Doctoral Examinations & Schedule

The Final Oral Examination (FOE) is the capstone experience of your doctoral studies. General information about the FOE is outlined in the SGS Calendar. A Doctoral Exam Schedule (see calendar below) listing current thesis defenses is updated periodically.

Additionally, you may find helpful the Guidelines for the Doctoral FOE, a PDF document that outlines the responsibilities of the graduate unit, SGS, the Examination Committee, and the Chair of the Committee in the planning and conduct of a Final Oral Examination. Faculty and Staff can access additional resources on the SGS Final Examinations webpage.

Academic fees for continuously registered Ph.D. candidates in the final year of the program are pro-rated over the 12-month academic year, based on the date of the final approved thesis submission to SGS. Incidental fees are charged on a sessional (term) basis. More information on the pro-rated fees and schedules can be foundĀ in Graduate Fees and on The Student Accounts website under Current Fall-Winter Fee & Refund Schedules.

Doctoral Examination Schedule

Exam DateStudent NameExam Information
(Thesis, Supervisor(s), Graduate Unit)
Jul 6Name: Julia Rice Mattison Cest livre est a moy: French Books and Fifteenth- century England
Supervisor(s): Prof. Alexandra Gillespie
Graduate Unit: Department of English
Jul 6Name: Leah Montange Spaces of Unfreedom: Interior Immigration Detention and Carceral Immigration Enforcement in the US Pacific Northwest
Supervisor(s): Prof. Michelle Buckley
Graduate Unit: Department of Geography and Planning
Jul 6Name: Nadezhda Roumeliotis Medication Errors in Critically Ill Children: Evid ence, Event Rate and Harm Analysis
Supervisor(s): Prof. Christopher Parshuram
Graduate Unit: Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation
Jul 6Name: Mark William Gower Transcriptomic Characterization of B Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Identifies Novel Biomarkers of High-Risk Disease and Novel Mechanisms of L-Asparaginase
Supervisor(s): Prof. Cynthia Guidos
Graduate Unit: Department of Immunology
Jul 6Name: Jennifer Yin Yee Kwan Novel Immunometabolic Therapies and Prognostic Markers for Lymphedema
Supervisor(s): Prof. Fei-Fei Liu
Graduate Unit: Institute of Medical Science
Jul 6Name: Erinn Leah Acland Emotion-related Processes in Children: Links to Aggression and Prosociality
Supervisor(s): Prof. Tina Malti
Graduate Unit: Department of Psychology
Jul 7Name: Lin Xie Ni Stability in Anion Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells
Supervisor(s): Prof. Donald Kirk
Graduate Unit: Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry
Jul 7Name: Christopher Dobronyi Non-parametric Identification and Estimation of Demand and Preferences using Scanner Data
Supervisor(s): Prof. Christian Gourieroux
Graduate Unit: Department of Economics
Jul 7Name: Sachin Anand Kumar Molecular Biology of Childhood Brain Tumours
Supervisor(s): Prof. Michael Taylor
Graduate Unit: Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology
Jul 7Name: Dorrin Zarrin Khat Cardioprotective Effects of Combined Treatment with Sodium-Glucose Co-Transporter-2 Inhibitor and Glucagon-Like Peptide-1 Receptor Agonist in a Mouse Model of Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury
Supervisor(s): Prof. Mansoor Husain
Graduate Unit: Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology
Jul 7Name: Adam Joshua Reiner Aided Navigation and SkyMap: An Investigation of Human Spatial Navigation with an Augmented Reality Mirrored Map
Supervisor(s): Prof. Gregory Jamieson, Prof. Justin Hollands
Graduate Unit: Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Jul 7Name: Sebastien Roche Measurements of Greenhouse Gases from Near- infrared Solar Absorption Spectra
Supervisor(s): Prof. Kimberly Strong
Graduate Unit: Department of Physics
Jul 7Name: Tim Jiang The Role of HSP90C in Chloroplast Maturation and Thylakoid Protein Transport
Supervisor(s): Prof. Rongmin Zhao
Graduate Unit: Department of Cell and Systems Biology
Jul 8Name: Devin Lea Ward Intraspecific Shape Variation in the Bony Labyrinth
Supervisor(s): Prof. Mary Teresa Silcox, Prof. T. Bence Viola
Graduate Unit: Department of Anthropology
Jul 8Name: Heidi Anne White Characterizing Star Formation Processes in Clumpy Turbulent Disk Galaxies with DYNAMO
Supervisor(s): Prof. Roberto Abraham
Graduate Unit: Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics
Jul 8Name: Derek Kramer A New Kind of Energy: Atomic Science in the Cold War Koreas 1945-1960.
