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

Associate Director
Physics and Astronomy
(604) 827-2378

Lucia Balabuk

Program Administrator

Andrea Terpstra

Teaching Post-Doctoral Fellow
Science One/Coordinated Science


James Berger

My laboratory has been been studying the physiological and genetic control of events in the cell cycle and sexual pathway of the ciliate, Paramecium. The cell cycle is the central developmental sequence for unicellular eukaryotes. From the vegetative cell cycle, cells are able to enter alternative pathways leading, for example, to mating or stationary phase. Our approach has been to use gene mutations as physiological probes for analysis of cell cycle control processes. It has been possible to elucidate the major cell cycle control points and the requirements for progression through each. These control functions govern commitment to the vegetative replication pathway (as opposed to alternative processes such as meiosis), control of the timing of initiation of DNA synthesis and commitment of cells to division at the end of the cell cycle.

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

I trained as a theoretical physicist under the supervision of Ariel Zhitnitsky. I now apply that training working on ways to improve physics teaching and learning. During my PhD I contributed to the discovery of a new kind of current, much like the regular current you get out of the wall socket, but instead of requiring an electric potential (voltage) to flow, it requires a chiral potential, an imbalance in the number of left and right handed particles in a system. It also requires a giant magnetic field, so it's hard to find here on Earth. The general phenomenon is now called the Chiral Magnetic Effect or the Charge Separation Effect if you want to google it.

My current research has two main focuses. One is the development of learning software called ComPAIR. It's an implementation of Adapitive Comparative Judgement and does a very simple thing: it allows a student to compare two assignments submitted by their peers and decide which is "better". It's simple, flexible and robust, allowing you to design assignments activities that lean on the pedagogical theory that people learn best through direct comparisons. I'm also very interested in assessing whether or not interdisciplinary programs like Science One can break down the pre-existing silos of knowledge that students may possess. I'm working on developing tools that measure the development of interdisciplinary thinking.

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.