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
Pavlidis, Paul Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, Michael Smith Laboratories
Kizhakkedathu, Jayachandran Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Schechter, Martin Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Mulpuri, Kishore Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Reilly, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Price, Morgan Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Guhn, Martin Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine
Meckler, Garth Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Webber, Eric Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Cibere, Jolanda Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Rheumatology
Taylor, David Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Sadar, Marianne Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Sakakibara, Brodie Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Dell, Sharon Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Lallous, Nada Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Brigham, Emily Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Jamieson, Amy Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Duan, Kevin Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Schrewe, Brett Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Lim, Emilia Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
McNagny, Kelly Marshall Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Medical Genetics
Tang, Tricia Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Endocrinology
Cox, Susan Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Ansermino, John Mark Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Jang, Kerry Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Bamji, Shernaz Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, School of Biomedical Engineering
Barr, Alasdair Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Dormuth, Colin Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
MacHan, Lindsay Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Friedman, Jan Marshall Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Schultz, Kirk Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Wasserman, Wyeth Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Palepu, Anita Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of General Internal Medicine
Dvorak, Marcel F S Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Bernatchez, Pascal Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Ashe, Maureen Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Ur, Ehud Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Endocrinology
Cheung, Karen Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
O'Donnell, Maureen Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Forster, Bruce Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Dummer, Trevor Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Shahnaz, Navid Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Zoubeidi, Amina Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Fleetham, John Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
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
Lefaivre, Kelly Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Bhagavatula, Sastry Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Scott, Alexander 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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