Supervisor(s): Prof. Andre Schmid
Graduate Unit: Department of East Asian Studies
Jul 8Name: Michael Jacob Borrett Single Cell Transcriptional Approaches to Understanding the Life of Mammalian Neural Stem Cells
Supervisor(s): Prof. Freda Miller, Prof. David Kaplan
Graduate Unit: Institute of Medical Science
Jul 8Name: Alysha Sultan Neurostructural, Neurofunctional and Neurocognitive Correlates of Cannabis Use in Adolescent
Supervisor(s): Prof. Benjamin Goldstein
Graduate Unit: Department of Pharmacology
Jul 8Name: Norzin Shrestha The Neural Basis of a Circadian Oscillator Underlying Time Memory
Supervisor(s): Prof. Martin Ralph
Graduate Unit: Department of Cell and Systems Biology
Jul 9Name: Forooz Soroor Revised subunit order of mammalian septin complexes explains their in vitro polymerization properties
Supervisor(s): Prof. William Trimble
Graduate Unit: Department of Biochemistry
Jul 9Name: Thomas Michael David Bamford Application of Unmanned Aerial Systems to Blast Optimization in Open Put Mines
Supervisor(s): Prof. Kamran Esmaeili
Graduate Unit: Department of Civil and Mineral Engineering
Jul 9Name: Janessa Griffith Evaluation of a Choosing Wisely Canada Initiative to Reduce Unnecessary Testing in the Emergency Department
Supervisor(s): Prof. Wendy Levinson
Graduate Unit: Institute of Medical Science
Jul 12Name: Artane Jeremie Siad Monogenic Fields with Odd Class Number
Supervisor(s): Prof. Arul Shankar
Graduate Unit: Department of Mathematics
Jul 12Name: Jessie Mei Lim Cerebral Hemodynamics, Oxygen Metabolism and Brain Growth in Congenital Heart Disease
Supervisor(s): Prof. Martin Post, Prof. Mike Seed
Graduate Unit: Department of Physiology
Jul 12Name: Tianyi Jia Robust Statistical Arbitrage: Trading Foreign Exchange Triplets and Trading Assets with Short Term Alphas
Supervisor(s): Prof. Sebastian Jaimungal
Graduate Unit: Department of Statistical Sciences
Jul 13Name: Lillian Ruth Rivkin The Effects of Urbanization on the Ecology and Evolution of Species Interactions
Supervisor(s): Prof. Marc Johnson
Graduate Unit: Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Jul 13Name: Helen Loo Yau Epigenetic Therapy as a Primer for Immunotherapy
Supervisor(s): Prof. Daniel De Carvalho
Graduate Unit: Department of Medical Biophysics
Jul 13Name: Sean Capener The Time That Belongs to God: The Christian Prohibition on Usury in the 12th-13th Centuries and the Making of the Subject of Debt
Supervisor(s): Prof. Ruth Marshall
Graduate Unit: Department for the Study of Religion
Jul 13Name: Sonhita Chakraborty Investigation of the Biological Function of Plant Cyclic Nucleotide Gated Ion Channel 2 in Auxin Signaling
Supervisor(s): Prof. Keiko Yoshioka
Graduate Unit: Department of Cell and Systems Biology
Jul 15Name: John David Theodore DeGrow Reading the Theatre: A Lens-based Method for Reading Venued Theatre Companies and their Facilities
Supervisor(s): Prof. Stephen Johnson
Graduate Unit: Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies
Jul 15Name: Tianshu Lu Theory and Applications of Priority Queue in Healthcare Management
Supervisor(s): Prof. Opher Baron, Prof. Dmitry Krass
Graduate Unit: Graduate Department of Management
Jul 15Name: Jane Delia Francis Parkdale Infant Nutrition Security Targeted Evaluation Project (PINSTEP): Formative Research
Supervisor(s): Prof. Deborah O’Connor, Prof. Daniel Sellen
Graduate Unit: Department of Nutritional Sciences
Jul 15Name: Scott David Smale Observation of a Transition Between Dynamical Phases in a Harmonically Trapped Degenerate Fermi Gas
Supervisor(s): Prof. Joseph Thywissen
Graduate Unit: Department of Physics
Jul 15Name: Tyler Saumur Muscle Matters: Understanding How Muscle Function Contributes to Reactive Stepping Performance
Supervisor(s): Prof. Sunita Mathur, Prof. Avril Mansfield
Graduate Unit: Rehabilitation Sciences Institute
Jul 15Name: Ifah Arbel An Exploration of How Age and Aging Shape Caregiving Experiences in Oldest-Old Spousal Caregivers of People with Dementia
Supervisor(s): Prof. Deirdre Dawson
Graduate Unit: Rehabilitation Sciences Institute
Jul 16Name: Jamile Jaafar Ghaddar Provenance in Place: Archives, Settler Colonialism & the Making of a Global Order
Supervisor(s): Prof. Nadia Caidi
