Convocation May 2013

Canadian Immigration Updates

Applicants to Master’s and Doctoral degrees are not affected by the recently announced cap on study permits. Review more details

Doctor of Education (Educational Leadership and Policy)

  • Dr. Judith McGillivray: "Dr. McGillivray's study focussed on the five new teaching-intensive universities that were established in British Columbia in 2008. She studied the challenges of internal governance at those universities. Her conclusions highlighted the connection between democracy and university governance and will contribute to the literature on Higher Education."

Doctor of Musical Arts

  • Dr. Christopher Daniel Bagan: "Dr. Bagan examined the Fünf Klavierstücke, Op. 23 of Arnold Schoenberg. During his study, Dr. Bagan developed a contextual performance practice methodology for these pieces. His work incorporates an integration and understanding of the details of Schoenberg's notation as a primary basis for making informed interpretive decisions."
  • Dr. I Wayan Sudirana: "Dr. Sudirana investigated "gong luang", a rare and sacred music ensemble in Bali. His research elucidated many of its unique characteristics and highlighted their use in new compositions. Furthermore, he proposed new possibilities for its appreciation and continuance, and suggested that its loss would affect the social and religious life of Bali."
  • Dr. Brad William Stark: "Dr. Stark created a musical composition for string orchestra and piano entitled "Seraph". It symbolically references renaissance church music and draws from diverse classical music influences. Developing a distinctive harmonic language based on a symbolically ascending church mode scale, the work also draws on concerto style conventions."

Doctor of Philosophy (Anthropology)

  • Dr. Solen Roth: "Dr. Roth examined the Northwest Coast artware industry, which reproduces Aboriginal designs on everyday objects. She showed that, pressured by its Aboriginal stakeholders, this capitalist market is being shaped by an obligation to "give back" typical of potlatch societies, where status is gained not by wealth but through public acts of redistribution."
  • Dr. Farhana Begum: "Dr. Begum explored the health seeking practices of women with reproductive complications in rural Bangladesh. This research will help health policy-makers and public health officials to understand women's reproductive complications, and the ways women manage those complications, in order to adopt gender sensitive healthcare policies and action plans."

Doctor of Philosophy (Art History)

  • Dr. Su-Chen Chang: "Dr. Chang assessed a group of similar paintings produced in 16th-to-18th century China. She proved that they visualize many upper- and middle-class people's changing and diverse views of an ideal society. Her study establishes the art-historical value of the paintings, and argues for copying as a form of improvised new creation rather than mere imitation."

Doctor of Philosophy (Asian Studies)

  • Dr. Qingzhen Deng: "Dr. Deng studied the life and literature of a sixth-century Chinese poet named Xiao Gang. Her research challenges the traditional criticism of Xiao and his Palace Style poetry and contributes to a long-needed reinterpretation of Chinese literature during the Period of Division."
  • Dr. Gideon Fujiwara: "Dr. Fujiwara studied northeastern Japan in the nineteenth-century. He demonstrated ways in which natavist scholars located their community within a larger imperial nation. His work illustrates the complex construction of identity and multiple layers of community during a time of transition from early modernity to modernity."

Doctor of Philosophy (Astronomy)

  • Dr. Diana Dragomir: "Dr. Dragomir studied super-Earth extrasolar planets by monitoring the decrease in brightness they cause as they transit in front of their host stars. The observations were acquired with MOST, the first Canadian space telescope. Her research contributes to the still sparse understanding of the structure and composition of these exotic planets."

Doctor of Philosophy (Atmospheric Science)

  • Dr. Rosemary Howard: "Dr. Howard developed the first snowpack model for groomed ski runs, to forecast snow conditions for alpine ski racing. Her model captured the effects of snow crushing by skiers and snowcats, and included heat radiated from trees. She successfully simulated snow conditions for the 2010 Winter Olympics at Whistler."

Doctor of Philosophy (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)

  • Dr. Sean Wilson Minaker: "Dr. Minaker investigated how genomic instability and DNA damage can result from mutations. Thos mutations affect the cellular machinery required to decode the genetic information in DNA. This work expands our knowledge of genes that are required for maintaining genome integrity, which could be contributing factors to cancer development."
  • Dr. Krystina Ho: "Dr. Ho used baker's yeast to study the function of separase, a cell cycle regulatory protein. These studies are important, as the overproduction of separase has been associated with several forms of cancer. Her work helped shed light on new roles for this protein, opening new avenues of study for an already exciting field."
  • Dr. Jonathan Allan Coleman: "Dr. Coleman studied photo-receptors, which are cells in the eye that detect light. He discovered a protein that transports lipids and is necessary for normal vision and photo-receptor structure. His research illuminates the function of an essential process common to all cell types and contributes to our knowledge of human neuro-degenerative diseases."
  • Dr. Matthew Solomon Dahabieh: "Dr. Dahabieh's work in the Sadowski laboratory focused on studying how the genes of the HIV virus are regulated. He also developed new technologies to examine the ways in which HIV gene regulation promotes viral persistence. Such technologies are vital to identifying novel therapies that may be used in the global fight against HIV/AIDS."
  • Dr. Hsin Hen Kuo: "Dr. Kuo studied a human enzyme that degrades Tryptophan and contributes to the persistence of tumours. Using biophysical methods, he discovered and characterized new chemical reactivities of this enzyme. His work advances our knowledge of how this enzyme works and that may enable new strategies to suppress these activities and thus combat cancer."
  • Dr. Adam Tadeusz Chruscicki: "Dr. Chruscicki identified a new biological mechanism that regulates access to genetic information inside cells. Using next-generation DNA sequencing he showed how a molecular tether, termed FACT, promotes gene expression. This work enhances our understanding of basic biology and may lead to new approaches to treat cancer."

Doctor of Philosophy (Bioinformatics)

  • Dr. Nima Aghaeepour: "Dr. Aghaeepour developed algorithms for analysis of the millions of cell types involved in the immune system. He subsequently used these methods in clinical studies, to better diagnose and treat cancer, HIV, kidney transplant failure, tuberculosis and other diseases."

Doctor of Philosophy (Biomedical Engineering)

  • Dr. Mehdi Kazemzadeh Narbat: "Dr. Kazemzadeh studied antimicrobial coatings which aim to prevent infections in orthopedic implants. Orthopedic infections are a main challenge in surgery and can cost $50,000 per patient to treat. He successfully developed several approaches for the local delivery of novel antimicrobial peptides loaded into the coatings on titanium implants."
  • Dr. Hadi Mansoor: "Dr. Mansoor developed miniature microscopes in the form of handheld devices and endoscopic catheters. These instruments provide optical images of tissue in real-time that facilitates detection of diseases such as skin and gastrointestinal cancer. His research can help to lower healthcare costs by detecting cancer in its early and most treatable stage."
  • Dr. Adriana Cajiao: "Dr. Cajiao developed a mathematical model that streamlined the drug discovery process for a neutralizing agent to the anticoagulant fondaparinux. Since fondaparinux is a superior alternative to current anticoagulants, this research will greatly impact the health care system, the therapeutic field, and patient safety."

Doctor of Philosophy (Botany)

  • Dr. Heather McFarlane: "Dr. McFarlane studied ways in which plants export lipids to the protective cuticle that coats their surface, to protect themselves against water loss and drought. She discovered that lipids are exported by certain combinations of transporters, which are closely related to chemotherapy resistance transporters in humans"
  • Dr. Behzad Imanian: "Dr. Imanian studied symbiosis in unicellular organisms. Symbiosis occurs when the lives of two cells tie together and, in the process, both cells change over many generations. His research on two oceanic phyto-planktons, one living inside the other, shows that despite their long-term relationship and unlike other cases, they have changed very little."
  • Dr. Patricia Lam: "Dr. Lam studied how plants make the waxy layer on their surface that serves to protect them against water loss, UV light, pathogens and insects. Her research has uncovered a novel mechanism for how plants regulate the genes required to synthesize this waxy layer. These results may have broad implications in agriculture and plant biotechnology."

