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 descending Academic Unit
Moritz, Orson Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Wellington, Cheryl Lea Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Yatham, Lakshmi Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Grunau, Ruth V Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Traboulsee, Tony Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Stewart, Evelyn Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Vilarino-Guell, Carles Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Forster, Bruce Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Dummer, Trevor Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Mulpuri, Kishore Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Calam, Betty Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Arbour, Laura Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Sin, Donald Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Johnson, James Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, Department of Surgery
Strynadka, Natalie Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Kobor, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Nunez, Desmond Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Eng, Janice Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Teves, Sheila Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Jevitt, Cecilia Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Lehman, Anna Michelle Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Bashashati Saghezchi, Ali Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Dell, Sharon Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Kuo, Calvin Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering
Fischer, Lisa Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Wang, Ying Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Steif, Adi Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Glegg, Stephanie Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Towle, Angela Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medicine
Ciocca, Valter Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Levin, Adeera Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Nephrology
Pike, Ian Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Bally, Marcel Bertran Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Jones, Steven J Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Dormuth, Colin Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Patrick, David Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
McAlpine, Jessica Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Francis, Gordon Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Endocrinology
Oruc, Ipek Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Goldman, Ran Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Garbuz, Donald Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Cresswell, Silke Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Bayrampour Basmenj, Hamideh Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Midwifery Program
Forwell, Susan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Oviedo-Joekes, Eugenia Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Jarus, Tal Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Lisonkova, Sarka Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Shahnaz, Navid Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Kuhl, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Lang, Donna Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology

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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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