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 found in Graduate Fees and on The Student Accounts website under Current Fall-Winter Fee & Refund Schedules.

In-Person Examinations at the School of Graduate Studies

Requests to book the rooms at 63 St. George Street are covered by the following guidelines.

  • Masks must be worn at all times in the examination room and throughout the building.
  • Complete a health screening before coming to campus is highly recommended (individuals can monitor their health using the Provincial health screening tool), and we continue to ask members of our community to remain at home if they are ill.
  • Exam rooms are available for blocks of up to three (3) hours between 9:30am and 4:30pm Monday to Friday.
  • Exam rooms have maximum capacities as indicated on the Book a Meeting Room website.
  • All participants should bring their laptop or tablet with them; the computer, camera, and microphone in the room can be used to provide a full room view for remote participants. The computer is currently configured for anyone to sign into their Zoom or MS Teams account. Teleconference is also available for a maximum of two participants.
  • All signature files and forms will be administered electronically.

Doctoral Examination Schedule

Exam DateStudent NameExam Information
(Thesis, Supervisor(s), Graduate Unit)
Jul 5Name: Martin Urner Time-varying Intensity of Mechanical Ventilation and Outcomes of Patients with Acute Respiratory Failure
Supervisor(s): Prof. Eddy Fan
Graduate Unit: Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation
Jul 5Name: Noreen Rahmani Exploring the Role of Attentional Bias in Nicotine Dependence
Supervisor(s): Prof. Laurie Anne Zawertailo
Graduate Unit: Department of Pharmacology
Jul 6Name: Elizabeth Julianna Osterlund Quantitative Fast FLIM-FRET (qF3) to study BCL-2 family protein-protein interactions in live
Supervisor(s): Prof. David Andrews
Graduate Unit: Department of Biochemistry
Jul 6Name: Amirreza Mahpour The Application of Data Science to Highway Asset Management Investment Strategies
Supervisor(s): Prof. Tamer El-Diraby
Graduate Unit: Department of Civil and Mineral Engineering
Jul 6Name: Shamsunnahar Suchana Compound specific isotope analysis for the bioremediation of NH2- and N02-substituted chlorobenzenes at low concentrations
Supervisor(s): Prof. Elodie Passeport
Graduate Unit: Department of Civil and Mineral Engineering
Jul 6Name: Rachel Benett Axtell Exploring Reminiscence in Multimodal Digital Spaces
Supervisor(s): Prof. Cosmin Munteanu
Graduate Unit: Department of Computer Science
Jul 6Name: Verne Ross THE VOICES AND STORIES OF TWO-SPIRIT PEOPLE
Supervisor(s): Prof. Antoinette Gagne
Graduate Unit: Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning
Jul 6Name: Patrick Garon-Sayegh Medicine at the Bar: Medical Experts, Lawyers, and the Making of Malpractice in the Courtroom
Supervisor(s): Prof. Trudo Lemmens
Graduate Unit: Faculty of Law
Jul 6Name: Ali Cheraghi Special Correspondences of Abelian Varieties and Eisenstein Series
Supervisor(s): Prof. Stephen Kudla
Graduate Unit: Department of Mathematics
Jul 6Name: Grace Egan Hexokinase 2 localizes to the nucleus and regulate s stemness in AML through a kinase independent mechanism
Supervisor(s): Prof. Aaron Schimmer
Graduate Unit: Institute of Medical Science
Jul 6Name: Michele Olivieri Charting the genetic architecture of the DNA damage response
Supervisor(s): Prof. Daniel Durocher
Graduate Unit: Department of Molecular Genetics
Jul 6Name: Kenana Al Kakouni The Role of the Retromer Recycling Complex in Epithelial Cell Rearrangement
Supervisor(s): Prof. Ulrich Tepass
Graduate Unit: Department of Cell and Systems Biology
Jul 7Name: Mickael Thomas Mendez Unsupervised and supervised methods for analysis of human multimodal transcriptome data
Supervisor(s): Prof. Michael Hoffman, Prof. Frederick Roth
Graduate Unit: Department of Computer Science
Jul 7Name: Betul Alaca The Role of Mosques in Promoting Well-being in Muslim Communities
Supervisor(s): Prof. Angela Pyle
Graduate Unit: Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development