Graduate Unit: Faculty of Information
Jul 16Name: Christopher Dong Hyun Go A Proximity Biotinylation Map of a Human Cell
Supervisor(s): Prof. Anne-Claude Gingras
Graduate Unit: Department of Molecular Genetics
Jul 16Name: Ye Ji An Chromosome 16q is a locus for tumor suppression in breast cancer
Supervisor(s): Prof. Sean Egan
Graduate Unit: Department of Molecular Genetics
Jul 19Name: Rahul Arora Creative Visual Expression in Immersive 3D Environments
Supervisor(s): Prof. Karan Singh
Graduate Unit: Department of Computer Science
Jul 19Name: Sadia Butt Neighbourhood Engagement in Urban Forest Governance: A Case Study of Resident Associations in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Supervisor(s): Prof. Sandy Smith, Prof. Faisal Moola
Graduate Unit: Faculty of Forestry
Jul 19Name: Sadia Butt Neighbourhood Engagement in Urban Forest Governance: A Case Study of Resident Associations in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Supervisor(s): Prof. Sandy Smith, Prof. Faisal Moola
Graduate Unit: Graduate Department of Forestry
Jul 19Name: Yueming Xi Syntax development and its relation with vocabulary and reading comprehension among ELLs and EL1s
Supervisor(s): Prof. Esther Geva
Graduate Unit: Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development
Jul 19Name: Ashley Jennifer Barnes Compensation in a Changing International Legal Order
Supervisor(s): Prof. Karen Knop
Graduate Unit: Faculty of Law
Jul 19Name: Demetrios Alibertis The Social and Cultural Framework of the Syriac Exegete’s World: The Dependence of Syriac Christian Commentators on Rabbinic Traditions
Supervisor(s): Prof. Amir Harrak
Graduate Unit: Department of Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations
Jul 20Name: Keegan Selig The Use of Dental Topographic Analysis in the Examination of Microsyopid (Mammalia, ?Primates) Evolution, Dietary Change, and Intraspecific Variation
Supervisor(s): Prof. Mary Teresa Silcox
Graduate Unit: Department of Anthropology
Jul 20Name: Juan Sebastian Vargas Soto Community Disturbance and Host-Parasite Interactions at the Wildlife-Domestic Interface in a Neotropical Biodiversity Hotspot
Supervisor(s): Prof. Peter Kalman Molnar
Graduate Unit: Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Jul 20Name: Marissa Anne Davies Drivers of Holocene Carbon Uptake and Release in Peatlands of the Hudson’s Bay Lowlands, Canada
Supervisor(s): Prof. Sarah Finkelstein
Graduate Unit: Department of Earth Sciences
Jul 20Name: Tanya Valerie Kizovski A “Shocking” Investigation into Life on Mars: Examination of the Structural and Chemical Effects of Shock in Hydrous Phases in Martian Meteorites
Supervisor(s): Prof. Kimberly Tait
Graduate Unit: Department of Earth Sciences
Jul 20Name: Thivia Jegathesan Rethinking the Assessment of Hyperbilirubinemia in Preterm Infants
Supervisor(s): Prof. Joel Ray
Graduate Unit: Institute of Medical Science
Jul 20Name: Pooriya Alimoradi Pilehrood Zand-i Vahman Yasht: A Zoroastrian Apocalypse in New Persian
Supervisor(s): Prof. Enrico Raffaelli
Graduate Unit: Department of Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations
Jul 22Name: Miriam Hird-Younger The Productivity of Mistrust: Negotiating Partnerships in Ghana’s Development Sector
Supervisor(s): Prof. Girish Daswani, Prof. Bianca Jane Dahl
Graduate Unit: Department of Anthropology
Jul 22Name: Glenn Franklin Wilson Walpole Cell Physiology of Innate Immunity and Its Subversion by Intracellular Pathogens
Supervisor(s): Prof. Sergio Grinstein, Prof. John Brumell
Graduate Unit: Department of Biochemistry
Jul 22Name: Tyler Kaster Electoconvulsive Therapy for Hospitalized Patients with Depression
Supervisor(s): Prof. Simone Vigod
Graduate Unit: Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation
Jul 22Name: Luka Sheppard The M-Region of alpha-Catenin Cooperates with Canoe, Ajuba, Vinculin and alpha-Actinin to Support Adhesion During Drosophila Embryonic Morphogenesis
Supervisor(s): Prof. Ulrich Tepass
Graduate Unit: Department of Cell and Systems Biology
Jul 23Name: Sylvie Spraakman Bioretention systems for stormwater management: assessment, performance and changes over time
Supervisor(s): Prof. Jennifer Anne Pauline Drake
