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
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
Drew, Yvette Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Haji, Faizal Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Perrone, Lucy Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Abdelrahman, Khaled Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Atiquzzaman, Mohammad Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Nephrology
Macnab, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Hayden, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Black, Charlyn Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Kopp, Janel Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Newton, Christie Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Rauscher, Alexander Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Luciani, Dan Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Boyd, Lara Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Madden, Kenneth Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Geriatric Medicine
Brubacher, Jeffrey Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Leavitt, Blair Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Schultz, Kirk Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Wasserman, Wyeth Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Palepu, Anita Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of General Internal Medicine
Scott, Ian Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Hohl, Corinne Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Nabi, Ivan Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, School of Biomedical Engineering
Gill, Sharlene Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Cheifetz, Rona Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Takei, Fumio Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Zoubeidi, Amina Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Fleetham, John Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Sandford, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Honer, William Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Liu-Ambrose, Teresa Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Michalak, Erin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
MacNab, Ying Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Schwarz, Stephan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Maxwell, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Moukhles, Hakima Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Lavoie, Pascal Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Zandstra, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering, Michael Smith Laboratories
Robillard, Julie Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Lin, Kuo-Shyan Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Ciernia, Annie Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Klein Geltink, Ramon Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Moe, Jessica Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Liu, David Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology, School of Biomedical Engineering
Besserer, Floyd Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Stringhini, Silvia Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Selvanathan, Thiviya Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Law, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Brunham, Liam Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of General Internal Medicine

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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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