Jul 7Name: Michelle Ly Deciphering the Biological Differences between Micro-Metastasis and Macro-Metastasis in Medulloblastoma
Supervisor(s): Prof. Michael Taylor
Graduate Unit: Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology
Jul 7Name: Zahide Alaca Schools, Summers, and Educational Inequality
Supervisor(s): Prof. Scott Davies
Graduate Unit: Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education
Jul 8Name: Mona Gridseth Towards Deep Learning for Long-Term Localization in Visual Teach and Repeat
Supervisor(s): Prof. Tim Barfoot
Graduate Unit: Institute for Aerospace Studies
Jul 8Name: Steven McClellan German Economists and the Intersection of Science and Politics: A History of the Verein fur Sozialpolitik, 1872-1972
Supervisor(s): Prof. Jennifer Jenkins
Graduate Unit: Department of History
Jul 8Name: Laura Aronoff Investigating the Cardiac Immune Response in Viral Myocarditis
Supervisor(s): Prof. Slava Epelman
Graduate Unit: Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology
Jul 8Name: Akihiro Nakamura Macrophage Migration Inhibitory Factor as a Critical Disease Driver and Novel Therapeutic Targ et in Spondyloarthritis
Supervisor(s): Prof. Nigil Haroon
Graduate Unit: Institute of Medical Science
Jul 11Name: Wook Yang Cognitive and Mental Health in Aging Sexual Minority Populations: Diversifying the Minority Stress Model
Supervisor(s): Prof. Shelley Craig, Prof. Shelley Craig
Graduate Unit: Department of Public Health Sciences
Jul 11Name: Mohamed Mohamed Saad Atia Abdalla Rethinking Clinical De-identification
Supervisor(s): Prof. Frank Rudzicz, Prof. Graeme Hirst
Graduate Unit: Department of Computer Science
Jul 11Name: Qi Guan New Prescription Opioid Use and Risks of Adverse Events in Ontario
Supervisor(s): Prof. Tara Gomes
Graduate Unit: Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation
Jul 11Name: Anna Kopec The Politics of Homelessness: Poverty, Policy, and Political Participation
Supervisor(s): Prof. Linda White
Graduate Unit: Department of Political Science
Jul 12Name: Janna MacLachlan Naalagiursaniq Tunnganarnirlu (Learning to Listen and be Welcoming): Engaging Inuit Perspectives on Timimut Ikajuqsivik (Rehabilitation) for Children in the Qikiqtani Region of Nunavut
Supervisor(s): Prof. Stephanie Nixon
Graduate Unit: Department of Public Health Sciences
Jul 12Name: Ramesh Lamsal Measuring and Incorporating Family Spillover Cost and Health Consequences in Economic Evaluation of Child Health Interventions
Supervisor(s): Prof. Wendy Ungar
Graduate Unit: Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation
Jul 13Name: SiQi Zhou Neural Networks as Add-on Modules for Improved Performance of Robot Control Systems
Supervisor(s): Prof. Angela Schoellig
Graduate Unit: Institute for Aerospace Studies
Jul 13Name: Emily Deibert High-Resolution Spectroscopy of Exoplanet Atmospheres
Supervisor(s): Prof. Suresh Sivanandam, Prof. Ray Jayawardhana
Graduate Unit: Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics
Jul 14Name: Melissa Greeff Flying Flat Out: Fast Multirotor Flight Using Vision-Based Navigation in Real-World Environments
Supervisor(s): Prof. Angela Schoellig
Graduate Unit: Institute for Aerospace Studies
Jul 14Name: Marie-Lise Drapeau-Bisson Reading, Evaluating and Commemorating Feminism: Excluding and reviving dynamics of L’Euguelionne’s reception in Quebec
Supervisor(s): Prof. Judith Taylor
Graduate Unit: Department of Sociology
Jul 14Name: Jeffrey Negrea Approximations and Scaling Limits of Markov Chains with Applications to MCMC and Approximate Inference
Supervisor(s): Prof. Daniel Roy, Prof. Jeffrey Rosenthal
Graduate Unit: Department of Statistical Sciences
Jul 14Name: Fan Wang A flexible summary statistics-based colocalization method to integrate omics data
Supervisor(s): Prof. Lisa Strug, Prof. Lei Sun
Graduate Unit: Department of Statistical Sciences
Jul 15Name: Sameh Attia Hardware Checkpointing and Productive Debugging Flows for FPGAs
Supervisor(s): Prof. Vaughn Betz
Graduate Unit: Edward S. Rogers Sr. Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engin.