Graduate Unit: Department of Civil and Mineral Engineering
Jul 23Name: Danielle Jacobson An Institutional Ethnography of the Social Relations that Shape Reproductive Health Care Experiences for Women with Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting/Circumcision (FGC) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Supervisor(s): Prof. Gillian Einstein, Prof. Daniel Grace
Graduate Unit: Department of Public Health Sciences
Jul 23Name: James Miles Teaching and learning for historical justice: A comparative case study of four sites of history education
Supervisor(s): Prof. Ruth Sandwell
Graduate Unit: Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning
Jul 23Name: Allysa Khan The Politics of Identity and Space: Muslim Female Students’ Discourses on Their Experiences in Secular High Schools
Supervisor(s): Prof. Diane Gerin-Lajoie
Graduate Unit: Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning
Jul 23Name: Paul Bzonek Non-structural Deterrents and Opportunistic Dispersal in an Invasive Fish: The Role of Individual Variation on Movement
Supervisor(s): Prof. Nicholas Mandrak
Graduate Unit: Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Jul 23Name: Joyce Mason Essays on Immigrant Mental Health: A Look at Health Reporting, Model Identification, and Policy Changes
Supervisor(s): Prof. Claire de Oliveira, Prof. Audrey Laporte
Graduate Unit: Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation
Jul 26Name: Edward Parker In The Margins of Justice: The Negotiation of Social Values in Athenian Forensic Oratory
Supervisor(s): Prof. Victoria Wohl
Graduate Unit: Department of Classics
Jul 26Name: Feng Liu Thermal Concentration of Nickeliferous Pyrrhotite Tailings for Nickel Recovery
Supervisor(s): Prof. Mansoor Barati Sedeh, Prof. Samuel Walton Marcuson
Graduate Unit: Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Jul 27Name: Sivakami Meena Mylvaganam Biophysical regulation of endothelial functions by a polarized spectrin cytoskeleton.
Supervisor(s): Prof. Sergio Grinstein
Graduate Unit: Department of Biochemistry
Jul 27Name: Megan Grace Roberts Surface-Modification of Rod-Like Nanoparticles with Functional Copolymers via Copper Catalyzed Click Chemistry for Applications in Cancer Drug De
Supervisor(s): Prof. Mitchell Winnik
Graduate Unit: Department of Chemistry
Jul 27Name: Lysa Langevin The Role of NCX1 in the Pathogenesis of Kawasaki Disease
Supervisor(s): Prof. Rae Yeung
Graduate Unit: Department of Immunology
Jul 27Name: Brent James Huchuk A data-driven study of connected residential thermostats to investigate user behavior, thermal modelling, and optimal control of HVAC systems
Supervisor(s): Prof. Scott Sanner, Prof. Liam OBrien
Graduate Unit: Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Jul 27Name: Laura Kathleen Vergeer A Comparison of the Product (Re)formulation Actions and Commitments of the Top Packaged Food and Beverage Companies in Canada
Supervisor(s): Prof. Mary L’Abbe
Graduate Unit: Department of Nutritional Sciences
Jul 28Name: Sang Hyun Lim Investigating the Dynamic CFTR Interactome using the Mammalian Membrane Two-Hybrid (MaMTH) platform
Supervisor(s): Prof. Igor Stagljar
Graduate Unit: Department of Biochemistry
Jul 28Name: Jannah Margaret Wigle No one can decide for us the solutions are within us: Rhetoric and Reality of Youth Participation and Power in Sexual and Reproductive Health Decision-Making in Malawi
Supervisor(s): Prof. Anne-Emanuelle Birn
Graduate Unit: Department of Public Health Sciences
Jul 28Name: Eleni Triantafillou Towards Strong Generalization from Few Examples
Supervisor(s): Prof. Richard Zemel, Prof. Raquel Urtasun
Graduate Unit: Department of Computer Science
Jul 28Name: Yecid Ortega Paez Pedagogies of Be[Ing], Be[Longing] and Be[Coming]: Social Justice and Peacebuilding in the English Curriculum of a Marginalized Colombian Public High School
Supervisor(s): Prof. Antoinette Gagne
Graduate Unit: Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning
Jul 28Name: Sherif Nagib Abbas Seha Brain Biometrics under Auditory Stimulation for Human Identity Recognition
Supervisor(s): Prof. Dimitrios Hatzinakos
Graduate Unit: Edward S. Rogers Sr. Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engin.
