Upcoming Exams

Defences held in person have locations listed with the date below. Zoom information for virtual exams is not listed; if you are interested in attending one of these  defences, please contact the candidate's department or graduate.doctoral@ubc.ca. Zoom links are available one week prior to the defence.

Monday, 4 March 2024 - 12:30pm

Sean Richard Heaslip
Department: Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Keep Your Hands to Yourself and Use Your Words: A Condescendingly Titled Exploration of What Helps and Hinders People with Visual Impairments while Receiving Unsolicited Help from Sighted People

Tuesday, 5 March 2024 - 12:30pm

Zining Wang
Department: Sauder School of Business
Sales Impact of Live Streaming

Wednesday, 6 March 2024 - 9:30am

Myunghwan Lee
Department: Sauder School of Business
Three Essays on AI Strategies and Innovation

Wednesday, 6 March 2024 - 12:30pm

Caleb Sample
Department: Physics and Astronomy
Toward Improving Radiotherapeutic Treatment of the Parotid Glands: A Cross-Modality Investigation

Wednesday, 6 March 2024 - 1:30pm

Sarah Yvonne Skinner
Department: Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Working Together to Promote Academic Inclusion of Students with Extensive Support Needs: A Cultural Historical Activity Theory Approach to Examining Inter-Professional Collaborative Practice in Inclusive Education

Thursday, 7 March 2024 - 9:00am

Tala Maragha
Department: Dentistry
Understanding Students' Wellbeing Domains and Contributors in Pre-Clinical Dental Education: The Role of Learning Environment, Psychomotor Development, and Thriving

Thursday, 7 March 2024 - 12:30pm

Richard Mukasa Musoke
Department: Population and Public Health
Evaluating Access to Medicines Interventions in Public and Private Not For Profit Health Facilities in Uganda

Thursday, 7 March 2024 - 12:30pm

Arian Shamei
Department: Linguistics
Speech Postures are Postures: Towards a Unified Postural Control System for Gross and Fine Motor Skills

Friday, 8 March 2024 - 10:00am

Yichen Zhang
Department: Statistics
Interpretable Latent Variable Models for High-Dimensional Biological Data Analysis

Friday, 8 March 2024 - 10:30am

Gustavo Tovar Albuquerque
Department: Vancouver School of Economics
Essays on the Economics of Crime and Violence

Friday, 8 March 2024 - 1:30pm

Cameron Herberts
Department: Genome Science and Technology
Circulating Tumor DNA as a Comprehensive Multi-Omic Tool for Profiling Advanced Prostate Cancer

Friday, 8 March 2024 - 4:00pm

Tristan Triponez
Department: Information
The Archival Preservation of Independent Music Production: A Constructivist Grounded Theory Study

Monday, 11 March 2024 - 9:00am

Kelly Hrelja
Department: Neuroscience
Towards a Better Understanding of the Bidirectional Relationship Between Decision-Making and Addiction Vulnerability

Monday, 11 March 2024 - 9:00am

Erika Dort
Department: Forestry
Forest Pathology in the Genomics Era: Combining Comparative Genomics and CRISPR-Cas9 Gene Editing to Gain New Insights into the Genetics of Filamentous Plant Pathogens

Monday, 11 March 2024 - 12:30pm

Lin Zhang
Department: Statistics
Margin-closed and Regime-switching Multivariate Time Series Models

Monday, 11 March 2024 - 12:30pm

Caroline Ellen Hamilton
Department: Language and Literacy Education
(Re)mapping Youth Mobilities and Citizenships with Young Adult Literature

Monday, 11 March 2024 - 2:00pm

Nicolas Franz Pattillo
Department: Vancouver School of Economics
Essays in Optimal Monetary Policy

Monday, 11 March 2024 - 4:00pm

Felipe Andres Banados Schwerter
Department: Computer Science
A Formal Framework for Understanding Run-time Checking Errors in Gradually Typed Languages

