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 ascending Academic Unit
Avina Zubieta, Juan Antonio Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Rheumatology
Ghahary, Aziz Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Hayden, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Spiegel, Jerry Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health, Liu Institute for Global Issues
Bedaiwy, Mohamed Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Bamji, Shernaz Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, School of Biomedical Engineering
Davies, Hugh William Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Hoffman, Bradford Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Eva, Kevin Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of General Internal Medicine
Reiner, Neil Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Patrick, David Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Boyd, John Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Critical Care Medicine
Kissoon, Niranjan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Birol, Inanc Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Webb, John Professor Faculty of Medicine Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery
Buxton, Jane Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Craig, Ann Marie Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Singer, Joel Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Cripton, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering
Jiang, Xiaoyan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Kitson, Clifford Neil Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
O'Donnell, Maureen Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Cote, Helene Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Rossi, Fabio Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics, School of Biomedical Engineering
Sims Gould, Joan Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Diamond, Adele Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Greidanus, Nelson Assistant 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
Turvey, Stuart Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Pelech, Steven Daniel Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Luo, Honglin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Frank, Erica Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Gleave, Martin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Lavoie, Pascal Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Barbic, Skye Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Martin Ginis, Kathleen Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Ciernia, Annie Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Knight, Rodney Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Aids
Besserer, Floyd Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Drew, Yvette Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Towle, Angela Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medicine
Shannon, Kate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Aids
McNagny, Kelly Marshall Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics, School of Biomedical Engineering
Brunham, Liam Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of General Internal Medicine
Morgan, Steven Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Elango, Rajavel Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics, School of Population and Public Health
Phang, P Terence Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Matsell, Doug Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Yang, Decheng Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory 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.