2021 Virtual Graduation

 

Congratulations to the more than 1,700 master's and doctoral students who have earned the right to cross the virtual stage this year. We wish you all of the very best in your future endeavours, and hope that you continue to share your successes with us as you launch your career!

The 2021 virtual graduation will be held on June 2, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. To tune in, visit the UBCV graduation website.  

G+PS will also be sharing all citations through the G+PS Twitter channel on June 2, beginning at 9:30 a.m., with tweets published every three minutes. 

 

Indigenous Graduation Celebration Spring 2021

On Saturday, May 29, 2021, starting at 11 a.m., the First Nations House of Learning is hosting a virtual graduation celebration to honour and recognize the educational achievements of participating Indigenous graduates. Learn more

 

Doctoral graduates reflect

Our doctoral graduates reflect on what reaching graduation means to them, and what they will miss the most of their doctoral journey. The responses below reflect the experiences and opinions of each doctoral graduate, as per the attribution. 

What does reaching graduation mean to you?

“I believe the PhD also stands for perseverance, hard work and dedication.” – Shawna Abel, PhD in Experimental Medicine

“Closing the chapter on the last 8 years (and not being degree-less)! Graduation has also been a time for me to reflect on what's been important to me to structure my own career path. Above all, it gives me a chance to look back and thank my family, supervisors, and colleagues for all their help in getting to this point.” – Allen Zhang, MDPhD

“Sometimes it doesn't feel real to me that I have graduated. When I defended my dissertation, it was a bit anticlimactic – especially as it was over Zoom. Officially graduating feels celebratory and helps me realize that I did actually finish and have earned my PhD.” – Mariko Sakamoto, PhD in Nursing

“This moment is possible because of the incredible community of mentors, colleagues, friends, relatives and ancestors that I have been surrounded by. Graduating has enabled me to reflect on how important this support and engagement has been.  I'm grateful to the many generations of powerful, brilliant women who have helped create the space for me to walk this path. It is especially significant that I was able to share so much of this journey with Rosemary Georgeson, who was a research collaborator throughout the dissertation. I'm grateful that in the end, Rose was able to reconnect with her family, and I was able to graduate!” – Jessica Hallenback, PhD in Geography

“More autonomy, more funding opportunities, more avenues to showcase research.” – David Twa, MDPhD

“It means I have overcome all of the challenges I encountered and deserve this victory to open the doors for new opportunities in life. It means I did not disappoint the trust and did not waste the support that has been given to me by the people who believed in me and supported me.” – Abdelmalik Aljalai, PhD in Electrical & Computer Engineering

“After eight years it is with a bittersweet taste that my MD/PhD journey at UBC comes to an end. My sincerest thank you to all of those who contributed to my success in science and medicine both directly and indirectly.

First and foremost, I owe particular thanks to my supervisor Dr. Timothy J Kieffer for his inspirational and supportive guidance. Whether in the form of a hallway chat, a 4-hour lab meeting, or a comment-peppered manuscript, I am grateful for your time to teach, challenge, and push me. Your mentorship has yielded lessons I will use for my entire career ahead.

I thank my supervisory committee members, past and present, Drs. Susanne Clee, Scott Covey, Jim Johnson, Bruce Verchere, and Garth Warnock for their support through challenging me, sharing their expertise, and guidance along the winding road to a PhD. A special thank you to Dr. Garth Warnock for sharing his guidance not only in committee meetings, but also for his generosity by taking the time to teach in the operating room. My gratitude to Dr. Jim Johnson for his consistent attention to detail and teaching the highest standards of scientific rigor.

Thank you to Dr. Scott Covey for always making the time to help and sharing his substantial experimental knowledge. My appreciation to Dr. Bruce Verchere for his expert guidance and consistent willingness to share resources, time, and support. Thank you to Dr. Susanne Clee for thinking outside the box and helping find unexpected solutions.

