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
Cheifetz, Rona Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Grunau, Ruth V Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Wilcox, Pearce Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Crook, Juanita Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Skarsgard, Erik Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Davis, Noelle Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Yeung, Sonia Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Benavente, Oscar Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Turvey, Stuart Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Pelech, Steven Daniel Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
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
Skoretz, Stacey Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Roth, Andrew Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Department of Computer Science
Schmidt, Julia Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Bashashati Saghezchi, Ali Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Grunau, Brian Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Fast, Danya Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Aids
Loucks, Catrina Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics, Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Brigham, Emily Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
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
Spittal, Patricia Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Garnis, Catherine Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Burgess, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health, Department of Medical Genetics
Khan, Nadia Ahmed Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of General Internal Medicine
Camp, Patricia Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Ur, Ehud Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Endocrinology
Koehoorn, Mieke Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Lefebvre, Louis Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Kozlowski, Piotr Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Matsubara, Joanne Aiko Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Gourlay, William Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Lester, Richard Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Reilly, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Kerr, Thomas Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Aids
Gregory-Evans, Kevin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Robinson, Wendy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Dong, Xuesen Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Petrella, Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Krusi, Andrea Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Aids
Greyson, Devon Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Thompson, Wade Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Sadovnick, Adele Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Tang, Tricia Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Endocrinology
Cox, Susan Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Meneilly, Graydon Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Geriatric 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.