Research Supervisors

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 ascending Academic Unit
Daley, Denise Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Hoodless, Pamela Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics, School of Biomedical Engineering
Gsponer, Joerg Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Michael Smith Laboratories
Levings, Megan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery, School of Biomedical Engineering
Virji-Babul, Naznin Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Churg, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Simpson, Elizabeth Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Honey, Christopher Richard Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Lim, Chinten James Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Gregory-Evans, Kevin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Fedida, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Devine, Dana Virginia Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Webber, Eric Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Colozzo, Paola Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Schwarz, Stephan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Maxwell, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Van Allen, Margot Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Barbic, Skye Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Skoretz, Stacey Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Schrader, Kasmintan Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Panenka, William Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Subramaniam, Sriram Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Schuetz, Christian Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Talhouk, Aline Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Goerges, Matthias Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Frangou, Sophia Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Dell, Sharon Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Kuo, Calvin Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering
Shahriari, Dena Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics, School of Biomedical Engineering
Ambasta, Anshula Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Voss, Christine Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Razack, Saleem Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Mannas, Miles Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Avina, Antonio Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Rheumatology
Kwon, Janice Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Prior, Jerilynn Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Endocrinology
Shaw, Christopher Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Gill, Jagbir Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Nephrology
Krahn, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery
McKay, Heather Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice, Department of Orthopaedics
Wang, Yuzhuo Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Gregory-Evans, Cheryl Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Camp, Pat Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Norman, Wendy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Bettinger, Julie Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Cheung, Karen Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Bryan, Stirling Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Freeman, Hugh James Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Gastroenterology
Loock, Christine Ann Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Qayumi, Abdul Karim Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery

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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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