Thank you to all the members of the Kieffer lab for always asking the tough questions. I have been fortunate to work with many talented and kind graduate students, fellows, and technicians. To my fellow office-mates Chiara Toselli, Nelly Saber, Ursula Neumann, Anna D’Souza, and Blair Gage, thanks for always making time spent in the lab more fun and always taking the time to help. To Travis Webber, Ali Asadi, Robert Baker, Majid Mojibian, Maria Glavas, Cara Ellis, Sandra Pereira, and Shannon O’Dwyer, thanks for your teaching, guidance, assistance, and comradery. Thanks to Nazde Edeer for her hard work and thanks to the many others for their contributions to these studies.

Thank you to the UBC MD/PhD program for their professional and financial support, including the Vancouver Frasier Medical Program MD/PhD Scholarship. My gratitude to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research for funding support (Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship) and the other research agencies including Diabetes Canada that made doing this work possible.

To my parents, thank you for teaching me how to work hard and be happy along the way. I am not sure where I’d be without your example on how to make priorities and live life with moderation, but I am thankful for where it has taken me. I also must give a special thanks to Uncle Rehim for being my friend and teacher. You have always been a source of laughter and been there anywhere, and anytime. Thank you to Matt for being the truest friend one could hope to have and thank you to my sister Miriam for always being someone I can count on. I have been so fortunate to be surrounded by friends and family that have supported me throughout this journey. Finally, a thank you that could never be put into words – thank you to my wife Jessie. No matter the circumstance, you have been the unwavering piece of my life that is kind, positive, and generous. It is because of you that these past five years have been both productive and a sincerely happy phase of life. As I wrote in my dissertation, “[this] is dedicated to Jessie, for maximizing all that is good in life.” – Adam Ramzy, MDPhD

“Persistence! During my PhD, I had to pass through many challenges; Some of which, I was not sure if I can overcome at all. The only thing that helped me during those tough times was that I always told myself "just not give up, and do your best, Mahyad". So, I kept going. This persistence brought me this graduation!” – Mahyad Aghigh, PhD in Chemistry

“End of an old journey and start of a new one with the same destination.” – Yangfan Zhang, PhD in Applied Animal Biology

“It means that I completed a goal that was like climbing a mountain or running a marathon.  I started slowly and there were a few injuries along the way but my team of supporters, namely my supervisor, Dr. Deirdre Kelly, committee, Dr. Andre Mazawi and Dr. Hartej Gill, family and friends helped and cheered me to the end.  Now I am spraying the bubbly in the winner's circle.” – Keith Dormond, PhD in Educational Studies

 

“Graduating from the Ph.D. programme is a celebration of the fact that I had the opportunity to take on an exciting and unique journey to learn and grow.” – Alireza Shafaei, PhD in Computer Science

“Graduation is the culmination of years of dedication, hard work, and so many challenges. Reaching graduation has given me confidence that I can reach long-term research goals I have set for myself. I'm also the first to earn a PhD in our family, which makes graduation a very special moment for us.” – Emily Acheson, PhD in Geography

“The culmination of 5.5 years of hard work. Defeating hopelessness, stress, burnout, chaos, intimidation, and procrastination!” – Pooyan Kheirkhah, PhD in Mechanical Engineering

“Reaching graduation is a testimony to the great communities I am part of. I am blessed to be supported and to support others. I wouldn't have made it here without them! Especially my parents - any chance I get I want to honour the ways that they have demonstrated to me love, servanthood, leadership, kindness, diligence.” – Laura Bulk, PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences

“Although this graduation marks the end of a very special period, I believe this is also the beginning of a new era where I can use everything I learned at UBC to contribute to the understanding and development of my country Peru. Coming from a small town from the northern coast of Peru where very few have the same opportunities as I did, earning a PhD degree reaffirms my commitment to support international scholars and students, particularly from developing nations, so their voices can be heard and have a broader impact in the world. Finally, my mother Lucrecia did and sacrificed everything so I could access education; hence, this graduation is also a tribute to her effort and immense love.” – Zarai Toledo Orozco, PhD in Political Science

“It means a lot to me. The PhD journey prepared me for facing many kinds of struggles in the future.” – Tsenguun Enkhbaatar, PhD in Economics

