Research Supervisors

The supervisor is the key person in a research-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 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 "Supervision".

Name Role Facultysort descending Academic Unit
Lansdorp, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Schaffer, Paul Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Flannigan, Ryan Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Puyat, Joseph Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Cembrowski, Mark Steven Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Ti, Lianping Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
Liu, David Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology, School of Biomedical Engineering
Steif, Adi Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Ambasta, Anshula Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Austin, Jehannine Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, Department of Medical Genetics
Phang, P Terence Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Matsell, Doug Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Moore, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Grzybowski, Stefan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Newton, Christie Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Mitchell-Foster, Sheona Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Rabkin, Simon Professor Faculty of Medicine Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery
Brubacher, Jeffrey Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Quon, Bradley Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Wright, Joanne Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Molday, Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Doudet, Doris Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Backman, Catherine Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Moritz, Orson Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Illes, Judy Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Seow, Chun Yong Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Cheung, Karen Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Hoodless, Pamela Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics, School of Biomedical Engineering
Miller, William Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Verchere, Bruce Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Guy, Pierre Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Cynader, Max Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Silver, David Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
McMaster, W Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Kazanjian, Arminee Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Kelleher, Dermot Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Gastroenterology
Turvey, Stuart Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Pelech, Steven Daniel Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Luo, Honglin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Eddy, Allison Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
MacNab, Ying Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Eng, Janice Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Oberle, Eva Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine
Schaeffer, David Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Schuetz, Christian Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Knight, Darryl Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Weidberg, Hilla Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Socias, Maria Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
Carleton, Bruce Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Ling, Victor Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory 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.
    Attend an information session

    G+PS regularly provides virtual sessions that focus on admission requirements and procedures and tips how to improve your application.