Science One Team

Science One brings together award-winning instructors from across the disciplines, providing a challenging, collegial and interdisciplinary experience for students and team members alike.

Science One Administration

Chris Addison

Program Director
(604) 827-4735

James Charbonneau

Assistant Director
Physics and Astronomy
(604) 827-2378

Lucia Balabuk

Program Administrator

Andrea Terpstra

Teaching Post-Doctoral Fellow
Science One/Coordinated Science


James Berger

Pamela Kalas

Whether I am teaching a large first year lecture, a specialized upper-level seminar-style course, in a classroom or in a laboratory, my ultimate goals are to stimulate curiosity and critical thinking, and to help students become independent learners. As a scientist, I aim at adopting teaching practices that have been validated through rigorous evidence-based research.


Chris Addison
(604) 827-4735

I'm a Chemist. To be more precise, I'm a spectroscopist by training. I completed my PhD in the Michael Smith Laboratories at UBC and used lasers to study molecular vibrations in order to understand the molecular structure of enzyme-substrate interactions. I think of myself as a multidisciplinary problem solver.

Now my focus is on teaching at UBC and I teach in the Science One Program. It’s fun to be a part of the excitement and energy of a first year classroom. I strive to make the Chemistry we learn relevant to every day life, because Chemistry IS relevant.

Elliott Burnell

Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) has become an important technique for the study of molecular systems, and in recent years both liquid and solid type NMR experiments have been applied to ordered fluids, including liquid crystals, soaps, biological membranes, and solute molecules partially oriented in liquid-crystal solvents. Dr. Burnell's research exploits these NMR methods to investigate liquid crystalline systems.


Costanza Piccolo

Stephen Gustafson
(604) 822-3138

My research applies mathematical analysis to gain a rigorous understanding of solutions of (nonlinear, partial) differential equations. Of particular interest are equations modelling dynamical (often wave-like) behaviour in diverse physical systems such as fluid interfaces, condensates, lasers, superconductors, ferromagnets and liquid crystals.


James Charbonneau
(604) 827-2378

Robert Rassendorf

(604) 822-3253

My research interest is in quantum computation, in particular computational models. One object of study in this field is the one-way quantum computer, a scheme of quantum computation consisting of local measurements on an entangled universal resource state. The questions I ask are ``What are the elementary building blocks of the one-way quantum computer? What is their composition principle?'' I hope that the answer to these questions will give clues for how to construct novel quantum algorithms. Another model of quantum computation that I study are quantum cellular automata (QCA). I am, for example, interested in the question of whether and what type of quantum algorithms can be encoded the shape of the boundary of a finitely extended quantum cellular automaton.