Be a hero; Chair a Doctoral Exam!

Among the most critical elements of any doctoral exam, from the perspective of those who coordinate these complexities, is the search for a strong Chair. Yet this search serves as a perennial challenge to the Doctoral Examinations team. We consider ourselves very lucky indeed if we issue fewer than 10 invitations before confirming 1 chair for an upcoming exam. It is not at all unusual in some disciplines to invite 30 or more chairs before some gracious faculty member agrees to help us out.

If you would like to contribute your time and wisdom to UBC’s doctoral exams:

  • Please have a look at the list of upcoming exams below and if one interests you, please send us an email to or call us at (604) 822-2080
  • Or send us an email detailing the areas that interest you and days/times that you might be generally available and we'll contact you as new exams are scheduled. Again, send an email to


Please bear in mind that the chair cannot be affiliated with the candidate’s graduate program.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 12:30 PM - Room 200

Valerie Carolyn Prouse
Pacifying Alemao: Articulations of Public Security, Economic Development, and Autoconstruction in Rio de Janeio
Supervisor(s): Professor Jamie A. Peck

Friday, October 6, 2017 9:00 AM - Room 200

Hao Ma
(Electrical & Computer Engineering)
Coordinated Transmission for Visible Light Communication Systems
Supervisor(s): Professor Lutz Hans-Joachim Lampe

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 9:00 AM - 1220, ICORD (Blusson Spinal Cord Centre), 818 West 10th

Ali Farrokhi
(Experimental Medicine)
Evaluating the Therapeutic Use of Indoleamine 2,3-Dioxygenase (ID) Expressing Allogenic Dermal Fibroblast Populated Within an Acellular Skin Substitute as a Wound Coverage
Supervisor(s): Professor Aziz Ghahary

Friday, October 13, 2017 9:00 AM - Room 200

Marco Marchetto
(Physics and Astronomy)
Magnetic Field Study For a New Generation High Resolution Mass Separator
Supervisor(s): Professor Andrea Damascelli, Professor Richard Baartman

Monday, October 16, 2017 9:00 AM - Room 203

Kai Erik Tsuruta
Modeling Sediment Dynamics at the Basin Scale: Implications of Changes in Climate and Hydrological Regimes
Supervisor(s): Professor Younes Alila

Friday, October 20, 2017 12:30 PM - Room 269, Robert H.N. Ho Research Centre, 2635 Laurel Street

Sifeng Qu
Potential Use of Aneustat for Improvement of Docetaxel-based Therapy of Advanced Prostate Cancer
Supervisor(s): Professor Yuzhuo Wang

Monday, October 23, 2017 2:00 PM - Room 604, Asian Centre, 1871 West Mall

Zeng Yang
(Asian Studies)
A Biographical Study on Bukong (aka. Amoghavajra, 705-774): Networks, Institutions, and Identities
Supervisor(s): Professor Jinhua Chen

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 4:00 PM - Room 200

Magrieta Jeanette Leeuwner Janse van Vuuren
(Chemical and Biological Engineering)
Interfacial Characteristics and Novel and Improved Microporous Layers for PEM Fuel Cells
Supervisor(s): Professor Elod Gyenge, Professor David P Wilkinson

Monday, October 30, 2017 12:30 PM - Room 203

Jean-Sebastien Legare
(Computer Science)
Enhancing User Privacy in Web Services
Supervisor(s): Professor William Aiello, Professor Andrew Warfield

Friday, November 3, 2017 12:30 PM - Room 200

Amin Khodabandeh Amiri
(Sauder School of Business)
Essays on Current Challenges in Business-IT Alignment
Supervisor(s): Professor Hasan Cavusoglu, Professor Izak Benbasat

Friday, November 17, 2017 4:00 PM - Room 200

Oralia Gomez-Ramirez
"We Are Trans Women": On-Street Sex Work and Transgender Politics in Mexico City
Supervisor(s): Dr Alexia Bloch