Jul 15Name: Ruibin Wang Hybrid Models for BOF Steelmaking and Continuous Casting Applications
Supervisor(s): Prof. Kinnor Chattopadhyay
Graduate Unit: Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Jul 18Name: Andi Leigh Camden Opioid Use in Pregnancy in Ontario, Canada- Using Population-Based Administrative Data to Evaluate the Health of Pregnant People and Children
Supervisor(s): Prof. Teresa To, Prof. Astrid Guttmann
Graduate Unit: Department of Public Health Sciences
Jul 18Name: Emile Dirks Policing “Target People”: Crime Control and Political Repression in the People’s Republic of China
Supervisor(s):
Graduate Unit: Department of Political Science
Jul 19Name: Suraj Ganesh Borkar A new perspective on the wetting of a surface by the drops of an emulsion
Supervisor(s): Prof. Arun Ramchandran
Graduate Unit: Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry
Jul 19Name: Shengyang Sun Function-Space Bayesian Learning: from Gaussian Processes to Bayesian Deep Learning
Supervisor(s): Prof. Roger Grosse
Graduate Unit: Department of Computer Science
Jul 19Name: Lazar Konforti “Nosotros no comemos cana”: Defence of territory and agrarian change in the Polochic Valley, Guatemala
Supervisor(s): Prof. Scott Prudham
Graduate Unit: Department of Geography and Planning
Jul 19Name: Bochu Liu How the Food Environment, Time Use, and Household Labour Division Influence Dietary Activities: A Case Study of Two Neighbourhoods in Toronto
Supervisor(s): Prof. Michael Widener
Graduate Unit: Department of Geography and Planning
Jul 19Name: Daniel Merritt A Discriminating Memory: Learning and Chemosensation in C. elegans
Supervisor(s): Prof. Derek Van Der Kooy
Graduate Unit: Institute of Medical Science
Jul 19Name: Chi-Hsun Chang Visualizing the Vulnerability of Face Processing Across the Lifespan: An Image Reconstruction Approach
Supervisor(s): Prof. Andy CH Lee, Prof. Adrian R. Nestor
Graduate Unit: Department of Psychology
Jul 19Name: Lu Yu Latent Structures Estimation for Panel Data and Theoretical Guarantees for Stochastic Optimization
Supervisor(s): Prof. Stanislav Volgushev, Prof. Murat Anil Erdogdu
Graduate Unit: Department of Statistical Sciences
Jul 20Name: Ana Popovic The landscape of eukaryotic microbiota in the gut microbiome and their impact on bacterial communities and host health
Supervisor(s): Prof. John Parkinson
Graduate Unit: Department of Biochemistry
Jul 20Name: Garion Hicks Redox Doping and Assembly of Pi-Conjugated Polymer
Supervisor(s): Prof. Dwight Seferos
Graduate Unit: Department of Chemistry
Jul 20Name: Jessica Ruth Copley Forms of War: Capitalism, Representation and the State in Post-45 Literatures from France, Japan and the United States
Supervisor(s): Prof. Eric Cazdyn
Graduate Unit: Centre for Comparative Literature
Jul 20Name: Amna Liaqat Digitally Mediated Support for Lifelong Culture and Language Learning
Supervisor(s): Prof. Cosmin Munteanu
Graduate Unit: Department of Computer Science
Jul 20Name: Ziad Alostaz A Diagnostic Evaluation of Physical Restraint Practices in An Adult Intensive Care Unit: A Mixed Method Study
Supervisor(s): Prof. Linda Johnston, Prof. Craig Dale
Graduate Unit: Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing
Jul 21Name: Eric Donders Escaping the Endosome with Colloidal Drug Aggregates
Supervisor(s): Prof. Molly Shoichet
Graduate Unit: Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry
Jul 21Name: Xiaoke Zeng Neurodegenerative diseases in two Ontario mining cohorts
Supervisor(s): Prof. Paul Demers, Prof. Victoria Arrandale
Graduate Unit: Department of Public Health Sciences
Jul 21Name: James Santangelo Evolutionary Processes in Urban Environments
Supervisor(s): Prof. Marc Johnson, Prof. Rob Ness
Graduate Unit: Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Jul 21Name: Shrestha Roy Goswami Ionic Liquid Mediated Synthesis of Starch Maleates and their Application in Biodegradable Polymer Composites.
