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 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, or a member of the supervisor's department..

Monday, April 17, 2023 9:00 AM - 350, MacMillan, 2357 main mall

Anna Ratuski
(Applied Animal Biology)
Environmental Enrichment for Rats and Mice Housed in Laboratories
Supervisor(s): Professor Daniel Weary

Wednesday, April 19, 2023 9:00 AM - Room 200

Henry Walsgrove
Modelling the Polymerization of 1-Phosphaisoprene: Explorations of the Synthesis and Reactivity of 1-Phosphabutadienes
Supervisor(s): Dr Derek Gates

Tuesday, April 25, 2023 12:30 PM - Zoom

Kevin Bradley Dsouza
(Electrical & Computer Engineering)
Representation Learning Strategies for the Epigenome and Chromatin Structure Using Recurrent Neural Models
Supervisor(s): Professor Vijay Bhargava, Professor Maxwell Libbrecht

Wednesday, April 26, 2023 12:30 PM - Room 200

Rohit Kumar Singla
(MD/PhD Program)
Quantitative Kidney Ultrasound from Macroscale to Microscale
Supervisor(s): Professor Robert Rohling, Professor Christopher Nguan

Thursday, April 27, 2023 12:00 PM - Room 200

Jun Dai
Applications of Classical and Quantum Machine Learning for Quantum Problems
Supervisor(s): Professor Roman Krems

Friday, April 28, 2023 12:30 PM - Room 203

Xianzhe Yin
Method Development for Improving the Performance of Bottom-Up Proteomics
Supervisor(s): Professor David Chen, Professor Gregg Morin

Monday, May 1, 2023 12:30 PM - Room 203

Andrew Justin Kukor
Leveraging Novel Process Analytical Technologies to Access Chiral Small Molecule Drug Precursors via Dynamic Crystallization
Supervisor(s): Professor Jason Hein

Monday, May 8, 2023 9:30 AM - 288, Brimacombe Building, 2355 East Mall

Rafael Haenel
(Physics and Astronomy)
Collective Modes of the Superconducting Condensate
Supervisor(s): Dr Marcel Franz, Professor Maria Daghofer

Monday, May 8, 2023 4:00 PM - Room 203

Creagh Dyson Briercliffe
Bayesian Models for Hierarchical Clustering of Network Data
Supervisor(s): Professor Alexandre Bouchard-Cote, Professor Paul A Gustafson

Tuesday, May 16, 2023 9:00 AM - Room 200

David Kyle Sutherland
Identity Work Across the Gender Spectrum: Negotiations of Membership, Healthcare, and Resilience in Transgender and Nonbinary Populations
Supervisor(s): Professor Amin Ghaziani