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
Law, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Nygaard, Haakon Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Lovato, Chris Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Sawatzky, Bonita Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Gill, Jagbir Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Nephrology
Hackett, Tillie-Louise Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Jones, Steven J Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Bartlett, Karen Hastings Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Tomek, Jennifer Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Spittal, Patricia Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Garnis, Catherine Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Schultz, Kirk Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Herdman, Anthony Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Sorensen, Poul Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Sanatani, Shubhayan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Ho, Kendall Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Wellington, Cheryl Lea Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Clarke, Lorne Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Pavlidis, Paul Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Lefebvre, Louis Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Kozlowski, Piotr Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology, Department of Urologic Sciences
Matsubara, Joanne Aiko Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Gourlay, William Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Lim, Chinten James Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Kelleher, Dermot Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Gastroenterology
Sin, Donald Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Xiang, Qing-San Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Eaves, Constance Jean Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics, School of Biomedical Engineering
Cibere, Jolanda Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Rheumatology
Michalak, Erin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Conway, Edward Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Hematology
Talhouk, Aline Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Goerges, Matthias Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Socias, Maria Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Aids
Fitzgerald, Mark Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Black, Charlyn Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Lorincz, Matthew Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Steel, Daniel Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Murphy, Timothy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Newton, Christie Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Kealy, David Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Backman, Catherine Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Lacaille, Diane Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Rheumatology
Wang, Yuzhuo Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Fisher, Charles Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Taylor, Steven Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Cresswell, Silke Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
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

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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.