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
De Vera, Mary Associate Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Guy, Pierre Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
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
Kramer, John Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Bansback, Nick Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Lam, Stephen C Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Gleave, Martin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Naus, Monika Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Fairbairn, Nadia Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
Wyatt, Alexander Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Weber, Alexander Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Shahriari, Dena Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics, School of Biomedical Engineering
Ambasta, Anshula Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Voss, Christine Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Razack, Saleem Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Mannas, Miles Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Morgan, Steven Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Elango, Rajavel Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics, School of Population and Public Health
Prior, Jerilynn Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Endocrinology
Steel, Daniel Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Marinova-Todd, Stefka Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Seamans, Jeremy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Hoffman, Bradford Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Eva, Kevin Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of General Internal Medicine
Conibear, Elizabeth Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Sadowski, Ivan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Woodward, Todd Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Purssell, Roy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Molday, Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Brown, Kelly Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Black, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Russell, James Professor Faculty of Medicine Critical Care Medicine
Stoessl, A Jon Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Koehoorn, Mieke Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Krajden, Mel Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
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
Calam, Betty Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Arbour, Laura Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Sin, Donald Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Johnson, James Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, Department of Surgery
Strynadka, Natalie Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Kobor, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Nunez, Desmond Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Eng, Janice Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Teves, Sheila Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Jevitt, Cecilia Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice

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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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G+PS regularly provides virtual sessions that focus on admission requirements and procedures and tips how to improve your application.