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
Glegg, Stephanie Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Allan, Douglas Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Steiner, Theodore Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Walley, Keith Professor Faculty of Medicine Critical Care Medicine
Tomek, Jennifer Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Sadowski, Ivan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Woodward, Todd Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
McKay, Heather Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice, Department of Orthopaedics
Palepu, Anita Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of General Internal Medicine
Scott, Ian Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Singer, Joel Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Wang, Yuzhuo Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Watson, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Krajden, Mel Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Pavlidis, Paul Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, Michael Smith Laboratories
Bennewith, Kevin Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Nielsen, Torsten Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Aparicio, Samuel Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Mui, Alice Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Lefaivre, Kelly Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Mackenzie, Ian Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Nunez, Desmond Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Van Raamsdonk, Catherine Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Meneghetti, Adam Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Zandstra, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering, Michael Smith Laboratories
Robillard, Julie Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
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
Weidberg, Hilla Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Socias, Maria Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
Parker, Seth Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Drew, Yvette Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Zwicker, Jill Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Kieffer, Tim Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, School of Biomedical Engineering
Lange, Philipp Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Song, Weihong Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Hoffman, Bradford Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Eva, Kevin Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of General Internal Medicine
Bartlett, Karen Hastings Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Howe, Tami Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Moore, Edwin D Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Leung, Peter C Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Leipsic, Jonathon Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology, Department of Medicine
Hatala, Rose Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of General Internal Medicine
Dvorak, Marcel F S Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Younger, Alastair Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Devlin, Angela Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics

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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.