Research Supervisors

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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
Taylor, David Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Sadar, Marianne Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Sakakibara, Brodie Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Krüsi, Andrea Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
Park, Yongjin Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Department of Statistics
Evgin, Laura Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Kaigala, Govind Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering
Henderson, Julia Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Bhatti, Parveen Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Macnab, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Hayden, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Black, Charlyn Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Kopp, Janel Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
MacVicar, Brian Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Phillips, Anthony Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Webb, John Professor Faculty of Medicine Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery
Bernatchez, Pascal Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Watson, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Janssen, Patricia Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Yoshida, Eric Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Gastroenterology
Kwon, Brian Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Miller, William Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Sutherland, Jason Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
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
Regan, William Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Kolind, Shannon Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Loewen, Christopher Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Anglesio, Michael Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Roth, Andrew Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Department of Computer Science
Harriman, David Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
de Boer, Carl Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering
Gerrie, Alina Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
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
Bingham, Brittany Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
Law, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Brunham, Liam Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of General Internal Medicine
Underhill, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, School of Biomedical Engineering
Yip, Calvin Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Nelson, Brad Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Walley, Keith Professor Faculty of Medicine Critical Care Medicine
Bassett, Ken Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Beasley, Clare Louise Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Brotto, Lori Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Department of Psychiatry
Jan, Eric Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Birol, Inanc Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics

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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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