Kirsty Duncan at KEK

Minister of Science, Kirsty Duncan, learning about the Belle II Experiment at the KEK high energy particle physics lab in Japan. This tour was conducted by UVic PhD Student Alex Beaulieu and joined by UVic professor Michael Roney and Belle II collaborators.

Alexandre Brolo Lab

Using nanotechnology, Alexandre Brolo's lab is working on creating low-cost strips that detect the presence of arboviruses such as Zika and dengue in saliva.


From the atom to the universe, from the cell to the ecosystem, from the theoretical to the applied, UVic scientists and mathematicians explore the reaches of modern science.

Science Venture campers testing out equipment in campus labs. UVic's Science Venture program delivers innovative science, technology, engineering and math programming to Vancouver Island youth.

About our researchers

The University of Victoria is consistently ranked in the top tier of Canada's research-intensive universities. UVic Science researchers work at the forefront of major national and international efforts to understand and address the world's most pressing challenges.

The quality and scope of our technical services and research centres add value to UVic's robust research program.

Areas of research excellence

Biochemistry and microbiology

Biochemistry merges biology and chemistry, and covers some of the most exciting areas of the life sciences. Modern biochemical research includes structural biology, proteomics, genomics, epigenetics, signal transduction, gene expression and development, metabolic diseases, bioinformatics, and molecular evolution.

Microbiology spans all of biology and provides the foundation for molecular biology and biotechnology. Microorganisms are the cause of many human diseases. A microbiology program is a popular choice for students with interests in molecular biology, drug discovery, medicine, or biotechnology.

Areas of research excellence


  • Environmental contaminants
  • Proteomics
  • Sustainable biofuels
  • Regulation of gene expression
  • Immune system responses to cancer

Visit the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology site to learn about their research.

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Biology is the study of living organisms, including their form, function and ecological relationships. It's subdivided into many fields such as ecology, marine biology, molecular biology, plant biology etc.

Areas of research excellence:

Visit the Department of Biology site to learn about their research.

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Chemistry is the science of matter and examines the composition, structure and properties of matter.

Areas of research excellence:

Visit the Department of Chemistry site to learn about their research.

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Earth and ocean sciences

Earth, ocean, and climate scientists study the interactions between solid earth, oceans, atmosphere and life. They study how the earth's system and climate have evolved through deep time into the present day, and make predictions about its future.

Areas of research excellence:

  • Biogeochemical cycles
  • Climate-ocean dynamics
  • Earth system evolution
  • Marine environment and ecosystems

Visit the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences site to learn about their research.

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Mathematics and statistics

Mathematics is the study of quantity, space and arrangement, often in the form of patterns.

Statistics is the science of analyzing numerical data and examines how to infer the distribution of populations from samples.

Areas of research excellence:

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Physics and astronomy

Astronomy explores stars, galaxies and the universe by using physical laws and computational tools to interpret observations. Astronomers have shaped our understanding of our relationship to the universe since ancient times.

Physics tries to understand what the world is made of and how the parts interact, both at the level of fundamental particles and in macroscopic systems. Physicists have profoundly influenced culture and technology and continue to do so.

Areas of research excellence:

Visit the Department of Physics and Astronomy site to learn about their research.

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