Tuesday, 12 March 2024 - 9:00am

Durjoy Baidya
Department: Mining Engineering
Study of Fluid Flow and Heat Transfer for Carbon Mineralization in Mine Wastes

Tuesday, 12 March 2024 - 11:00am

Katharine Taylor Davies
Department: Audiology and Speech Sciences
"I Used to be a Storyteller": The Communication Needs of People with Primary Progressive Aphasia and Their Family Members

Tuesday, 12 March 2024 - 12:00pm

Patrick Rosales Pata
Department: Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
Structure and Functioning of Zooplankton Communities of the Canadian Northeast Pacific Ocean

Tuesday, 12 March 2024 - 1:00pm

Randip Singh Gill
Department: Population and Public Health
Examining Childhood Poverty and Future Developmental and Academic Outcomes of Children in British Columbia: Differences by Poverty Type and Immigration Background

Tuesday, 12 March 2024 - 1:00pm

Chenoa Marie Cassidy-Matthews
Department: Population and Public Health
The Cedar Project: An Exploration of Indigenous Survivance, Connection, and Vaccine Uptake Amid Concurrent Public Health Emergencies Experienced by Urban Indigenous People Who Use Drugs in British Columbia

Tuesday, 12 March 2024 - 2:00pm

Neil Newman
Department: Computer Science
Computational Tools for Complex Electronic Auctions

Wednesday, 13 March 2024 - 9:00am

Erika Ruth Gavenus
Department: Resources, Environment and Sustainability
Examining Canadian Governance of First Nations Fisheries Along the Coast of British Columbia through a Theoretical Lens of Food Justice

Wednesday, 13 March 2024 - 10:00am

Mohammed Suhail
Department: Computer Science
Understanding Semantics and Geometry of Scenes

Wednesday, 13 March 2024 - 12:30pm

Satyam Bhasin
Department: Oncology
Semaphorin 3C (SEMA3C) as a Potential Therapeutic Target in Breast Cancer

Wednesday, 13 March 2024 - 12:30pm

Emilie Elizabeth Carpentier
Department: Physics and Astronomy
Four Dimensional Dose Calculations and Planning Strategies for Dynamic Tumour Tracking Treatments

Wednesday, 13 March 2024 - 1:00pm

Mohammad Zandsalimy
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Stability Analysis and Improvement in Computational Fluid Dynamics

Wednesday, 13 March 2024 - 1:00pm

Henry (Lin Wei) Tung
Department: Experimental Medicine
Deciphering the Heterogeneity and Functional Role of the Cardiac Stroma in Health and Disease

Thursday, 14 March 2024 - 9:00am

Tessa Samantha Blanchard
Department: Zoology
Temperature During Early Development Alters Morphological, Physiological, and Molecular Phenotypes Across Temporal Scales in Atlantic Killifish

Thursday, 14 March 2024 - 9:00am

Hadis Mozaffari
Department: Human Nutrition
The Impact of Dietary Diversity on Type 2 Diabetes: An Investigation of the Cross-national EPIC-InterAct Cohort

Thursday, 14 March 2024 - 11:30am

Alexander Jameson
Department: Chemical and Biological Engineering
Development of a Polyiodide Aqueous/Non-Aqueous Flow Battery

Friday, 15 March 2024 - 9:00am

Yuka Takemon
Department: Genome Science and Technology
Mapping In Silico Genetic Networks of Tumor Suppressor Genes to Uncover Novel Gene Functions and Predict Cancer Cell Vulnerabilities

Friday, 15 March 2024 - 9:00am

Melika Kangarani-Farahani
Department: Rehabilitation Sciences
Cognitive Orientation to Occupational Performance: Effect on Brain Structure, Brain Function and Motor Outcomes in Children with Co-Occurring Autism Spectrum Disorder and Developmental Coordination Disorder

