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
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
Mayor, Thibault Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Michael Smith Laboratories
Gibson, William Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Morin, Gregg Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Wang, Yu Tian Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Robinson, Wendy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Karim, Ehsan Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Pollock, Courtney Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Tamber, Mandeep Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
McCracken, Rita Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Henderson, Sarah Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Madhav, Manu Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering
Loucks, Catrina Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics, Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Thompson, Wade Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Haas, Kurt Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, School of Biomedical Engineering
Accili, Eric Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Lyons, Christopher Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Bassett, Ken Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Beasley, Clare Louise Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Brotto, Lori Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Department of Psychiatry
Jan, Eric Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Phillips, Anthony Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Webb, John Professor Faculty of Medicine Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery
Bernatchez, Pascal Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Watson, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Janssen, Patricia Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Yoshida, Eric Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Gastroenterology
Kwon, Brian Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Miller, William Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Sutherland, Jason Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Steidl, Christian Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Davis, Noelle Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Greidanus, Nelson Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Bennewith, Kevin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Langlois, Sylvie Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Fedida, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Mui, Alice Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Lefaivre, Kelly Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics

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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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