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.

Monday, February 11, 2019 12:30 PM - 3340, Pharmaceutical Sciences, 2405 Wesbrook Mall

Jialin Xu
(Pharmaceutical Sciences)
Genetic Modifiers of Telomere Maintenance and Their Contributions to Phenotypic Variations in Telomere Biology Disorders
Supervisor(s): Professor Judy M Y Wong

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 12:30 PM - Room 203

Marina Mussoi Giacomin
Functional Aspects of the Osmorespiratory Compromise in Fishes
Supervisor(s): Professor Chris Wood, Professor Patricia Schulte

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 2:30 PM - B104, SPPH, 2206 East Mall

Mary Clare Kennedy
(Population and Public Health)
Utilization Patterns and Health Impacts of Supervised Drug Consumption Facilities in Vancouver, Canada
Supervisor(s): Professor Thomas Hudson Kerr, Professor Chris G Richardson

Friday, February 15, 2019 4:00 PM - Room 200

David Wesley Didier
Characterization of a Novel Androgen Membrane Receptor in Lampreys that Might Regulate Sexual Development
Supervisor(s): Professor Colin Brauner

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 4:00 PM - Room 203

Beena Pieuse Parappilly
(Rehabilitation Sciences)
Cardiovascular Risk-Related Knowledge, Practices, and Risk Factor Control in Individuals with Stroke: Implications for Primary and Secondary Prevention
Supervisor(s): Professor Janice Eng

Monday, March 11, 2019 9:00 AM - Room 200

Deniz Aslan
(Mechanical Engineering)
Integration of Virtual and On-line Machining Process Control and Monitoring using CNC Drive Measurements
Supervisor(s): Professor Yusuf Altintas