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
West, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Chia, Stephen K.L. Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Pang, Catherine C Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Rideout, Elizabeth Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Devine, Dana Virginia Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Webber, Eric Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Kobor, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Geller, Josie Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Van Allen, Margot Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Naus, Monika Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Lansdorp, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Panenka, William Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Teves, Sheila Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Jevitt, Cecilia Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Fairbairn, Nadia Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Aids
Dennis, Jessica Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Moe, Jessica Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Dell, Sharon Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Kuo, Calvin Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering
Fitzgerald, Mark Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Black, Charlyn Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Bally, Marcel Bertran Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Ogrodniczuk, John Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Cundiff, Geoffrey Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Manges, Amee Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Leung, Peter C Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Leipsic, Jonathon Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology, Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery
McKay, Heather Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice, Department of Orthopaedics
Sobolev, Boris Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Lui, Harvey Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Oberlander, Timothy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics, 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
Mikelberg, Frederick Samuel Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Sutherland, Jason Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Harris, Kevin Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Vallance, Bruce Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Barton, Jason Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Stockler-Ipsiroglu, Sylvia Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Nielsen, Torsten Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Morin, Gregg Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Colozzo, Paola Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Tam, Roger Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology, School of Biomedical Engineering
Yip, Stephen Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Schaffer, Paul Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Subramaniam, Sriram Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Zhang, Wei Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Harriman, David Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Isaac, Kathryn Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Ju, Myeong Jin Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, School of Biomedical Engineering

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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.