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 facult 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
Carleton, Bruce Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Chi, Kim Nguyen Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Lorincz, Matthew Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Sawatzky, Bonita Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Gill, Jagbir Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Nephrology
Hackett, Tillie-Louise Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Jan, Eric Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Boyd, John Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Critical Care Medicine
Krassioukov, Andrei Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
McKeown, Martin Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Quon, Bradley Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Scott, Ian Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Choi, Peter Tsz Lung Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Cashman, Neil Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Ur, Ehud Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Endocrinology
Oviedo-Joekes, Eugenia Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Beristain, Alexander Guillermo Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Laher, Ismail Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Cullis, Pieter Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Kazanjian, Arminee Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Guhn, Martin Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine
Meckler, Garth Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Lefaivre, Kelly Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Van Allen, Margot Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Ryerson, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Sakakibara, Brodie Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Tamber, Mandeep Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
McCracken, Rita Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Besserer, Floyd Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Lange, Dirk Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Ciocca, Valter Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Steiner, Theodore Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Pickles, Thomas Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Steel, Daniel Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Murphy, Timothy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Jones, Steven J Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Bartlett, Karen Hastings Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Tomek, Jennifer Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Spittal, Patricia Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Garnis, Catherine Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Kissoon, Niranjan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Birol, Inanc Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Webb, John Professor Faculty of Medicine Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery
Buxton, Jane Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Wright, Joanne Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Holsti, Liisa Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Dvorak, Marcel F S Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Cox, Michael Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Garbuz, Donald Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Kalia, Sunil Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science

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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.