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.

Friday, June 8, 2018 9:00 AM - Room 203

Alissa Marie Cait
(Microbiology and Immunology)
The Microbiome and Short Chain Fatty Acid Metabolites on Early Life Immune-Development with Long Term Consequences for Asthma
Supervisor(s): Professor William W Mohn

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 9:00 AM - Room 203

Elliott Karl Skierszkan
(Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences)
Application of Molybdenum (and Zinc) Stable Isotopes to Trace Geochemical Attenuation in Mine Waste
Supervisor(s): Professor Ulrich Mayer, Dr Roger D. Beckie

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 9:30 AM - Room 418, MacLeod Building, 2356 Main Mall

Fariba Aalamifar
(Electrical & Computer Engineering)
Analysis and Optimization of Communication Technologies for Smart Grid Applications
Supervisor(s): Professor Lutz Hans-Joachim Lampe

Friday, June 15, 2018 12:30 PM - Room 200

Amin Engarnevis
(Mechanical Engineering)
Impact of Humidity, Temperature, and Particulate Fouling on Membrane-Based Energy Exchangers
Supervisor(s): Professor Steven Rogak, Professor Sheldon Green

Monday, June 18, 2018 9:00 AM - Room 203

Hongki Kim
(Sauder School of Business)
Understanding Online Consumers' Utilization of Multiple Advice Sources
Supervisor(s): Professor Izak Benbasat, Professor Hasan Cavusoglu

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 12:30 PM - Boardroom, Chan Gunn Pavilion (Northeast of Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre), 2nd floor, 606

Christopher Donald Napier
(Rehabilitation Sciences)
Gait Retraining for Reducing Biomechanical Injury Risk Factors in Novice Recreational Runners
Supervisor(s): Professor Michael Anthony Hunt

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 12:30 PM - Room 200

Fakhri Leila Shafai
Low- and High-Level Visual Perception in Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Supervisor(s): Professor Ipek Oruc

Thursday, June 21, 2018 2:00 PM - 103 - Gourlay Auditorium, St. Paul's Hospital, 1081 Burrard Street, Vancouver, V6Z 1Y6

Joshua Andrew Dubland
(Experimental Medicine)
Low Lysosomal Acid Lipase Activity in Smooth Muscle Cells Relative to Macrophages Provides New Insights into Foam Cell Formation in Atherosclerosis
Supervisor(s): Professor Gordon Francis

Friday, June 22, 2018 12:30 PM - Room 203

Erin Evelyn Buckels
The Psychology of Everyday Sadism
Supervisor(s): Professor Delroy L. Paulhus

Friday, June 22, 2018 12:30 PM - Room 200

Kimberly Megan Meier
Understanding Mechanisms Underlying Motion Perception in Typical Development and Amblyopia
Supervisor(s): Professor Deborah Giaschi

Monday, June 25, 2018 12:30 PM - Room 200

Meghan Verstraete
(Microbiology and Immunology)
SbnI is a Free Serine Kinase and Heme-sensing Regulator Required for Staphyloferrin B Biosynthesis in Staphylococcus Aureus
Supervisor(s): Professor Michael Murphy

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 9:00 AM - Room 200

Lei Zhang
(Sauder School of Business)
Essays on Foreign Firms Listed in the United States
Supervisor(s): Professor Dan A Simunic, Professor Ralph Winter

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 9:00 AM - Room 200

Ernesto Jose Pena Alonso
(Language and Literacy Education)
Visualizing Visual Literacy
Supervisor(s): Professor Teresa Dobson

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 12:30 PM - Room 200

Anais Renée Fourny
(Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences)
Radiogenic Isotopic Systematics of Layered Intrusions: Application to the Mesoproterozoic Kiglapait Intrusion of Coastal Labrador, Canada, and to Mafic-Ultramafic Rock Reference Materials
Supervisor(s): Professor Dominique Weis, Professor James Scoates

Friday, June 29, 2018 12:30 PM - Room 203

Steffen Henkelmann
(Physics and Astronomy)
Searches for Heavy Vector-like Quarks Decaying to High Transverse Momentum W Bosons and Top- or Bottom-quarks and Weak Mode Identification with the ATLAS Detector
Supervisor(s): Professor Alison Lister

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 9:00 AM - Room 203

Matthew Berry
Development and Mechanistic Analysis of N-Heterocyclic Carbene-Catalyzed Reactions
Supervisor(s): Professor Jason Hein

Thursday, July 19, 2018 1:00 PM - Room 5104, Earth Sciences Building, 2207 Main Mall V6T 1Z4

Anna Grau Galofre
(Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences)
Insights on the Origin and Evolution of the Martian Valley Networks from Erosion Models: Reconciling Climate Modeling and Geomorphological Observations
Supervisor(s): Professor A. Mark Jellinek