosynthesis; Plant Cell Walls in Cell Shape and Tissue Function; Plant Responses to Abiotic Stress|
|Waterman, Stephanie||Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences||Ocean dynamics, Scale interactions, Oceanic processes, Arctic oceanography, Southern ocean dynamics, Western boundary current jets, Geophysical fluid dynamics, jets, eddies & scale interactions|
|Watson, Liam||Department of Mathematics||Topology; Low-dimensional topology; Khovanov homology; Heegaard Floer homology|
|Wei, Juncheng||Department of Mathematics||Mathematics; Nonlinear partial differential equations; applied and geometric analysis; reaction-diffusion systems; singular perturbations and concentration phenomena; Mathematical biology; singularity formations in fluids|
|Weis, Dominique||Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences||Earth Structure and Composition; Geodynamics; Chemical Pollutants; Earth Sciences; Geochemistry; Oceanic islands and mantle plumes; Environmental geochemistry; High-precision/sensitivity geochemical analyses; Indigenous studies|
|Welch, William||Department of Statistics||, Design of experiments, experiments with computer models, data mining, drug discovery, quality improvement|
|Wetton, Brian||Department of Mathematics||Scientific computing, fluid mechanics|
|Whitehead, Lorne||Department of Physics & Astronomy||Applied physics, especially novel geometrical approaches; Applied optics; Illuminating engineering and display technology|
|Whitlock, Michael||Department of Zoology||Evolutionary Genetics; Population Genetics|
|Whitton, Jeannette||Department of Botany||Evolution and Phylogenesis; Plant Reproduction; Vulnerable and Threatened Species; Plant evolutionary ecology; Evolution of asexuality; Evolution of polyploids; Speciation/ diversification; Species at risk; Conservation policy|
|Williams, Thomas||Department of Mathematics||Topology; Algebra; Algebraic topology; Motivic homotopy theory; A1 homotopy theory|
|Withers, Stephen||Department of Chemistry||Enzymes and Proteins; Blood Substitutes; Organic Molecules and Biomolecules; Biological and Biochemical Mechanisms; Diabetes; Drug development; enzyme inhibition; carbohydrates; glycobiology; metagenomics; directed evolution|
|Wolf, Michael||Department of Chemistry||materials chemistry; polymer light-emitting devices; chemical sensors; conductive polymers, Electronic or photonic polymers|
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||Myelin is a material in the brain which is damaged by certain diseases. Dr. Manning researched techniques to better detect myelin with an MRI scan.||Doctor of Philosophy in Physics (PhD)|
|2019||Dr. Ivo Odon completed his research in the field of Atmospheric Sciences. He investigated the behaviour of extreme weather events across BC, and the impacts of climate change on such events. The results of his dissertation are being used by BC Hydro so they can better prepare for peaks in electricity demand and power outages.||Doctor of Philosophy in Atmospheric Science (PhD)|
|2019||Dr. Sharma pioneered a method to examine the landscape of protein targets that can be recognized by a specialized class of immune cells called T cells. This method enables us to explore how the immune system successfully protects the body from possible threats and use this knowledge to develop new immune-based therapies for a wide array of diseases.||Doctor of Philosophy in Genome Science and Technology (PhD)|
|2019||Dr. Si investigated the particles that catalyze ice formation in the atmosphere. These particles influence clouds, precipitation, and climate. She quantified the concentrations, properties, and identified sources of these ice-nucleating particles at remote Canadian environments. Her findings can help improve the accuracy of climate models.||Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)|
|2019||Dr. Nanavati examined how modern high-performance servers can safely be shared across multiple applications. He then developed systems that enabled high resource efficiency on these shared servers, while isolating applications and providing them with virtual hardware abstractions, all with performance comparable to dedicated hardware.||Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science (PhD)|
|2019||Dr. Maki studied the motion of expanding strongly interacting atomic gases. His research showed that the symmetry associated with fractals, a type of geometric figure, enables predictions about the rate of expansion for these gases. This research improves our understanding of atomic gases, which are a prime candidate for novel quantum technologies.||Doctor of Philosophy in Physics (PhD)|
|2019||Dr. Kuatsjah's work describes the characterization of three different enzymes that microorganisms use to degrade lignin. This work provides insights into how microorganisms contribute to the global carbon cycle and how Nature uses metals in enzymes. It also facilitates the development of tools to transform plant biomass into commodity chemicals.||Doctor of Philosophy in Genome Science and Technology (PhD)|
|2019||Dr. Carlquist developed a method to map experimental measurements onto mathematical models that describe how a system changes in time and space. Applying his method, he unravelled the mechanism underlying dynamic pattern formation in the E. coli Min system, one of the simplest biological systems known to demonstrate diverse complex dynamic behaviour.||Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics (PhD)|
|2019||Dr. Mustoe specialised in understanding weak chemical bonds. To resolve an argument in her field, she developed a new method to study halogen bonds. She used this method to identify when these bonds can play an important role, such as helping generate electricity in solar cells.||Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)|
|2019||Dr. Sous studied bipolarons, a type of paired electron, and localization. His results show that bipolarons can be very light, opening the possibility to a new mechanism for high-temperature superconductivity. His work also explains the non-equilibrium behaviour of quenched molecular gases in terms of the quantum phenomenon of localization.||Doctor of Philosophy in Physics (PhD)|