Faculty of Science

The Faculty of Science houses eight departments investigating the wonders of the natural world, from infinitesimal subatomic particles to the infinite universe – and everything in between.

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Featured Graduate Student

  • Chuqiao is an Earth Sciences Doctoral Student in the Faculty of Science researching about the geological history of Vancouver Island to other subduction zones around the world, in order to understand how subduction zones pose unique risks and economic opportunities to the people living near them. (NSERC CGS Doctoral Scholarship )

  • Aspen Anderson, an Earth Sciences Doctoral student in the Faculty of Science, studying an important to everyone resource - water. (The Michael Stevenson Graduate Scholarship)

  • Courtney is a Earth Sciences doctoral student. Her research aims to promote, support, and advance geoscience communication in British Columbia. (Graduate Dean Entrance Scholarship)

  • Anthony is an Earth Sciences Master's student in the Faculty of Science whose research involves using the geologic record to reconstruct earthquake and tsunami events in the past to help inform British Columbians of the seismic hazards, as well as to improve community preparedness. (NSERC CGS Masters Scholarship)

  • Nikola's research interests include machine learning and goodness-of-fit.

  • Alexandra studies the properties of networks for her doctoral research in mathematics.

  • Dr. Churchley's dissertation contributes to a deeper understanding of graph immersions and the problems of structural graph theory.

  • Bamdad is from the Department of Mathematics in the Faculty of Science.

  • Haggai is a mathematics doctoral student focusing on enumerative combinatorics and algebraic geometry. (Graduate Dean Entrance Scholarship)

  • From a small town in Mexico, Amparo is pursuing her PhD in biomedical physiology and kinesiology (BPK).

  • Dr. Talab pursued research in Molecular and Cell Biology in the Faculty of Science.

  • Milad is pursuing the study of neuroplasticity and biomechanical engineering.

  • Farah's research study genetic mutation that affects the functionality of the heart.

  • Danielle Jeong is from the Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology in the Faculty of Science.

  • Dr. Peters' doctoral dissertation unravels the role blood activity plays in eliciting cardiac arrhythmia.

  • Rebekah is a Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology Master's student in the Faculty of Science whose research will explore the interactions between breathing patterns and the reflexive tuning of heart rate and blood pressure. (CIHR CGS Masters Scholarship)

  • Allison is BPK PhD student investigating how to help women perform sport and exercise through the menstrual cycle. (BC Graduate Scholarship)

  • Emmanuel is a Chemistry PhD student researching on fuel cells and how they can be made cheaper and more efficient with environmentally friendly starting materials. (MITACS Research Training Award, Chemistry Graduate fellowship (3), and NSERC Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship)

  • Brooklyn is a master's student who is researching metalloproteins. (NSERC CGS Masters Scholarship)

  • David is a Chemistry PhD graduate. His research looked at liquid crystalline materials and how it can be tailored for an application.

  • Kalvin is a Chemistry master's student researching on the development of precision/targeted cancer therapy. (BC Graduate Scholarship)

  • Dr. Adamski's dissertation focuses on implementation of a hydrogen-powered, clean energy economy through new functional material designs.

  • Devon is a chemistry master's student creating new types of pigments and dyes. (BC Graduate Scholarship)

  • Dr. Thompson of the Department of Chemistry's thesis was on the design of highly birefringent materials.

  • Dr. Meanwell completed his Department of Chemistry PhD from the Faculty of Science. (NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship & Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship)

  • Parsa is a Chemistry master’s student researching the DNA sequence detection of two different Ginseng species. (Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship)

  • Annabelle Kilham is a Chemistry Doctoral student in the Faculty of Science whose research focuses on optimizing nanoparticle catalysts for their use in fuel cell. (Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship & NSERC CGS Masters Scholarship)

  • Xiao Mei Kuang in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry studied TB and HIV in Durban, South Africa.

  • Kevin is a Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Doctoral student in the Faculty of Science whose research is based on determining whether the gut microbiota influenced the severity of transplant rejection, and which bacterial species or components were most important. (Weyerhaeuser MBB Grad Scholarship)

  • Priyanka is working to identify and characterize new candidate proteins by integrating structural bioinformatics, biochemical and reverse proteomic approach.