Doctor of Philosophy (Business Administration)

  • Dr. Feng Liu: "Dr. Liu examined how emotions displayed by senior team members in their meetings influence strategy formation and change. She found several kinds of emotional dynamics that are associated with different types of strategizing processes and which, over time, shape the content and form of an organization's strategy."
  • Dr. Gregory Robert Werker: "Dr. Werker focused on applying mathematical models to healthcare systems. His workforce planning application for the BC Cancer Agency ensures radiation therapists acquire experience, while providing many important services. His network model of Downtown Eastside services is a novel approach to improving care for people with mental illness and addictions."
  • Dr. Pei-Shiuan Lily Lin: "Dr. Lin examined the concept of consumer-to-consumer punishment, and showed that consumers punished fellow consumers who violate norms in shopping environments by refusing to provide assistance, and by giving them more physically demanding tasks to complete. She also showed how violations and punishment can affect people's consumption experiences."

Doctor of Philosophy (Cell and Developmental Biology)

  • Dr. J\'nelle Sarah Young: "Dr. Young investigated reproductive processes at the cellular level. Her work involved the development of a technique that prevents sperm cells from reaching maturation. This research contributes to our understanding of cell to cell interactions in general and may provide insight into certain types of male infertility."
  • Dr. Steve Raymond Bond: "Dr. Bond studied the evolution, regulation, and function of the cell membrane proteins known as Pannexins. This work advances our basic understanding of the origins of these proteins and what they do at the molecular level. The research identified a relationship between Pannexin 3 and normal fetal bone development."
  • Dr. Kai Long Daniel Tham: "Dr. Tham's research identified the processes involved in establishing certain aspects of the structure of the kidney and of the brain. His findings may lead to the discovery of novel treatments for some diseases, including the abnormal accumulation of water in the brain tissue that may occur following a stroke."

Doctor of Philosophy (Chemical and Biological Engineering)

  • Dr. Xiao He: "Dr. He's research is related to the supply chain of woody biomass intended for bioenergy production. She studied accelerated drying of woody materials, and developed experimental techniques to analyze gas emissions from stored biomass. Her work can help the industry to better manage these materials with potential economic benefits."
  • Dr. Veronique Lecault: "Dr. Lecault developed miniature cell culture devices to monitor hundreds of single cells at once. She applied this microfluidic technology to study the growth characteristics of blood stem cells and to screen antibody-producing clones. Her work provides new tools to facilitate stem cell research and to accelerate the development of therapeutics."
  • Dr. Curtis Hughesman: "Dr. Hughesman developed a powerful model for predicting the stability of chemically modified duplex DNA. He also developed a new technique for sensitive detection of mutations in genomic DNA associated with cancer. Clinical assays based on this technology are now used by the Cancer Genetics Laboratory of the BC Cancer Agency to analyze patient samples."
  • Dr. Wisarn Yenjaichon: "Dr. Yenjaichon studied ways of mixing liquid and gas in pulp fibre suspensions in pipes, based on a novel technique. The results provide a better understanding of flow and basic concepts for designing and operating a key component of pulp and paper processing. The technique has been successfully implemented on an industrial scale for the first time."
  • Dr. Wendi Guo: "Dr. Guo studied the internal heat generation and thermal properties of wood pellets. Based on experimental results, she developed a mathematical model to simulate the temperature developing process and auto ignition during long term storage. This research provides guidance for prevention of spontaneous combustion in commercial wood pellet silos."
  • Dr. Omid Vahidi: "Dr. Vahidi studied multiple factors influencing the glucose metabolism of people with type 2 diabetes by developing a comprehensive mathematical model. The model helps to reduce the long term complications of the disease by providing insightful information for administering reliable and effective medical treatments for the patients."
  • Dr. Kristian Lukas Dubrawski: "Dr. Dubrawski studied the electrochemistry of nanoparticle generation. He conducted experiments on using them to treat drinking water in rural and Aboriginal communities in Canada and for arsenic removal from well water in rural India. His findings will contribute to nanoparticle science and to global efforts to provide clean and safe drinking water."
  • Dr. Anupam Singhal: "Dr. Anupam Singhal developed technology to discover new antibody proteins for both basic research and therapeutic applications. The technology allows the selection of hundreds of new antibodies in a few days. Future technological refinements should facilitate the discovery of therapeutics for cancer, arthritis, as well as bacterial and viral infections."
  • Dr. Seung Gun Won: "Dr. Won studied hydrogen production with the aim of reducing reliance on fossil fuels and greenhouse gas emissions. He studied ways in which bioreactors can be operated to achieve stable hydrogen production from agricultural and food processing wastewater. This work will contribute to developments in bioenergy production and wastewater treatment."

Doctor of Philosophy (Chemistry)

  • Dr. Olga V Kravchenko: "Dr. Kravchenko has performed theoretical work in the area of physical chemistry. She created computer models describing the behaviour of fluids, a fundamental problem that requires large computational power. The outcomes of this research are relevant to a wide range of research areas, from atmospheric chemistry to industrial aerosols."
  • Dr. Yu Hui: "Dr. Hui developed methods to measure a few target molecules in patients receiving heart surgery. This research helped clinicians to understand the underlying mechanisms of surgery-related injuries and select suitable drug doses to reduce those injuries. He also enabled the trace analyses of target molecules, which may have broad clinical applications"
  • Dr. Shanshan Lv: "Dr. Lv studied the design of biomaterials based on proteins that are engineered to mimic natural biomolecules. He found that the materials do mimic their natural counterparts. The study provides new possibilities for designing materials with novel features. The materials can potentially be used in biomedical applications such as tissue engineering."
  • Dr. Peng Zheng: "Dr. Zheng explored the chemical bond strength in metallo-proteins. For the first time, the mechanical strength of a single ferric-thiolate bond in a protein was measured. His research significantly advances our knowledge of the nature of chemical bonds and paves the way for further studies."
  • Dr. Chang Liu: "Dr. Liu worked on the development of chemical separation instruments. He designed a novel device that could obtain pure targeted compound from complex mixtures. This technique could serve the needs in sample preparation for both academic and industrial activities."
  • Dr. Duo Sun: "Dr. Sun completed his research on ways to make organic compounds more efficiently. His studies focussed on developing new methods to generate novel molecules that are important in the pharmaceutical and material industries. His research has the potential to benefit scientists who are developing more effective drugs."

Doctor of Philosophy (Civil Engineering)

  • Dr. Ehsan Dezhdar: "Dr. Dezhdar studied the response of high-rise concrete shear-wall buildings under seismic excitation. He developed simplified models that give a better prediction of the seismic demands on concrete shear walls. Dr. Dezhdar's research will contribute to the civil engineers' knowledge of the seismic response of concrete shear wall buildings."
  • Dr. Seyed Haghshenas: "Dr. Haghshenas developed a numerical model to simulate changes in polymer composites during manufacturing. This research helps industries such as aerospace to better predict the final shape of their product, minimize residual forces, and reduce the manufacturing costs of, for instance, Boeing 787 Dreamliner that is made of 50 per cent composites.."
  • Dr. Cheryl Elizabeth Nelms: "Dr. Nelms developed an approach and complementary tools to improve the identification of risk in the early phases of public/private partnership infrastructure projects, including transportation systems and buildings. Her methods and tools improve current practice by helping to develop a more comprehensive list of project risks and response strategies."
  • Dr. Weigang Yi: "Dr. Yi designed and studied a series of new technologies for recovering energy and nutrients from wastewater. He found that by using delicate controls, the new technologies could result in substantial returns in resource recovery. This research contributes to initiatives leading to more sustainable waste management practices."
  • Dr. Sudip Talukdar: "Dr. Talukdar studied the effects of climate change on concrete infrastructure. He developed a numerical model to determine carbonation rates in structures such as concrete buildings and bridges. His work shows that climate change may leave our infrastructure more vulnerable to carbonation induced corrosion in the future."
  • Dr. Yasmin Mohamed Mohamed Aly Nassar: "Dr. Nassar examined how light penetration, or attenuation, affects the heating of lakes. She found that accounting for time and wavelength variation in light attenuation is crucial when predicting the heating of lakes. This research illuminates the importance of accurately modeling light attenuation in physical lake models."