“I am grateful to earn a PhD, which means that I successfully reached the highest academic level through years of research and study. This is a special recognition to my scholarly competence, but this is just the beginning toward a life long journey of continuous learning and contributing to the advancement of our society through science and technology.” – Philip Wijaya, PhD in Chemical and Biological Engineering

“PhD journey is a very personal and isolating, especially when none of your projects are team projects. Apart from being a researcher, you are your own manager, planner and time-keeper, which is even harder than it sounds. Finally reaching graduation not only is very relieving, but has re-established the self-confidence that had probably been waning towards the end of my PhD.” – Vikas Menghwani, PhD in Resource Management and Environmental Studies

“PhD graduation is a prominent milestone: end of the decade-long era of academia. It is a sad joyful moment, filled with intertwined senses of achievement with hints of sorrow as you say farewell to your beloved society of scholars, graduate students, and that faculty position you longed for quite some time.

My story resembles that of many cohorts: racing through opportunities year after year, meeting challenges, meeting deadlines, hitting goals… until one day, after what must have felt like a century, you find yourself “there”, right on the target. Suddenly life plateaus. All slows down. You review your life crossings... What could or should you have done differently? Did you enjoy life to its fullest? What did it all mean? Did it all go according to the master plan? Were you happy while pacing? Are you happy today? What does future bring?

Hence, for me, PhD graduation is the beginning of a new era. The era of self-reflection and navigating through life in a slower and steadier pace.” – Amir Abdi, PhD in Electrical & Computer Engineering

“I am looking forward to applying the skills I gained during my PhD to fresh challenges.” – Katharine Sedivy-Haley, PhD in Microbiology and Immunology

“It means successfully ending a long and tough journey. The end of this journey is unclear when you are in the middle of it. Many times, you are asking yourself why I am doing this. I love doing research but the stresses that are a part of PhD journey make the research less enjoyable.

So, given all these difficulties graduation means a lot!” – Maryam Mohtajeb, PhD in Biomedical Engineering

“The end of a long cycle of effort and sacrifice. It means my wife and family has been supporting me towards this huge accomplishment.” – Marcelo Mora, PhD in Zoology

“Graduation means a change of focus. Before defending my PhD and making the final revisions to my dissertation, I put all of my energy into just getting done.  That was in December.  Since then, I have had to find new things to focus on, such as my health, family responsibilities, short term job possibilities, and long-term career goals.” – Alice Palmer, PhD in Forestry

“I am proud and truly grateful to be graduating with my doctorate from UBC’s School of Kinesiology. I feel a sense of accomplishment that my research has highlighted the complexities of children’s independent mobility and provided supporting evidence for multi-level and multi-sectoral initiatives aimed at promoting childhood independent mobility. I look forward to the next step of my journey and giving back to the academic community – in terms of research, mentorship, support, and of course, free peer-reviewing!” – Negin Riazi, PhD in Kinesiology

“Reaching graduation will always remain a symbol of growth and hard work for me, no matter how far in the future I look back on it. It's a testament to being able to finish something I start, no matter how daunting.” – Riley Louie, PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences

Looking back over the past several years, what will you miss most of your doctoral journey?

“My incredible team. We are a work family. They have made these the best years of my life.” – Shawna Abel, PhD in Experimental Medicine

“Definitely the friends, colleagues, and mentors that I worked with during the PhD portion of my degree. Despite the challenges along the way, doctoral studies were immensely rewarding. Sharing both my successes and failures with colleagues was what made my doctorate so memorable.” – Allen Zhang, MDPhD

“I was very fortunate to have an amazing supervisor! I'll really miss being her student. She will always be a mentor to me, although I am now excited to be her colleague and friend.” – Mariko Sakamoto, PhD in Nursing

“I'll miss having a curated list of which books and articles to read, I'll miss collaborating with other scholars, I'll miss the silence and joy of sitting and spending a whole day writing.” – Jessica Hallenback, PhD in Geography

“The relationship with my PI.” – David Twa, MDPhD

“I will miss being the same person who started his Ph.D. journey with the highest level of simplicity and spontaneity. I will miss the kind people who gave me support when I needed them. – Abdelmalik Aljalai, PhD in Electrical & Computer Engineering

