Research Supervisors

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The supervisor is the key person in a thesis-based graduate degree program. The principal role of the supervisor is to help students achieve their scholastic potential and to chair the student’s Supervisory Committee. The Supervisor will provide reasonable commitment, accessibility, professionalism, stimulation, guidance, respect and consistent encouragement to the student. Learn more

Graduate programs have different expectations regarding prospective students contacting faculty members. Some require commitment of a faculty member as thesis supervisor prior to applying while others assign supervisors in the first year. Please review the requirements for each program in the degree listing under the heading "Admission Information & Requirements" in step 3 "Prepare Application" under "Thesis Supervision".

Advice on how to reach out to supervisors

 
Name Role Facultysort descending Academic Unit
Vigo, Daniel Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, School of Population and Public Health
Singh, Amritpal Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Gupta, Neeru Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, School of Population and Public Health
Lim, Emilia Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Haas, Kurt Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, School of Biomedical Engineering
Accili, Eric Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Lyons, Christopher Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Bassett, Ken Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Beasley, Clare Louise Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Brotto, Lori Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Department of Psychiatry
Jan, Eric Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Birol, Inanc Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Holsti, Liisa Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Lacaille, Diane Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Rheumatology
Sorensen, Poul Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Fisher, Charles Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Mikelberg, Frederick Samuel Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Marra, Marco Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics, Michael Smith Laboratories
McMaster, W Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Kazanjian, Arminee Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Benavente, Oscar Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Krystal, Gerald Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Yee, John Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Luo, Honglin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Taylor, David Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Sadar, Marianne Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Sakakibara, Brodie Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Dennis, Jessica Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Scott, David Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Weidberg, Hilla Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Grunau, Brian Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Leung, Janice Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Wiens, Matthew Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Blanke, Philipp Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Zhou, Lily Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Oldani, Graziano Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Chi, Kim Nguyen Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Lange, Philipp Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Wilson, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Krassioukov, Andrei Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Paterson, Ryan Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Mancini, John Professor Faculty of Medicine Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery
Ashe, Maureen Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Ur, Ehud Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Endocrinology
Daley, Denise Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Hoodless, Pamela Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics, School of Biomedical Engineering
Gsponer, Joerg Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Michael Smith Laboratories
Levings, Megan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery, School of Biomedical Engineering
West, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Matsubara, Joanne Aiko Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences

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Reaching Out Tips

Complete these steps before you reach out to a faculty member!

Check requirements
  • Familiarize yourself with program requirements. You want to learn as much as possible from the information available to you before you reach out to a faculty member. Be sure to visit the graduate degree program listing and program-specific websites.
  • Check whether the program requires you to seek commitment from a supervisor prior to submitting an application. For some programs this is an essential step while others match successful applicants with faculty members within the first year of study. This is either indicated in the program profile under "Admission Information & Requirements" - "Prepare Application" - "Supervision" or on the program website.
Focus your search
  • Identify specific faculty members who are conducting research in your specific area of interest.
  • Establish that your research interests align with the faculty member’s research interests.
    • Read up on the faculty members in the program and the research being conducted in the department.
    • Familiarize yourself with their work, read their recent publications and past theses/dissertations that they supervised. Be certain that their research is indeed what you are hoping to study.
Make a good impression
  • Compose an error-free and grammatically correct email addressed to your specifically targeted faculty member, and remember to use their correct titles.
    • Do not send non-specific, mass emails to everyone in the department hoping for a match.
    • Address the faculty members by name. Your contact should be genuine rather than generic.
  • Include a brief outline of your academic background, why you are interested in working with the faculty member, and what experience you could bring to the department. The supervision enquiry form guides you with targeted questions. Ensure to craft compelling answers to these questions.
  • Highlight your achievements and why you are a top student. Faculty members receive dozens of requests from prospective students and you may have less than 30 seconds to pique someone’s interest.
  • Demonstrate that you are familiar with their research:
    • Convey the specific ways you are a good fit for the program.
    • Convey the specific ways the program/lab/faculty member is a good fit for the research you are interested in/already conducting.
  • Be enthusiastic, but don’t overdo it.
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