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
Sadar, Marianne Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Olson, Robert Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Schaeffer, David Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Flannigan, Ryan Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Schuetz, Christian Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Knight, Darryl Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Scott, David Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Ju, Myeong Jin Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, School of Biomedical Engineering
Ho, Vincent Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Av-Gay, Yossef Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
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
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
Pettersen, Jacqueline Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Taubert, Stefan Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Nguan, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Phillips, Anthony Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Leipsic, Jonathon Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology, Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery
Preston, Roanne Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Wasserman, Wyeth Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Dawes, Martin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Lacaille, Diane Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Rheumatology
Sorensen, Poul Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Sanatani, Shubhayan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Wiseman, Sam Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Black, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Seow, Chun Yong Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Gill, Sharlene Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Cheifetz, Rona Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Duronio, Vincent Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Duncan, Clive Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
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
Silver, David Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
McMaster, W Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Salh, Baljinder Singh Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Gastroenterology
Reiner, Peter Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Devine, Dana Virginia Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Webber, Eric Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Roskelley, Calvin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, School of Biomedical Engineering
Strynadka, Natalie Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Eddy, Allison Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
MacNab, Ying Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Gleave, Martin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Stirling, Peter Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Penninger, Josef Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics

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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.