Doctor of Philosophy in Zoology (PhD)
Species Hybridization as a Mode of Rapid Evolution in Response to Environmental Change
A diverse range of highly ranked programs
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.
Committed to outstanding graduate training
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.
World-class research infrastructure
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 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|
|Eberhardt, Erik||Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences||landslides, rockslides, tunnelling, mining, rock mechanics, geotechnical engineering, Rock Mechanics & Rock Engineering|
|Edelstein-Keshet, Leah||Department of Mathematics||Mathematics, Modelization and Simulation, Cell Signaling, Cell Signaling and Cancer, Differential Equation, cell polarity, cell migration, developmental and cellular biology, swarming and aggregation, Rho GTPases|
|Eltis, Lindsay||Department of Microbiology & Immunology||Microbiology, Enzymes and Proteins, Metabolism (Living Organisms), Bacterial catabolism of steroids and lignin, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, biocatalyst development|
|Evans, William||Department of Computer Science||Algorithms, Theoretical Computer Science, Computer Sciences and Mathematical Tools, computational geometry, graph drawing, program compression|
|Fast, Naomi||Department of Botany||Genomics, single-celled organisms|
|Feeley, Michael||Department of Computer Science||Distributed systems, operating systems, workstation and pc clusters|
|Feldman, Joel||Department of Mathematics||Mathematical Analysis, Constructive Quantum Field Theory|
|Fernandez, Rachel||Department of Microbiology & Immunology||Bordetella pertusis, whooping cough, lipopolysaccharide|
|Finlay, B Brett||Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Department of Microbiology & Immunology||Infectious agents, bacteria, microbial infections and how humans react to it|
|Folk, Joshua||Department of Physics & Astronomy||Quantum devices, Majorana fermions, Strongly correlated electronics, Topological phenomena, Fractional quantum Hall effect, Vanderwaals heterostructures|
|Francois, Roger||Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences||Marine Geochemistry, Climate Change|
|Franz, Marcel||Department of Physics & Astronomy||Condensed matter theory|
|Fraser, Ailana||Department of Mathematics||Differential Geometry, Geometric Analysis|
|Friedlander, Michael||Department of Computer Science, Department of Mathematics||numerical optimization, numerical linear algebra, scientific computing, Scientific computing|
|Friedman, Joel||Department of Computer Science||Computer Science Theory, Algebraic Graph Theory, Combinatorics|
|Froese, Richard Gerd||Department of Mathematics||Mathematics, Mathematical physics, quantum mechanics, spectral theory, scattering theory|
|Fryzuk, Michael||Department of Chemistry||energy; fuel cells; hydrogeny economy; nitrogen fixation, Metal, energy|
|Fu, Hu||Department of Computer Science|
|Garcia, Ronald||Department of Computer Science||programming language semantics, design, and implementation, including language support for library-centric and modular software development, generic and generative programming, and domain specific languages and libraries.|
|Gates, Derek||Department of Chemistry||Inorganic chemistry, materials science, polymer chemistry, catalysis|
|Gay, Colin||Department of Physics & Astronomy||Experimental subatomic physics, Beyond Standard Model physics, Extra dimensions|
|Gaynor, Erin||Department of Microbiology & Immunology||Molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis, foodborne human pathogen, Campylobacter jejuni|
|Germain, Rachel||Department of Zoology|
|Ghioca, Dragos||Department of Mathematics||Drinfeld modules, isotrivial semiabelian varieties, Lehmer inequality|
|Ghoussoub, Nassif||Department of Mathematics||Mathematical sciences, R&Ed policies, developing science in Africa, Non-linear analysis and partial differential equations|
|2019||Dr. Ben Bouchta developed a method of measuring how much radiation healthy tissues receive during radiotherapy. He subsequently applied this method to compare different radiotherapy techniques and found that it is possible to reduce the risk of radiation-induced thyroid cancer by up to 10% in patients who receive whole-lung irradiation.||Doctor of Philosophy in Physics (PhD)|
|2019||Dr. Chang studied vine copulas, a hierarchical graphic tool used in statistics and probability distributions. He found that vine copulas relax the restrictive assumptions in classical multivariate Gaussian elliptical dependence. This work can be applied to machine learning and used in real-world data sets such as stock indices and weather.||Doctor of Philosophy in Statistics (PhD)|
|2019||Dr. Leigh considered two enumerative problems in geometry that are motivated by mathematical physics. In the first he developed a new theory for counting a special type of object. In the second he provided an explicit computation involving a string-theoretic space called the "banana threefold".||Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics (PhD)|
|2019||Dr. Michiels developed an integrated approach using biogeochemical in situ measurements, molecular tools, and flux-balance models to create new knowledge about the microbial processes recycling nitrogen under low oxygen conditions in the ancient and modern oceans.||Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology and Immunology (PhD)|
|2019||Dr. Zhao developed a practical and accurate dosimetry method to achieve optimized cancer therapy with radionuclides. His research demonstrated the feasibility of personalizing cancer treatment in routine clinics. His work contributes significantly to the safe and effective usage of radionuclides in cancer therapy.||Doctor of Philosophy in Physics (PhD)|
|2019||Dr. Patton analyzed the concentration of rare earth elements in marine sediment and constructed a numerical model of those elements in pore water.This research explores how these elements are cycled between sediment and pore water and questions the validity of previous interpretations of these elements as a water mass tracer preserved through time.||Doctor of Philosophy in Oceanography (PhD)|
|2019||Dr. Kovalchik developed computational tools for the analysis of high-resolution mass spectrometry data relating to oil sands process-affected water and cancer biology.||Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)|
|2019||Dr. Campbell examined how publication policy impacts the reliability of scientific research from a statistical perspective. He proposed novel policy prescriptions and modelled how adopting these could transform the incentives driving research. This work aims to address the reproducibility crisis and issues of publication bias.||Doctor of Philosophy in Statistics (PhD)|
|2019||Dr. Kar studied how and why millions of rural poor in Asia and Africa continue to use polluting cooking fuels like firewood even after adopting clean fuels like gas. He mapped the fuel transition process and its underlying behavioural determinants. He recommends that policymakers focus on behaviour change interventions for clean fuel adopters.||Doctor of Philosophy in Resources, Environment and Sustainability (PhD)|
|2019||A controlled CD4+ T cell response is essential for protective immunity against influenza. Dr. Fonseca showed that CD4+ T cells are modulated by the infection-induced cytokine IL-27 and dynamic histone modifications during infection. Her work provides insight into the mechanisms that balance effective immunity and immunopathology during disease.||Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology and Immunology (PhD)|