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
Oviedo-Joekes, Eugenia Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Jarus, Tal Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Lisonkova, Sarka Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Shahnaz, Navid Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Kuhl, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Lang, Donna Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Tam, Roger Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering
Rothstein, Ralph Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Cherkasov, Artem Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Skoretz, Stacey Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Schrader, Kasmintan Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Panenka, William Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Subramaniam, Sriram Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Puyat, Joseph Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Vanderwal, Tamara Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Petrella, Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Pouladi, Mahmoud Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Hach, Faraz Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Ardern, Clare Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Hoiland, Ryan Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Critical Care Medicine
Yassi, Annalee Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Giaschi, Deborah Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Spiegel, Jerry Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Swindale, Nicholas Vaughan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Christenson, James Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Zeng, Haishan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Taubert, Stefan Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Howe, Tami Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
McLeod, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Masri, Bas Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Younger, Alastair Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Dutz, Jan Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Choi, Peter Tsz Lung Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Huntsman, David Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Ong, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Jiang, Xiaoyan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Mortenson, Ben Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Oberlander, Timothy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics, School of Population and Public Health
Holt, Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics, Department of Psychiatry
Barton, Jason Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Zhou, Youwen Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Oxland, Thomas Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Mackenzie, Ian Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Bowie, William Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Barbic, Skye Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Schaffer, Paul Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology
Flannigan, Ryan Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Schuetz, Christian Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Talhouk, Aline Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Goerges, Matthias Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics

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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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