Doctor of Philosophy (Computer Science)

  • Dr. Michael Kerry Lawrence: "Dr. Lawrence studied database integration and developed new methods for translating changes between independent databases. His case study focussed on the problem of updating a building's construction cost estimate, following changes in architectural design. His approach allows database owners to more easily keep their data in sync with related databases."
  • Dr. Mohammad Emtiyaz Khan: "Dr. Khan's work focuses on artificial intelligence. He developed fast and accurate algorithms for data analysis, which in turn contributes to the design of smart computers. His work enables intelligent computing in a wide variety of areas such as robotics, genetics, multimedia, economics, social science, and education."
  • Dr. Sang Hoon Yeo: "Dr. Yeo developed a computational model showing how movement is generated from muscle, how it interacts with the skeleton, and then how it is controlled by the brain. His work revealed a movement mechanism which was not well understood before, and an efficient way to simulate it which can be used in computer animation and movement neuroscience."
  • Dr. Amit Goyal: "Dr. Goyal developed accurate models and scalable algorithms for social influence analysis. This research assists us in understanding the flow of information in online social networks like Facebook and Twitter, in addition to improving applications like viral marketing and recommender systems."
  • Dr. Chris Joseph Thachuk: "Dr. Thachuk studied how nucleic acids, such as DNA, can change their structure to perform computation. His research proved fundamental limits for these systems and also their potential for being space and energy efficient. These molecular computers are a foundation of DNA nanotechnology and can, in principle, be used to create 'doctors within a cell'."
  • Dr. Bradley Atcheson: "Dr. Atcheson designed a digital system for recording real-world gas flows, such as vapour trails, using ordinary, consumer-grade cameras. The techniques developed to calibrate the cameras have proven useful in other computer graphics applications. This research advances the state of the art in capturing fluid motion for the visual effects industry."
  • Dr. Matthew William Hoffman: "Dr. Hoffman studied the problem of how to make optimal decisions in uncertain environments. In particular he developed algorithms which translate questions of decision making into problems of statistical inference. This framework greatly expands the ability of these methods to attack complex decision problems."
  • Dr. Hagit Schechter: "Dr. Schechter developed new algorithms for simulating the flow of water and smoke in computer graphics. Her work includes modelling the impression of turbulence, capturing the interaction of water with solids and air, and generating the geometry of a water surface. This is of particular interest to the film visual effects and computer game industries."

Doctor of Philosophy (Counselling Psychology)

  • Dr. Trevor Ole Olson: "Dr. Ole Olson investigated the bereavement experiences of recent veterans with the Canadian and American military. This study captured the veterans' experience of the violent death of a close comrade , an experience which has the potential to create significant distress that is unknown to, and commonly misunderstood by others"
  • Dr. Dawn Nicole Johnston: "Dr. Johnston explored the experiences of women diagnosed with breast cancer and how they came to understand themselves & their self-identities post-diagnosis. The findings provide preliminary understandings of ways that counselling psychology research, theory & practice can expand to support the growing population of women living with breast cancer."

Doctor of Philosophy (Curriculum Studies)

  • Dr. Hannah Marie Spector: "Dr. Spector examined the concept of cosmopolitanism through theory, world events and literature. She argues that a cosmopolitan education is built upon hospitality to and responsibility for others in an increasingly interconnected and codependent world. This study increases philosophical understandings of what it means to be a human being."
  • Dr. Alayne Cheryl Armstrong: "Dr. Armstrong developed a method of documenting problem posing patterns that emerge as small groups of students work collectively on a mathematics task. This research illuminates group work in school mathematics as a creative and improvisational process."
  • Dr. Shaya Golparian: "Dr. Golparian's research is an artist/researcher/teacher's post-colonial inquiry into the concepts of home, language, unbelonging, Othering, invisibility, exoticism, pain and ethics of in-between. Her aesthetic self-exploration highlights a sensitive pedagogy of representation in art education in engaging with the theme of displaced displacement."
  • Dr. Donald MacDougall: "Dr. MacDougall investigated teaching and learning beliefs of art educators working in higher education. Informed by the philosophical work of Gilles Deleuze, he studied how art educators come to know what they know, and how they demonstrate that knowing in their teaching practices as they create meaningful learning encounters for their students."
  • Dr. Yifei Wang: "Dr. Wang explored ways in which language learning can be re-designed in a 3D gaming environment. Her research demonstrates that using a 3D gaming environment as a catalyst for change may provide language learners with opportunities to go beyond context boundaries. They can learn a target language without physically stepping out of their home countries."

Doctor of Philosophy (Economics)

  • Dr. Na Zhang: "Dr. Zhang studied the determinants of corporate leasing. She found that uncertainty and financial constraints play important roles in understanding corporate leasing decisions. Her research also suggested that leasing is less used in countries with weak legal environments."
  • Dr. Nishant Chadha: "Dr. Chadha examined the role played by economic changes in recent political developments in India, including the emergence of peasant and ethnic parties. This research highlights the important role played by economic imperatives in either dampening or amplifying social divisions existing in societies."

Doctor of Philosophy (Educational Studies)

  • Dr. Lori Beth MacIntosh: "Dr. MacIntosh studied anti-homophobia education through Vancouver youth media. She identified several issues within existing anti-homophobia discourse, including its detrimental influence on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer self-identification. This work has substantive implications for social justice education, youth media studies and queer theory."
  • Dr. Jill Katheryn Reimer: "Dr. Reimer studied primary education in Cambodia. She explored how village-level stakeholders understand and implement the dominant Western notions of formal education promoted in low-income countries. Her research demonstrates that intentional consideration of local cultural norms and values is essential for improving educational quality."
  • Dr. Jenny Phelps: "Dr. Phelps examined forces of globalization as experienced by international doctoral students. She found that students pursue PhDs abroad to develop global assets that will advance their careers and other ambitions. Insights from this study may compel universities to become more responsive to the complex educational purposes of these students."
  • Dr. Tara Lee Gibb: "Dr. Gibb's research was in the field of adult education policy studies. She analyzed the policies that regulate the English language assessment of new immigrants seeking entry into the professions in Canada. Her research will assist educators, policy makers, employers and professional regulatory bodies to develop policy and educational practices."
  • Dr. Ann M. Doyle: "Dr. Doyle showed that library classification systems have harmful social and educational consequences for Indigenous learners. She demonstrated how Indigenous approaches to knowledge create new understandings of classification theory. These inform her framework for classification design to better serve Indigenous learners and all learners"

