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
2023 Dr. Alafifi is interested in exploring the effects of innate water constituents on the performance of Advanced Oxidation Processes. She studied the removal of MC-LR toxin in the presence of relatively high levels of halide salts. Her findings provide insights for water utilities on the effects of water constituents on the success of such treatments Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical and Biological Engineering (PhD)
2023 Dr. Edgar developed methods for making immune cells from stem cells. This research contributes to efforts to create cell-based therapies for treating cancer and autoimmune disease. Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering (PhD)
2023 Dr. Gupta's thesis presents ways to improve the physical robustness of fluorescent polymer nanoparticles or "Pdots". It contributes to a better understanding of how their fluorescence properties degrade, and demonstrates that the brightness of Pdots is ideal for enabling smartphone-based diagnostic technologies for prospective applications in health care. Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)
2023 Dr. Cirstea explored the role of gut microbiota in Parkinson's disease. Using human clinical studies and experimental models, he discovered several new connections between the bacteria in our guts and disease-relevant features. Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology and Immunology (PhD)
2023 Dr. Abdelhafez studied how to effectively harness the frequency configurability of heterogeneous platforms. He contributed towards variability-aware models that can estimate the impact of frequency configuration choice on performance and energy consumption. This allows for better decision making that reduces the energy footprint of the target applications. Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)
2023 Dr. Lüskow studied the ecology of oceanic gelatinous plankton. Long-established paradigms shedding a bad light on jellyfish's reputation were challenged. The novel knowledge obtained provided strong support for the "jelly web" persistence and allows for data-driven parameterisation of gelatinous zooplankton in global biogeochemical models. Doctor of Philosophy in Oceanography (PhD)
2023 Dr. Castaneda studied narratives and aesthetics in 21st century Colombian films that challenged the longstanding invisibility of Afro-Colombian subjects. Her analysis helps in increasing awareness of anti-racist trends and the struggle to democratize the film representation regime in which the White/Mestizo aesthetics remains dominant. Doctor of Philosophy in Hispanic Studies (PhD)
2023 Dr. Nip developed computational solutions for sequence assembly and visualization for RNA-sequencing data. His research presents fast and memory-efficient methods to study RNA in cells. These contributions lay the groundwork to advance our understanding of biology and diseases. Doctor of Philosophy in Bioinformatics (PhD)
2023 Dr. Cau explored new strategies for managing non-compressible internal bleeding, which is a leading cause of death in military and civilian trauma. He used a system of self-propelling particles to deliver powerful blood clotting drugs deep into the body, and showed that this technique prevented death in animal models of severe bleeding. Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering (PhD)
2023 Dr. Stubbs studied how traumatic brain injury affects the health of people who are homeless. He identified that serious brain injury is common in this population, and he used quantitative brain imaging to show how it affects health and functioning over time. His findings have implications for individual-level treatments and system-level policies. Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)
2023 Dr. Robb investigated the physical processes affecting turbidity in the surface waters of a glacier-fed hydroelectric reservoir, and the role of reservoir operations in modifying these processes. This research will help guide water use planning and reservoir management in dam-impacted aquatic ecosystems. Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering (PhD)
2023 Dr. Vergara explored the uptake of Latin American literature in Metro Vancouver classrooms. She found that sometimes teachers and students used stereotypes and misrepresentations when interpreting such texts. This research illuminates the complexity of teaching diverse literature and discusses ways of supporting teachers and students in the process. Doctor of Philosophy in Language and Literacy Education (PhD)
2023 Dr. Janzen explored how users could better manage mobile notifications, which is difficult and time consuming despite extensive research on the subject. Through user centered design she identified that infrequent, targeted personalization sessions supported by visualizations of notification use could encourage and support notification management. Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science (PhD)
2023 Dr. Jones explores the ways apocalyptic poetry can be used to deepen understandings of living within dying systems. Drawing from the hypothetical example of drug coverage in a stage of systems collapse and the effects on persons living with disease, her work provides insight into mourning and relationality as key competencies in death pedagogy. Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy (EdD)
2023 Dr. Fabris' dissertation focused on the Piikani Nation's attempts to challenge the construction of the Oldman River Dam in the 1980s/1990s. His research findings draw attention to the continued limits of reconciling Indigenous law with Canadian law without addressing the implications of Indigenous jurisdiction. Doctor of Philosophy in Geography (PhD)
2023 Recent advances in genetic engineering and stem cell research have paved way for new approaches to studying and treating disease. Dr. Braam applied these complementary approaches to advance the field of diabetes research with respect to stem cell differentiation, cell safety, and disease modelling. Doctor of Philosophy in Genome Science and Technology (PhD)
2023 Atmospheric aerosols are all around us: in kitchens, cities, forests, and wildfires. Dr. Kiland measured the viscosity of aerosols from each of these environments, and developed a new temperature-variable viscometer along the way. These studies are helpful to improve the accuracy of climate change and air quality predictions. Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)
2023 In languages, meaningful words and signs consist of meaningless units, or phonemes. Dr. Tkachman shows how phonemes could emerge from embodied motivations in language evolution. Her research brings together linguistics and cognitive science and demonstrates profound consequences of embodiment in communication and cognition. Doctor of Philosophy in Linguistics (PhD)
2023 Dr. Dutta developed and optimised membrane systems for resource recovery from wastewater. Using this energy-efficient technology he extracted over 90% of dissolved methane and ammonia, which are profitable chemicals. This research highlights the potential of a circular economy in the waste sector while reducing environmental pollution. Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering (PhD)
2023 Dr. Koresh studied a novel approach to preparing solid-state electrolytes. The electrolyte is a key component for next-generation lithium-ion batteries - batteries that would drive your EV car significantly longer before recharging. His research explored new types of solid-state electrolytes and gained a deep understanding of their properties. Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Engineering (PhD)
2023 Dr. Zimmermann reviewed how modern German-language literature challenges views of refugees as problems that threaten European liberal nation-states. Texts can illustrate that neither European citizens nor refugees are permanent outsiders or insiders to a place. The findings are relevant for literary discourses on the categorization of migrants. Doctor of Philosophy in Germanic Studies (PhD)
2023 Dr. Yogev examined the reliability and validity of wearable near-infrared spectroscopy during exercise, to better inform practitioners about the utility of measuring muscle oxygenation in field conditions. His work provides valuable guidelines for muscle oxygenation monitoring in real-time during exercise. Doctor of Philosophy in Kinesiology (PhD)
2023 Dr. Zarrinderakht developed a comprehensive mathematical and numerical model for propagation of crevasses and iceberg calving in ice shelves. The hope is that this model will provide the scientific community new insights into the complex processes that control the impact of climate change on our planet. Doctor of Philosophy in Geophysics (PhD)
2023 Dr. Zhao studied methane bubbling from lake sediments. He showed that changes in atmospheric pressure regulate the release of methane bubbles from lake sediments, which then affects lake water quality and contributes to atmospheric methane concentration. The results apply to all aquatic systems and provide guidance for future emission surveys. Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering (PhD)
2023 Dr. Wang's doctoral studies centered on the interpretation of deep learning models in the field of computer vision. She devised multiple methods to clarify why a deep learning model generates predictions from different angles. Her research contributes to the interpretability of deep learning models and aids in building human trust in them. Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)