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 ascending Academic Unit
Eva, Kevin Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of General Internal Medicine
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
Backman, Catherine Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Lacaille, Diane Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Rheumatology
Esdaile, John Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Rheumatology
Oberlander, Timothy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics, School of Population and Public Health
Qayumi, Abdul Karim Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Virji-Babul, Naznin Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
MacNeily, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Zhou, Youwen Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Shahnaz, Navid Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Jenstad, Lorienne Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Silver, David Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
McMaster, W Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Langlois, Sylvie Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Guhn, Martin Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine
Meckler, Garth Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Lee, Agnes Yuet Ying Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Hematology
So, Alan Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Tanentzapf, Guy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Duong, Franck Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Rahmim, Arman Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology, Department of Physics & Astronomy
Renouf, Daniel Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Weinberger, Kate Rebecca Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
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
Besserer, Floyd Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Griesdale, Donald E Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics, Department of Medicine
Av-Gay, Yossef Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Austin, Jehannine Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, Department of Medical Genetics
Regehr, Glenn Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Wood, Evan Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Aids
Kershaw, Paul Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine
Davies, Hugh William Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Culham, J A Gordon Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Bartlett, Karen Hastings Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Tomek, Jennifer Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Kealy, David Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Brown, Kelly Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Gregory-Evans, Cheryl Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Ashe, Maureen Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Watson, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Steidl, Christian Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Karsan, Aly Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Honey, Christopher Richard Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Kazanjian, Arminee Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Mayor, Thibault Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Michael Smith Laboratories

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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.