“The scientific chit chats I used to have with my colleagues in our lab.” – Mahyad Aghigh, PhD in Chemistry

“Metaphorically speaking.  The running of the race, which was the research phases in terms of talking to professionals throughout Canada and working through that knowledge with my committee.  It was like eating a delicious cake that no one else had made.” – Keith Dormond, PhD in Educational Studies

“What I will miss the most about my doctoral journey is the ability to attend classes outside of my department and learn from world-class researchers at UBC.” – Alireza Shafaei, PhD in Computer Science

“During 2016, when I went on a North America tour (:D) - Waterloo, Kitchener, Toronto, Portland, Seattle, Baltimore, Washington, New York, Boston, and back home to Vancouver.” – Pooyan Kheirkhah, PhD in Mechanical Engineering

“The communities I have been part of. Some of them I will be able to continue with, some not. Being a doctoral student was an incredible privilege!” – Laura Bulk, PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences

“I will miss having the opportunity to talk and work on projects with scholars from different faculties. Also, I will miss having an extraordinary library with an amazing view at my disposal to read about all kinds of subjects.” – Zarai Toledo Orozco, PhD in Political Science

“I will miss the perseverance and never-give-up mentality needed. Finishing PhD is like running a marathon in some sense.” – Tsenguun Enkhbaatar, PhD in Economics

“I will miss my interactions with all my supervisors, through which we had a fruitful discussion and collaboration, resulting in three publications in a four year of study.” – Philip Wijaya, PhD in Chemical and Biological Engineering

“I'll miss the everyday hustles, yet I don't miss it a bit! That's the beauty of nostalgia for a time well invested despite its challenges.” – Amir Abdi, PhD in Electrical & Computer Engineering

“The UBC graduate student community - my colleagues in the lab, in the Graduate Student Society, and elsewhere on campus.” – Katharine Sedivy-Haley, PhD in Microbiology and Immunology

“I will really miss the camaraderie.  As grad students, sharing similar joys and struggles, we all supported one another.” – Alice Palmer, PhD in Forestry

“The doctoral journey has been a unique, challenging, and rewarding experience – one that I will not soon forget. What I will miss the most is the incredible support system at UBC in the School of Kinesiology. First and foremost, I will miss the Pop-PA Lab, my home for the past five years. I was fortunate to have an incredible and supportive supervisor and truly fantastic lab mates. Second, I will miss my mentors and colleagues at UBC who have been so generous with their time and their willingness to give advice and collaborate on projects. I will miss the other KIN grad students who made the ‘trials and tribulations’ of graduate school a shared experience; and who provided laughs, relief, advice, and camaraderie. And finally, I will miss the hardworking individuals in the School of KIN main office and Undergraduate Advising office who supported me during my time in the Kinesiology program.” – Negin Riazi, PhD in Kinesiology

“I will miss the easily accessible mentorship from colleagues, senior trainees, and principal investigators in one lab! And also, the flexible nature of being a graduate student will be missed as well.” – Riley Louie, PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences

You are graduating in a difficult time. What gives you comfort or hope looking into the future?

“Amazing scientists, like the ones graduating this year, will continue to find solutions to the world's biggest problems.” – Shawna Abel, PhD in Experimental Medicine

“Seeing science drive such rapid innovation. Some incredible scientific advances have been made locally during the COVID-19 pandemic. Beyond that, the capacity for young scientists to drive change in the world is something I see in my colleagues every day through the ways they advocate for others.” – Allen Zhang, MDPhD

“I am heartened by the way we have all tried our best to adapt and find new ways to connect, work and live our lives during the pandemic. I am hopeful that some of the changes that the pandemic has forced to happen, will continue on afterwards - like people being able to work from home if that works well for them.” – Mariko Sakamoto, PhD in Nursing

“I got sick over the course of my degree and the support of my family and PI helped me through this. In this way, I have confidence knowing that I will be able to overcome obstacles in the future, in spite of my environment.” – David Twa, MDPhD

