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
Gregory-Evans, Cheryl Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Camp, Pat Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Norman, Wendy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Bettinger, Julie Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
MacLure, Malcolm Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Carlsten, Christopher Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Koehoorn, Mieke Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Krajden, Mel Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Stewart, Evelyn Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Vilarino-Guell, Carles Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Jarus, Tal Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Lisonkova, Sarka Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Goldenberg, S Larry Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Fedida, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Mui, Alice Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Luo, Honglin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Lam, Wan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
McGrail, Kimberlyn Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Milloy, Michael-John Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
Cembrowski, Mark Steven Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Bashashati Saghezchi, Ali Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Lan, James Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Laksman, Zachary Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery, School of Biomedical Engineering
Parker, Seth Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Besserer, Floyd Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Loucks, Catrina Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics, Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Thompson, Wade Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Carleton, Bruce Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Sadovnick, Adele Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Wood, Evan Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
Bedaiwy, Mohamed Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Phang, P Terence Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Shaw, Christopher Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Gill, Jagbir Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Nephrology
Seamans, Jeremy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Ryan, Colm Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Rabkin, Simon Professor Faculty of Medicine Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery
McKeown, Martin Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Holsti, Liisa Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Lacaille, Diane Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Rheumatology
Mancini, John Professor Faculty of Medicine Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery
Sobolev, Boris Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Teichman, Joel Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Ayas, Najib Professor Faculty of Medicine Critical Care Medicine
Grunau, Ruth V Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Traboulsee, Tony Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Oviedo-Joekes, Eugenia Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Barton, Jason Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Zhou, Youwen Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Kassam, Rosemin Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health

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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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