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
Brubacher, Jeffrey Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Leavitt, Blair Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Schultz, Kirk Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Wasserman, Wyeth Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Palepu, Anita Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of General Internal Medicine
Scott, Ian Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Ho, Kendall Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Brown, Carolyn Janet Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Afshar, Kourosh Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Weng, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Lester, Richard Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Price, Morgan Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Guhn, Martin Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine
Meckler, Garth Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Webber, Eric Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Colozzo, Paola Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Wang, Yu Tian Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Robinson, Wendy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Gadermann, Anne Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine
Yip, Stephen Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Daugaard, Mads Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Chakrabarty, Trisha Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Schmidt, Julia Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Socias, Maria Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
Gao, Zu-Hua Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Nappi, Lucia Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Sladen, Douglas Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Austin, Jehannine Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, Department of Medical Genetics
Brussoni, Mariana Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics, School of Population and Public Health
Nygaard, Haakon Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Lorincz, Matthew Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Reid, Gregor Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Gill, John Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Nephrology
Ryan, Colm Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Rabkin, Simon Professor Faculty of Medicine Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery
McKeown, Martin Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Jones, Allan Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Hematology
Abu-Laban, Riyad Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Dvorak, Marcel F S Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Blydt-Hansen, Tom Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Cox, Michael Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Sly, Laura Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Sanatani, Shubhayan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Taylor, Steven Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Lui, Harvey Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Foster, Leonard Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Michael Smith Laboratories
Rossi, Fabio Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Medical Genetics
Verchere, Bruce Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
MacNeily, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Goldenberg, S Larry Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences

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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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