School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Celebrating Fall 2020 Graduation

  • General Introduction congratulations slide
  • MSc & PhD - Management, PhD & LLM - Law Ali Feizabadi, Cecilia Ying, Jayson Killoran, Matthew Aslett, Arman Sadreddin, Herbert Wells, Lili Zhang
  • MPH, MSc & PhD Public Health Sciences Ashley Aldasoro Neves, Breagh Cheng, Dylan O'Sullivan, Hope Yen, Jingfang Zhao, Sahar Mohamed
  • MSc Health Quality Amanda Gillis, Asad Mirghassemi, Colin Wilson, Filip Pajtondziev, Hilal Al Sidairi, Omar Elhag, Sameer Elsayed, Tatiana Sampaio
  • MSc Occupational Therapy Aimee Berard, Emily Lowry, Hader Farhan, Haley Porter, Irene Poon, Lori Canes, Sarah Barton
  • MSc & PhD Biomedical & Molecular Sciences Andra Banete, Christie Boswell-Patterson, Kavan Shah, Loky Lee, Niazur Rahman, Rasha Mehder, Rebecca Maciver, Sandra Vincent
  • MSc & PhD - Rehabilitation Science, MSc -Pathology, Grad Dip - PHMI, Cassandra Bodrucky, Shikha Gupta, Reshma Nuri, Ivan Shapovalov, Mohsen Damavandi
  • MSc Aging & Health Jenna Laidler, Jennifer Johnson, Tammy Reeve, Trisha Trudeau, Wendy Lynch, Mohammadsaeb Mohajerinave
  • MSc Health Quality, MSc & PhD - Neuroscience, MNPHCN - Nursing, Arthi Chinna Meyyappan and Jeongyeon (Melody) Kang, Chloe Soutar, Chris Trimmer, Mavis Kusi, MScHQ, MNPHCN
  • PhD, MASc, MEng - Mining Engineering and Mechanical & Materials Engineering Farzaneh Sadri, Uchitta Vashist, Lauren Welte, Alexandru Sonac, Evan Munroe, Derrick Mansourian, Elio Msann,
  • PhD, MASc - Civil Engineering Baral Anil, Vanessa Di Battista, Arshia (Seyed) Mousavi, Decebal Michaud, Emma Keeler, Gabriella Vojtila, Joshua Simmons, Wolfe Trinaistich
  • PhD, MASc - Electrical & Computer Engineering, Chemical Engineering Mohammadali Hedayati, Ahmed Aboutaleb, Arthur Cruz de Araujo, Habiba Elsherbiny, Laura McKiel, Amin Nasresfahani, Nicholas Wildon
  • MEng - Electrical & Computer Engineering, Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering Anan Zhang, Ekene Ekeanyanwu, Ishita Jaiswal, Mahasweta Chaudhuri, Minika Chadha, Prithila Angkan, Li Jiang, Zulqar Alam
  • PhD, MEd, PME - Education Heather Braund, Jennifer McConnel, Michael Aquino, Alanna McMaster, Alina Cameron, Calindy Ramsden
  • PME - Education Chelsea Horsburth, Christy Willett, Debbie Kiely, Donald Lewis, Emmanuel Henry, Farah Shakil, Jacqueline Samuels
  • PME - Education Jamie Belec, Lydia King, Peter Rod, Kimberly Kaufman-Harbinson, Salpi Nercessian, Sandra Kwon
  • PhD Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Geography Cale Gushulak, Leslie Holmes, Eduardo de Barros Ferreira, Yagya Paudel, Goonay-Yousefalizadeh, Zhechang He, Jason Adams, Xiaojun Deng
  • PhD Psychology, Computing, Kinesiology & Health Studies Jackie Huberman, Adrijana Krsmanovic, Abigail Muere, Alam ABM Bodrul, Asmaa Ali, Jacob Peoples, Anoushka Moucessian, Erica Phipps
  • PhD, Cultural Studies, English Language & Literature, Mathematics & Statistics, Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy Elizabeth Spry, Maya Stitski, Nevena Martinovic, Kar Arpita, Francois Marshall, Francisco Vazquez de Sola Fernandez
  • PhD Art History, History, Philosophy, Political Studies, Sociology Sheilagh Quaile, Kartal Abdulkerim, Omar Bachour, Stephanie Smith, Robert Borras, Dalal Daoud, Rui Hou
  • MIR - Industrial Relations Charu Bisht, Craig Braund, Grace Cofie, Josianne Drouin, Maggie McLeod, Farima Sady, Juan Toro Toro, Danny Wong
  • MPA - Public Administration Lara Aluko, Leo Erlikhman, Fahad Ibrahim, Michael Mantle, Zyeleika Mctague, Fariah Muto
  • MSc - Mathematics & Statistics, Psychology, Geological Sciences & Geological Engineering, MES-Environmental Studies, MAC - Art Conservation Ahmed Shaltut, Madison Mailhiot, Chelsea Wood-Ross, Kate Zucconi, Amy Cleaver, Derek Bedford, Sarah Flisikowski, Marianne LeBel
  • MSC - Computing, Kinesiology & Health Studies Mary Riad, Najmeh Seifollahpour Arabi, Nicole Giouridis, Lindsay Lew, Cailie McGuire, Alexandra Walters
  • MSc - Chemistry, Geography Frenny Kaushal, Jevon Marsh, Alyssa Alexander, Christina Braybrook, Dana Stephenson, Emily Su
  • MA - Gender Studies, Global Development Studies, Sociology Jessica Gentile, Amal Haroon, Alexandria Knipp, Natalie Zhang, Ashley Clark, Emily Edwards, Juliane Kennett
  • MA - Economics, Philosophy, Political Studies Xinlu Mao, Annabelle Tardif-Samson, Sungmin Yoon, Robin Ball, Mylene Kassandra Hangdaan, Zachary Eden, Samantha Papuha
  • MA - History, English Language & Literature, Religious Studies Kim Bell, Angela Capobianco, Mingming Liu, Jesse Gauthier, Ashley Couture, Faezeh Izadi, Sam Maclennan

During your time at Queen’s you have learnt that we are fortunate to be able to live and learn about the lands we are on, the lands of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe people. Part of that learning is also to encourage reflection on what we do, what it means to occupy this space and what it means to foster inclusivity, all valuable learning experiences to take with you. Of course you have also worked really hard to learn about your chosen field of study. The School of Graduate Studies is very proud of you all and wish you all the best whatever your next steps are. Please stay touch!

For a full list of conferred graduates under the School of Graduate Studies and to watch the ceremonies go to the Registrars website. 

  • Ceremony 1 - Doctoral Students
  • Ceremony 2 - Masters and Graduate Diplomas.

Both start at 10am on Tuesday 10th November, 2020

Our Stats?  Total number of graduate students under the School of Graduate Studies, graduating Fall 2020 is 893 (91 Doctoral degrees, 709 Masters degrees, 76 Professional Masters degrees, 17 Graduate Diplomas)

Doctoral Research Citations

Health Sciences

Andra Banete (Biomedical and Molecular Sciences)
Emerging and re-emerging viruses highlight the urgent need for novel vaccination and treatment approaches. Dr. Banete studied how immune activation seen in allergy and parasitic infections affects immune responses to viral infection. Her research uncovered a novel antiviral signaling pathway that may be used to improve vaccination strategies.

Marina Lochhead (Biomedical & Molecular Sciences)
Dr Lochhead characterized molecular interactions critical to the development of B cells – the pillars of our immune system – and examined how these interactions drive B-cell malignancies such as acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). These studies advanced our understanding of cell development and identified a potential therapeutic target for ALL.

Rebecca Maciver (Biomedical & Molecular Sciences)
Dr. Maciver studied congenital heart defects, identifying early embryonic gene expression changes and postnatal cardiac structure and function using ultrasound. Her findings suggest that standard clinical practice should include long-term monitoring of individuals with spontaneously resolved ventricular septal defects.

Rasha Mehder (Biomedical & Molecular Sciences), Experimental Medicine Field
Dr. Rasha Mehder studied the Neuronal Oxidative Stress and Dendritic Trimming in A Mouse Model of Late Onset Alzheimer's Disease. She performed morphometric analyses in the dorsal and ventral hippocampal CA1 regions (dCA1 and vCA1) as well as in overlying primary sensory cortex to determine if altered neuronal structure can help account for the cognitive impairment. Her findings are all in keeping with oxidative stress-associated dendritic cutback specific toAldh2knockout (KO) mice contributing to dorsal (but not ventral) hippocampal dysfunction, promoting cognitive impairment in KO mice.   

Mavis Kusi (Neuroscience)
Dr. Kusi studied the extent to which catecholamines (dopamine and norepinephrine) influence cognition and motivation. Her study revealed that catecholamines do not have major direct influence on cognition, but significantly impact motivation. Her study advanced our understanding of the actions of catecholamines in the brain and has implications for the use of drugs that act on catecholamines as cognitive enhancers.  

Chloe Soutar (Neuroscience)
Dr. Soutar studied the role of the sex hormone 17β-estradiol (E2) in synaptic activity and plasticity. She found that E2 is synthesized in the rodent sensory neocortex, where it modulates synaptic transmission and activity-dependent synaptic strengthening. Her work advanced our understanding of the modulatory functions of brain-generated E2.  

Chris Trimmer (Neuroscience)
Dr. Trimmer studied the effect of a music-based therapy group on mental health outcomes for clients in community care. The innovative therapy (CBT-Music) was shown to be feasible and a contributing factor to an increase in daily functioning and reduced symptoms. His research expands the options for the role of music in mental health provision. 

Dylan O’Sullivan (Public Health Sciences)
Dr. O’Sullivan studied the role of ultraviolet radiation in the development of skin cancer and non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) in Canada. He found that skin cancer in Canada could be largely prevented by reducing the use of indoor tanning devices, sunburn, and sunbathing, while moderate exposure to the sun may reduce the risk of developing NHL. 

Shika Gupta (Rehabilitation Science)
“Dr. Gupta identified financial barriers to medication access among individuals with disabilities in Canada and downstream effects on their health and the healthcare system. Her research highlighted many system-level barriers that individuals face despite having drug benefits, and provides important considerations for the Pharmacare policy of Canada.”

Mst Reshma Parvin Nuri (Rehabilitation Science)
Dr. Nuri studied how the government of Bangladesh is working to meet the needs of children with disabilities and their families. Her research findings revealed that the government has increased support for children with disabilities and their families, but there is a need for more investment to meet these individuals' wide range of needs.  

Arts & Science

Sheilagh Quaile (Art History)
Dr Quaile examined textile design in nineteenth-century Paisley, Scotland, within an industry which imitated and undercut Kashmiri textiles in the global economy. She highlighted the degree to which British manufacturers copied the designs of their South Asian competitors, and thus contributed to an understanding of appropriation and imperialism. 

Cale Gushulak (Biology)
Dr. Gushulak studied changes in climate and algal communities in boreal forest lakes from northeastern Ontario over the past 6000 years. His research shows that presently clear and nutrient-poor lakes experienced enhanced algal growth during past warmer climates and warns that similar conditions may occur as the climate continues to warm.   

Leslie A. Holmes (Biology)
Dr. Holmes investigated how food quality in ecological communities impacts consumers’ growth and development and scales to impact higher food web consumers. Using an experimental insect system in the lab, she addressed this question to better understand how environmental change can impact ecological communities, their assembly, and dynamics.

Goonay Yousefalizadeh (Chemistry)
Dr. Yousefalizadeh investigated the optical and electronic properties of a new class of photonic materials called metal clusters, to develop their use in a variety of different applications including photocatalysis and biomedicine. Her research demonstrates that these materials are very effective as a photocatalyst and also great candidates as the next generation of molecular imaging and phototherapy agents and can be used to effectively diagnose and treat cancer.

Eduardo de Barros Ferreira (Chemistry)
Dr. Ferreira investigated the use of nickel-based materials in clean energy storage and generation technologies, such as water electrolysers and fuel cells. His findings advanced the current understanding of nickel corrosion and electrochemistry, while also providing new routes for the synthesis of highly efficient nickel-based catalysts.

Yagya Paudel (Chemistry)
Dr. Paudel discovered a new lanthipeptide molecule (potential antibiotics) flavipuricin I from a gram-negative marine proteobacteria Pseudoalteromonas flavipulchra using a genome mining approach combined with mass spectrometry guided isolation and structure elucidation. Flavipuricin I is the first characterized lanthipeptide molecule produced from Proteobacteria phylum. The in vitro and in vivo approaches used in his research help to understand the biosynthetic pathways in lanthipeptides.

Zhechang  He (Chemistry)
Dr. He investigated the photo-responsive materials. He discovered a group of four-coordinated organoboron species that are capable of switching between different states/structures following by the application of either UV light or heat. His research shed light on new opportunities for the discovery of new chemistry/species of boron-based system.

Jacob Peoples (Computing)
Dr. Peoples developed a novel method for incorporating anatomical knowledge into the automatic spatial alignment of medical images. In addition to conducting validation studies of the method with simulated data, he demonstrated its practical value by applying it in a prototype tool for computer-aided navigation in beating-heart cardiac surgeries.

Asmaa Ali (computing)
Dr. Ali developed a framework for monitoring crops in greenhouses using sensor technologies. The framework helps in monitoring the weather, crops growth, and early detection for any plants’ diseases. Her findings contribute to the development of smart commercial greenhouses for minimum energy consumption, good quality and quantity productions.

Elizabeth (Lib) Spry (Cultural Studies)
Dr Spry’s  research-creation thesis investigated how to unsettle settlers’ colonial privileges through performance using movement, sound, participation, and laughter. To do this, she developed and tested  a life-sized board game designed to enable non-indigenous Canadians to use play as a tool to examine their prejudices and acknowledge their biases towards the first peoples of this land (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) and explore actions they can engage in to decolonize themselves and Canada.

Maya Stitski (Cultural Studies)
Dr. Stitski’s dissertation explored hip hop music and technologies in relation to studies of education. Locating her research in Black Canadian Studies, she theorized how teaching and learning about black creative texts, and focusing on the contested underpinnings of hip hop cultures, can foster radical and decolonial pedagogies. 

Jason Adams (Economics)
Dr. Adams carried out analysis of the labour market outcomes and housing situations of different groups of social assistance recipients in Ontario. He specifically examines the labour market experiences of immigrants to Canada, measures the efficacy of programs designed to help the unemployed find work, and looks at the prevalence of homelessness

Nevena Martinovic (English)
Dr. Martinović investigated the intersections of age, gender and performance in eighteenth-century theatre. Her work argued that ageist rhetoric was used against eighteenth-century actresses when they behaved in ways that were considered socially transgressive, and demonstrated the ways in which actresses fought back against these criticisms.  

Xiaojun Deng (Geography)
Dr. Deng investigated the Healthy Immigrant Effect on older Chinese immigrants in Canada using mixed method on primary and secondary data. She explored the social determinants causing post-immigration variations in health of older Chinese immigrants from their own perspectives. Her research highlights how the Canadian socio-cultural environment influences older immigrants’ health.

Abdulkerim Kartal (History)
Dr. Kartal studied the cases of crimes and disputes that were tried at the Patriarchal Court of Constantinople in the Late Byzantine period (1261-1453), as well as the punishments that the said court prescribed. He found out that the decisions of this Medieval ecclesiastical court in Byzantium were humane, corrective, transparent, and evidence-based as opposed to the mainstream assumption solidified by various scholars, who thought that Medieval justice systems were cruel, arbitrary, and secretive, and such systems have steadily progressed since then.

Aaron Derouin (Kinesiology and Health Studies)
Dr. Derouin investigated the performance effects of helmet-mounted devices such as night vision goggles on rapid scanning head movements. He developed and validated a novel system to facilitate his work. His results highlight the importance of using an operationally relevant approach to explore the risk factors influencing aircrew neck pain.

Anoushka Moucessian (Kinesiology & Health Studies)
Dr. Moucessian explored whether Indigenous cultural safety (ICS) education is being incorporated in Ontario Counselling Psychology professional programs. Her results indicate that a fragmented approach to teaching ICS left students with a fragmented understanding of how to provide culturally safe support to Indigenous communities. Her research contributes to a broader conversation about Indigenous self-determination in the counselling context. 

Erica Phipps (Kinesiology and Health Studies)
Dr. Phipps co-created a novel approach to intersectoral action that prioritizes human relationships and the expertise of people directly affected by social injustice. The EquIP model, developed with local co-researchers in a community facing a housing crisis, supports intersectoral actors to shift their focus to upstream drivers of health inequity.

Francois Marshall (Mathematics & Statistics)
Dr. Marshall identified a variety of forms of random periodic components that give rise to the observed voltage time series of an electrical instrument that itself receives input from an antenna that receives high-frequency cosmic radio waves.  His research helped advance our understanding of how seismic waves in the sun impact the signal quality of long-range, high-latitude radio communications on Earth.

Omar Bachour (Philosophy) 
Dr. Bachour’s research explored the obstacles preventing modern subjects from leading successful lives and how these might be overcome. His contribution highlighted the importance of creative activity, free time, security, sociality, and well-being in furnishing the conditions for individuals to lead lives responsive to their own desires and ends.

Stephanie Smith (Philosophy)
Dr. Smith explored the role that conceptions of human sociability play in political thought. She shows that assumptions about when people naturally cooperate play a crucial but often unacknowledged role in shaping theories of governance, and proposes ways to make these assumptions more explicit and more reliable.

Francisco Vazquez de Sola (Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy)
Dr. Vazquez de Sola explored the presence on Earth of KK axions, a theoretical particle that would explain the high temperature of the Sun's atmosphere. He looked for their signature in a prototype gas detector, in preparation for the upcoming NEWS-G detector in SNOLAB. A discovery would upend our current understanding of particle physics.

Robert Borras (Political Studies) 
Dr. Borras investigated why the US Congress failed to resolve Puerto Rico’s constitutional status from 1989 to 2017. The research reveals how the longstanding lack of a political and legal consensus combined with the complexities of bicameralism to stymie reform. The study advances our understanding of the policymaking underlying Puerto Rico’s continuing colonial relationship with the US.  

Dalal Daoud (Political Studies)
Dr Daoud’s dissertation focused on the nexus between ethnic politics and political Islam. It investigated ruling Islamists’ approaches to ethnic minorities in Turkey and Sudan, identifying driving factors. Dalal’s thesis offered new empirical insights and valuable theoretical contributions to the studies of the Middle East and North Africa, political Islam, and minority-state relations. She dedicates the thesis to her two daughters and husband, whose support was invaluable for the completion of her doctoral degree. 

Jackie Huberman (Psychology)
Dr. Huberman investigated neural responses to sexual and nonsexual stimuli. She found that many processes were rapidly involved in decoding sexual stimuli, and that responses were similar in women and men. This work clarifies some of the earliest stages of sexual response and reveals new research directions into sexual processing on the neural level.

Abi Muere (Psychology)
Dr. Muere's studies focused on key psychosocial factors that may impact the chronic pelvic pain experience. She investigated the predictive relationship between chronic pelvic pain, catastrophizing, depressive symptoms, and behavioural coping strategies. Her results highlight the importance of screening for and targeting maladaptive thinking and coping patterns in order to better manage chronic pelvic pain.

