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 ascending Academic Unit
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
Walley, Keith Professor Faculty of Medicine Critical Care Medicine
Bassett, Ken Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Vedam, Saraswathi Professor Faculty of Medicine Midwifery Program
Ogrodniczuk, John Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Manges, Amee Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Van Petegem, Filip Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Li, Linda Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Moritz, Orson Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Huntsman, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Ong, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Jiang, Xiaoyan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Gill, Sharlene Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Kwon, Brian Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Miller, William Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Mikelberg, Frederick Samuel Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Marra, Marco Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics, Michael Smith Laboratories
Matsubara, Joanne Aiko Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Gourlay, William Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Miran-Khan, Karim Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice, School of Kinesiology
Ngan, Elton Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Cynader, Max Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Tebbutt, Scott Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Nicolaou, Savvakis Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Howe, Leann Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Lang, Donna Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Tam, Roger Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering
Mackenzie, Ian Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Tanentzapf, Guy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Frank, Erica Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Moukhles, Hakima Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Lavoie, Pascal Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Zandstra, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering, Michael Smith Laboratories
Robillard, Julie Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Lin, Kuo-Shyan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Vigo, Daniel Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Kaigala, Govind Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering
Lau, Joseph Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Stringhini, Silvia Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Schindler, Corinna Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Hayden, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Black, Charlyn Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Underhill, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, School of Biomedical Engineering
Yip, Calvin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Nelson, Brad Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Brauer, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Hutcheon, Jennifer Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Campbell, Kristin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy

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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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