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
Griesdale, Donald E Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics, Department of Medicine
Lee, Tim Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Ansermino, John Mark Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Jang, Kerry Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Bamji, Shernaz Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, School of Biomedical Engineering
Matsell, Doug Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Moore, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Redekop, Gary Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Brooks-Wilson, Angela Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Tomek, Jennifer Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Manges, Amee Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Yong, Paul Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Hatala, Rose Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of General Internal Medicine
Cripton, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering
Poon, Brenda Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Sobolev, Boris Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Teichman, Joel Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Seow, Chun Yong Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
O'Donnell, Maureen Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Cote, Helene Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Dedhar, Shoukat Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Qayumi, Abdul Karim Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Kozlowski, Piotr Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Diamond, Adele Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Laher, Ismail Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Etminan, Mahyar Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Ngan, Elton Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Mawson, John Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Guenette, Jordan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Murphy, Rachel Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Keown, Paul Anthony Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Nephrology
Xiang, Qing-San Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Eaves, Constance Jean Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics, School of Biomedical Engineering
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
Harriman, David Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Kuchenbauer, Florian Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Hematology
Grunau, Brian Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
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
Ho, Vincent Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Vila-Rodriguez, Fidel Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Sadovnick, Adele Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Wood, Evan Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
Kershaw, Paul Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine
Barr, Alasdair Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Pettersen, Jacqueline Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Craig, Ann Marie Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry

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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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