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
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
Talhouk, Aline Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Goerges, Matthias Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Deering, Kathleen Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Social Medicine
Liu, David Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Radiology, School of Biomedical Engineering
Besserer, Floyd Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Brigham, Emily Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Singh, Anurag Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medicine
Hilton, Brett Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Schindler, Corinna Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Lange, Dirk Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Urologic Sciences
Av-Gay, Yossef Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Hanley, Gillian Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Krausz, Reinhard Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Tang, Tricia Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Endocrinology
Cox, Susan Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Meneilly, Graydon Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Geriatric Medicine
Grzybowski, Stefan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice
Redekop, Gary Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Brooks-Wilson, Angela Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Tomek, Jennifer Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Craig, Ann Marie Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Tremlett, Helen Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Kastrukoff, Lorne Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Illes, Judy Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
Ayas, Najib Professor Faculty of Medicine Critical Care Medicine
Pavlidis, Paul Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, Michael Smith Laboratories
Kizhakkedathu, Jayachandran Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Schechter, Martin Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Guy, Pierre 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
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
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
Renouf, Daniel Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology
Moe, Jessica Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Isaac, Kathryn Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery
Gilbert, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Yachie, Nozomu Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Biomedical Engineering

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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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