Friday, 15 March 2024 - 12:30pm

Thushara Jayasinghe
Department: Civil Engineering
Geotechnical Characterization of Organic Soils for Engineering Design of Buried Energy Pipelines

Friday, 15 March 2024 - 12:30pm

Alexa Berlynn Manuel
Department: English Language and Literatures
Stories of Lands, Bodies, and Dreams: A Tmixwcentric Literary Theory

Friday, 15 March 2024 - 3:30pm

Alina Kunitskaya
Department: Biomedical Engineering
High T-Cell Concentration Bioprocessing for Cell Therapy Manufacturing

Monday, 18 March 2024 - 9:00am

Pegah Pourabdollah
Department: Materials Engineering
An Exploration of Finite Element-Based Methods for Predicting the Distortion in Additive Manufactured Metallic Components

Monday, 18 March 2024 - 12:30pm

James Kwan
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
TBP and Its Diversified Role in Transcription Initiation

Monday, 18 March 2024 - 4:00pm

Jing Jiang
Department: Music
A Concise Guide for Teaching Non-Chinese Speaking Singers to Sing Early Chinese National Opera

Monday, 18 March 2024 - 4:00pm

Yuanzhe Li
Department: Experimental Medicine
Notch1 Signaling Plays an Essential Role in Metabolic Rewiring in Chemoresistance Prostate Cancer

Tuesday, 19 March 2024 - 12:30pm

Prajeet Bajpai
Department: Mathematics
Effective and Explicit S-Unit Equations with Many Terms

Wednesday, 20 March 2024 - 9:00am

Bradley Raymond Baker
Department: Educational Studies
Indigenous Knowledge and Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Settler Educator Practice in the North Vancouver School District

Wednesday, 20 March 2024 - 10:00am

Wei Bi
Department: Chemical and Biological Engineering
Impacts of Electrolyzer Design, Operation, and Measurement on Ammonia Electrosynthesis in Aqueous and Non-Aqueous Media

Thursday, 21 March 2024 - 9:00am

Rachel Sarah Horst
Department: Language and Literacy Education
Writing the Futures Imaginary: Digital Arts-Based Inquiry and the Futures Literacies of Teacher Candidates

Thursday, 21 March 2024 - 9:00am

Helena Koniar
Department: Physics and Astronomy
Dosimetry and Biodistribution of Actinium Radiopharmaceuticals for Targeted Alpha Therapy

Thursday, 21 March 2024 - 12:00pm

Erin Marie Bell
Department: Cell & Developmental Biology
Investigating the Role of Podocalyxin in Solid Tumour Collective Invasion

Thursday, 21 March 2024 - 12:30pm

Miguel Esteban Villalba Chehab
Department: Chemical and Biological Engineering
Insights Into the Jamming Mechanisms in Pressure Screens

Friday, 22 March 2024 - 9:00am

David Nicholas Oswald
Department: Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program
A Systematic Framework for Coastal Zone Management and Economic Valuation of Ecosystem Services in Haida Gwaii

Friday, 22 March 2024 - 9:00am

Marjolein Elisabeth Maria Toorians
Department: Botany
Biodiversity Loss and the Rise of Epidemics: Disease-emergence Explained Through Host Phylogenetic Community Structure

Friday, 22 March 2024 - 9:00am

Man Yeung Tai
Department: Neuroscience
A Machine Learning Approach to Overdose Risk Assessment

Friday, 22 March 2024 - 9:00am

Nicholas Gauthier
Department: Microbiology and Immunology
Applications of Metagenomic Sequencing for Virus Detection and Characterization of Upper Respiratory Infections

Friday, 22 March 2024 - 12:00pm

Kyu Baik Ha
Department: Agricultural Sciences
The Impacts of Elevated CO2 on Plant-Insect Interactions Across Multiple Insect Species

Monday, 25 March 2024 - 9:00am

Kealin McCabe
Department: Educational Studies
Ableism in Higher Education: Collective Agreements, EDI Initiatives, and Accommodation Policies