Jul 28Name: Daniel Di Matteo Inference of Anxiety and Depression from Smartphone-Collected Data
Supervisor(s): Prof. Jonathan Rose, Prof. Martin Katzman
Graduate Unit: Edward S. Rogers Sr. Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engin.
Jul 28Name: Liangji Lu Current Programmed Mode and Fast Transient Control Techniques for Multi-Level Flying Capacitor Converters
Supervisor(s): Prof. Aleksandar Prodic
Graduate Unit: Edward S. Rogers Sr. Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engin.
Jul 28Name: Marwan Althagafi CSF1 Maintains Myeloid Cell Homeostasis in The Aortic Intima
Supervisor(s): Prof. Myron Cybulsky
Graduate Unit: Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology
Jul 28Name: Caitlin Di Paolo Investigating the Therapeutic Potential of Targeting Kallikrein-related Peptidases in Inflammatory Dermatoses
Supervisor(s): Prof. Eleftherios Diamandis
Graduate Unit: Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology
Jul 28Name: Kali Iyer Exploiting Diverse Chemical Collections to Uncover Novel Antifungals Against Human Fungal Pathogens
Supervisor(s): Prof. Leah Cowen
Graduate Unit: Department of Molecular Genetics
Jul 28Name: Shin-Hann Alex Lee Evaluating the Therapeutic Potential of Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibitors and Angiotensin Receptor Blockers in Drosophila Alzheimer’s Disease Models
Supervisor(s): Prof. Gabrielle Boulianne
Graduate Unit: Department of Molecular Genetics
Jul 28Name: Li Ern Chern Magnetic Field Induced Phases in Kitaev Magnets: A Semiclassical Analysis.
Supervisor(s): Prof. Yong Baek Kim
Graduate Unit: Department of Physics
Jul 28Name: Melissa Wilson The Paradox of Equity in Ontario’s Public Education System: The Making of an Epistemology of Ignorance
Supervisor(s): Prof. Abigail Bakan
Graduate Unit: Department of Social Justice Education
Jul 28Name: Hiroyoshi Hiratsuka An Evaluative Case Study of Japanese Undergraduate Students’ Gains in Intercultural Competence as Learning Outcomes in Malaysia and Thailand
Supervisor(s): Prof. Ruth Hayhoe
Graduate Unit: Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education
Jul 29Name: Pushpa Hamal Political Economy of Road Building in Nepal: Limits of Social Transformative Change
Supervisor(s): Prof. Shahrzad Mojab
Graduate Unit: Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education
Jul 29Name: Morgan Bennett Vertical Oscillations in the Solar Neighbourhood and the Sagittarius Dwarf Galaxy
Supervisor(s): Prof. Jo Bovy
Graduate Unit: Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics
Jul 29Name: Laila Rahman Troubling Intersections: Physical Intimate Partner Violence Against Women in Bangladesh
Supervisor(s): Prof. Gillian Einstein
Graduate Unit: Department of Public Health Sciences
Jul 29Name: Ivan Telpukhovskiy On the geometry of the Thurston metric on Teichmuller spaces: geodesics that disobey an analogue of Masur’s criterion
Supervisor(s): Prof. Kasra Rafi
Graduate Unit: Department of Mathematics
Jul 30Name: Sarah Kavassalis Insights Into the Role of Meteorology on Improving Model-Measurement Agreement of Oxidants in Forested Environments
Supervisor(s): Prof. Jennifer Murphy
Graduate Unit: Department of Chemistry
Jul 30Name: Brahmdeep Singh Saini Quantifying Placental Function Using Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Supervisor(s): Prof. Mike Seed, Prof. John Kingdom
Graduate Unit: Institute of Medical Science
Jul 30Name: Amir Sariri Khayatzadeh Three Essays on the Role of Information in the Development of Early-Stage Start-Up
Supervisor(s): Prof. Ajay Agrawal
Graduate Unit: Graduate Department of Management
Jul 30Name: Uri Seroussi A Systematic Analysis of Argonaute Proteins in Caenorhabditis elegans
Supervisor(s): Prof. Julie Claycomb
Graduate Unit: Department of Molecular Genetics
Jul 30Name: Adarsh Seshachalam Patri Exotic phenomena emerging from localized multipolar degrees of freedom
Supervisor(s): Prof. Yong Baek Kim
Graduate Unit: Department of Physics