  • Mahdi is PhD student who is researching the role of AID/APOBEC in cancer, and novel therapies based on exploiting AID/APOBECs to work against cancer. (Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship)

  • Troy is a PhD student undertaking research to improve the lives of people with the neurodegenerative disease, KAND. (BC Graduate Scholarship)

  • Chris is a Molecular Biology and Biochemistry master’s student involved in Nucleic acids-based therapeutic research. (NSERC CGS Masters Scholarship)

  • Kristen is a PhD student focusing on microbial genomics, investigating pathogenic bacterial species from a genomics perspective. (CIHR Doctoral Research Award)

  • Prince is interested in exploring the various functionalities of DNA.

  • Dr. Hall studied the genetic interaction and regulation of essential cellular mechanisms during development for his PhD thesis.

  • Dr. Wong completed his Molecular Biology and Biochemistry PhD from the Faculty of Science.

  • Dane is a Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Doctoral student in the Faculty of Science researching the regulation mechanism of stress-induced protein aggregation that helps animal cells survive harmful conditions. (Weyerhaeuser MBB Grad Scholarship)

  • Jenny is a Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Master's student in the Faculty of Science trying to understand human diseases in both molecular and therapeutic levels through fruit flies. (Weyerhaeuser MBB Grad Scholarship)

  • Alaa is a Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Doctoral student in the Faculty of Science whose research aims to exploit single-molecule biophysics techniques to characterize how collagen type IV balances structural stability with responsiveness to physiologically relevant environmental changes. (NSERC Postgrad Scholarship Doctoral & Weyerhaeuser MBB Grad Scholarship)

  • Breanna is a Molecular Biology Doctoral student in the Faculty of Science whose research focuses on a dominant snow algal species, Sanguina. (NSERC CGS-M)

  • Katja is a Molecular Biology and Biochemistry student in the Faculty of Science studying fruit flies to learn more about how their cells communicate with each other as they grow and become adults in order to have a better understanding of human development and diseases that arise when the cells do not coordinate with each other properly. (CIHR CGS Masters Scholarship)

  • Casey is an MBB PhD student studying the rate of snow melt due to certain factors such as snow algae blooms and climate change.

  • Priyanka is an MBB master’s student researching the evolution of a family of DNA/RNA mutating enzymes. (IASc-INSA-NASI Summer Research Fellowship)

  • Franklin is a Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Doctoral student in the Faculty of Science whose research seeks to study the body mechanisms that control iNOS production and function. (CIHR CGS Masters Scholarship)

  • Chapin Korosec in Physics worked on an artificially designed molecular motor called the Lawnmower in Lund, Sweden.

  • Nicholas is a Physics Master's student trying to achieve all-optical control of qubits in Silicon. (Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship)

  • Dr. Jones' research will study the influence of external interventions on microbiome composition.

  • Matthew is researching atomic nucleus and the forces which both hold it together and allow it to interact with other nuclei. (NSERC Doctoral Awards)

  • Alexander is studying the Large Hadron Collider which produces an incredible amount of data from proton collisions. (Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship)

  • Florian is studying the dynamical properties of systems of many interacting quantum particles theoretically. (Graduate Dean Entrance Scholarship and Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship)

  • Obinna is studying magnetism and superconductivity in quantum materials. (Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship)

  • Dr. Zucca published numerous papers in scholarly journals during his time at the Department of Physics in the Faculty of Science.

  • Matthew is researching biological molecular machines; both why they’ve evolved the way they have, and how we might go about designing better ones in the future. (NSERC CGS Masters Scholarship and BC Graduate Scholarship)

  • Leea is designing a cavity which enhances the photon-qubit interactions. (NSERC CGS Masters Scholarship and Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship)

  • Dr. Large completed his Department of Physics PhD from the Faculty of Science.

  • Avinash is a Physics Doctoral student in the Faculty of Science experimenting on colloidal particles. (Billy Jones Grad Award in Physics)

  • Blake Danis in Biological Sciences studied the impact of agricultural and industrial practices on amphibian life in Indiana.

  • Tanya Prinzing in Biological Sciences studied metabolism in Horned Sharks in the USA.

  • Lena Ware in Biological Sciences studied Black Oystercatchers in Alaska.

