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
Dell, Sharon Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Kuo, Calvin Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering
Shahidi, Neal Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Gastroenterology
Bouchard, Katrina Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Sellers, Stephanie Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery
Towle, Angela Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medicine
Road, Jeremy Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Caron, Nadine Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Chi, Kim Nguyen Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Yip, Calvin Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Nelson, Brad Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Kopp, Janel Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Gill, John Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Nephrology
Krahn, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery
Pettersen, Jacqueline Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Preston, Roanne Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Masri, Bas Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Granville, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Sanatani, Shubhayan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Taylor, Steven Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Mortenson, Ben Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Wilcox, Pearce Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Crook, Juanita Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Skarsgard, Erik Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Kozlowski, Piotr Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Churg, Andrew Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Kuhl, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Morin, Gregg Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Rothstein, Ralph Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Bansback, Nick Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Viau, Victor Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Kolind, Shannon Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Stirling, Peter Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Barbic, Skye Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Isaac, Kathryn Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Ju, Myeong Jin Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, School of Biomedical Engineering
Park, Yongjin Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Department of Statistics
Evgin, Laura Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Somasekharan, Syam Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Allan, Douglas Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Steiner, Theodore Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Walley, Keith Professor Faculty of Medicine Critical Care Medicine
Spittal, Patricia Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Jan, Eric Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Garnis, Catherine Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Hsiung, Ging-Yuek Robin Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Collins, Colin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Raymond, Lynn Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Cripton, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering
Sorensen, Poul Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

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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.