Doctor of Philosophy (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

  • Dr. Xiaohui Chen: "Dr. Chen's research lies in the area of high-dimensional statistics and machine learning. He developed novel statistical methods for reliably extracting information from large amounts of data and applying them to construct brain connectivity networks. His work has broad implications for the field of statistics and neuroscience communities."
  • Dr. Wei You: "Dr. You invented a new method of ultrasound imaging based on micro-scale structures. This method demonstrated greatly improved image quality. Applications of this new ultrasound technique include miniaturized devices for the diagnosis of cancer and cardiac diseases."
  • Dr. Ziaul Hasan Hashmi: "Dr. Hashmi developed algorithms for resource allocation in next generation wireless technologies such as cognitive radio and cooperative networks. He developed a contract theory-based approach to design a relay selection scheme in presence of asymmetric information in wireless networks. This research illuminates the role of advanced algorithms to improve efficiency of emerging wireless networks"
  • Dr. Umesh Phuyal: "Dr. Phuyal's research focused on developing next generation wireless communication systems. He proposed novel algorithms to efficiently utilize scarce radio resources. These algorithms enable us to provide higher data rates to mobile communication users. They also increase energy efficiency and promote sustainable green communication."
  • Dr. Mehrnoush Khojasteh-Lakelayeh: "Dr. Khojasteh's research focused on the computerized and automated analysis of tissue images. She developed methods for the improved characterization of cancerous and pre-cancerous tissues by measuring the molecular biomarkers present in the tissues. Her results pave the way for the ultimate goal of personalized treatment and management of cancer."
  • Dr. Michel Ebrahim AlSharidah: "Dr. AlSharidah developed an active method to improve the Standard Unintentional Islanding Test for electrical systems. A power switched inverter is used to replace the bulky capacitor and inductor banks. This method makes it more portable and efficient and easier to reproduce, in addition to reducing the size and cost of the standard islanding test.,"
  • Dr. Kaston Karsay Leung: "Dr. Leung conducted research in the use of very small volumes of fluid to perform biological experiments. He designed a device that can greatly reduce the cost and improve the effectiveness of many experiment types. He used it to study the genetic differences between individual bacteria in the environment and between single cells in human cancers."
  • Dr. Xudong Lv: "Dr. Lu's work focussed on methods to detect copied images and protect copyright. He developed novel approaches for image hashing and content-based fingerprinting .This research contributes significantly to information indexing, retrieval, forensics and security of advanced multimedia."
  • Dr. Di Xu: "Dr. Xu developed methods for capturing, post-processing, and displaying 3D images and videos. Her contributions have significantly improved the quality of viewing experience of 3D cinemas, 3D home theaters, and 3D mobile devices, providing the viewers with true-to-life experiences."
  • Dr. Seyedeh Sara Mahdavi: "Dr. Mahdavi developed a method for segmenting the prostate in ultrasound images. To date, over 1000 cancer patients have been treated using this tool, which has become standard of care at the Vancouver Cancer Centre. Recently she incorporated new imaging methods that measure elasticity to increase prostate imaging contrast and to localize cancer."
  • Dr. Farzad Moghimi: "Dr. Moghimi developed novel sensing techniques for detecting and exploiting unused frequency bands in wireless networks. He also developed efficient algorithms for increasing the transmission rate of these networks. The results of his research can be used to develop more efficient and reliable wireless communication networks."
  • Dr. Keivan Ronasi: "Dr. Ronasi studied resource allocation and scheduling algorithms for wireless communication. In addition he worked with a team to develop, simulate, and evaluate new algorithms. It is hope that these algorithms will enhance the performance of wireless communication networks in terms of bandwidth, transmission delay, and fairness provisioning."
  • Dr. Layali Rashid: "Dr. Rashid studied the vulnerability of software programs to intermittent hardware faults that impact processors, due to manufacturing defects and extreme operating conditions. She subsequently analyzed and built techniques to diagnose and reconfigure the fault-prone component of the processor. Her work improves the reliability of future processors."
  • Dr. Puwakkatiya Kankanamge Eranda Harinath: "Dr. Harinath studied control and optimization strategies for industrial processes to minimize energy consumption while maintaining or improving product quality. He developed a process optimization algorithm and applied it to a Thermo-Mechanical Pulping process resulting in a reduction of more than 10% in energy consumption."
  • Dr. Nima Sadeghi: "Dr. Sadeghi developed integrated circuit design techniques for acquiring and processing data in high-temperature applications such as aerospace, automotive, pulp and paper, and oil fields. He proposed inexpensive and simple temperature compensation techniques, and validated them by designing proof-of-concept circuits for existing mainstream technology."
  • Dr. Amir Ghalib Alasaad: "Dr. Alasaad investigated the ways in which users in wireless community networks share the costs of Internet access. He developed a system that enables services, such as content sharing and group communications over the wireless community network. The system can be deployed commercially, and users can enjoy these services in a wide range of conditions."
  • Dr. Satish Chandra Jha: "Dr. Jha responded to the demand for expanded wireless services. He developed Cognitive Radio, a technique to give unlicensed wireless network users access to bands in the radio spectrum not used by licensed companies, such as Bell Mobility. Cognitive Radio promises to increase the availability of services for next generation wireless networks."
  • Dr. Abdol Rasul Rasuli: "Dr. Rasuli's study focussed on the function of shovels used in the mining industry. The results of his research contribute to the development of intelligent shovel excavation technology, including the study of diggability in surface mining, the monitoring of interactive forces during excavation, and enhanced safety and productivity during dump-truck loading."
  • Dr. William Stephen Adolph: "Dr. Adolph studied how practitioners manage the process of software development. He discovered their central concern is related to social processes rather than technical processes. The theory he built explains how people resolve their central concern; it is useful for designing more relevant software methodologies and training programs."

Doctor of Philosophy (English)

  • Dr. Niigonwedom James Sinclair: "Dr. Sinclair developed a critical methodology to understand Anishinaabeg narratives from past to present. He used principles derived from the Anishinaabeg clan system. His work suggests that Anishinaabeg creative and critical expressions are political and intellectual practices, in which culture and nationhood are defined, initiated, and sustained."
  • Dr. Genevieve Jude Gagne-Hawes: "Dr. Gagne-Hawes compared works of the Raj novel genre, created by British authors living in India under the British Raj from 1858 to 1947, with the 1980s British Raj Revival novels and films. She demonstrated ways in which the novelists' image of British national character shaped political rhetoric and artistic production in Thatcherite Britain."
  • Dr. Charity Christine Matthews: "Dr. Matthews examined intellectual, literary, and scientific approaches to understanding nature in 19th-century Canada. She studied the language types and scientific systems that women used to describe the environment. Drawing on meteorology, botany, zoology and ornithology, Dr. Matthews rethinks both nature writing and women's writing in Canada."
  • Dr. Kimberly Anne Duff: "Dr. Duff 's study focussed on British literature and culture at the time Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister. She uncovered issues related to British public and private urban space, national identity and emergent forms of historical identities and citizenship."
  • Dr. Mark Deggan: "Dr. Deggan is a literary scholar interested in the aesthetic means by which landscape representations are used to communicate aspects of human consciousness. His work offers an ecologically focused means of linking ethics, art, and the environment across different cultural media, focussing upon global cinema and the novel."

Doctor of Philosophy (Experimental Medicine)

  • Dr. Alastair Henry Davies: "Dr. Davies identified the process by which a single protein can transform normal cells into breast tumour cells. These cells were found to belong to the triple-negative breast cancer subtype, the most aggressive form of the disease. His work uncovered therapeutic strategies that target the cause, rather than the consequences, of breast cancer."
  • Dr. Seyed Mehdi Jafarnejad Shourkaei: "Dr. Jafarnejad conducted research into the human cancer, melanoma. His work revealed that the biological pathway downstream of the gene Sox4 is abnormal in cancer cells, and that plays an important role in the development of melanoma. These findings can lead toward the invention of new treatments for this disease."
  • Dr. William Clay Guest: "Dr. Guest studied the causes of nerve cell death. He developed a new method which contributes to understanding the molecular events involved in Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. His findings will contribute to the development of new treatments for these diseases."
  • Dr. Aranka Anema: "Dr. Anema's field of study, epidemiology, explores the causes, distribution and control of diseases in populations. She studied the impacts of food insecurity on clinical outcomes of people living with HIV/AIDS. Her findings directly inform public health policies at provincial and national levels in Canada, and globally within the United Nations."
  • Dr. Ellen Meng-I Lu: "Dr. Lu investigated pregnancy-related and birth outcomes in people with multiple sclerosis, a neurodegenerative disease that affects many young adults of childbearing age. She found that people with multiple sclerosis did not have worse outcomes compared to the general population. Her studies provide reassurance to those who wish to start a family."
  • Dr. Emily Phaps Thi: "Dr. Thi studied human white blood cells that are critical to fighting infection. She identified host factors that enhance white cell function and discovered a novel bacterial effector that suppresses these cells. The results of her studies significantly enhance our knowledge of host resistance to infection."
  • Dr. Guobin Sun: "Dr. Sun conducted research in the field of cancer biology. While investigating the molecular mechanism of cancer progression, he discovered a novel signaling protein complex that is critical in controlling the invasion of human cancer cells. Dr. Sun's work sheds light on tumor metastasis and reveals new approaches for effective cancer treatment"