Supervisor(s): Prof. Ning Yan
Graduate Unit: Faculty of Forestry
Jul 21Name: Shrestha Roy Goswami Ionic Liquid Mediated Synthesis of Starch Maleates and their Application in Biodegradable Polymer Composites.
Supervisor(s): Prof. Ning Yan
Graduate Unit: Graduate Department of Forestry
Jul 21Name: Yi Zou Neuroimaging Phenotypes of Oxidative Stress and Thermoregulation in Youth Bipolar Disorder
Supervisor(s): Prof. Benjamin Goldstein
Graduate Unit: Department of Pharmacology
Jul 21Name: Mikaela Katherine Dimick Neurostructural, Neurofunctional, and Neurocognitive Phenotypes of Self-harm among Youth with Bipolar Disorder
Supervisor(s): Prof. Benjamin Goldstein
Graduate Unit: Department of Pharmacology
Jul 21Name: Meiling Man Soil Organic Matter Compositional Change in Response to Cropping Practices and Environmental Factors in Agricultural and Forest Ecosystems
Supervisor(s): Prof. Myrna Simpson
Graduate Unit: Dept. of Physical & Environmental Sci (UTSC)
Jul 22Name: Keith Adrian Colaco Development of a Cardiovascular Risk Prediction Model for Patients with Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis
Supervisor(s): Prof. Dafna Gladman, Prof. Lihi Eder
Graduate Unit: Institute of Medical Science
Jul 22Name: Diala Lteif One Hundred Years of Refuge: Migrants and the Making of Karantina, Beirut (1918-2018)
Supervisor(s): Prof. Kanishka Goonewardena, Prof. Jens Hanssen
Graduate Unit: Department of Geography and Planning
Jul 22Name: Nathan Leonhardt How do I Show Gratitude to God? Paying it Back Versus Paying it Forward
Supervisor(s): Prof. Emily Impett
Graduate Unit: Department of Psychology
Jul 22Name: Bethany Lassetter Evaluating Others’ Relevance: Dimensions, Levels, and Interdependence
Supervisor(s): Prof. Rebecca Neel
Graduate Unit: Department of Psychology
Jul 25Name: Zehra Melike Polat (Re)conceptualizing Integration: An Arts-Informed Study of Kurdish-Turkish Asylum Claimants’ Post-migration Experiences in Canada
Supervisor(s): Prof. Antoinette Gagne
Graduate Unit: Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning
Jul 25Name: Natalia Ivone Sandoval Herrera Sublethal Effects of Pesticides on Bats: from Cells to Behaviour
Supervisor(s): Prof. Kenneth Collins Welch Jr.
Graduate Unit: Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Jul 25Name: Connor Grant Christopher Sebestyen The Allied War Crimes Programs and the Struggle to to enact Justice in Germany 1945-58: Prisons, Prisoners, and the Fight for Legitimacy
Supervisor(s): Prof. Rebecca Wittmann
Graduate Unit: Department of History
Jul 25Name: Andrew Fares Effects of Cannabis Alone and Combined with Alcohol on Simulated Driving
Supervisor(s): Prof. Bruna Brands
Graduate Unit: Department of Pharmacology
Jul 26Name: Hannah Kozlowski Strategies for Moving Multi-Target Nucleic Acid Assays Towards Clinical Use
Supervisor(s): Prof. Warren Chan
Graduate Unit: Institute of Biomedical Engineering
Jul 26Name: Shun Liao Methods and Applications of Deep Learning in Sequential Medical Data
Supervisor(s): Prof. Zhaolei Zhang
Graduate Unit: Department of Computer Science
Jul 26Name: Philippe Gray The current shaping modular multi-level converter
Supervisor(s): Prof. Peter Lehn
Graduate Unit: Edward S. Rogers Sr. Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engin.