“My self-confidence and belief in the guidance of my God who was with me all of the difficult times. One of the bright lessons I have learned a new life gets birth and starts upon labor pains.” – Abdelmalik Aljalai, PhD in Electrical & Computer Engineering

“The fact that I don't know what's waiting for me in the future is my motivation to look forward to the next days! I believe "easy" and "difficult" are simply our interpretation of what's happening around us! The life is what it is; let's just experience it and enjoy this journey with all its "ups" and "downs". This school of thought is what always gives me hope looking into the future.” – Mahyad Aghigh, PhD in Chemistry

“I am comforted by a sense of humanity that remains under all our different values, beliefs, and knowledge.   We saw this happen with the murder of George Floyd.  For one of the first times in history, we saw a sense of humanity shine through and police officers and citizens of all races and religions internationally join together in denouncing this crime.  I am hopeful that we will continue to come together to condemn and fight racial, religious, sexual injustice and other forms of oppression.   “– Keith Dormond, PhD in Educational Studies

“Life has been fun in school. Looking into the future, I'm excited about everything else life has to offer.” – Alireza Shafaei, PhD in Computer Science

 

“That Canada is going to be my home! That we are going to defeat COVID! That we are going to defeat racism! That we are going to defeat global warming! That we live in peace and harmony on Earth!” – Pooyan Kheirkhah, PhD in Mechanical Engineering

“I think that we have learned a lot during this time, and I have hope that we might not forget these lessons. In some ways, access and inclusion have increased for many folks during these times.” – Laura Bulk, PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences

“During the last years of my PhD I have worked at UBC teaching. This job gave me a chance to interact daily with students and see how they approached the current context. It was also an opportunity to support each other regardless of where we were and be thankful for being able to continue studying. Seeing students' strength and drive despite the adversity has convinced me that humans have the capacity to achieve whatever they aim if they understand each other not as individuals but as a community where we look after the other. This gives me hope.” – Zarai Toledo Orozco, PhD in Political Science

“Humanity always faced difficult times like this, but somehow always managed to survive and go further. I think this pandemic prepared us for the future and humanity will keep prospering in my opinion.” – Tsenguun Enkhbaatar, PhD in Economics

“I trust that, while we are patient and keep doing our best, all things work together for our good. As long as we are alive, there is always hope for the brighter future.” – Philip Wijaya, PhD in Chemical and Biological Engineering

“With the luxury of a roof above your head, access to hot/cold water, energy, food, and healthcare, calling it “difficult times” is an over-kill. The "difficulties" in life are all relative. It is relatively a challenging time for all of us, in and outside of the developed world; yet, compared to a single day life of a Palestinian living under occupation of an apartheid regime, the pandemic is nothing to worry about.” – Amir Abdi, PhD in Electrical & Computer Engineering

“I hope politicians and organizations that are responsible for allocating budget in a country or society have learnt a lesson from this pandemic. I hope they learnt that science and research are so essential and the only way of rescuing/saving human kinds.  I hope they allocate more money to the research compare to the budget that they allocate to other things such as military and fuelling the war instead of peace and to save planet and all the species living in it.” – Maryam Mohtajeb, PhD in Biomedical Engineering

“This is not the first time I have been out of work in a recession.  I survived it the last time (2009), and I'll survive it this time.

My own experiences with cyclical layoffs have motivated me to study cyclicality as a factor influencing corporate turnaround strategies.  It is a topic largely ignored by the extant business management literature, so I hope to make it part of my life's work. 

