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 Rolesort ascending Faculty Academic Unit
Haber, Eldad Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Watson, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Beznosov, Konstantin Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Hirsh, Elizabeth Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Krajden, Mel Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Laher, Ismail Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Frank, Blye Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Isaacson, Michael Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Wang, Yu Tian Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Dumont, Guy A Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Miller, Steven Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Conway, Edward Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Hematology
Penninger, Josef Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Hamelin, Richard Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Heinkel, Robert Lee Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Finance
Loo, Tina Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Larjava, Hannu Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Zeng, Haishan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Spittal, Patricia Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Sadowski, Ivan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Matthewson, Lisa Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Ward, Michael Jeffrey Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Wang, Yuzhuo Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Scholte, Tom Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Whitehead, Lorne Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Vertinsky, Ilan Boris Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Strategy and Business Economics
Pavlidis, Paul Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, Michael Smith Laboratories
Mole, Christopher Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Simpson, Elizabeth Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Condon, Anne Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Fedorova, Alexandra Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Beatty, John Henry Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Shelton, Anthony Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Kopp, Janel Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Purcell, Sarah Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Endocrinology
Jamieson, Amy Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Campbell, Trevor Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Cao, Yankai Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Lagresa-González, Elizabeth Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
de Boer, Carl Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering
Poon, Brenda Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Pasquier, Thomas Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Nakamura, Fuyubi Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Valadares, Desiree Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Page, Brent Assistant Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Victoriano, Ramon Antonio Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Fast, Danya Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
van der Ven, Hamish Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Nappi, Lucia Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Grazziotin Soares, Renata Assistant Professor Faculty of Dentistry

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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.