  • Tamara Kazmiruk in Biological Sciences studied the impact of plastics and microplastics on aquatic ecosystems in Russia.

  • Jennifer Bigman in Biological Sciences studied metabolism and respiratory morphology in the East Coast of the United States.

  • Jayme Lewthwaite in Biological Sciences studied the effects of climate change on butterfly species in Washington, D.C.

  • Nicolas Salcedo in Biological Sciences studied the immune system of the kissing bug Rhodnius prolixus (R. prolixus) in Brazil.

  • Michael is a Biology Doctoral student in the Faculty of Science studying the change in numbers and diversity of wild salmon in British Columbia over the last century by reading the individual and collective stories bound within the scales of fish extracted from fisheries. (Weston Family Scholarship)

  • Matthew is a Biology Master's student in the Faculty of Science researching on how microgravity (space) affects the nervous system at the cellular level. (BC Graduate Scholarship; Dean's Graduate Fellowship; NSERC)

  • Amelinda is a Biological Master's student in the Faculty of Science doing her research in neural stem cells.

  • Elana aims to make rodent management both more effective and eco-friendly.

  • Brett is investigating the concept of 'programmed' mass loss in European starlings.

  • Sarah's research involves a multi-faceted approach to modeling bumble bee dynamics.

  • Dr. Godwin from the Department of Biological Sciences researched the impacts of parasitic sea live on wild juvenile salmon.

  • Lauren is researching microplastics ingestion by zooplankton in the Arctic.

  • Nasrin is a PhD student researching how to improve the properties of materials to improve the everyday life of people. (Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship)

  • Kennedy is researching flatfish mechanisms that control visual tuning. (NSERC CGS Masters Scholarship)

  • Dr. Greenberg's research focused on the winning and losing evolutionary species in today's rapid, human-driven environmental change.

  • Andreas is a Biology PhD student who is studying how spiders communicate with chemicals. (NSERC CGS Doctoral Scholarship)

  • Asim is a Biological Sciences PhD student researching the behaviors of ants and how they communicate information to each other, especially during group tasks. (NSERC-CGSD)

  • Debora is studying how nutrients move from ocean into land, and how this affect plants and animals. (NSERC CGS Doctoral Scholarship)

  • Kyle is a member of the Anishinaabe-Ojibwe group of Indigenous peoples of Ontario.

  • Kieran is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Biological Sciences researching anthropogenic noise and the ecological effects of noise pollution on fish and invertebrates communities. (Liber Ero Postdoctoral Fellowship)

  • Celeste is a Biological Sciences Master's student in the Faculty of Science exploring how environmental variation influences marine foraging dynamics of Pacific salmon by examining variation in the isotopic signatures found in their scales. (NSERC CGS Masters Scholarship)

  • Winfield is a Statistics master’s student researching genome-wide association studies involving ways to improve the storage and processing of human genetic data. (NSERC CGS Masters Scholarship)

  • Phillip is a Statistics PhD student researching the information given by data sets and algorithms. (NSERC Doctoral Awards)

  • Betty is a Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology master’s student researching the use of functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) to study the human brain. (CIHR CGS Masters Scholarship)

  • Shaianne is a Molecular Biology & Biochemistry master's student in the Faculty of Science studying how a special cell type, Mesenchymal stromal/stem cells (MSCs) are affected by certain environmental stressors including aging, diet and chronic stress, and how these compromised cells function in disease. (Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship)

  • Konstantin Lehmann in Physics studied particle physics in Switzerland.

  • Jakub is a master’s student developing instrumentation for detecting illusive particles to expand our insights about the universe. (Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship)

  • Joshua is a Physics master’s student researching quantum computers. He is involved with studying quantum spins used as qubits in quantum computers. (BC Graduate Scholarship)

  • Em is a master's student in biology and is focused on the role of invertebrates in animal-mediated nutrient cycling. (BC Graduate Scholarship)

  • Kailyn is researching the trigonometric work of Georg Rheticus (1514-1574), and seeks to explain the peculiar flaws his tables contain. (Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship)

  • Kendra is a master's student focusing in implementing methods to analysis of the urban environment, of study areas with a high level of development and densification. (NSERC CGS Masters Scholarship)