I'll get there eventually.  One step at a time.” – Alice Palmer, PhD in Forestry

“These unprecedented times have been challenging to say the least: long-distances from family and friends, absence of that social support, and adjustment to life in a pandemic. COVID has taught us that life can change quickly, and not always for the better. But, it’s also taught us a lot of lessons: the importance of resiliency, flexibility, family/friends, and communities that support and value independent mobility and time outdoors. It’s one step in front of the other until we move forward and past the difficult times.” – Negin Riazi, PhD in Kinesiology

“The doctorate reminds me that dedication and perseverance are skills that I can rely on, even in difficult times. I am excited to explore and seek out opportunities that interest me, and I think that mindset is important regardless of external circumstances.” – Riley Louie, PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences

Doctoral Citations

A doctoral citation summarizes the nature of the independent research, provides a high-level overview of the study, states the significance of the work and says who will benefit from the findings in clear, non-specialized language, so that members of a lay audience will understand it. Pre-filtered lists of citations exist in each graduate degree program and Faculty profile.
Citation Program Faculty
Dr. Firmino discovered that during the immune response to cancers, a low oxygen environment develops among B cells that helps fine-tune the B cell immune response. She associated characteristics of the B cell response with overall survival in breast cancer patients. This work may help develop new biomarkers of immune responses in cancer patients. Doctor of Philosophy in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (PhD) Faculty of Medicine
Dr. Frew studied a new approach for treating a genetic form of frontotemporal dementia. He created a unique repository of dementia patient-derived stem cell lines that will contribute to the study of neurodegeneration for years to come. His research provides support for continued development and preclinical testing of next generation therapeutics. Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD) Faculty of Medicine
Dr. Fu focused on the design of protein-based biomaterials at both molecular and macroscopic levels. Her research allows for precise control over the mechanical performance of protein-based hydrogels for a variety of applications, such as soft actuators, cartilage-like biomaterials, and artificial substrates for laboratory cell biology studies. Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD) Faculty of Science
Dr. Garces showed how disease-causing mutations in the gene of a protein called ABCA4 affects its function and causes Stargardt's disease. His thesis provides invaluable insights into the pathological mechanisms of Stargardt's disease, insights of which could help tailor therapeutic treatments to individuals suffering from this disease. Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PhD) Faculty of Medicine
Dr. Ghrear examined the curse of knowledge bias in children's estimates of what others know. She found that this bias is not specific to Western culture, but appears to be universal in humans. She found that younger children are more affected by the bias compared to older children, and identified contexts where the bias does not occur. Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD) Faculty of Arts
Dr. Gill determined that children developmental coordination disorder have smaller cerebellar volume compared to typically-developing children, and that rehabilitation can increase the size of this brain structure and improve motor function. Results may influence clinical care and improve outcomes for the 450,000 Canadian children with this disorder Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Sciences (PhD) Faculty of Medicine
Dr. Gilman explored the impact of a family literacy program on women with immigrant and refugee backgrounds. This study concluded that a three-way model of family literacy has the potential for highly positive outcomes in both social and academic domains. Doctor of Philosophy in Teaching English as a Second Language (PhD) Faculty of Education
Dr. Gomez studied the structure and dynamics of localized patterns in cellular biology using several new mathematical models, some patterns of which have applications to bulk-membrane processes. The analysis of such patterns provides insights on the phenomena being modeled and contributes to our general understanding of pattern formation. Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics (PhD) Faculty of Science
Dr. Guntly demonstrated that paradoxical responses in discourse such as 'Yeah, that's wrong.' select different components in a speaker's utterance. Experimental results and natural examples show that paradoxical responses can target speaker beliefs or the question under discussion, in addition to the central claim of the utterance. Doctor of Philosophy in Linguistics (PhD) Faculty of Arts
Dr. Gutierrez Cubillos showed that intergenerational mobility of earnings in Chile is non-linear, with very high mobility for the bottom 80 percent and very high persistence for the top. He also developed methodologies to include corporate retained earnings in the measurement of income inequality and applied them to Canada and Chile. Doctor of Philosophy in Economics (PhD) Faculty of Arts
Dr. Harbeson identified a series of pathways that appear to dictate survival in neonatal sepsis, a condition wherein the blood of newborn babies becomes infected. Using these findings, he developed a new treatment for neonatal sepsis that is extremely effective in mice and represents a promising new therapeutic moving forward. Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD) Faculty of Medicine
