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
Carlsten, Christopher Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Gsponer, Joerg Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Michael Smith Laboratories
Miller, William Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Sims Gould, Joan Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Mayo, John Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology, Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery
Churg, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Lester, Richard Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Silver, David Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
McMaster, W Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Salh, Baljinder Singh Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Gastroenterology
Howe, Leann Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Krystal, Gerald Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Tam, Roger Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology, School of Biomedical Engineering
Taylor, David Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Wong, Hubert Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Maxwell, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Meneghetti, Adam Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Sadarangani, Manish Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Milloy, Michael-John Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Aids
Klein Geltink, Ramon Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
McDonald, Patrick Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Knight, Rodney Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Aids
Kuchenbauer, Florian Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Hematology
Hay, Kevin Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Hematology
Parker, Seth Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Griesdale, Donald E Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Av-Gay, Yossef Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Ciocca, Valter Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Steiner, Theodore Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Pickles, Thomas Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Steel, Daniel Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Jan, Eric Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Patrick, David Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Brubacher, Jeffrey Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Raymond, Lynn Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Snadden, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Blydt-Hansen, Tom Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Dutz, Jan Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Kastrukoff, Lorne Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Sobolev, Boris Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Bayrampour Basmenj, Hamideh Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Midwifery Program
Ayas, Najib Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Critical Care Medicine
Weng, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Stewart, Evelyn Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Diamond, Adele Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Greidanus, Nelson Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Honey, Christopher Richard Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Price, Morgan Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Honer, William Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Arbour, Laura 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.
    Attend an information session

    G+PS regularly provides virtual sessions that focus on admission requirements and procedures and tips how to improve your application.