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. Pan studied advanced methods of inspecting infrastructure damages. He developed an automatic framework to quantify damages and associated losses on infrastructure which can enhance the efficiency and accuracy of traditional manual inspection. His research contributes to a smarter, more resilient and sustainable built environment. Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering (PhD)
2023 Dr. Siedlaczek studied the influences leading to a new quality assurance policy in BC higher education. Her analysis demonstrates the impact of global discourses on local policymaking and the increasing focus on quality assurance as a policy issue. The research provides insight on institutionalizing quality assurance practices in higher education. Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy (EdD)
2023 Dr. Cheng studied the social construction of personal identity. Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophy (PhD)
2023 Dr. Masrani contributed to the field of machine learning by proposing a novel method for training deep generative models based on techniques used in statistical physics. His research unifies and extends a number of methods in the literature, and provides practitioners with tools to train Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science (PhD)
2023 Dr. Reich used novel molecular methods to identify airborne fungi that cause diseases in agricultural crops. He found that the air contains many pathogenic and mutualistic fungi for plant health and showed that this information could help predict plant epidemics. His research will help farmers manage field diseases while reducing fungicide use. Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
2023 Dr. Beyer investigated the role of embodiment in young women's experience of sexual satisfaction. Research findings illustrated how young women's experiences of embodiment are intertwined not only with sexual satisfaction, but related aspects of sexuality including sexual desire and pleasure. Doctor of Philosophy in Counselling Psychology (PhD)
2023 Dr. Beaty studied human impacts and relationships with the ocean. She revealed broad negative effects of climate change on marine animals and identified traits and places that increase vulnerability. She also co-created a values-mapping project with Indigenous and local partners in the Salish Sea. Her work helps us steward life in the ocean. Doctor of Philosophy in Zoology (PhD)
2023 Dr. Leepile evaluated the prevalence of household insecurity, undernutrition, and anemia among the Indigenous San people in rural Botswana. She also documented the communities' lived experiences, perceptions, and recommendations. Her findings will inform and guide targeted and culturally responsive nutrition and health policies for the San people. Doctor of Philosophy in Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems (PhD)
2023 Dr. Maslany investigated how affective valence influences visual attention scope. She examined the theory that positive valence broadens attention scope, and negative valence narrows it. In 5 experiments, she found no evidence for the theory. Thus, she proposed limits under which the influence of valence on visual attention scope does not occur. Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD)
2023 Dr. Peña Díaz studied a group of molecules utilized by intestinal bacteria to perform cell-to-cell communication, and investigated their importance both during health and disease. His research will help in the development of novel therapeutics that could be used to manipulate bacterial behaviour as a method to treat infections. Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology and Immunology (PhD)
2023 Dr. Todd studied Canadian municipal parks and their contribution to the urban forest canopy. She provides recommendations on how parks can continue to meet recreational and cultural demands while balancing those with urban forestry objectives for a more resilient city. Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
2023 Dr. Racz developed a method for retrieving a configuration of the subglacial drainage network and its changes throughout the melt season. This work contributes to a better understanding of subglacial hydrology which plays a crucial role in regulating glacier movement, and is, therefore, essential for predicting future sea level rise. Doctor of Philosophy in Geophysics (PhD)
2023 Dr. Mohammed studied the stiffness reconstruction problem using magnetic resonance imaging. He developed stiffness reconstruction methods with structured sparsity to improve the reliability and accuracy of stiffness reconstruction. These new methods improve the clinical feasibility of stiffness reconstruction for disease detection. Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)
2023 Dr. Woodward used genetic barcoding to study population dynamics of intestinal pathogens. She found that manipulating host protective barriers to infection determines overall disease outcome. This research provides insights into infection ecology and how the gut environment can shape the population-level diversity of outbreaks. Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology and Immunology (PhD)
2023 The crystal structures of lithium halides are dependent on a complex balance between competing forces at the atomic scale. Dr. Scheiber's research explores this complexity in detail using new theoretical and computational methods. The research contributes new tools and data to improve our understanding of these seemingly simple salts. Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)
2023 Dr. Ji became the first UBC researcher in perovskite solar cell fabrication and successfully finished his four projects by making over 2500 devices in Ph.D program in the Department of Chemistry. He demonstrated creative works by incorporating chemical methods and thinking in developing this new-generation solar cell technology. Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)
2023 Dr. Cooke studied the practice of oboists giving the tuning-A in historical and contemporary orchestras. She found that oboists see tuning as not only a practical tool, but as a musical solo which can inspire other musical works like John Corigliano's Concerto. This research illuminates the history and beauty of an often-overlooked tradition. Doctor of Musical Arts in Orchestral Instrument (DMA)
2023 Dr. Skeeter investigated how greenhouse gases move into and out of two Arctic ecosystems with permafrost soils in the Mackenzie Delta Region using field observations and machine learning models Doctor of Philosophy in Geography (PhD)
2023 Dr. Trinder showed that common and rare genetic variation can be used to predict an individual's risk of cardiovascular disease. He used these findings to implement genetic testing for cardiovascular disorders at St. Paul's Hospital's Healthy Heart Program. This work highlights the promise of genomic medicine for preventing and treating cardiac disease. Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy (MDPhD)
2023 Dr. Wells studied how our DNA faces internal obstacles and proposed a model featuring multiple repair pathways that work to tolerate this stress and prevent DNA damage. This work enhances our understanding of genome instability, a feature of cancer development and treatment. Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Oncology (PhD)
2023 Dr. Sato developed robotic platforms to analyze heterogeneous chemical reactions and developed a new analytical methodology for monitoring nanocluster synthesis. This work enables greater understanding of reaction mechanisms, helping to optimize these challenging-to-sample reactions and is actively being applied in industry. Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)
2023 Dr. Jo studied inviscid damping phenomena in mathematical fluid dynamics. He developed a derivative loss minimizing methodology that captures the extra stabilizing mechanism around certain stationary states of the governing fluid systems that are not inherently energy dissipative. Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics (PhD)
2023 Dr. Ge developed novel drugs targeting GluN2B-containing NMDA receptors and demonstrated that these drugs improved learning and memory in rat models. This research generated a potential pharmacotherapy for various learning disabilities. Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience (PhD)
2023 Dr. Perez Montelongo studied South African photography since the 1960s, with a focus on black and white analog technologies. She investigated photographic practices that put a question mark on colonial ideas about the genre of landscape photography, both in South Africa and beyond. Her dissertation expanded the scope of the history of photography. Doctor of Philosophy in Art History (PhD)
2023 Dr. Pecanha analyzes the effects of a public policy that decreased violence in poor neighborhoods in the city of Rio de Janeiro on learning gains, formal employment and incarceration. He also discusses the impacts of localized temperature shocks on mortality. His research illuminates the role of urban policies in dealing with urban issues. Doctor of Philosophy in Economics (PhD)