Western Graduate & Postdoctoral  Studies

Scientific Computing

Collaborative Program



Meet Venkat Bala, PhD candidate in Scientific Computing

“The research opportunities and facilities offered within this program are second to none.”

Supervisor: Alex Buchel

Describe your research.
I am studying the dynamics of long polymer chains in fluids close to surfaces using computer simulations. Such a study will aid in better understanding of proteins in our circulatory systems interacting with blood vessel walls. My work involves using HPC tools (software+hardware) for running massively parallel molecular dynamic simulations and post processing the results to extract scientific information.

Where’s your favourite place on campus?
My office, as well as the graduate study rooms in Weldon Library, for their quiet atmosphere that allow me to completely focus on my work.

What is it about your grad program that enables you to thrive and be successful?
The program offers freedom and flexibility to think and address research problems in novel ways, as well as state of the art computing tools for performing quality and high impact research.

What are you most passionate about?
Programming, being involved in open source projects and always learning new things via online courses, literature, as well as experiential learning.

Program Websites


Program Contact

Dr. Allan B. MacIsaac (allanb@uwo.ca)
Assistant Professor

Department of Applied Mathematics Middlesex College, Room 270 Western University 1151 Richmond Street, North London, Ontario, Canada, N6A 5B7

t. Phone: (519) 661-2111, ext 88772
f. Fax: (519) 661-3523

Participating Degree Programs: Astronomy M.Sc.; Biochemistry M.Sc.; Chemistry M.Sc.; Geophysics M.Sc.; Applied Mathematics M.Sc.; Statistics M.Sc.; Astronomy Ph.D.; Biochemistry Ph.D.; Chemistry Ph.D.; Geophysics Ph.D.; Applied Mathematics Ph.D.; Statistics Ph.D.

Times to Completion

  • Variable

Curriculum Options

  • Full-time or part-time study
  • Thesis-based, course-based or project-based

Funding Details

  • The Collaborative Program does not provide additional funding beyond what the student receives through their home department.

Admission Requirements

  • Current enrolment in a participating graduate program at Western University.
  • Permission of home department supervisor to participate in the Collaborative Program.
  • Supervisor must be an associated faculty member or be willing to become associated with the Program.

Participating Programs

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Astronomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Geophysics
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics