Thesis Defense – Human Nutrition – PhD – Abrar Mohammed Turki



The Oral Examination for the Degree of

Doctor of Philosophy
(Human Nutrition)

Abrar Mohammed Turki

“Application of Novel Techniques to Devise Nutritional Therapies in Patients with Glycogen Storage Disease Type 1 and Phenylketonuria”

Friday, October 29, 2021 – 9:00 AM



Chair: Dr. D. Kitts

Supervisory Committee:
Dr. R. Elango – Supervisor

Dr. C. Karakochuck – Committee member
Dr. S. Stockler – Committee member
Dr. S. Sirrs – Committee member

Defense Committee Composition
Dr. R. Elango – Supervisor
Dr. S. Stockler – Committee member
Dr. S. Sirrs – Committee member
Dr. A. Lehman – University Examiner
Dr. B. Rakic – University Examiner
Dr. M. Gillingham – External Examiner

Competition Announcement: Affiliated Fellowships-Master’s and CGS-M competitions and upcoming information session


Please notify Iris or Lia (see emails below) about your intention of applying by November 15, 2021

Lia –

Iris –

UBC Affiliated Fellowships-Master’s

The UBC Affiliated Fellowships Master’s competition runs in concert with the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s (CGS-M; see below) competition. Approximately 50 fellowship with values ranging from $175 to $16,000 are offered through this competition. Current and prospective full-time UBC-Vancouver graduate students can apply regardless of citizenship or visa status. Students who are eligible for the CGS-M must submit a CGS-M application in order to additionally be considered for Affiliated funding.

Detailed Affiliated Fellowships-Master competition information with links to application and reference forms is available at:

Tri-Agency Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s (CGS-M)

Applicants for Tri-Agency CGS-M competition must be domestic students (Canadian citizen or PR) who are applying for or enrolled in graduate studies anywhere in Canada. Each applicant can select up to 3 universities with the same application. To be considered for a CGS-M at UBC, they must select The University of British Columbia as one of the 3 available institutions.

Details about this award opportunity, including eligibility and evaluation criteria, are available at: and our site at

Students who apply for CGS-M awards will automatically be considered for open/un-restricted Affiliated Fellowships.
To be considered for criteria-based Affiliated Fellowships, students should fill out and submit to their graduate programs the checklist available at:

UBC Deadlines for the Tri-Agency CGS-M / Affiliated Fellowships Master’s Competitions

  • Applicant deadline:1 December 2021 before 5:00 pm PST
  • Graduate program nomination deadline:  Late January (nomination deadline will be indicated in December)

CGSM and Affiliated Fellowships-Master’s information session

  • Interested applicants are invited to attend the CGSM information session on Friday, October 22 from 10:30 to 12:00.  REGISTER HERE.

What you can do now:

  • Importance of the application deadline.  CGS-M applications cannot be submitted or edited after the application deadline.  Late applications will be ruled ineligible. The CGS-M application deadline is set nationally by the CGS-M funding agency and is not flexible.
  • Please ask for reference letters early and to send the instructions to your referees
  • Check early if you have all of your official transcripts for all previous studies (including transfer credits). Transcript guidance for applicants is outlined on our CGS-M webpage.
  • Note that although the SISC academic history document is accepted for UBC CGS-M applications, it may not be accepted by other universities in Canada, so students applying elsewhere for the CGSM in addition to UBC should order official UBC transcripts.
  • It would help us greatly if you are using the same email in your CGS-M Research Portal login as in eVision or SIS. This is absolutely not a requirement, but it helps route the applications to correct programs quicker after the application deadline.


Call for Applications: IBM PhD Fellowship Award


Please share the following announcement as appropriate.  Note that this award is externally administered; faculty members nominate their students directly to IBM (departments do not nominate applicants).

IBM PhD Fellowship Award

Since 1951, the IBM PhD Fellowship Program has collaborated with faculty, students and universities by recognizing and supporting exceptional PhD students that address focused areas of interest in technology.

Interested applicants must be nominated by a doctoral faculty member (faculty member nominates the applicant directly to IBM). The nominator provides the supporting documentation (CV, dissertation description, etc.), categorizes the student’s initial career interests, and submits the nomination for evaluation.

All nominees:

  • must be nominated by a doctoral faculty member; students cannot nominate themselves.
  • must be enrolled full-time in a PhD program over the two consecutive academic years of the award or forfeit the fellowship.
  • should have three years remaining in their program at the time of nomination so the fellowship can be applied to the last two years of study.
  • that are from U.S. embargoed countries are not eligible for the program.
  • that are receiving a comparable fellowship, internship, or support from another company or institution (except for academic scholarships) during the IBM PhD Fellowship funding period are ineligible for this award
  • must stay in the same program for the duration of the award —no transferring of departments or schools.

Value: $6,000 to $25,000 per year

Nomination deadline: November 5, 2021 at 2:00 pm PT (5:00 pm ET)

For more information, including nomination procedures, please see the IBM webpage ( and FAQ (  Questions should be directed to

Social event for grad students


My name is Abhinab Kadel and I am part of Student Services for the Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Network (iGSN) at UBC. The iGSN serves as a platform to connect grad students across various disciplines. We organize academic and social events to promote interdisciplinary mingling. We also provide travel awards to well-deserving candidates who choose to apply. You can find more information on our website:

Our next social event will be an outing to Escape Room. We appreciate it if you could please forward the following message, and help promote our event among the members of your department:

“Hello grad students,

The interdisciplinary Graduate Students Network (iGSN) invites all UBC graduate students to join us for an Escape Room evening. Please find the event details below:

When: October 28, Thursday 5.30 pm

Where: i-Exit 1129 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1M1

Entry: 5$ CAD paid through e-transfer

Please click HERE to access the sign-up sheet. We have limited seats available. Please make sure that you pay the entry fee to secure your spot.


iGSN is a graduate student-led group that promotes collaboration among graduate students from different fields. Our mission is to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration and knowledge-sharing between graduate students from different disciplines and departments. We are looking for graduate students at UBC to join the following positions in our executive committee:

  • Assistant VP Social
  • Assistant VP Sports
  • Assistant VP Finance
  • Assistant VP Academics
  • Assistant VP Communications
  • Assistant VP Social Media and Marketing

Assistant Vice-Presidents (VP) support the duties performed by executives. This provides a fantastic opportunity to get involved in the graduate student community, learn about the iGSN, and prepare for more executive responsibilities in the future.

For more information, check out our website (, subscribe to our newsletter. You can reach us via email at or through Instagram, if you have questions about the Escape Room event or if you would like to join the executive committee.

Thank you,

Student Services


Hiring GAA for Liu Institute Network for Africa (LINA)


LINA, with support from the Office of Regional and International Community Engagement, is searching for a GAA to assist with research and operational activities to solidify the work that has been done to form and develop LINA to date and help set the future direction of the organization. LINA seeks to continue to expand, connect, and develop relevant programming to support research on global issues affecting Africa and African issues- are you the GAA to support this work?  If so please apply by October 28, 2021, at 4 pm by submitting a cover letter and resume to GAA work learn job description

Please see the attached job description for further details on the position.



Tamara Baldwin (she/her/hers)

Acting Assistant Director, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs

Director, Office of Regional and International Community Engagement

Faculty of Arts

Musqueam Territory

225 Mary Bollert Hall, UBC
6253 Northwest Marine Drive
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1

Phone 604 827 3087|