Monday, 25 March 2024 - 9:00am

Ganesh Jawahar
Department: Computer Science
Methods for Design of Efficient On-Device Natural Language Processing Architectures

Monday, 25 March 2024 - 1:00pm

Lingyi Li
Department: Experimental Medicine
Evaluating the Association between Anti-TNFa Treatment and Multiple Sclerosis Risk in Autoimmune Conditions: Insights from Health Administrative Data and Methodological Challenges

Tuesday, 26 March 2024 - 2:00pm

Deirdre Loughnan
Department: Forestry
The Importance of Phylogeny and Environment in Shaping Species Phenologies

Tuesday, 26 March 2024 - 4:00pm

Max Gheorghiu
Department: Mathematics
On a Completion of Cohomological Functors Generalizing Tate Cohomology

Tuesday, 26 March 2024 - 4:00pm

Mehdi Setayesh
Department: Electrical & Computer Engineering
Machine Learning-Based Algorithms Design for Network Slicing, Federated Learning, and 360° Video Streaming in Wireless Systems

Wednesday, 27 March 2024 - 12:30pm

Ji Ai Cho
Department: Educational Studies
Transformative Learning through Collaboration: Experiences of Education Beyond Borders' Members from Canada and Kenya

Thursday, 28 March 2024 - 9:00am

Luka Culibrk
Department: Bioinformatics
Copy Number Variation in Metastatic Cancer: Methods and Analysis of Somatic Copy Number Variation in Advanced Human Cancers

Thursday, 28 March 2024 - 9:00am

Lianne Cho
Department: MD/PhD Program
Characterization of Depression, Suicidal Ideation, and Anxiety Among Adults Who Are Homeless or Precariously Housed

Thursday, 28 March 2024 - 10:00am

Darcie-Anne Gabrielle Bailey
Department: Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Implementation of PATH in a Secondary School: A Case Study

Thursday, 28 March 2024 - 12:30pm

Julie Ella-May McNutt
Department: Chemistry
Investigating the Anti-proliferative Effects of Somatostatin on HER2-Positive Breast Cancer Cells Using Biochemical Methods and Capillary Electrophoresis

Thursday, 28 March 2024 - 1:00pm

Hilary Tyne Brewis
Department: Medical Genetics
Deciphering H2A.Z-Mediated Transcriptional Regulation in Saccaromyces cerevisiae

Thursday, 28 March 2024 - 3:00pm

Hamid Alizadeh
Department: Mining Engineering
The Effects of Physicochemical Properties of Polyacrylamide-Based Flocculants on Characteristics of Flocculated Quartz

Tuesday, 2 April 2024 - 9:00am

Gurneet Kaur Braich
Department: Resources, Environment and Sustainability
The Influence of Climate Change on Crop Yields in the Canadian Prairies

Tuesday, 2 April 2024 - 12:30pm

Taixiang Wang
Department: Oncology
Combining DNA-PK Inhibitors with DNA-Damaging Therapies Expands the Targeted Cell Population to Kill More Cancer Cells but also Elevates Toxicities in Normal Cells

Tuesday, 2 April 2024 - 1:00pm

Tasha Wainstein
Department: Medical Genetics
Adolescent Perspectives: Genetic Counselling, Identity Development, Psychological Adaptation, Ableism, and Peer Attitudes in the Context of a Genetic Condition

Tuesday, 2 April 2024 - 1:00pm

Pascale Haworth Fricke
Department: Sauder School of Business
Three Papers Examining How Employees and Audiences Understand and Evaluate Occupations

Tuesday, 2 April 2024 - 4:00pm

Kirk Ashley King
Department: Music
Chasing the Ghost of Kadekaru

Tuesday, 2 April 2024 - 4:00pm

Hossein Zargarnezhad
Department: Materials Engineering
Characterization of Powder-Based Pipeline Coating Systems in Wet Environments

