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.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021 9:00 AM - Zoom

James Lee Marchant
Mechanisms of Cardiac Pacemaking and Temperature-Dependent Depression of Cardiac Electrical Excitation in the Zebrafish (Danio rerio)
Supervisor(s): Professor Anthony Farrell

Friday, February 19, 2021 9:00 AM - Zoom

Elham E Khoda
(Physics and Astronomy)
Searches for New High-Mass Resonances in Top-Antitop Final States Using the ATLAS Detector
Supervisor(s): Professor Alison Lister

Friday, February 19, 2021 12:30 PM - Zoom

Davide Tortora
Role and Regulation of PPARγ Expression in Muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer
Supervisor(s): Mads Daugaard

Friday, March 5, 2021 12:30 PM - Zoom

Michelle Gilman
(Language and Literacy Education)
Rethinking "Family" in a Family Literacy Program: A Canadian Case Study
Supervisor(s): Professor Bonny Norton

Friday, March 26, 2021 9:00 AM - Zoom

Silvain Sili Dang
Using the Dual Control Model to Understand Chinese and Western Cultural Influences in Sexuality for University Women and Men
Supervisor(s): Professor Paul L Hewitt, Professor Lori Anne Brotto