Core Area – Research Excellence

UBC Engineering celebrates students’ creativity and  ingenuity at Design + Innovation Day

UBC Engineering celebrates students’ creativity and ingenuity at Design + Innovation Day

Since 2017, UBC Engineering has celebrated its students’ creativity — and often ingenuity — at an annual event called Design + Innovation Day. The event showcases a dizzying array of research and technology produced by student teams during the previous academic year. Typically presented in the form of posters, design models and working prototypes, the […]

Nature’s weapon against food-borne pathogens

Nature’s weapon against food-borne pathogens

Some superheroes are too small to be seen by the naked eye. Microscopic bacteria-eating viruses, known as bacteriophages or phages, are coming into favour as a way to combat food-borne pathogens. Known as predator of bacteria, phages are less than half a micron in size, and 5-10 times smaller than bacteria itself. Once applied onto […]

UBC Language Sciences Institute ready to tackle society’s pressing problems

UBC Language Sciences Institute ready to tackle society’s pressing problems

Language is a vital system that affects everything around and within us, from public and personal health, to economic wealth, to cultural vitality. By bringing together language researchers from diverse disciplines, UBC Language Sciences is helping to tackle some of the most important and pressing questions of our time. Co-directors Dr. Janet Werker, Professor of […]

UBC Okanagan engineers find innovative solutions to help urban environments address climate change

UBC Okanagan engineers find innovative solutions to help urban environments address climate change

Climate and population growth are important drivers in how cities and communities evolve around the world — and the challenges arising from these factors will only intensify as urbanization increases and global climates change. Historical climate data from the Government of Canada and the US-based National Centers for Environmental Information reveals that 17 of the […]

UBC-grown biotech companies lead global pandemic efforts

UBC-grown biotech companies lead global pandemic efforts

Millions of Canadians have received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, but many may not realize that a key component of the injection was developed right here at UBC. Acuitas Therapeutics, a UBC spin-off company co-founded by Dr. Pieter Cullis, developed the lipid nanoparticle technology that allows the Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA vaccine to enter human cells. For the […]

A simple and safe additive could cut agrochemical pollution

A simple and safe additive could cut agrochemical pollution

Adding a simple polymer to fertilizers or pesticides (agrochemicals) could dramatically reduce agricultural pollution, suggests a new study by researchers at the University of British Columbia.  When agrochemicals are sprayed onto crops, a large amount typically ends up in the surrounding environment due to droplets splashing, rebounding or rolling off the target plants.  This amount […]

Thirty-five Research Excellence Clusters to receive GCRC support in 2021/22

Thirty-five Research Excellence Clusters to receive GCRC support in 2021/22

A total of 35 emerging and established research excellence clusters led by researchers on the Vancouver campus will be supported in 2021/22, including 24 awards made through the 2021/22 Grants for Catalyzing Research Clusters Competition (GCRC) and eleven clusters entering the second year of their current award. Research Excellence Clusters are interdisciplinary networks of researchers […]

Championing investment in digital research infrastructure innovation

Championing investment in digital research infrastructure innovation

For Muhammad Abdul-Mageed, Assistant Professor, School of Information and Department of Linguistics, Sockeye has been a dream come true. As a member of the original UBC Digital Research and Compute Infrastructure committee, he has championed investment into digital research infrastructure, resulting in a high-performance computing platform with nearly 16,000 CPU cores and 200 GPUs, available […]

Embodied carbon pilot helps building industry address climate change

Embodied carbon pilot helps building industry address climate change

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the built environment are a significant contributor to climate change. As policies to reduce operational energy consumption and related GHG emissions from buildings start to take effect, the embodied emissions associated with building material choices are becoming proportionally more significant. But in order to reduce embodied carbon in future buildings, […]

Speeding up COVID-19 testing with artificial intelligence

Speeding up COVID-19 testing with artificial intelligence

A University of British Columbia-led study has identified a computer technique that health facilities can use to screen, diagnose and monitor COVID-19 pneumonia more efficiently.  The researchers found that a pre-trained neural network called DarkNet-19 can rapidly and reliably detect COVID-19 on chest X-rays. The network recognized the disease’s imaging patterns on nearly 6,000 chest X-rays with […]