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
Meckler, Garth Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Keown, Paul Anthony Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Nephrology
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
Cherkasov, Artem Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Lam, Stephen C Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Street, John Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Zandstra, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering, Michael Smith Laboratories
Robillard, Julie Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Panenka, William Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Subramaniam, Sriram Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Zhang, Wei Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Harriman, David Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Whittaker, Jacqueline Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Henderson, Sarah Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Lan, James Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Laksman, Zachary Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery, 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
Kaigala, Govind Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering
Yassi, Annalee Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Giaschi, Deborah Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Regehr, Glenn Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Bedaiwy, Mohamed Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Bamji, Shernaz Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, School of Biomedical Engineering
Yang, Decheng Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Conibear, Elizabeth Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Manges, Amee Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Phillips, Anthony Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Madden, Kenneth Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Geriatric Medicine
Friedman, Jan Marshall Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
McLeod, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Francis, Gordon Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Endocrinology
Craig, Ann Marie Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Lacaille, Diane Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Rheumatology
Tremlett, Helen Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Kastrukoff, Lorne Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Kalia, Sunil Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Bettinger, Julie Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Daley, Denise Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Kwon, Brian Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Weng, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Jarus, Tal Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Langlois, Sylvie Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Mayor, Thibault Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Michael Smith Laboratories
Sin, Donald Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Tsang, Teresa Professor Faculty of Medicine Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery
Buckley, Anne Regina 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.
    Attend an information session

    G+PS regularly provides virtual sessions that focus on admission requirements and procedures and tips how to improve your application.