Dr. Heikkinen developed a laser-based method for remotely tracking microscopic motions of objects and structures. His technique can measure motions much less than the diameter of a human hair at distances of several tens of meters. His method has great potential for safely assessing the integrity of structures located in hazardous environments. Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering (PhD) Faculty of Applied Science
Dr. Henriques used mathematical models to study the evolution of cooperative behaviour in nature. He explored how cooperation between organisms affected their ability to adapt to changing environments. His research showed that cooperation can be maintained by interactions between groups of organisms, and that it can promote species diversification. Doctor of Philosophy in Zoology (PhD) Faculty of Science
Dr. Hoffarth explored the catalytic potential of the biosynthetic pathway of an antibiotic called indolmycin for contributions to natural product and antibiotic development. This exploration provided mechanistic insights for rare types of oxygen-dependent enzymes and produced novel derivatives of indolmycin using bacteria. Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD) Faculty of Science
Dr. Hopkins researched historical and structural interactions between politics and classical music. He proposed three foundational ways for classical pianists to integrate political speech and action into their studies and careers, and also commissioned two new piano compositions that each address current political issues. Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano (DMA) Faculty of Arts
Dr. Horianopoulos characterized the roles of heat shock proteins in the disease-causing fungus Cryptococcus neoformans, focusing on the family of co-chaperone proteins containing the J domain. She identified proteins that allow this fungus to grow at human body temperature and adapt to the human host environment in order to establish infection. Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology and Immunology (PhD) Faculty of Science
Dr. Huang explores the genomic mechanisms of adaptation. He identified structural changes in the chromosomes of dune-adapted sunflowers and revealed the importance of these changes to facilitating ecological divergence. These discoveries advance our understanding of species' adaptation to different environments and the formation of biodiversity. Doctor of Philosophy in Botany (PhD) Faculty of Science
Dr. Huang's research focused on metabolite analysis using capillary electrophoresis-mass spectrometry. He established reliable methods to identify and quantify small molecules from biological samples and developed a software tool to facilitate metabolomics data processing. His work contributed to the biomarker discovery for biomedical research. Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD) Faculty of Science
Dr. Ibrahim demonstrated that mobile automated speed enforcement increases safety by reducing collisions and crime incidence, and identified that changing the number of times an enforcement is visited can change the safety outcome. These novel findings can allow road agencies to maximize safety benefits by strategically deploying limited resources. Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering (PhD) Faculty of Applied Science
Dr. Izadi-Najafabadi's doctoral study focused on understanding brain changes following rehabilitation in children with developmental coordination disorder. Her results showed that rehabilitation is effective for improving motor performance and induces changes in brain regions underlying self-regulation, emotion regulation, and attention regulation. Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Sciences (PhD) Faculty of Medicine
Dr. Janet Currie examined the patient, clinician, socio-cultural and policy factors that have contributed to an increase in the off-label prescribing of domperidone to treat low breastmilk supply in BC. The research identifies approaches that can be used to improve the overall safety, effectiveness and transparency of off-label prescribing. Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies (PhD) Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Dr. Jansen's research analyzes the absence of women's childbirth as a subject for medieval Christian art. Identifying the visual and textual mechanisms utilized to manipulate gender in the figuring of the Virgin and Christ demonstrates that the visual language of female procreation was displaced onto the male body of the crucified Christ. Doctor of Philosophy in Art History (PhD) Faculty of Arts
Dr. Janzen systematically studied the establishment of a replicative niche by Salmonella bacteria within host cells. Her findings set a new paradigm for future Salmonella research and demonstrated the necessity of a wholistic view of Salmonella-host interactions to illuminate the poorly understood Salmonella replicative niche. Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology and Immunology (PhD) Faculty of Science
Dr. Kabernik developed a framework for utilizing the mathematical structures of operator algebras in quantum mechanics. This framework simplifies the analysis of dynamics in quantum systems and has been applied to problems in quantum computing. Doctor of Philosophy in Physics (PhD) Faculty of Science
Dr. Kabiri Far studied cementitious interfaces and Fiber Reinforced Concrete, or FRC, for repairing deteriorated concrete structures. This study found FRC effective at mitigating pre-loading damage and improving tensile behavior, and proposed semi-empirical models for use by field practitioners and in numerical simulations of composite elements. Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering (PhD) Faculty of Applied Science

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