Rui Hou (Sociology)
Dr.Hou’s research focuses on the engagement of private actors in state control especially within the authoritarian context of China. He examines how market actors with technological capacities are actively engaged in state control. Through a qualitative research on the emerging industry of Internet-opinion surveillance and the system of Mayor’s Hotlines in China, He finds that, with the help of private actors, the tentacles of state control are equipped with advanced digital technologies and therefore own the capacity to touch a wider range of social population. His research inspires people to focus on non-state actors in authoritarian domination.

Engineering & Applied Sciences

Amin Nasresfahani (Chemical Engineering)
Dr. Nasresfahani studied optimization strategies for polymerization and proved to be successful at reducing the time of synthesis while maintaining quality. His novel approach enables manufacturers to simulate polymerization reactions to promote cost-efficient processes.

Laura McKiel (Chemical Engineering)
Dr. McKiel studied the immune response to implanted biomedical materials. She demonstrated that the absence of a specific cell signalling pathway altered cellular and tissue responses to polymeric materials. Her research identified a molecular target for modulating the immune response to cannulas used in insulin pump therapy.

Vanessa Di Battista (Civil Engineering)
Dr. Di Battista examined contaminant containment of geosynthetics in site remediation applications. She assessed transport of environmental contaminants through various barrier systems, including at a contaminated Antarctic site. Her findings provide new tools and information to assist engineers and regulators in safe reuse of contaminated sites.

Mohammadali Hedayati (Electrical & Computer Engineering)
Dr. Hedayati investigated energy harvesting techniques to overcome the key challenge of sustainability in the Internet of Things (IoT). He developed the system design and proposed methods to improve the spectral and energy efficiency in the IoT systems with energy harvesting. His results contribute to transforming energy harvesting from a potential solution into an enabling technology for the ubiquitous and pervasive IoT

Shuai Li (Mechanical & Materials Engineering)
Dr. Li investigated the aerodynamic noise generated by a circular cylinder, which is representative of noise generated by flows over bluff bodies in practical engineering applications. He unveiled the noise generation mechanisms through identifying the sound sources and assessing their propagating capacities. The findings provide valuable insight into noise control in practical engineering applications. 

Alexandru Sonoc (Mechanical Engineering)
Dr. Sonoc developed an environmentally-friendly process to recycle lithium ion batteries. The process recovers all lithium, nickel, cobalt, and manganese – which are essential to making new batteries – without producing any waste. Dr. Sonoc and his supervisors are patenting the process and scaling it up to recycle electric vehicle batteries.

Lauren Welte (Mechanical & Materials Engineering)
Dr. Welte’s research described the fundamental behavior of the arch of the human foot in running. She used high-speed x-ray to measure the instantaneous motion of foot bones and model ligament stretch. Her research explained how mobility in the arch enables locomotion, which may influence shoe and prosthesis design, as well as clinical practice.

Education, Management, Law 

Heather Braund (Education)
Dr. Braund explored the relationship between self-regulation and classroom assessment in Kindergarten classrooms. She identified a need to broaden conceptions of assessment in Kindergarten to increase student agency and develop self-regulation. Her research bridges these two constructs theoretically, conceptually, and in practice.

Jen McConnel (Education)
Dr. McConnel investigated perceptions of academic literacy among first-year college students and their instructors. Her research showed the ways in which emotion and vulnerability are tangled up with the work of the classroom, which inspired her current research using metaphor to prompt reflection in secondary and post-secondary classrooms.

Arman Sadreddin (Management)
Dr. Sadreddin studied the role of readily available digital technologies in the new venture creation process. He explored how affordable and accessible digital technologies help new ventures develop significant capabilities and improve their performance. His study helps entrepreneurs and policymakers to invest in digital technologies strategically.

Herbert Wells (Law)
Dr. Wells investigated if current international human rights jurisprudence on free speech and privacy sufficiently protects us, in our daily use of the internet. His research identified a number of important gaps and unreasonable limits in the jurisprudence, which are inconsistent with relevant theoretical perspectives on free speech and privacy. As a result of this, Dr. Wells argues for a reconceptualization and reconfiguration of certain principles in the jurisprudence, based on the normative concepts of human dignity, personhood, and autonomy, as well as on the fundamental ideals of democracy.