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..

Tuesday, December 12, 2023 9:00 AM - 237, Michael Smith Laboratories, 2185 East Mall

Karen Thulasi Devendrakumar
Dissecting Plant Immune Responses Mediated by the PI4Kβs
Supervisor(s): Professor Xin Li

Friday, December 15, 2023 12:30 PM - Room 200

Yu Pei
(Chemical and Biological Engineering)
Bifunctional Manganese Oxide Electrodes for Reversible Oxygen Reduction/Evolution Reactions
Supervisor(s): Professor Elod Gyenge, Professor David P Wilkinson

Monday, January 15, 2024 10:00 AM - Zoom

Rodrigo Mendonca dos Santos
(Curriculum and Pedagogy)
Teachers' Narratives of Resisting Deprofessionalization
Supervisor(s): Professor E Wayne Ross

Tuesday, January 16, 2024 12:30 PM - Room 200

Yueru Zhao
Predicting Forest Tree Species' Fundamental Climate Niche and Productivity
Supervisor(s): Professor Tongli Wang

Wednesday, January 17, 2024 12:00 PM - Zoom

Joshua Weiner
(Political Science)
Running a Rebellion: Essays on Armed Group Behavior
Supervisor(s): Professor Arjun Chowdhury

Thursday, January 18, 2024 9:30 AM - 5505, Fred Kaiser Building, 2332 Main Mall

Zoya Jafaryrabanybastany
(Electrical & Computer Engineering)
Scalp Spreading Depression
Supervisor(s): Professor Guy A M Dumont

Thursday, January 18, 2024 12:30 PM - Room 200

Phillip Gordon Daniel-Ivad
Crystallographic and Biochemical Characterization of Key Steps in Reductasporine and Capuramycin Biosynthesis
Supervisor(s): Professor Katherine Ryan

Thursday, February 1, 2024 9:00 AM - Room 200

Karl Zimmermann
(Chemical and Biological Engineering)
Biological Ion Exchange and its Application in Small Water Systems
Supervisor(s): Dr Madjid Mohseni

Friday, February 2, 2024 4:00 PM - Zoom

Nafise Faridi Rad
(Mechanical Engineering)
Adaptive and Predictive Time Domain Passivity Control for Haptic Interfaces
Supervisor(s): Professor Ryozo Nagamune