Doctoral Citations

A doctoral citation summarizes the nature of the independent research, provides a high-level overview of the study, states the significance of the work and says who will benefit from the findings in clear, non-specialized language, so that members of a lay audience will understand it.
Year Citation Program
2008 Dr. Gerrow studied how proteins are assembled in order to make synapses; the sites of connection and communication between neurons of the brain. Her work has provided new insights into the trafficking of scaffolding and adhesion proteins at synapses during brain development. Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience (PhD)
2008 Dr. Magrill studied the business of building churches in nineteenth-century Canada and its relationship to evolving patterns of taste and commerce. He found that pattern books of churches imported to Canada, and used in the design process, linked religion, economy, and taste. Doctor of Philosophy in Art History (PhD)
2008 Dr. Philippe examined how forest trees defend themselves against insect infestations. Along with developments in poplar genomics resources and contributions to the poplar genome sequencing, his work illuminates the importance of metabolic reorganization in mounting an effective plant-wide defense response. Doctor of Philosophy in Botany (PhD)
2008 In an autoethnographic study, Dr Moran used multiple methods, including reflective stories and educational criticism to explore the 'good' of an elementary school teacher's everyday practice. Her research illustrates how community is built through mutually respectful relationships created in dialogue where the teacher is learner and the learners are teachers. Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy (EdD)
2008 Viewing Heritage Language maintenance as a social practice, Dr. Cho's exploratory qualitative study attempted to understand how Korean immigrant families in Greater Vancouver are involved in their children?s Heritage Language maintenance by investigating, comparing, and contrasting the participants? attitudes and practices. Doctor of Philosophy in Language and Literacy Education (PhD)
2008 The thesis develops powerful new ways to help find and eliminate errors automatically from complex computer software. Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science (PhD)
2008 Ubiquitous computing is the third wave of computing, where technology moves off the desktop and into the real world around us. Dr. Blackstock designed a common programming model for ubiquitous computing and through practical integration experience and prototypes provided strong evidence of the portability and interoperability benefits of his model. Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science (PhD)
2008 Dr. Cross has shown that the enzyme CD45 is an important regulator of dendritic cell responses to pathogens. This research highlights a novel role for CD45 in linking early and late immune responses. Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology and Immunology (PhD)
2008 Dr. Enns studied the way social capital relations in British Columbia?s rural, coastal communities are highly gender differentiated. Women were found to capitalize on their unique position and strong networks to access economic and social resources, enabling them and their families to remain in their communities despite ongoing economic instability. Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology (PhD)
2008 Dr. Bolourani showed that genetic manipulation of specific amoeba provides an elegant approach for elucidating the function of the highly conserved intracellular signaling Ras proteins which are found in all nucleated cells. He provided some of the best evidence to date showing conslusively that two Ras proteins have distinct but crucial roles during cell aggregation. Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology and Immunology (PhD)
2008 Dr Moreno presented an alternative to traditional methods for designing and pricing "over-the-counter" financial products. An efficient numerical algorithm to estimate the price of such products is also presented. The research provides a modern approach to modelling a growing sector of the financial markets. Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics (PhD)
2008 Dr. Gibbs used state-of-the-art technology to characterize the development of unwanted antibodies in Interferon beta-treated multiple sclerosis patients. He was part of the first team of investigators in North America, outside of clinical trials, to show that patients who develop unwanted anti-Interferon antibodies lose the beneficial effects of Interferon-beta. Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)