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
2020 Dr. McCartney studied the history of international undergraduate student policy in Canada since WWII. He found that policymakers often used these students to advance a racist "Canada first" agenda both economically and politically, while international students' presence has significantly reshaped post-secondary institutions and Canadian law. Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies (PhD)
2020 Close individuals tend to show synchronized ups and downs of stress hormones such as cortisol. Dr. Pauly examined interconnections in cortisol levels in older couples' daily lives. Her findings help us understand the everyday dynamics that contribute to health being linked in older couples. Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD)
2020 Dr. Thompson examined modern bacteria from an iron-rich lake to address questions about the growth and interactions of microbial communities in the global oceans three billion years ago. Ancestors of these modern bacteria likely supported life for over a billion years by fueling the production of a warming climate under the faint early Sun. Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology and Immunology (PhD)
2020 Dr. Shoman invented a photonic reflection-cancellation circuit and used it to demonstrate the first stable quantum-well laser against varying reflections without traditional expensive and bulky magneto-optic isolators. His invention promises the large-scale, low-cost production of electronic-photonic chips for computing, communication and sensing. Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)
2020 Dr. Ashkani developed a methodology for seismic assessment of reinforced concrete bridges. He also investigated the role of soil-structure interaction in the probability of collapse of reinforced concrete bridges and studied variation of the bridge foundation motions from the earthquake ground motions at the ground surface. Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering (PhD)
2020 Dr. Mazinani studied the relationship between Alzheimer's disease and blood clotting. He found that proteins that cause Alzheimer's disease assist in blood clotting, and that these proteins can be modified by coagulation enzymes. His findings contribute to a new understanding of potential causes of Alzheimer's disease, as well as new therapies. Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PhD)
2020 Dr. Caffrey applied light and electron microscopy to answer key questions in human health and disease across several size scales, from human tissue to single proteins. His research examines 3D distribution of mitochondria in tissues, the effect of novel therapeutics on cells and illuminates the role structural defects in protein play in disease. Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PhD)
2020 Dr. Espid collaboratively designed, fabricated and tested a new photo-electro-chemical sensing technology to analyze contaminants in water and air, aiming to determine the level and type of treatment needs. This research illuminates the role of novel UV-LEDs to develop low cost and high performance sensors to monitor and control indoor air quality. Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical and Biological Engineering (PhD)
2020 How does one archive the immaterial, the absent, the inaccessible after times of crisis? How does one make visible the disappeared? Dr. O'Brien investigated the work of Lebanese and Palestinian artists who, after the 1975-1990 Civil War in Lebanon, in which 17,000 people were deemed disappeared, make visible these populations and their histories. Doctor of Philosophy in Art History (PhD)
2020 Dr. Manesh worked using transgenic animal models of spinal cord injury. His research showed that spinal cord neurons can adapt in the absence of protective myelin sheaths and restore function to the damaged spinal cord. His research impacts therapies for spinal cord injury as well as other myelin disorders like multiple sclerosis. Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience (PhD)
2020 Dr. Choi investigated speech perception in preverbal infants. Her behavioural and neuroimaging research demonstrated that infants integrate information from their articulatory movements during speech perception. These studies advance understandings of how infants may acquire speech, the complex perceptual and motoric skill essential for language. Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD)
2020 Dr. Miled conducted an ethnographic study to explore how Muslim high school students position themselves as Muslims and/or Canadians and how they construct their belonging and unbelonging to Canada. This study highlights the complexities of their experiences and illuminates the role of schools in the identity formation of racialized students. Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies (PhD)
2020 Dr. Hernandez Torres studied two probabilistic models that emulate phenomena in physics and biology. She focused on understanding the behaviour of these models at a large-scale. Her results add to our mathematical understanding of the relation between microscopic and macroscopic descriptions of natural processes within probability theory. Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics (PhD)
2020 Dr. Caveney showed how the final stages of bacterial cell wall biosynthesis can be modulated. These modulations are part of both natural bacterial life but additionally can play an important role in bacterial infection. This research paves the way for improved antibacterial therapeutics. Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PhD)
2020 Dr. Wei studied how mortgage market fluctuations in the early 2000's affected long-term labor market outcomes in the US. Her work also investigated the impact of tax incentives on small business growth. These findings have policy implications for labor market recoveries after a financial crisis and the promotion of small businesses. Doctor of Philosophy in Economics (PhD)
2020 Dr. Gubran studied the hardware architecture of low-power integrated computer chips of mobile devices. He created modeling tools and developed hardware techniques that can aid researchers and chip architects in understanding, designing, and improving the performance and power-efficiency of mobile chips. Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)
2020 Dr. Durney used mathematical and biophysical modelling to show how the individual and collective motion of cells cause a variety of mechanical behaviors of tissues during development. His work provides understanding to the mechanisms that are responsible for the correct development of form during organ development. Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics (PhD)
2020 Dr. Hategeka examined health system quality and the contribution of several quality improvement interventions in Rwanda. He found that health system quality has improved over the past decade, however, further improvements are needed to improve maternal and child health. His research will inform future quality improvement strategies. Doctor of Philosophy in Population and Public Health (PhD)
2020 Dr. Chang explored the literacy instruction of an elementary student with learning disabilities. Her research highlights the affordances and constraints of a variety of semiotic materials and the intersection of literacy, disability, and pedagogy. The findings suggest a continued effort is needed to change perceptions of lower literacy achievement. Doctor of Philosophy in Language and Literacy Education (PhD)
2020 Dr. Serrano-Mora studied the use of activated carbon electrodes to desalinate brackish water. He analyzed the long-term influence of commonly found water components and different approaches to restore their desalination capacity. This research advances the development of Capacitive Deionization for the production of freshwater using saline sources. Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical and Biological Engineering (PhD)
2020 Dr. Haq's research focused on detecting groups within a biomedical system. She proposed novel methods to find groups in two crucial brain structures, brainstem and putamen, which play important roles in understanding several neurological diseases. She also investigated groups of similar X-ray images to generate a guidance tool for diagnosis. Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)
2020 Dr. Dixon studied the molecular basis of inherited cancer predisposition. Using novel sequencing technologies, her work demonstrated that specific genetic changes influence normal cell and tissue function to increase disease risk. This research provides insights into the challenges of genetic diagnosis and may improve the care of affected families. Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Genetics (PhD)
2020 Dr. Lee used novel techniques and various modelling approaches to evaluate impacts of nitrogen fertilization at a coastal forest and provide better estimates of photosynthesis and respiration. These results help us understand more about the role of temperate forests in climate change mitigation. Doctor of Philosophy in Geography (PhD)
2020 Dr. Padda explored the role of nitrogen-fixing bacteria in supporting the regeneration of lodgepole pine trees at abandoned gravel mining pits. Her research showed that pine trees associate with these beneficial bacteria as a survival strategy to thrive on such degraded sites, offering the potential to be used as a sustainable reclamation tool. Doctor of Philosophy in Soil Science (PhD)
2020 Dr. Gerak studied a protein fragment, called the PNT domain, that is present in many oncoproteins. She investigated how the PNT domain self-associates to activate these oncoproteins, thereby causing cancer, and searched for molecules that might prevent this self-association. This knowledge aids in identifying a new class of anticancer therapeutics. Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PhD)

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