Jul 26Name: Katharina Pabst Putting “the Other Maine” on the Map: Language Variation, Local Affiliation, and Co-occurrence in Aroostook County English
Supervisor(s): Prof. Sali Tagliamonte
Graduate Unit: Department of Linguistics
Jul 27Name: Seyedkianoush Mousavichashmi Strategic, Tactical, and Operational Decision Making in Crowd-Shipping
Supervisor(s): Prof. Matthew Roorda, Prof. Merve Bodur
Graduate Unit: Department of Civil and Mineral Engineering
Jul 27Name: Matthew Warkentin Risk stratification for lung cancer screening using an epidemiologic, molecular, and quantitative imaging approach
Supervisor(s): Prof. Rayjean Hung, Prof. Kieran Campbell
Graduate Unit: Department of Public Health Sciences
Jul 27Name: Sinthu Pathmanapan Characterizing Metabolomic Activity in mutant IDH Chondrosarcomas & Chondrocytes
Supervisor(s): Prof. Jay Wunder, Prof. Benjamin Alman
Graduate Unit: Institute of Medical Science
Jul 27Name: Sinthu Pathmanapan Characterizing Metabolomic Activity in mutant IDH Chondrosarcomas & Chondrocytes
Supervisor(s): Prof. Jay Wunder, Prof. Sevan Hopyan
Graduate Unit: Institute of Medical Science
Jul 27Name: Timothy Ng CRISPR/Cas9 screens reveal the consequences of genome stability factor inhibition by small molecules
Supervisor(s): Prof. Daniel Durocher
Graduate Unit: Department of Molecular Genetics
Jul 27Name: Samantha Angelo Ing Esteves Clustered Protocadherins: A Molecular Barcode for Neuronal Wiring and Survival
Supervisor(s): Prof. Julie Lefebvre
Graduate Unit: Department of Molecular Genetics
Jul 27Name: Andrea Terri Greenblatt Meaning-Making and Mental Health: Capturing Youth’s Voices
Supervisor(s): Prof. Eunjung Lee
Graduate Unit: Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work
Jul 28Name: Jeanne Masson-Makdissi Transition Metal-Catalyzed Sequential and Tandem Allylation and Isomerization Reactions
Supervisor(s): Prof. Mark Lautens
Graduate Unit: Department of Chemistry
Jul 28Name: Derek Peter Wolf The Positional Logic of Technological Innovation in the Canadian Bioenergy Sector
Supervisor(s): Prof. John Caspersen
Graduate Unit: Faculty of Forestry
Jul 28Name: Derek Peter Wolf The Positional Logic of Technological Innovation in the Canadian Bioenergy Sector
Supervisor(s): Prof. John Caspersen
Graduate Unit: Graduate Department of Forestry
Jul 28Name: Xinyang Young Zhou Development of a Novel Assay to Quantify Inflammation for Investigating Mitochondrial Health and White Matter Integrity in Mood Disorders
Supervisor(s): Prof. Ana Cristina Andreazza
Graduate Unit: Department of Pharmacology
Jul 28Name: Meng Yi Xu Effects of miR-137 on Pyramidal Neuronal Morphology and GABA Interneuron Neurogenesis
Supervisor(s): Prof. Albert Wong
Graduate Unit: Department of Pharmacology
Jul 28Name: Wing Yeung Vivian Leung Cultural Socialization Among Chinese Parents in Canada and the United States: Role of Racism, Co-ethnic Social Capital, and Regional-level Characteristics
Supervisor(s): Prof. Lin Fang
Graduate Unit: Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work
Jul 29Name: Beibei Zhang New Modes of Housing Consumption: Financialization Multi-Scalar Governance, and the Transformation of Tenure
Supervisor(s): Prof. Jun Zhang, Prof. Alan Walks
Graduate Unit: Department of Geography and Planning
Jul 29Name: Tess Allegra Forest Statistical Learning Changes Across Development
Supervisor(s): Prof. Amy Finn
Graduate Unit: Department of Psychology