Doctor of Philosophy (Food Science)

  • Dr. Ingrid Elisia: "Dr. Elisia examined the effects of different types of vitamin E on the risk of intestinal inflammation in infants. She discovered that the type of vitamin E present in vegetable oil and infant formula is associated with more inflammation than the vitamin E dominant in human milk. These findings will contribute to research into infant health and feeding."
  • Dr. Natalia Edith Saenz Garza: "Dr. Saenz-Garza developed a Vacuum Microwave technique for protecting natural antimicrobials that are capable of preventing the growth of destructive microorganisms in food. She subsequently tested controlled release of the encapsulated antimicrobial for the preservation of fresh apple slices, as a model for increasing the shelf life of fresh cut fruit."

Doctor of Philosophy (Forestry)

  • Dr. James Duncan Stephen: "Dr. Stephen examined the technical and economic feasibility of producing commercial ethanol from Canada's forest resources. He compared the performance of this wood-based renewable transportation fuel to other biofuels and bioenergy options using a variety of tools. This research provides a framework for evaluation of emerging bio-based products."
  • Dr. Luis Fernando Del Rio: "Dr. Del Rio used a variety of techniques to better understand the factors that restrict enzymes from breaking down cellulose for the production of ethanol from wood. His work showed that the wood could be chemically modified to improve cellulose breakdown and lower the enzyme doses. This knowledge can reduce the cost of converting wood to ethanol."
  • Dr. Yu Huang: "Dr. Huang studied the effects of the US Lacey Act Amendment, the EU Timber Regulation, and the Chain of Custody certification on China's wood products industry. These initiatives aim to reduce illegal logging and legitimize the associated forest products trade. This research explains the impact at the individual producer level and at the industry level."
  • Dr. Linoj Kumar Kunchikannan Naduvile Veettil: "Dr. Naduvile-Veettil wants to save the planet by helping the world to get over its addiction to oil! He focussed on the key step of converting wood pellets to ethanol that can be used as fuel. His research focused on ways a simple process such as steam pre-treatment can be made effective, to break down the complex structure of wood into sugars that become fuel."
  • Dr. James Ian Dallmeyer: "Dr. Dallmeyer studied the use of lignin, an organic binding substance, as a precursor for new materials. His research explored the use of electrostatic forces to draw lignin into fibres, and conversion of those fibres into new advanced materials. These materials have potential applications in energy storage, composites, and adsorption [sic]."
  • Dr. Louise K. Blight: "Dr. Blight studied seagulls to ask what they can tell us about our environment. She used historical records, museum specimens, and modern data to measure changes in their population numbers, egg production, and diet since 1860. Her results show that gulls can be used to monitor long-term changes in the marine environment of British Columbia and elsewhere."
  • Dr. Hendrik Maximilian Voeckler: "Dr. Vockler carried out his research in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia. Through modeling, he came up with a value of how much rainwater enters the mountain block and becomes deep groundwater. Results of this study are important for the communities of the Okanagan Valley and indicators for how to deal with limited water resources in the future."
  • Dr. Trevor Steven Blenner-Hassett: "Dr. Blenner-Hassett examined the effects of light, water, and nutrients on small tree growth across gradients of light and site quality near Kamloops, BC. He subsequently applied his findings to develop a spatially explicit small tree growth model capable of predicting seedling and sapling growth under a wide range of stand conditions."

Doctor of Philosophy (Geography)

  • Dr. Geoff Becker Hill: "Dr. Hill investigated waterless human waste management at remote sites. His study exposed the costs and impacts of poorly designed systems including composting toilets. Novel urine-diverting toilets showed much more promise for nutrient recovery, safety, and cost. Recently, this topic has attracted considerable funding from the Gates Foundation"
  • Dr. Celia Vives Gonzales: "Dr. Vives Gonzalez completed her doctoral studies in field of Geography."

Doctor of Philosophy (Geological Sciences)

  • Dr. Andrew Harry Caruthers: "Dr. Caruthers studied a mass extinction event of the Early Jurassic time period. He used paleontology and geochemistry to investigate its magnitude and controlling mechanisms. Findings from western North America show declining diversity in marine species following the event, suggesting it was worldwide and closely tied to prolonged global warming."
  • Dr. Kirsten Louise Rasmussen: "Dr. Rasmussen completed a regional study of granitic rocks in eastern Yukon and the southwestern Northwest Territories. Her dissertation provides new information on the age, distribution, and origin of these economically important rocks. This synthesis benefits those studying and searching for metals in the Canadian Cordillera."

Doctor of Philosophy (History)

  • Dr. Frederik Vermote: "Dr. Vermote studied the local and global dimensions of the Jesuit networks and finances between Europe and China during the 17th and 18th centuries. Because transporting money and other resources from Europe to China was unpredictable, the Jesuit communities relied increasingly on revenue from real estate investments in, Beijing, Manila and elsewhere."
  • Dr. Jan-Henrik Friedrichs: "Dr. Friedrichs completed his doctoral studies in the field of History."
  • Dr. Geoffrey Allen Horner: "Dr. Horner completed his doctoral studies in the field of History."

Doctor of Philosophy (Human Development, Learning, and Culture)

  • Dr. Eva Oberle: "Dr. Oberle examined factors that relate to positive development and resilience in early adolescence. Her research showed that family, school, and community support are crucial for positive growth in youth. She also found that the social and emotional competencies of young adolescents are critically related to their academic success in school."

Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems)

  • Dr. Karen Lynne Rideout: "Dr. Rideout asked why some people resist the highly processed and unhealthy food products that are ubiquitous in western society. She found that those people are motivated by a deep sense that food is sacred. She argues that fostering recognition of food's intrinsic value through meaningful connections could lead to a healthier food system overall."
  • Dr. Jason Barton: "Dr. Barton asked the complex question: "Should the U.S. and others open their economies to importation of Brazilian ethanol, and what would be the impact on the Brazilian economy, ecosystems and people?" His three studies discovered that increased production could be positive for Brazil if existing legislation is enforced and education improves."
  • Dr. DeLisa Lewis: "Dr. Lewis explored the regeneration of agriculture and food systems in the Bella Coola Valley, British Columbia. She developed an approach to local food system studies that engaged the multiple histories of indigenous, local, and scientific knowledge. Her work contributes to the reframing of agriculture, food, and health for the 21st century. ."

Doctor of Philosophy (Interdisciplinary Oncology)

  • Dr. Hequn Wang: "Dr. Wang developed a new medical device for skin evaluation and diagnosis. Without removing any tissue from the skin, it tells physicians both the microscopic appearance and the biochemical changes of the skin lesion. Her device and method offer great potential to help medical diagnosis, especially for skin cancers."
  • Dr. Gerald Li: "Dr. Li sought to improve detection and screening of very early lung and cervical cancers by combining measurements of cellular DNA content with complementary biological information. His work demonstrates new techniques that might be applicable to other cancers and cautions against approaching early cancers as isolated and uniform entities."

