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. Arshadi studied and improved the performance of high-power DC-DC power supplies for Electric Vehicle battery charging applications. These improvements enable battery chargers to be able to cope with the newer technological requirement that batteries are placing on EV chargers today. Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)
2023 Dr. Gysbers calculated the properties of atomic nuclei using a first principles description of interacting protons and neutrons. He resolved a long-standing discrepancy between theory and experiment in rates of beta decays and improved predictions of nuclear reactions for comparison to future and ongoing experiments. Doctor of Philosophy in Physics (PhD)
2023 Dr. Duong's doctoral studies debunked the myth of glutamine being an essential amino acid in Chinese Hamster Ovary (CHO) cell cultures producing therapeutic antibodies. Her research has shown how CHO cells could use asparagine as a replacement for glutamine and how these two amino acids were co-conditionally essential in culture media. Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical and Biological Engineering (PhD)
2023 Dr. Wang investigated how YAP1 gene regulates the differentiation of progenitor cells in the pancreas. He provided new evidence that manipulation of YAP1 expression controls pancreatic size and function during embryogenesis. His research shed light on the future development of cell therapy for type 1/2 diabetes and pancreatic cancer. Doctor of Philosophy in Cell and Developmental Biology (PhD)
2023 Dr. Ye designed a series of nanocellulose-based gel conductors for a variety of sophisticated applications. His study would advance the creation of biodegradable electronics, relieving the environmental pollution caused by discarded electronics. Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
2023 Dr. Vaikakkara Chithran's work explores how neural circuits are maintained in the adult nervous system. She demonstrated that axon guidance cues are essential for the survival of adult neurons. Her research also contributed to the development of a novel tauopathy model to study how protein toxicity leads to neurodegeneration and neuronal death. Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience (PhD)
2023 Dr. Adak identified and demonstrated, for the first time, activity of enzyme involved in conferring antibiotic resistance to certain Gram-negative bacteria. This identification may help in the pursuit of making effective antibiotics against opportunistic bacteria that colonise the compromised lungs of individuals suffering from cystic fibrosis. Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)
2023 Dr. Skinnider used machine learning to identify proteins that physically interact in living tissues. His work revealed how inherited mutations, present in every cell in the body, can cause dysfunction in just a single tissue. Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy (MDPhD)
2023 Dr. Gunaratnam investigated iron behaviour and silver deportment through a unique industrial process employed in the mining industry to recover silver and gold from minerals with high iron and sulfide content. Her research illuminates the best operating conditions that maximize silver recovery. Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Engineering (PhD)
2023 Electric vehicles reduce carbon emissions, but the efficiency of power conversion matters. Dr. Hsu's research proposes practical ways to improve the efficiency of battery chargers, which saves your electricity bills. His research also explains the modeling of EV chargers, providing insights into high-performance battery charging for the future. Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)
2023 Dr. Whelan examined the genomes of a group of poorly-studied organisms called microsporidia. Their reduced genomes make them invaluable models to study complex cellular processes as there has been significant simplification. Overall, his research has broadened our understanding of the minimum requirements for cellular machinery. Doctor of Philosophy in Botany (PhD)
2023 Dr. Accili investigated the ecological imagination of English playwrights William Shakespeare and Ben Jonson. Combining literary and theatre studies with art history and environmental philosophy, her research shows how Renaissance dramatists and artists understood animals and other non-humans in a way that might widen our ecological perspective. Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies (PhD)
2023 Dr. Leahy studied the effect of age and sex on the human skeletal muscle metaboreflex. His studies further our understanding on the effects of healthy ageing on reflex cardiovascular function, as well as sex differences in blood flow distribution and ventilatory control during exercise. Doctor of Philosophy in Kinesiology (PhD)
2023 Dr. Sridhar studied regions of close contact between parts of a cell using budding yeast. She studied the role of previously uncharacterized proteins in maintaining steady state levels of lipids at these sites. Similar proteins are present in humans and could have a role in disease biology. Doctor of Philosophy in Cell and Developmental Biology (PhD)
2023 Dr. Jones studied how transit-oriented development (TOD), increased redevelopment pressure on clusters of Vancouver's aging suburban rental housing. He critiqued the logic of TOD to argue against suburban gentrification and the displacement of marginalized renters. Dr. Jones found that these processes could be ameliorated by City Council leadership. Doctor of Philosophy in Geography (PhD)
2023 Dr. Xie studied the geochemical processes in the rhizosphere during the successful establishment of phytostabilization at sulfidic mine tailings. This work reveals the role of soil acidification and neutralization affecting the metal mobility for the phytostabilization, and how amendments can be combined to increase neutralization capacity and enhance the metal stabilization. Doctor of Philosophy in Mining Engineering (PhD)
2023 Dr. Eskandari showed that CASPASE-3, which is an enzyme known for its role in mediating cell death, has pro-survival roles in human mammary cells. This research assist us in understanding the mechanisms of cancer cell survival, and can help improve treatments for breast cancer therapy. Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Genetics (PhD)
2023 Dr. Saleem studied home oxygen therapy in interstitial lung disease. He developed a scoring system to predict low blood oxygen, analyzed prescription criteria for oxygen worldwide, identified countries lacking access to oxygen, and determined the costs for this therapy. His research will help identify public health needs related to home oxygen. Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)
2023 Dr. Tulloch examined the way young people used Internet memes to process and communicate information in their daily lives. Her research highlights the importance of humour to their memetic storytelling and the implications it holds for digital citizenship education. Laughter,she argues, helps people negotiate the different values memes instantiate. Doctor of Philosophy in Library, Archival and Information Studies (PhD)
2023 Dr. Cheng examined the interactions between urban forest policies and climate change (and related urban planning) policies in Canadian cities. Her research revealed key conflicts and synergies among municipal policies and explored solutions to better integrate urban forests into building a compact, livable, and climate-resilient city Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
2023 Dr. Hasbullah investigated the role of specific gene variants that increases the risk of patients developing heart failure after treatment from certain chemotherapy drugs. His research identified critical biological pathways that can cause this toxicity and demonstrated how drugs that modulate these pathways can prevent this adverse drug reaction. Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Genetics (PhD)
2023 Dr. Fatigoni contributed to our understanding of the early Universe by designing, building and deploying a Cosmic Microwave Background telescope at the South Pole. Her research was focused on understanding how to clean data from Atmospheric noise, so to improve the quality of observation made from the ground. Doctor of Philosophy in Physics (PhD)
2023 Dr. McDowell examined how downstream differences in river characteristics cause differences in river response to floods, including topographic changes and sediment transport rates. Doctor of Philosophy in Geography (PhD)
2023 Dr. Leslie examined how the Canadian federal government implements mortgage securitization in Canada. He found that the government provides support to banks and investors and takes risks affecting the Canadian public without meaningful public oversight. His research will assist in developing sound housing finance policy going forward. Doctor of Philosophy in Law (PhD)
2023 Dr. Luo developed several theories for understanding the behaviours of fluids described by a set of collective variables. His equations laid a foundation for rigorously performing coarse-grained simulations of complex fluids. These findings also enhance our understanding of fluctuations in small, open systems. Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)