Wednesday, 3 April 2024 - 12:30pm

Fanny Suzanne Paule Couture
Department: Zoology
Assessing the Influence of Climate Variability and Resource Competition on Prey Availability for Southern Resident Killer Whales

Wednesday, 3 April 2024 - 2:00pm

Micheal David Don Jerowsky
Department: Geography
Comparing the Use of Virtual, Augmented, and Outdoor Field Trips in the Environmental Education of Children

Thursday, 4 April 2024 - 9:00am

Yuxi Feng
Department: Computer Science
Towards Alleviating Human Supervision for Document-Level Relation Extraction

Thursday, 4 April 2024 - 9:00am

Manuel Ruivo de Oliveira
Department: Mathematics
Free Boundary Minimal Submanifolds in Geodesic Balls of Simply Connected Space Forms

Thursday, 4 April 2024 - 9:30am

Siyu Song
Department: Microbiology and Immunology
Mechanisms by Which Plants Shape the Rhizosphere Microbiome Structure and Function

Thursday, 4 April 2024 - 12:30pm

Gustavo Tsay
Department: Civil Engineering
Owner-driven Implementation of BIM: Process, Challenges, Information Quality, and Value

Thursday, 4 April 2024 - 12:30pm

Lisa Raquel Trainor
Department: Kinesiology
Olympic and Paralympic Athletes' (De)construction of Athlete Psychological Well-Being

Thursday, 4 April 2024 - 3:30pm

Simone Coccia
Department: Mathematics
Distribution of Integral Points on Varieties

Friday, 5 April 2024 - 9:00am

Shruti Tophkhane
Department: Cell & Developmental Biology
Mutations in Frizzled2 and Dishevelled1 Inhibit Skeletogenesis and Disturb WNT Signaling During the Craniofacial Development in the Chicken Embryo

Friday, 5 April 2024 - 9:00am

Daniel Daly-Grafstein
Department: Statistics
Bayesian Causal Inference for Discrete Data

Friday, 5 April 2024 - 10:00am

Thomas Nguyen
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Mechanisms of Eukaryotic Transcription in Mouse Embryonic Stem Cells

Friday, 5 April 2024 - 12:30pm

Xiaoyi Ze
Department: Asian Studies
The "Short-Lived" Challengers: The Qing Merchants in Late Chosŏn Korea, 1882-1895

Friday, 5 April 2024 - 12:30pm

Fernando Martins Secco Luce
Department: Vancouver School of Economics
Essays in Economic History and Development

Monday, 8 April 2024 - 9:30am

Jane Foo
Department: Oncology
New Approaches to Targeting Transcription Factors in Hormone-Dependent Cancers

Monday, 8 April 2024 - 12:30pm

Michael Rowley
Department: Pharmaceutical Sciences
Biochemical Investigations of Protein Arginine N-Methyltransferase 2

Monday, 8 April 2024 - 2:00pm

Analise Katrina Hofmann
Department: Genome Science and Technology
Proteome-wide Localization Analysis of Yeast with Defects in Endoplasmic Reticulum-Plasma Membrane Contact Sites & Undergraduate Biology Students' Attitudes Towards Biology and Math

Wednesday, 10 April 2024 - 11:00am

Marie-Soleil Smith
Department: Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Cellular and Mitochondrial Toxicity of Integrase Strand Transfer Inhibitors in Human Embryonic Stem Cell Models

Wednesday, 10 April 2024 - 12:30pm

Xinyao Fan
Department: Statistics
Dependence Modeling in High Dimensions with Latent Variables

Friday, 12 April 2024 - 4:00pm

Jose Pablo Pinilla Gomez
Department: Electrical & Computer Engineering
Context-aware Minor-embedding for Quantum Annealing Processors

Monday, 22 April 2024 - 12:30pm

Hallie Dau
Department: Population and Public Health
The Social and Economical Impacts of Cervical Cancer on Women and Children in Uganda