  • Anqi is using statistical methods to describe and compare the characteristics of frequent and non-frequent ED users in two Canadian provinces. (Graduate Dean Entrance Scholarship)

  • Erin is a master's student who is researching fainting. (CIHR CGS Masters Scholarship)

  • Pavreet is researching why children with cerebral palsy are less active than other children. (NSERC CGS Masters Scholarship)

  • Joseph is working to understand the behaviors of the really small molecular motors operating inside our cells that are responsible for our body’s continued function. (NSERC CGS Masters Scholarship)

  • Hamza's work is related to experimental high energy physics. (Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship)

  • Ryan is researching the mathematical modelling of skeletal muscle. (Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship)

  • Mariah is a master's student studying whether society can reduce carbon emissions in large vehicles. (SSHRC CGS Masters Scholarship)

  • Brooke is a PhD student researching how to target cancerous cells in an extremely targeted manner. (Graduate Entrance Scholarship and NSERC CGS Masters Scholarship)

  • Ray is researching how atmospheric waves interact with clouds and how clouds interacts with waves. (Graduate Entrance Scholarship)

  • Koushik is exploring the physical properties of the collagen protein in the human body. (Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship)

  • Javier is working on improving the efficiency and accuracy of computational simulations of skeletal muscle mechanics. (Graduate Entrance Scholarship)

  • Matt's research is furthering our understanding of the Boltzmann equation from an analytic perspective. (Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship)

  • Parmissa is a Nuclear Medicinal Inorganic Chemistry Doctoral student in the Faculty of Science researching on the development of new pharmaceuticals (radiopharmaceuticals) for cancer that incorporates a radioactive metal atom. (BC Graduate Scholarship)

  • Hannah is researching numerical methods for partial differential equations on surfaces. (Graduate Entrance Scholarship)

  • Jaime is a Pest Management Master's student in the Faculty of Science whose research focuses on exploring the foraging preferences and chemical communication methods of ants. (H.R. MacCarthy Grad Bursary)

  • Catherine is a BPK Aerospace Physiology Laboratory Doctoral student in the Faculty of Science whose ultimate goal is to assist astronaut crews to withstand the physiological effects of space as they explore deeper into (and beyond) the solar system.

  • Raffaele is a Doctoral student in the Faculty of Science examining how the heart changes based on short and long term physical activity in populations that are healthy and those who are impacted with various chronic diseases. (BC Graduate Scholarship)

  • Maksym is an Applied and Computational Mathematics Master's student in the Faculty of Science whose research is in studying and developing accurate, robust and efficient artificial intelligence, specifically deep neural networks, for image reconstruction. (BC Graduate Scholarship & NSERC CGS Masters Scholarship)

Entrance Awards

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Department of Biological Sciences

Program Credential Tuition Completion Pathway
Biological Sciences MSc Regular Thesis
Biological Sciences PhD Regular Thesis
Environmental Toxicology MET Regular Project
Pest Management MPM Regular Thesis
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Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology

Program Credential Tuition Completion Pathway
Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology MSc Regular Thesis
Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology PhD Regular Thesis
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Department of Chemistry

Program Credential Tuition Completion Pathway
Chemistry MSc Regular Thesis
Chemistry PhD Regular Thesis
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Department of Earth Sciences

Program Credential Tuition Completion Pathway
Earth Sciences MSc Regular Thesis
Earth Sciences PhD Regular Thesis
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Department of Mathematics

Program Credential Tuition Completion Pathway
Applied and Computational Mathematics MSc Regular Project; Thesis
Applied and Computational Mathematics PhD Regular Thesis
Mathematics MSc Regular Thesis; Project
Mathematics PhD Regular Thesis
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Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

Program Credential Tuition Completion Pathway
Molecular Biology and Biochemistry MSc Regular Thesis
Molecular Biology and Biochemistry PhD Regular Thesis
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Department of Physics

Program Credential Tuition Completion Pathway
Physics MSc Regular Thesis
Physics PhD Regular Thesis
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Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science

Program Credential Tuition Completion Pathway
Actuarial Science MSc Regular Project
Statistics MSc Regular Thesis
Statistics PhD Regular Project
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