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. Fatemi's doctoral studies focused on graph representation learning. She designed and developed machine learning models for graph-type data, such as social networks, and the internet. Her research helps to make predictions about the world by identifying patterns and relationships in data that would otherwise be difficult to see. Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science (PhD)
2023 Dr. Newhouse used data from CERN's Large Hadron Collider to search for signs of yet-undiscovered "sterile neutrinos." He helped develop new algorithms and analyses to extend the reach of this search to new parts of the ATLAS detector. If found, these particles may answer several open questions about the fundamental nature of our universe. Doctor of Philosophy in Physics (PhD)
2023 Dr. Kim studied movement disorders in precariously housed and homeless people. He found that substance use and psychosis were differentially associated with movement disorders, and that parkinsonism rapidly increased over time. His research helps increase awareness of movement disorders in at-risk groups, especially during the overdose crisis. Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmacology (PhD)
2023 Dr. Kang's doctoral project evaluated how anti-racism and cultural safety paradigms are taken up in local health authorities. The three-phased study highlighted the significant need for provincial and national health organizations to incorporate principles of anti-racism, cultural safety, equity and social justice. Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies (PhD)
2023 Dr. Jiang showed how can we improve the accuracy of camera pose using deep learning based methods, specifically on estimating the homography and image correspondences. He subsequently designed a pipeline to reconstruct the scene and animatable human from a single video. Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science (PhD)
2023 Dr. Ritch developed ways to use the DNA in blood samples from cancer patients to personalize their treatments. He used this technology to identify and study DNA defects that sensitize prostate cancers to specific therapies and integrated his methods into screening programs for Canadian prostate cancer patients. Doctor of Philosophy in Genome Science and Technology (PhD)
2023 Dr. Sharafian studied T cell development in infants, focusing on the physiological effects of T cells on the intestinal organoid model. She found that T cells induce the proliferation and differentiation of the infant's intestinal epithelial cells. Her work has potential implications for therapeutic advancements in infant intestinal diseases. Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)
2023 Dr. Collins demonstrated how the Japanese new religion Shinnyo-en is shaped by sacred stories about its founders. He found that members form emotional bonds with one another, the founders, and the organization by intertwining the founders' narratives with their own lives and with elements of Japanese Buddhist ritual, objects, spaces, and art. Doctor of Philosophy in Asian Studies (PhD)
2023 Dr. Queinnec examined the ability of novel airborne and spaceborne remote sensing technologies to characterize three-dimensional vegetation structure in boreal forests of Canada. His work provides enhanced knowledge about forest resources in both managed and unmanaged forested ecosystems. Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
2023 Translational approaches to restoring autonomic dysfunction after spinal cord injury Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy (MDPhD)
2023 Dr. Dutta's research focussed on the recovery of Molybdenum and separation of impurity metal ions from acidic molybdenum solutions. She developed different flowsheets evaluating extraction techniques to recover pure molybdenum metal. Her findings contribute to the advancement of existing processes of molybdenum separation in the mining industry. Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Engineering (PhD)
2023 Dr. Du Toit used Airborne Laser Scanning to model genetically improved Douglas-fir trees. Descriptors were used to assess tree performance, and predict genetic parameters. He found that ALS is capable of describing trees at multiple scales, and should be used in breeding programs due the cost savings and insights the technology provides. Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
2023 Dr. Anokwuru's dissertation examined how narratives of people with disabilities, their families, educators, and policymakers can inform inclusive education in Nigeria. Research findings advance the importance of self-advocacy, collaboration, and aligning change efforts across structures and roles, thereby designing an ecology of inclusive education. Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum Studies (PhD)
2023 Dr. Zeng introduced a new method of imaging the human liver with 3D ultrasound. The method quantitatively determines liver tissue stiffness in a large 3D volume. This will enable more accurate evaluation of chronic liver disease, in an accessible and inexpensive manner, suitable for the large percentage of the population. Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)
2023 Dr. Bergen examined landscapes and buildings in medieval and Renaissance allegories. These understudied natural and built environments present a paradigm for metaphor that is as important as personification for this literary genre, and stand at the heart of medieval and early modern thought and writing on space, time, memory, and the individual. Doctor of Philosophy in English (PhD)
2023 Dr. Huang studied users' perceptions of sharing private information via several technologies, such as smart speakers. Her findings improve understanding of users' concerns, mental models, and risk mitigation strategies. Subsequently, she developed recommendations for protecting users' online privacy and improving their experiences. Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)
2023 Dr. Mohammad addressed challenges related to the automatic configuration of software systems, specifically in the context of the Internet of Things. Modern applications may have a million or more possible configurations and Dr. Mohammad's research provides engineers with tools to identify good configurations efficiently. Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)
2023 Dr. MacDonald solved several problems related to symbolic dynamics, a mathematical field that explores deep, technical analogies between the thermodynamics of gases and magnets and the grammars of formal languages. She introduced definitions and methods that put earlier work in a systematic framework, emphasizing structural and combinatorial ideas. Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics (PhD)
2023 Dr. Morris studied advanced MRI scans which can measure white matter health in the brain and spinal cord. She used these scans to quantify myelin across the brain in healthy children and adults and to track myelin loss after a spinal cord injury. Her research validated the specificity of the scan contrast by comparison with histological staining. Doctor of Philosophy in Physics (PhD)
2023 As the Global North increasingly recruits international post-secondary students as so-called ideal immigrants, the role of higher education is shifting. Dr. Brunner described this distinct form of immigration as edugration and, focusing on Canada, explored its complexities related to settler colonialism, surveillance, border imperialism, and justice. Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies (PhD)
2023 Dr. Garg studied how proteins involved in ALS and COVID-19 work at the molecular scale in causing disease. A potential vaccination strategy against coronaviruses has emerged from this. Dr. Garg also established culturing protocols and genome sequence for a comb jelly which will be used to understand animal evolution. Doctor of Philosophy in Physics (PhD)
2023 Dr. Forrest researched the origins and development of a real-time urban traffic control system in Los Angeles, California. Through this case study, he sheds light on how both the material and cultural aspects of a municipal organization shape the city-wide implementation of digital infrastructures. Doctor of Philosophy in Geography (PhD)
2023 Dr. Milla-Moreno examined the potential use of native trees to restore ecosystems damaged by copper mines in Chile. After assessing several tree species, the evergreen tree quillay was found suitable for this purpose because it keeps copper in the roots, as shown by mass spectrometry and X-ray fluorescence imaging. Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
2023 Dr. Abdelaal's work aims to augment the surgeon skills in robot-assisted surgery. He designed novel interfaces that can use collected data in this surgical setting to improve surgical training and skill assessment. He also designed autonomous systems to help surgeons with their repetitive tasks so that they can focus on the more demanding ones. Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)
2023 Collaboration is a complex and relational practice, compounded by varying forms of power dynamics between government and non-profit stakeholders. Dr. Gill-Badesha presents insights informing practitioners and funders about the role of engaging processes and emotions to mitigate issues of power and politics in the early stages of collaboration. Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy (EdD)