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 facult 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
Van Raamsdonk, Catherine Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Kopec, Jacek Andrzej Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Moukhles, Hakima Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Chakrabarty, Trisha Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Pollock, Courtney Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Lin, Kuo-Shyan Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Lehman, Anna Michelle Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Ti, Lianping Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Aids
Liu, David Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Laksman, Zachary Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery, School of Biomedical Engineering
Fischer, Lisa Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Wang, Ying Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Regehr, Glenn Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Wood, Evan Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Aids
Ansermino, John Mark Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Jang, Kerry Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Bassett, Ken Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Pettersen, Jacqueline Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Boyd, Lara Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Meloche, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Leavitt, Blair Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Brooks, Donald Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Department of Chemistry
Quon, Bradley Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Holsti, Liisa Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Dvorak, Marcel F S Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Granville, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Chung, Stephen Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Small, Susan Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Gonzalez-Montaner, Julio Sergio Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Huntsman, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Foster, Leonard Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Michael Smith Laboratories
Holt, Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics, Department of Psychiatry
Krajden, Mel Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Davis, Noelle Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Kassam, Rosemin Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Honey, Christopher Richard Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Kazanjian, Arminee Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Mayor, Thibault Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Keown, Paul Anthony Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Nephrology
So, Alan Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Tanentzapf, Guy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Duong, Franck Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Anglesio, Michael Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Vanderwal, Tamara Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Weidberg, Hilla Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Socias, Maria Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Aids
Jarvis-Selinger, Sandra Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Coughtrie, Michael Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Cairns, Brian Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Kumar, Ujendra Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences

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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.