Doctor of Philosophy (Interdisciplinary Studies)

  • Dr. Elizabeth Ellen Kelson: "Dr. Kelson spent 12 months doing research in a BC long-term care facility. She learned that staff face multiple challenges, such as time constraints, in the quest to deliver person-centred care. The study showed that residents long for social connections and greater access to everyday activities to give their life meaning and create a sense of home."
  • Dr. Mathias Warnes: "Dr. Warnes studied "the festival" in the Collected Works of the philosopher Martin Heidegger. He showed how the festival is in play in the poet Friedrich H”lderlin, and in ancient Greek philosophy and religion. His work will be valuable to scholars in contemporary continental philosophy."
  • Dr. Lloy Wylie: "Dr. Wylie examined the barriers to health care faced by ethnically diverse communities, and how they are addressed by institutions and agencies in Vancouver and Montreal. She found that most strategies focus narrowly on language issues. She concluded that in order to have inclusive health care organizations, we need to address the full range of barriers."

Doctor of Philosophy (Law)

  • Dr. Pooja Parmar: "Dr. Parmar examined a dispute over water between indigenous peoples in India and CocaCola, using ethnographic, legal and historical research. This study shows that meaningful resolution of such disputes requires recognition of the historical and social contexts that are often overlooked in legal analysis and popular reporting of such disputes."
  • Dr. Shauna Erin Labman: "Dr. Labman looked at the development and operation of Canada's voluntary refugee re-settlement program. She analyzed the intersection of rights, responsibility and obligation in the absence of a legal scheme for resettlement. Her research demonstrates the pervasive influence of law and how this affects refugee access to protection."
  • Dr. Robert Diab: "Dr. Diab explored debates about security after September 11. His findings highlight a gap between arguments in favour of extraordinary measures and evidence about the nature of outstanding threats. He concluded that while serious risks remain, a better understanding of those risks will help us to preserve core rights in times of fear."

Doctor of Philosophy (Library, Archival and Information Studies)

  • Dr. Evelyn Dedei Markwei: "Dr. Markwei investigated the everyday-life, information-seeking behaviour of urban homeless youth in Accra, Ghana. The findings highlight their everyday life needs, information seeking behaviours, the importance of their social network of friends in meeting their needs, and the policy and practical changes that would improve the lives of the youth."

Doctor of Philosophy (Linguistics)

  • Dr. Murray Henry Schellenberg: "Dr. Schellenberg examined how Cantonese and Mandarin singers express speech tones during singing. He showed that Cantonese singers add in extra tonal information missing from the written music, and Cantonese listeners use this information in understanding the sung words. Also, Mandarin singers and listeners do not incorporate speech tones in music."
  • Dr. Anita Szakay: "Dr. Szakay investigated how a bilingual person's first and second languages are connected in the mind. She studied English-Maori bilingual New Zealanders, and established a new type of connection based on the ethnic dialect of a speaker. Her results have practical implications for facilitating language processing in the second language classroom. ."
  • Dr. Noriko Yamane: "Dr. Yamane used ultrasound imaging to test whether certain consonants in Japanese that were thought to vary in their production actually have a specific tongue position. Her study revealed that speakers use individualized tongue postures to make these sounds. This research illuminates a hidden contrast in how speakers distinguish sounds in language. ."

Doctor of Philosophy (Materials Engineering)

  • Dr. Ali Shafiei Mohammadabadi: "Dr. Shafiei studied fuel injection systems. He investigated components of the advanced fuel injection systems required by the clean-burning, high-efficiency engines using combustion mixes containing hydrogen. His research resulted in protective solutions for these components, which will help to create environmentally friendly transportation."
  • Dr. Guillaume Badinier: "Dr. Badinier studied the mechanical properties of high strength steels dedicated to automotive applications. He proposed a physically-based model to capture the behaviour of that particular family of steels. This model can help steel manufacturers in orienting the development of new products that will be used in tomorrow's cars."

Doctor of Philosophy (Mathematics)

  • Dr. Hesameddin Abbaspour: "Dr. Abbaspour Tazehkand completed his doctoral studies in the field of Mathematics."
  • Dr. Mostafa Fazly: "Dr. Fazly studied the behaviour of the solutions to various mathematical equations. Starting in 1914, pure mathematicians have been interested in classifying and reducing the dimensions of solutions to differential equations. This study introduced two new concepts regarding classifying and reducing the dimensions of certain systems of equations."
  • Dr. Alia Sami Hamieh: "Dr. Hamieh conducted her research in Pure Mathematics. She studied the special values of certain mathematical functions known as L-functions, building on recent major advances. Her results extend and generalize existing work on this topic and connect to some outstanding unsolved problems in algebraic number theory, giving it wide application."
  • Dr. Steve Bennoun: "Dr. Bennoun developed new models in the area of quantum algebra and studied their connections to other mathematical concepts. These new objects and methods will help us better understand both the models used in theoretical physics and the interactions of the fundamental particles forming the matter."
  • Dr. Dennis Timmers: "Dr. Timmers' research concerns probability theory and the physics of phase transitions such as transitions from liquid to gas. He developed a new method for proving the existence of phase transitions for systems of interacting particles. His research contributes to the field of statistical mechanics."
  • Dr. Nicholas Harland: "Dr. Harland conducted his research in the field of analytic number theory. He focussed on two functions which help with testing prime numbers: the Carmichael Lambda function, and the Euler Totient [Oiler Tote-ent] function. The methods he created to study these specific functions can be used by mathematicians to study other arithmetic functions as well."

Doctor of Philosophy (Mechanical Engineering)

  • Dr. Jingmei Li: "Dr. Li studied the initial stages of paper sheet formation. She developed a numerical method for simulating paper formation at the level of individual pulp fibres, and obtained the first paper surface map using a micro-CT scanner and image analysis. Her work will help paper mills and the manufacturers of paper machines to improve the quality of paper."
  • Dr. Amir Abbas Aliabadi: "Dr. Aliabadi studied the interaction between a hospital ward ventilation system and the spread of diseases through coughs and sneezes. He investigated the spread of airborne droplets in a ventilated recovery room. His work revealed ways to reduce hospital energy demand while providing a healthy environment for care-givers and patients in healthcare premises"
  • Dr. Arka Dwinanda Soewono: "Dr. Soewono researched the techniques used to measure soot particulates released into the environment as by-products of combustion. The accuracy of optical-based instruments used to measure the soot is crucial, particularly for the study of aerosol science. Findings from this study will assist in estimating the impact of soot on the global climate."

Doctor of Philosophy (Medical Genetics)

  • Dr. Martin Hubert Kang: "Dr. Kang identified two new ways to increase HDL cholesterol. HDL is known as good cholesterol, and research has shown that increasing good cholesterol can decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer's disease. Increasing good cholesterol in these two ways represents new strategies to treat these diseases."
  • Dr. Fiona Young: "Dr. Young's research focussed on Huntington Disease, or HD, an inherited neuro-degenerative disorder that results in cognitive and motor impairment and psychiatric changes. She studied an enzyme known as HIP 14, and found its absence in mice results in HD-like symptoms. This discovery suggests new approaches for the treatment of Huntington Disease."
  • Dr. Madalene A Earp: "Dr. Earp studied the genetics of ovarian cancer risk and the genetics of the variation in menopause age, two complex human traits that impact women's health. It is hoped that an improved understanding of the heritable genetics of these traits will lead to improved treatment and prevention of ovarian cancer."
  • Dr. Courtney Hanna: "Dr. Hanna investigated genetic and environmental risk factors for recurrent miscarriages in women. She found that elevated risk of recurrent miscarriage is associated with markers of accelerated aging and stress. This work has helped elucidate some of the complexity of this condition and provided a basis for future research."
  • Dr. Alicia Joy Semaka: "Dr. Semaka studied a rare genetic test result for Huntington disease called an intermediate allele. Using a unique combination of molecular and qualitative techniques, her data were translated into genetic counselling implications, which will improve genetic testing for patients and families impacted by Huntington disease around the world."

