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. Jarnikova used a submesoscale ocean model of the Salish Sea to study anthropogenic ocean acidification in this valuable ecosystem, showing that significant changes have occurred since the preindustrial era. She developed a carbonate chemistry module for the model, as well as applying machine-learning methods to model interpretation. Doctor of Philosophy in Oceanography (PhD)
2023 Dr. Lingua's work explores the opportunities that arise from the analysis of social media images for the study of nature-based recreation. His work shows that by combining machine learning and traditional economic techniques, it is possible to assess forest recreational values. Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
2023 Dewatering of slurries and sludge is a critical industrial process. Dr. MacIver's research developed an approach to analyzing 3D X-ray images of flocs and sediments to provide new insights into how floc structure and composition change during the dewatering proces. Doctor of Philosophy in Mining Engineering (PhD)
2023 Dr. Todorovic developed new methods for constraining cyclic peptides. These peptides showed preliminary utility in killing cancer cells or medical imaging of tumors. Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)
2023 Dr. Parada Torres developed two new methods to estimate distances to nearby galaxies by using evolved stars as calibrators. Besides measuring distances, her research helped identify systematic biases and uncertainties in current calibrations. These new methods will help improve the determination of the rate of expansion of the universe. Doctor of Philosophy in Astronomy (PhD)
2023 Dr. Morova's research presents a novel computational framework to study the impact of non-coding mutations on the development of prostate cancer. By using advanced functional genomics techniques, he worked to identify key mutations that affect the growth of the disease, which provided useful insight into the study of prostate cancer genetics. Doctor of Philosophy in Bioinformatics (PhD)
2023 With a goal of developing and validating a scalable methodology to construct lab-made brain tissue, Dr. Vaez Ghaemi has successfully generated three-dimensionally structured tissue from a special cell population that are able to develop into many different cell types. De. Vaez Ghaemi's research confirms the suitability of these tissue-constructs for drug screening purposes. Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering (PhD)
2023 Dr. O'Loughlin examined the impact of traditional masculinity on Canadian Veteran men's psychosocial functioning and psychotherapeutic treatment outcome. Her research elucidates the situational nature of masculinity in the context of mental health and points to the importance of gender sensitive interventions for veteran populations. Doctor of Philosophy in Counselling Psychology (PhD)
2023 Dr. Virk adapted a self-administered mental health screening instrument for post-secondary students (called HEARTSMAP-U). He applied a user-centred approach and engaged diverse student sub-populations in validating the instrument, to ensure it can be accurately and equitably applied in post-secondary educational settings. Doctor of Philosophy in Population and Public Health (PhD)
2023 Dr. Tan developed a novel oncogene-induced de novo model of triple negative human breast cancer by forcing the expression of various mutant genes in normal human mammary cells. It offers a powerful platform to analyze the complete sequence of changes that lead to the genesis of aggressive breast cancers and hence test new therapeutic strategies. Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)
2023 Dr. Wang studied the biological process that regulates the cells that give rise to different types of white blood cells in humans. She found these cells proliferate at a faster speed at an early step of their differentiation. In addition, the generation of lymphocytes is dependent on a mechanism that controls how their genomic DNA is organized. Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Genetics (PhD)
2023 Dr. Saito developed statistical and machine learning tools for understanding the roles of nuclear physics in the production of the heaviest elements in the Universe, the so-called r-process. These developments connect the uncertainties of our understanding of the r-process and the properties of exotic nuclei. Doctor of Philosophy in Physics (PhD)
2023 Dr. Louie developed a new optical device to quickly and painlessly detect melanoma. This technology breaks new ground in analyzing polarization speckle, a complex pattern that lasers make when they illuminate the skin. Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering (PhD)
2023 Dr. Forbes tested how ecological communities are affected by rising temperatures and fragmented habitats. Her experiments help us understand how species respond to global change. Doctor of Philosophy in Zoology (PhD)
2023 Dr. Lin built a mathematical model describing the unique oral absorption of an anti-cancer drug in order to understand the responsible mechanisms. This model can inform drug research and development by predicting oral absorption of new drug candidates and determine dose and regimen of drugs showing similar absorption characteristics. Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmaceutical Sciences (PhD)
2023 Dr. Roy developed a combinatorial method for printing thin films of electroactive material dispersions. He applied this method to fabricate and evaluate the temperature sensing performance of organic polymers using statistical test procedures. His research is expected to enable rapid prototyping of thin film materials with minimal material wastage. Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)
2023 Is there a pattern to one of humankind's greatest and apparently random natural hazards? Dr. Adams captured order and self-organisation amongst chaotic behaviour in mountain rivers. His experiments reveal that as rivers become more hazardous they also become more predictable and ordered, which provides opportunities for managing them. Doctor of Philosophy in Geography (PhD)
2023 Dr. Wang examined how the drug mefenamic acid affects the delayed cardiac rectifier current revealing a drug binding site. In neuroscience, she identified aberrant forelimb motor behavior and cortical changes in a Huntington Disease mouse model. This research revealed the importance of multiple techniques in therapeutic development. Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience (PhD)
2023 Dr. Nethery explored how we screen for gestational diabetes in pregnancy. Her work showed that changes in screening methods in BC were the primary drivers for a rapid increase in this condition. This points to an ongoing need to balance benefits and burdens of this diagnosis when considering screening changes. Doctor of Philosophy in Population and Public Health (PhD)
2023 Dr. Sadaka wrote The Book of Ice, a musical composition for flute solo and chamber orchestra, which responds to The White Book, a novel written by the South Korean writer Han Kang. This piece blends pitch-set theoretical techniques and a spectral attitude to orchestration, and it develops original ways of combining music and text. Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition (DMA)
2023 Dr. Yu developed a series of analytical and bioinformatic methods for quantitative metabolomics using mass spectrometry. These novel tools assist us in understanding a wide range of biological questions. Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)
2023 Dr. Mei's research examined the mechanisms that control the size of the two daughter cells that result from a cell division. The findings from Dr. Mei's thesis link the loss of daughter cell size control with breast cancer development. Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)
2023 Dr. Yandrapally developed a series of novel techniques to facilitate automatic software analysis and testing. Through controlled experiments, he showed that the proposed techniques outperform existing state-of-the-art techniques and provide solutions that are first of their kind for web applications. Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)
2023 Dr. Pickthall explored how BC nursing school educators facilitate student learning in international field schools. Her research participants described an instructional process grounded in transformational learning theory. The study provides recommendations for BC nursing schools and faculty who are new to facilitating international field schools. Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies (PhD)
2023 Dr. Klaiber studied the minor uplifting events that occur frequently in daily life. He showed how the lifespan developmental context and personality differences are linked to how many of these positive events people experience and how they respond to them. Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD)