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 descending Academic Unit
Robinson, Wendy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Ryerson, Christopher Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Lima, Viviane Dias Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Olson, Robert Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Karim, Ehsan Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Vanderwal, Tamara Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
de Boer, Carl Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering
Munro, Sarah Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Elliott, Alison Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Madhav, Manu Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering
Hutchinson, Peter Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
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
Brunham, Liam Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of General Internal Medicine
Pike, Ian Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Gill, Jagbir Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Nephrology
Vogl, A Wayne Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Vedam, Saraswathi Professor Faculty of Medicine Midwifery Program
Brotto, Lori Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Department of Psychiatry
Nguan, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
McKeown, Martin Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Dutz, Jan Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
O'Donnell, Maureen Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Cote, Helene Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Levings, Megan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery, School of Biomedical Engineering
Takei, Fumio Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Laule, Cornelia Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Lisonkova, Sarka Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Shahnaz, Navid Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Yeung, Sonia Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Gregory-Evans, Kevin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Schwarz, Stephan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Naus, Monika Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Lockwood, William Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Chakrabarty, Trisha Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Pollock, Courtney Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Talhouk, Aline Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Goerges, Matthias Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Loree, Jonathan Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Vigo, Daniel Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, School of Population and Public Health
Fast, Danya Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
Loucks, Catrina Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics, Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Brigham, Emily Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Ho, Vincent Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Lovato, Chris Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Sawatzky, Bonita Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Steel, Daniel Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Marinova-Todd, Stefka Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Brauer, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Ogrodniczuk, John Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry

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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.