Doctor of Philosophy (Microbiology and Immunology)

  • Dr. Dmitry Apel: "Dr. Apel studied a bacterium called Campylobacter jejuni, which causes severe food poisoning. By exploring the ways in which the bacterium senses and responds to different environmental conditions, his research provided key insights into how this prevalent pathogen survives inside animal hosts and causes disease in humans."
  • Dr. Amy Tsz Yan Yeung: "Dr. Yeung studied mechanisms that control virulence and virulence-related processes, including swarming, antibiotic resistance and biofilm formation, in the human pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Her research provide insights into how this pathogen proliferates within the lungs of Cystic Fibrosis patients, which will assist in the development of treatments."

Doctor of Philosophy (Mining Engineering)

  • Dr. Leopoldo Gutierrez: "Dr. Gutierrez studied the process of extracting bitumen from the Canadian oil sands and how the presence of humic acids affect the process. This novel research showed that these organic compounds strongly modify the process efficiency. These findings will help the Canadian economy and lead to better predictions of the Canadian oil production."
  • Dr. Aaron James Gunson: "Dr. Gunson examined ways in which the global mining industry uses water and how it can reduce water use while increasing efficiency. He quantified global mine water use and investigated methods for improving mine water systems through the significant reduction of clean water requirements, water withdrawals, and water-related energy consumption."

Doctor of Philosophy (Music)

  • Dr. Leslie Alexandra Tilley: "Dr. Tilley analysed the drumming for the Balinese dance-drama arja. She compared drum improvisations of several master drummers as variations on taught patterns. Her study helps us understand Balinese compositional processes, grapples with questions of musical diffusion and transformation, and offers insight into the very nature of improvisation."

Doctor of Philosophy (Neuroscience)

  • Dr. Thomas Clarke Harrison: "Dr. Harrison developed a method for mapping motor areas of the brain by using laser light to stimulate neurons in the cortex. This technique was then applied to study the circuitry that controls voluntary movement and to investigate the ability of these circuits to rewire themselves after an ischemic stroke."
  • Dr. Kelly Ann Butts: "Dr. Butts studied how hormones released in the body during stress affect brain function. She investigated the mechanism by which those hormones regulate the neurotransmitter, dopamine, in an area of the brain that is important for complex cognitive function. Her findings provide insight into novel treatment strategies for stress-related psychiatric disorders"

Doctor of Philosophy (Nursing)

  • Dr. Mi-Yeon Kim: "Dr. Kim studied the psychological distress of adults born with congenital heart disease. She found that people who have a perception of inadequate support from family and friends, and who frequently use wishful thinking strategies to cope with stressors, experience a higher level of anxiety and depression."
  • Dr. Lyle George Grant: "Dr. Grant examined the impact of smoke-free policies on inpatient psychiatric units in Northern BC. He studied how health policy unfolds in real-world situations. His work highlights the importance of considering local contexts and the values and beliefs of those most affected by policy change, as a way to improve policy fidelity and health outcomes."
  • Dr. Sandra Beatrice Lauck: "Dr. Lauck studied changes in the quality of life of people with permanent defibrillators implanted for severe heart disease. Physical functioning, mental health, and social functioning improved over time, with significant gender differences. This work contributes to mounting evidence that health care must be delivered in a gender-specific manner."

Doctor of Philosophy (Oceanography)

  • Dr. Yiming Luo: "Dr. Luo studied ocean processes such as circulation and carbon flux with chemical tracers. His research improved the methods we use, to better understand the role that oceans play in climate change. This work provides several promising future research perspectives for oceanography, which are especially beneficial to scientists who study climate change."

Doctor of Philosophy (Pathology and Laboratory Medicine)

  • Dr. Paul Ryan Hiebert: "Dr. Hiebert studied age-related skin disorders. He showed that Granzyme B, an enzyme produced during chronic inflammation, contributes to skin aging and to the persistence of chronic wounds that do not heal. These findings help to explain age-related skin disorders like chronic wound healing, and may contribute to improved treatment."
  • Dr. Kathryn Jane Potter: "Dr. Potter investigated the reasons that transplants of insulin-producing cells fail. She revealed that those transplants undergo changes similar to those in type 2 diabetes, including the formation of toxic protein plaques. Her findings may contribute to new therapies to improve the function of insulin-producing cells in transplants and in type 2 diabetes."
  • Dr. Zsuzsanna Hollander: "Dr. Hollander designed novel methods for discovering biomarkers for heart health. Using these methods, she discovered biomarker panels that can predict and diagnose acute cardiac allograft rejection and diagnose recovered heart function. Her work may improve heart transplant and heart failure patient management."

Doctor of Philosophy (Pharmaceutical Sciences)

  • Dr. Timothy Wing-Yau Chow: "Dr. Chow examined the ability of newborns to metabolize and clear the antidepressant Fluoxetine taken by their mothers. The passive transfer of the drug from pregnant women to the fetus constitutes a major route of drug exposure in newborns. This research will enrich knowledge of drug clearance in the pediatric population."

Doctor of Philosophy (Pharmacology)

  • Dr. Ricardo Enrique Rivera-Acevedo: "Dr. Rivera's work focussed on treatments for chronic pain. He examined the pharmacological properties of local anesthetics on pain sensors. Using various methods, he established a model for the regulation of the sensors by these pain blocking compounds. His work provides a foundation for new approaches to selectively target and treat chronic pain."

Doctor of Philosophy (Philosophy)

  • Dr. Joshua James Johnston: "Dr. Johnston's work lies at the intersection between morality and beauty. He developed a theory of judgment that is sensitive to both, thus unifying, in part, ethics and aesthetics. This theory relies on the agent's skill of carefully getting to know the item up for judgment. His theory will have impact in ethics, aesthetics, and art education"

Doctor of Philosophy (Physics)

  • Dr. Yue Qiu: "Dr. Qiu developed a computer program to study radiation exposure. She focused on a type of in-room CT imaging procedures which increases the precision of radiation therapy. This study will help physicians and patients to understand the potential cancer risk due to the imaging process."
  • Dr. Jonathan Adam Rosen: "Dr. Rosen conducted experimental research into the physics of high-temperature superconductors. He demonstrated the existence of a temperature-dependent charge-density-wave, thereby establishing a new physical description for the surface of high-temperature superconductors."
  • Dr. Joshua Harold Grimes: "Dr. Grimes researched radiation dose calculations in cancer patients being treated by the injection of radio-labelled pharmaceuticals. He investigated and developed tools for the performance of patient-specific dose estimates in the busy clinical environment, where patient care can potentially be improved through a more personalized approach."
  • Dr. Francis-Yan Cyr-Racine: "Dr. Cyr-Racine studied the physics of dark matter, a mysterious component that constitutes 85% of all matter in the Universe. His research showed that the physics governing dark matter could be rich without ruining the success of the current cosmological model. His results contribute to our understanding of the fundamental physics governing our Universe."
  • Dr. Christian Neil Veenstra: "Dr. Veenstra experimented on superconductors which cannot currently be fully explained, using light to knock electrons free. By studying these electrons and relating their properties back to the material he was able to further our understanding of their interactions. This brings us closer to a complete description of superconductivity in these materials."
  • Dr. Erika Ming Yee Chin: "Dr. Chin developed a new method of radiation delivery that can more precisely target lung cancers while reducing exposure to the patient's healthy tissue. This technique allows doctors to prescribe higher radiation doses to the tumour without increasing the risk of treatment complications, and this significantly improves the chances of patient survival."
  • Dr. Tao Kong: "Dr. Kong developed an indirect method to search for exotic particle emissions in nuclear decays. This unique method is independent of a particle's lifetime and allows us to detect any particle emission. His work successfully demonstrated a 3% momentum resolution, which is essential for detecting exotic particles emitted with very small probabilities."

Doctor of Philosophy (Planning)

  • Dr. James Thomas White: "Dr. White's research focussed on Toronto's waterfront, and he asked: "'How do planning processes affect the quality and execution of urban design?' Findings showed that innovative policies and regulations were established to achieve design excellence despite a weak jurisdictional context."

Doctor of Philosophy (Political Science)

  • Dr. Leanne Jennifer Smythe: "Dr. Smythe's work examined the defence policies of Canada and Australia. She highlighted a post-Cold War trend of using military forces to address non-traditional security threats, such as disaster relief. She demonstrated the significant, but often unrecognized implications this has had for the training and deployment of western military forces."
  • Dr. Kathryn Joanne Neville: "Dr. Neville explored debates over biofuels during fieldwork in eastern Africa. She found these fuels were only the latest flashpoint in a long history of conflicts between communities, governments, and corporations. She established a framework to explain cycles of control and resistance over these and other controversial global commodity markets."
  • Dr. Adam Stephen Bower: "Dr. Bower examined global compliance with the ban on antipersonnel landmines and the International Criminal Court. He showed that these treaties can re-shape state policies even when they are opposed by powerful actors. This research sheds light on how diplomacy without the great powers can succeed and holds implications for a wide range of issues."
  • Dr. Nathan Wallace Allen: "Dr. Allen examined the expansion of the party system in Indonesia. He found that patterns of state spending and legacies of corruption shape voter and elite behaviour and impact party system outcomes. This research helps us understand how party politics evolve in new democracies."

Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology)

  • Dr. Patricia Brosseau-Liard: "Dr. Brosseau-Liard explored children's use of cues to people's knowledge. Young children prefer to learn from people who seem knowledgeable, for example people who previously provided correct information. However, children's trust in people who seem less knowledgeable varies across situations. This work furthers our understanding of early learning."
  • Dr. Jasmine Marie Carey: "Dr. Carey developed a new personality variable and measure called "Need for Mystery" which describes individual differences in spiritual beliefs. This measure predicts different patterns of religious and non-religious spiritual belief as well as conversion experiences. It will be useful in many areas of psychological research dealing with religion."

Doctor of Philosophy (Rehabilitation Sciences)

  • Dr. Bahareh Haj Ghanbari: "Dr. Haj Ghanbari examined muscle atrophy, pain and physical activity in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Her research provides evidence that some muscles are more affected by this disease, and secondly, pain is very common and often limits physical activities in people affected by this chronic respiratory condition."

Doctor of Philosophy (Religious Studies)

  • Dr. Tracy R Ames: "Dr. Ames studied the Talmud Yerushalmi, demonstrating that it was carefully constructed and deliberately edited. Contrary to traditional claims that the Talmud Yerushalmi was improperly and hastily compiled, Dr. Ames concluded that biblical and rabbinic traditions were subjected to an interventionist editorial process, with novel creative input."

Doctor of Philosophy (Reproductive and Developmental Sciences)

  • Dr. Jung-Chien Cheng: "Dr. Cheng investigated how serous borderline ovarian tumors progress to invasive low-grade serous ovarian carcinomas which have significantly worse prognosis and survival. He found that loss of a cell to cell adhesion molecule, E-cadherin, plays an important role during this progression. This research helps us to better understand this rare disease."

Doctor of Philosophy (Resource Management and Environmental Studies)

  • Dr. Wilfram Ken Swartz: "Dr. Swartx examined the sustainability of seafood on a global scale. His work demonstrated that the ocean is nearing its exploitation limit, and that countries are relying on foreign fish stocks to supply local markets. He hopes that these findings will alter how seafood is viewed, such that the public understands the ecological impact of their dinner."
  • Dr. Christian Earl Henry Beaudrie: "Dr. Beaudrie's research focused on nanotechnologies. He studied the challenges of regulating the health and environmental risks of emerging nanotechnologies, such as carbon nanotubes, across their life-cycle. He found that scientific uncertainties can be addressed by improved decision-making techniques, to enable the safe development of nanotechnologies."
  • Dr. Nichole Julie-Ann Dusyk: "Dr. Dusyk studied the intersection of participatory politics and energy planning in British Columbia. Her findings illustrate the potential contribution of locally-based, participatory planning in promoting the development of renewable energy and creating more sustainable and democratic energy systems."
  • Dr. Allan Dale Marsden: "Dr. Marsden examined the biology and economics of the Fraser River sockeye salmon fishery, using simulation modelling. He found that improvements in fisheries management could generate greater economic benefits for harvesters, while also reducing conservation risks to salmon populations."

Doctor of Philosophy (School Psychology)

  • Dr. Pauline Booling Low: "Dr. Low conducted a comparison of literacy development between native English speaking children and ESL Children. Regardless of whether they had reading difficulties, she found common models of literacy development. Her findings highlight the importance of early services for all children at-risk for reading difficulties, regardless of ESL status."

Doctor of Philosophy (Social Work)

  • Dr. Debra Sue Nelson: "Dr. Nelson examined the ways in which social workers help urban Aboriginal children in foster care maintain connections to their culture, family, and community. This research illuminated the complexity of balancing permanency needs with cultural rights and the ongoing importance of family and culture for Aboriginal children in out-of-home care."
  • Dr. Meaghen Fletcher Johnston: "Dr. Johnston examined how adolescents who are living with a progressive life-threatening neurodegenerative illness construct meaningful future self-representations. Findings reveal a range of possible selves both with and without the illness. Adolescents describe future thinking as a required activity for coping, personhood, and decision-making."

Doctor of Philosophy (Sociology)

  • Dr. Todd Forrest Martin: "Dr. Martin examined the changing nature of pre-marital co-habitation over the twentieth century, and the impact on later marital stability. His work highlights ways in which changing social norms influence union formation patterns, and how marital stability is more closely associated with filtering mechanisms than pathways to union ."
  • Dr. Rachael Elizabeth Sullivan: "Dr. Sullivan explored ways in which queer students engage with the UBC campus. She created a mapping method to reveal how these students use spatial cues to identify where they might encounter homophobia, transphobia and the privileging of heterosexuality. This research shows that queer students identify risky spaces and create queer spaces on campus."
  • Dr. Peter Ove: "Dr. Ove studied child sponsorship programs, the advertising they produce, and sponsors they attract. His project examined ways in which sponsorship programs and sponsors represent themselves as trying to make a difference in the world, and how these representations relate to contemporary understandings of poverty and development."

Doctor of Philosophy (Special Education)

  • Dr. Chih-shen Lo: "Dr. Lo's grounded theory study provides insights into the dynamic labelling process among gifted children with learning and behavioural challenges. His findings suggest that it is the interplay of labelling practice, individual agency, contextual factors and developmental considerations that leads those students to identify their own learning needs."

Doctor of Philosophy (Zoology)

  • Dr. Kyle William Glenn: "Dr. Glenn examined the physical properties of the materials that comprise seaweed tissues. His research showed that differences in material properties among seaweeds impact their success in wave-swept shorelines and influence ecological and evolutionary processes"
  • Dr. Christine Elizabeth Verhille: "Dr. Verhille completed her doctoral studies in the field of Zoology."
  • Dr. Jessica Lauren McKenzie: "Dr. McKenzie used population genetic techniques and breeding experiments to describe the factors that help keep two subspecies of killifish distinct. She found that the two subspecies rarely mate in the lab, and that hybrid offspring are rare in nature. This research provides insights into factors maintaining and promoting the evolution of species."
  • Dr. Jean-Sebastien Moore: "Dr. Moore studied Arctic char, a salmonid fish of great importance for the Inuit people of Nunavut. His work used molecular approaches to study post-glacial recolonization and migratory behaviour of the species, and his findings have implications for fisheries management and conservation."
  • Dr. Lingbo Li: "Dr. Li studied ways the fish populations in the Strait of Georgia were affected by harbour seals, the impact of invasive species, and zooplankton. She found that changes in any one of those species could lead to changes in many species through the food webs in the ecosystem. Therefore, ecosystem-based management is highly recommended."
  • Dr. Jennifer Carlota Guevara: "Dr. Guevara completed her doctoral studies in the field of Zoology."